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6 of the saddest zoos in the world

By: Shea Gunther on May 16, 2011, 11:44 a.m.

Photo: Korean Central News Agency/ZUMA Press

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Pyongyang Central Zoo

North Korea's Pyongyang Central Zoo is located in suburban Pyongyang and has a large collection of more than 5,000 animals. It was built in 1959 under the orders of dictator Kim Il-sung and is, like many places in that walled-off country, a grim place to live.

A 2006 report by the Asia Times described a movie shot in the country called "Fighting Animals," which purported to be a wildlife documentary but actually showed caged animals — even some endangered species — fighting to the death. Since many of the animals in the video can only be found in the Pyongyang Zoo, it seems likely zookeepers were involved in the film's production.