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Schoolteacher William Buchman was arrested after officers found over 300 living and dead snakes inside his property

Rubbing shoulders with wild mountain gorillas is likely to be one of the most emotional, humbling and exhilarating 60 minutes of your life

Animal magic: Welcome to a world of wild wonders

Zoologist, conservationist and TV presenter Mark Carwardine has had his share of exotic animal encounters. Here, he reveals some of his favourites

Team sheds light on upright walking

Mankind's ancestors may have started walking on two legs simply because it allowed them to carry more food away in their hands, boosting their chance of survival, scientists believe.

The rebel leader hero who has 'betrayed' Aceh's orang-utans

When the former rebel leader, Irwandi Yusuf, became governor of Indonesia's Aceh province, he proclaimed a "green vision" for the war-torn region. Lush forests would not be sacrificed for short-term profit, he promised. True to his word, he chased illegal loggers in his jeep.

Laughter triggers 'funny memories' that help us to feel positive

The best medicine: The power of laughter

Laughter is the most obvious outward sign of happiness. But is it better for our health than we ever imagined?

Abduction, By Anouar Benmalek, trans. Simon Pare

Ever since Camus, and perhaps in an inevitable reaction to his pessimism, Algeria has specialised in producing writers whose works are both hopeful and ripe with horror. The post-Independence Algerian novel is unmistakable: it will be engagé, unrelentingly violent, and its plot will gyrate around either the revolution (1954-1962) or the civil war (1992-2002). This is not to say that these books are predictable; in fact quite the opposite.

Attenberg (18)

Starring: Ariane Labed, Giorgos Lanthimos, Vangelis Mourikis, Evangelia Randou

Hoof It takes second shot at top level

Hoof It, beaten favourite for the Nunthorpe Stakes at York 11 days ago, is to be given another chance at Group One level in the Sprint Cup at Haydock on Saturday. Mick Easterby's charge was yesterday added to the field for the six-furlong contest as a late entry and is one of 17 contenders at this stage for the £225,000 purse.

Zoo to breed chimpanzees despite cruelty warning

A Scottish zoo is planning to start a new breeding programme for chimpanzees, in the wake of recent research suggesting that captivity drives chimps mad.

Terence Blacker: At last, we're growing up about animals

At the end of a difficult week for those of us who like to believe in the forward progress of human evolution, some small comfort is to be derived from Hollywood. In the latest outing of the Planet of the Apes franchise, there are definite signs that, even in popular culture, a more grown-up attitude towards animals is beginning to emerge. You can tell a lot about a society from the way it portrays on screen man's nearest genetic relations. In King Kong, the gorilla represented misunderstood savagery. Films from Monkey Business to Every Which Way But Loose portrayed chimpanzees or orang-utans as zany, humanoid pets. The original Planet of the Apes contained a satirical take on human greed and violence.

Face transplant woman reveals her new look

An American woman who underwent a full face transplant after being mauled by a chimpanzee in 2009 revealed her new face for the first time yesterday.

Captive chimps choose to help their neighbours

The willingness to help strangers and not expect anything in return is supposed to be a uniquely human characteristic but scientists have shown that chimps are also capable of altruism.

Brains shrink as we age, survey shows

A shrinking brain may be the price to be paid for being human, a study has found. Only humans have brains that get smaller with age, the research has indicated.

Album: Muhly, Seeing is Believing – Aurora Orchestra / Collon / Gould (Decca)

Nico Muhly's music is all-American, all now. So why do I keep hearing Vaughan Williams? "Seeing is Believing", the title track of the AO's all-Muhly disc, opens like a 21st-century "Lark Ascending", with violinist Thomas Gould soaring in ecstatic innocence.

Tokyo says goodbye to Molly

Molly, the world's oldest captive orang-utan, died yesterday at the age of 59 at Tokyo's Tama Zoological Park. She arrived at Ueno Zoological Gardens, also in Japan's capital, from Indonesia in 1955 aged three. In the past decade, she had become well known in the country as an artist after developing a talent for drawing with crayons.

Tax investigation delays Rangers takeover

Craig Whyte's takeover bid for Rangers hit another snag after an ongoing tax investigation threatened to add to the club's debt.

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Diana Krall interview

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