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

London Zoo in the black

London Zoo yesterday announced it had staved off extinction and clocked up a pounds 1m surplus.

Naked Ape man told to cut sex scenes

The zoologist Desmond Morris said yesterday that he had cut scenes of homosexuals cruising the streets and prostitutes having sexual intercourse with clients from his new BBC series after TV bosses warned him they would be offensive to viewers, writes Charlie Bain.

A chronicle of ancient sunlight

Stations of the Sun by Ronald Hutton Oxford University Press, pounds 19.99; Why mistletoe? Why morris dancing?

Letter: Tiger Week: a role for zoos to play

Sir: The objective of Tiger Week is to protect and maintain the wild tiger populations and Peter Lawton ("Tyger Tyger, dying out", 29 May) appears to be missing the point; that without the support of society his work in the wild will not succeed. Zoos in India and throughout the world have a role to play in educating society on the need for conservation and the tigers in zoos are an important part of that process, acting as ambassadors for their species.

Darwin's hits

From Dr Jeremy J. D.

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Watch Out for Mr Stork

In Brief:Stork death

Dallas - The first saddled-billed stork born in captivity has died, despite life-saving efforts that included a blood transfusion and careful feedings of smelt fish and mouse parts from a zookeeper holding a puppet that looked like a mother stork.

THEATRE / Smouldering fires: Jeffrey Wainwright on Tennessee Williams's The Glass Menagerie at the Octagon Theatre, Bolton

Tennessee Williams's stage directions for The Glass Menagerie describe the building where the Wingfields live as 'burning with the slow and implacable fires of human desperation'. These fires are evident from the play's first moments but so heavily are they tamped that in production their subdued smouldering translates into a problem of pace.

Flat Earth: Twilight of the okapi

'THE OPERA was as boring as only opera can be - that is, beyond all human endurance,' says one of Stendhal's heroes, and sometimes you know how he felt. But it's nothing to how the - I know this sounds odd - okapi at the Copenhagen Zoo felt when it heard the opera (Wagner) float from an outdoor concert in a nearby park: it fell down dead. Even that was not the end of its horrible day. Being a very rare antelope indeed, the okapi provides science with an interesting carcass. It was duly dragged off and skinned, and its flesh stored in buckets. Then the buckets disappeared. A group of students now stand accused of stealing and then barbequeing the meat to celebrate the end of their zoology course.

Dated bones in Moscow

MOSCOW (AP) - Human remains found in Moscow's zoo, and originally thought to be a mass grave of Stalin's victims, may actually date back to the 16th century, an official said yesterday.

Too blue

BLUEY the macaw has been axed from the children's show at the Isle of Wight Zoo after repeatedly swearing at the audience.

Zoo's 2m pounds windfall

John Perry, a solicitor, of Dulwich, south-east London, left his entire estate, valued at over pounds 2m, to London Zoo. Professor McNeill Alexander, of the London Zoological Society, said it was 'a bolt from the blue'.

Modern gents

Nappy-changing facilities are to be built into men's lavatories at London Zoo. Officials said they were 'moving with the times'.

Deap sea exhibition

Ian Wallace, curator of zoology at Liverpool museum, with a model of shark that will form part of the Monsters of the Deep exhibition which opens on Saturday and runs until 3 January next year. Other models will include a giant squid.
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