Krefeld zoo is expected to rebuild its ape house as donations pour in following the blaze but animal rights activists have decried the proposal.
The 3,000-mile (4,800-km) mass migration of monarch butterflies in North America is one of the insect world's fantastic feats, with millions embarking on the arduous journey from north Canada down into Mexico and the California coast each autumn.
In Crimea, a cat named Pusha has "adopted" four orphaned baby squirrels and is raising them as her own alongside her new kittens.
A routine medical check on a 12-year-old polar bear at Brookfield Zoo in the United States has been carried out to extract a sample for artificial insemination.
A wild elephant, rejected by his herd by another male, was forced to wander the streets of Meng'a Town in southwest China's Yunnan Province and destroyed almost 10 vehicles.
Four zebras escaped from a Christmas circus and were seen racing through Dresden, Germany on Monday (December 17) before being caught by police, German media reported.
An 11-year-old South African boy takes care of rhino orphans by raising money on Facebook.
Two elephant calves at the San Diego Zoo were caught on camera enjoying an animated play session.
If you're a night owl, then a visit to this Moscow cafe would be a wise choice.
A mammoth operation to remove infected tusk
The Paris zoo of "La Menagerie" in the Jardin des Plantes gardens welcomed the birth of a Bornean orangutan named Java, the zoo's first since 2005.
For most people, sharing a living room with just one two-metre-long alligator is the stuff of nightmares; Philippe Gillet has two.
Rhinos at Israel's safari welcomed a 50-kilogram baby to the group on Sunday (September 16) the largest crash in Europe, according to the safari's spokeswoman.
An ostrich, who escaped from its home on a farm, was found running down the city streets in south China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region on Tuesday.