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.
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Thursday 09 May 2013
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.
Thursday 02 May 2013
Even the love tunnel couldn’t get Tian Tian in the mood – and so the scientists intervened to artificially inseminate UK's only female giant panda at Edinburgh zoo
Sunday 21 April 2013
Panda experts say Tian Tian was showing signs that were not 'conducive to mating'
Friday 05 April 2013
Edinburgh Zoo hopes Tian Tian and Yang Guang will mate for the first time within days
Saturday 30 March 2013
It's almost boring: yet another excellent British Sea Power album.
Saturday 16 March 2013
A bird-brained philosophy of science
Wednesday 13 March 2013
Remember ant farms? Two sheets of glass filled with earth and topped off with a cartoon rendering of a Midwestern cattle ranch? In my experience, they seemed to offer a matchless way for a budding entomologist to study the process by which live ants turn into dead ones – or, just occasionally, how excitable human matriarchs can become when the ant colony breaks free and heads across the kitchen for the sugar bag. Having watched Planet Ant: Life Inside the Colony, though, I can see that these rudimentary affairs barely deserved the name of ant farm.
Saturday 02 March 2013
'Luna' will be formally named in Facebook contest
John Walsh on Derek: Funny how Ricky Gervais's show lacks laughs, when Lena Dunham's Girls crackles with wit and invention
Sunday 03 February 2013
Gervais's latest addition to his comedy menagerie grates more than it amuses
Tuesday 11 December 2012
If you haven't seen it yet and want to feel all Christmassy, here's a video of a dog adopting orphaned tiger cubs.
Wednesday 21 November 2012
Avian pox, which has spread among woodpigeons and house sparrows for a number of years, is now taking its toll of populations of the great tit
Tuesday 20 November 2012
The alleged abuse of elephants at Twycross Zoo should make us consider once more the role zoos play in animal conservation
Monday 05 November 2012
Berlin likes to honour its animal legends. Knautschke was the name of the city's beloved hippopotamus – a brave creature born in Berlin's zoo at the height of the Second World War, he survived the trauma of the Allied air raids which killed his mother.
Horror as toddler mauled to death after mother balanced him on railing above wild dog enclosure at zoo
Sunday 04 November 2012
The boy, who was visiting the zoo with his mother and friends, fell about 14 feet into an exhibit that's home to a pack of African painted dogs
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