News A meerkat peers out from beneath a rock during a stocktake

Creatures were given snacks in exchange for having their details recorded by zoo keepers

The yellow wagtail has disappeared entirely from Wales

Birds that were once a common sight in Britain take flight, never to return

The sharp decline in some of Britain’s most common bird species is resulting for the first time in their disappearance from some parts of the United Kingdom, conservationists warn today.

Chester Zoo 20-centimetre tall antelope is rejected by its mother

Neo, a baby Kirk's dik-dik antelope is learning to walk on his own four feet with the help of sister Aluna

George Stubbs's painting of a kangaroo,

George Stubbs kangaroo and dingo paintings to stay in UK after £1.5m donation

Sir David Attenborough was delighted by the news

Edinburgh Zoo panda Tian Tian loses cub

Edinburgh Zoo insists it will press on with controversial breeding programme

Google Doodle celebrates birthday of naturalist and illustrator William John Swainson

Google has marked the birthday of the ornithologist and renowned natural history artist William John Swainson with a Doodle featuring some of his intricate illustrations.

Polar bear Knut

An icy response for British firm that tried to muscle in on Knut the much-loved polar bear

European Court of Justice rules that copyright belongs to Berlin zoo for toys, mugs and sporting goods

Invisible Ink: No 187 - Edward Lear

“Throw us a bone,” begged a friend, “write about someone we’ve heard of.” “Edward Lear,” I suggested. “Oh, the artist,” came the reply.

The eight year old boy was severely injured by an 'Alligator Snapping Turtle'

€1,000 reward as Bavarian lake drained in hunt for Lotti the vicious turtle

Floodlights, infra-red sights, rescue teams and TV crews all turn out after boy swimmer's ankle bitten 'by alligator snapping turtle'

An alligator snapping turtle 'eats almost anything it can catch'

Hunt for lake turtle that severed swimming boy's Achilles tendon in Bavaria's Irsee lake

Alligator snapping turtle is believed to be exotic pet released into wild in Bavaria

The News Matrix: Saturday 10 August 2013

Online travel sites investigated

The News Matrix: Friday 9 August 2013

Male and female autism is different

Louis the Chimp, who has died, aged 37

Louis the PG Tips James Bond chimp dies aged 37

Zookeeper says chimpanzee, who impersonated James Bond, was 'a favourite with everyone'

Tim Key: 'If you don't have to tranquilise an animal to get it into your zoo it shouldn't come in'

My big brother invited me to the zoo this week so I'd have something to put in my column for The Independent. That, and also to help him look after his children. I've got two nieces and a nephew or two nephews and a niece, and I've read enough newspaper articles and Roald Dahl books over the years to know that these people need to be protected when they are near things like hippos and toucans. The last thing I want to do is make up some excuse about having to wallpaper my toilet and then later learn that my niece was pecked by a flamingo because I wasn't there.

Award for Independent columnist Howard Jacobson

The Independent columnist and novelist Howard Jacobson is celebrating becoming the first writer to claim the UK's only prize for comic fiction for a second time.

Marine biology: Appeal launched to find rare Madagascan fish

A worldwide appeal has been launched to find a mate for the last remaining males of a fish on the brink of extinction. The Mangarahara cichlid, from Madagascar, is believed to have vanished from the wild as a result of the building of dams on the Mangarahara River.

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