News A male Asiatic lion guarding his cub at London Zoo

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

Ready for your close-up, Nénette?

The director of 'Etre et Avoir' has chosen the oldest inhabitant of the oldest zoo in the world as the star of his new film. John Lichfield reports

Zookeeper hospitalised after Giraffe headbutt

A US zookeeper was treated at a hospital for minor head injuries and released after butting heads with a giraffe.

Probe launched after giraffe was dismembered

A giraffe was dismembered and placed in a rubbish bin following its death, and an outraged US mayor ordered an investigation into it.

China's Shenyang Zoo closed after tigers starve to death

Employee accuses bosses of making drink from bones of endangered animal

Knut should be castrated, say animal activists

Peta calls for polar bear to undergo operation 'to prevent risk of inbreeding'

London Zoo calls time on park's football fest

Proposal for World Cup jamboree in Regent's Park scrapped after zoo staff raise animal welfare concerns

Oliver McCall: Fighting a losing battle

The former world heavyweight champion was working towards a last shot at the big time – until he wound up behind bars. As he awaits his fate, Steve Bunce tells the tale of a doomed struggle against cocaine

Dan Sabbagh: Lads mags <i>should not</i> be singled out for attention

Linda Papadopoulos is no stranger to the "hyper-sexualisation" of British society of which she complains. She once appeared as an expert pundit on My Big Breasts and Me, and has her own beauty range, which you can buy via the home shopping channel QVC. So quite why all this makes her want to make "lads' mags" harder to buy is a mystery.

Not so Dumbo: scientists crack elephant code

San Diego study shows animals use low frequencies as a 'secret vocabulary'

Prokofiev, The Gambler, Royal Opera House, London

Like some kind of cosmic roulette wheel Prokofiev’s mighty orchestra starts whirring as the word “Casino” appears, writ large in dozens of flashing bulbs.

For sale: Gaza zoo where the zebras were not all they seemed

Israeli blockade leaves animals starving and owners with no choice but to sell up

Biodome plan will bring Congo to Cheshire

Sanctuary for endangered animals would make Chester zoo one of top five in world

Man guilty of attempting to have sex with rottweiler

A North Wales man was found guilty yesterday of attempting to have sex with a rottweiler.

Album: Terry Riley, In C, (Sony)

Less polished than Steve Reich's Music for 18 Musicians (1974), In C remains the most iconic example of early minimalism. As the liner notes for this digitally remastered 1968 Carnegie Hall recording say, the work is "a trip", its performers "a weird zoo".

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