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The United States has done it. The Philippines and China too. Even Hong Kong has said it will destroy some of its contraband ivory. But ahead of a conservation conference in London next month where world leaders will descend to seek a solution to wildlife crime, the debate about the future of stockpiles is set to heat up.

Why there's no such thing as a good zoo

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The pachyderm Picasso? Elephant causes a stampede on the abstract art scene

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Look who's talking now...First it was the whale that said 'get out', now it's the elephant that says 'sit down'

Scientists discover elephant has the comparatively extensive vocabulary of five Korean words

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Future of Olympic stadium settled 'in the next couple of weeks'

Talks over the future of the Olympic Stadium should conclude “in the next couple of weeks” and there is no danger it will stay empty, sports minister Hugh Robertson claimed today.

Heaven knows she's a miserable elephant now...

Morrissey leads outcry over animal confined to cramped enclosure in Manila Zoo for 35 years creates international

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Boy discovers 30,000-year-old mammoth

An 11 year-old Russian boy made one of the discoveries of the century when he stumbled across the remains of a 30,000-year-old woolly mammoth, the New Scientist reports.

Monsoon floods sweep through 2,000 villages

Raging floodwaters fed by monsoon rains have inundated more than 2,000 villages in north-east India, sweeping away homes and leaving hundreds of thousands of people marooned yesterday. At least 27 people were killed, but the toll was expected to rise.

Once-extinct moth has recolonised large parts of the UK

A once-extinct moth has recolonised large parts of the UK by gaining a foothold in abandoned industrial sites, conservationists said today.

Donald MacInnes: When offal is used as a tool of repression

Circus impresario Phineas T Barnum is credited with inventing three things: the first was disproportionately large clown shoes. In the past, clowns had been content to pad around in trainers or felt moccasins, but one day Barnum realised the solid comic potential of a bigger shoe. His second innovation was to sell tickets. Prior to this, circuses had not been open to spectators, but had taken place in remote fields.

The light fantastic: Transform your garden with some well-placed tealights and lanterns

It takes Derek St Romaine and his wife Dawn at least two hours to set out the 500 candles that light their garden for a special evening opening each year. What dedication! They hang tealights in lanterns through the rose arbour. Their mophead hollies are lit from below by candles set in bags of sand. They float tealights in clear plastic cups on their pond, highlighting the gleaming scales of the koi carp nosing around underneath. "You've got to put a bit of sand in the cups as ballast. Otherwise they capsize," says Dawn.

Desperate Housewives star, Kathryn Joosten, dies aged 72

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