Welfare activists call for tougher laws on the keeping of wild animals after 49 exotics are killed after being set free by their suicidal owner.
In the past, hunting wild animals was really the only way to get meat, but since the domestication of animals we can get meat from a wide variety of sources.
It is well-known that to take pictures of wild animals is very demanding and need a lot of patience to follow the rhythms of nature and the shy animals.
Being with wild animals has never lost its thrill for Irwin.
The ethics of keeping wild animals in captivity have long been debated and in recent decades, zoos have reinvented themselves.
Australians have tended to distinguish between domestic and farm animals on the one hand, and wild animals on the other.
Jan Steele, divisional curator of exotic mammals at Melbourne Zoo, is sure that individual wild animals already have distinct personalities.
People come to her with injured or sick birds and wild animals, and she heals them.