Amid the recent political turmoil in Ukraine, animals at the country's zoos have been hit hard. At the Kherson Zoo on an island in the southern part of the country where temperatures can drop below zero in the winter, 200 animals are hanging on by a thread.
The zoo once belonged to an oligarch, and was abandoned this year leaving the animals to die. Its cages were created during the Soviet era and haven't been updated since. According to sources on the ground, the enclosures are small, bare, impossible to clean and smell terrible. A family of five brown bears, a pack of eight wolves, monkeys and other animals live in the dilapidated enclosures.
(Lionel de Lange)