The documentary delves explosively into a topic that most German zoos are reluctant to broach – the culling of zoo animals. It explores the question of whether it is right to kill individual animals for the conservation of a species. Even more controversially, it examines whether killing is justified when the animal being culled is endangered.
Against this grim backdrop, the documentary hears from zoo operators across the country about the dilemmas of population control. It covers the measures zoos are taking to limit population growth – from castration to contraceptives – and brings their candid and thought-provoking views to the fore. It also looks at how safety concerns, public and media backlash, and ethical considerations are shaping how zoos address this contentious issue. Whether you’re an animal rights activist, an avid zoo-goer, or simply curious about the world around you, this documentary is sure to be an eye-opener.