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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 Magical Menagerie residing in Milton Keynes

A carousel of wonders, featuring intricate animatronic insects and larger animals, recently appeared in the unlikely location of Milton Keynes courtesy of arts organisation Artichoke and French theatrical engineering company La Machine - responsible for The Sultan's Elephant and La Princesse.

Rare leopards born at Paris zoo

Two rare South-east Asian clouded leopards have been born at a zoo in Paris. The female cubs, named Pati and Jaya, made their first public appearance at the Jardin des Plantes this week.

DVD: The Princess and the Frog, For retail & rental (Walt Disney Studios)

After years of failing to compete with Dreamworks and Pixar, Disney wisely gets back to its roots with an old-fashioned hand-drawn fairy tale.

Damon lined up to star in film about family who saved Devon zoo

He is best known for playing Jason Bourne, the fast-fisted scourge of the CIA, in a trilogy of Hollywood films. Now the American actor Matt Damon is in talks over a new role that will see him do battle with lions, tigers and the occasional otter in the true story of an eccentric Englishman who bought a dilapidated zoo.

Orang-utan language identified

Orang-utans communicate intelligently using gestures, researchers have found.

Leopards die after rescue from deposed leader's zoo

Two rare snow leopards which belonged to Kyrgyzstan's ousted president have died from starvation, it has been revealed.

Bodies found in Chester house

The bodies of a man and woman were found in a house today.

It wasn't me... Celebrity slip-ups

This week Danny Dyer has been sacked from Zoo as some comical advice landed him in trouble.



Zoo magazine apologises over Danny Dyer 'cut ex's face' advice

Zoo magazine issued an unreserved apology today after a heartbroken man was advised in celebrity agony uncle Danny Dyer's column to cut his ex-girlfriend's face.

Former Kyrgyzstan president faces mass killing charge

The interim government has charged its ousted president with "mass killing" after he allegedly ordered troops to fire on anti-government protesters during rallies in which at least 85 people died.

Poisoner kills zoo's elephant

The only elephant in Kiev's zoo, 39-year-old Boy, died yesterday in his enclosure, apparently after being poisoned.

Calls for zoo closures after rare Siberian tigress found drowned

Campaigners have called for the phased closure of zoos after a Siberian tiger used for breeding purposes was found drowned in the enclosure of a zoo in Norfolk.

Britain's biggest crab emerges from the deep

It is something you won't often see: the giant box crab, Paramola cuvieri, which is the biggest crab occurring in British waters. It is normally found at very great depths, up to 9,000ft down, but this specimen, with a claw-span measuring more than a metre across, is now on view in the Blue Reef Aquarium in Newquay, Cornwall. It was caught by a

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Miffy rules: Celebrating 55 years of our favourite Easter bunny

For 55 years, Dick Bruna's Miffy has been delighting children and adults alike. Rebecca Armstrong celebrates a very special rabbit
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