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6 of the saddest zoos in the world

By: Shea Gunther on May 16, 2011, 11:44 a.m.
Elephant at Mumbai Zoo

Photo: ZUMA Press

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Mumbai Zoo

The Mumbai Zoo in India is quickly transforming itself into a taxidermy museum. Unable to replace animals that die in its cramped and dirty cages, the zoo decided it's better to stuff them and put them on display. The zoo's collection of more than 200 mammals, 500 birds and 45 reptiles are now basically running out the clock, waiting for their demise and a quick trip to the taxidermist.

Zoo officials defend their plans as making the best of a bad situation. Zoo director Sanjay Tripathi told the BBC in 2010 that "the public will be able to see and appreciate the animals and even study their body structure."