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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

School with a zoo is named UK's greenest

Pupils care for menagerie ranging from spiders to Shetland ponies to chinchillas

The Virginia Monologues, By Virginia Ironside

Virginia Ironside forgot where she had put the computer discs from her prehistoric Amstrad. They turned up, though. Under her prescription goggles – where else? A lesser woman would have put this down to a "senior moment" and a cruder woman to a CRAFT (can't remember a fucking thing) episode, but to her all it means is that her memory, always dodgy, has just got worse. This means she can enjoy old films afresh; they seem as if just released.

Kool for kats: How meerkats conquered the world

They guarantee hit TV ratings. They sell car insurance. They scare off burglars. Simon Usborne explains why meerkats really are beyond compare

Scottish graveyards among world's most at-risk historic sites

Dudley Zoo and Sheerness Dockyard join cemeteries on World Monuments Fund list

Mary Dejevsky: Rail chaos puts the brakes on Berliners

Berlin Notebook: I know this is Germany, where these things are not supposed to happen, but Berlin's S-Bahn has been out of action for a month

Mother of strangled lorry girl tells of her loss

A mother whose nine-year-old daughter was strangled by her partner in his lorry cab today said she had thought he was her "Prince Charming."

Zoo animals give giant ice lolly the big freeze

A giant ice lolly did the rounds at a zoo today to try to keep the rhinos, coatis and camels cool in the summer heat.

Humanists protest over Creationist zoo

A secular group is demanding that tourism groups stop promoting a "Creationist" zoo which questions the traditional view of evolution.

'King Newt' Ken to marry at the reptile house

Ken Livingstone and wife-to-be Emma Beal are to say their vows among the wallabies and emus of London Zoo, the capital's former mayor has revealed.

Leading article: Wild at heart

Zoos, as we are all being told in these animal sensitive times, are imprisoning institutions whose main value is to preserve endangered species and provide somewhere to go for separated fathers whose turn is to look after the kids for the weekend.

Livingstone to marry in shadow of zoo reptile house

Former London mayor Ken Livingstone has chosen London Zoo as the exotic location for his wedding to his long term partner next month, it was reported today.

Québec's unusual great outdoors

Québec is famous for its great outdoors. But it is also home to an unusual wildlife experience, run by Zoo Sauvage by Lac Saint Jean. Sarah Barrell explains

Rhys Darby: It's Rhys Darby Night, Udderbelly, Edinburgh

The clue to one of this show's weaknesses is already in the title; it's homage time.

The six best UK theme parks

Our quick guide will help you to pick the right park for you and your family - and how to save money too
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