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To most of us, lions are African, but many of the great beasts of legend were Indian. Now a zoo plans to breed more of them

The Sketch: The strange, zoo-like sounds of the Tory party in agreement

If they were professionals you'd wonder what this speech of Cameron's meant, what they were trying to do and where our attention was being directed and misdirected.

South Africa: Smoking chimp dies – of old age

A chimpanzee which got hooked on smoking by visitors offering it cigarettes has died at a South African zoo at the relatively advanced age of 52, officials said yesterday. "He appears to have died of old age," said Qondile Khedama, a municipal spokesman.

Susie Mesure: A foolproof list for dads: 1. Cuddles, 2. Real food, 3. Zoo

Every mother's done it: nagged her other half about something to do with their child. And it's usually about the blindingly obvious, let's face it. What dad isn't capable of remembering to wipe a dripping nose/take a coat out when it's cold/bring some nappies/or pack some snacks for a trip out? (Delete as appropriate: I just checked and I'm apparently guilty of all of them.)

The Eden Project? No, it's Chester Zoo

Visitors to £67m biodome will be able to experience life in a Congolese rainforest

Bronze statue of famous gorilla up for sale

A life-size bronze cast of a famous gorilla is expected to sell for thousands of pounds when it goes under the hammer in Gloucestershire, auctioneers said.

China takes to the streets after falling out with the neighbours

A collision between a fishing boat and the coast guard does not, on the face of it, sound like an internationally significant incident. Nor does the death of a panda. But when the parties involved are China and Japan, the stakes are considerably higher.

Food for animals served in zoo cafe

Food donated to a zoo to feed the animals was cooked and served in the cafe.

Claire Skinner: From washing up to the West End

Claire Skinner's apprenticeship under Mike Leigh made her a natural choice for the semi-improvised TV hit Outnumbered. Now she's returning to her first love – theatre. Claire Allfree meets her

'Cruel' treatment of elephants in zoos must stop, says RSPCA

No more elephants should be imported into Britain, the RSPCA has said, calling for the animals to be phased out from British zoos.

Leading article: The day of the menagerie is over

Some traditions are very old and die very hard, and one of them is the menagerie.

Leading article: Conservation comes in many forms

Conservationists tend to be a conservative lot, so it is hardly a surprise to learn that some zoologists dedicated to the preservation of animal species get prickly about the idea of using cloning and other reproductive technology to save their beloved wildlife. Quite naturally, and logically, they argue that it is nonsense to devote time and effort to preserving a species in a test tube if its habitat is being ruthlessly trashed in a way that makes life impossible in the wild. They would also point out that cloning is, by its very nature, the antithesis of sexual reproduction, which is nature's way of creating the wondrous genetic diversity that comes from mixing genes between males and females. Cloning, they would argue, does little to stop the relentless drainage of the world's dwindling gene pool.

Terence Blacker: It's not the players, it's their followers

As from this week, the word "shame" is likely to be appearing with increased regularity in the national newspapers. The Premier League football season starts on Saturday, and the national team will be in action on Wednesday. Already the predictable shame-based, football-related stories are beginning to appear in the press.

David Field: Zoos are a vital part of gorilla conservation

Without a doubt, seeing a gorilla will rank as one of the most breathtaking moments in anyone's life. Even with the privilege of working at ZSL London Zoo and seeing them every day, they continue to take my breath away.

Can she handle a new gorilla in her midst?

Dilemma for London Zoo after death of primate harem's dominant male
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