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

Rhino pregnant

A RARE black rhino is believed to be pregnant at Chester Zoo, and expected to give birth in the autumn. In 1992 the rhino, called Esther Rantzen, made history as the mother of the first second-generation black rhino born in captivity.

Member of zoo board is sacked

The Chairman of the board of London Zoo was replaced last night and another board member sacked, after last month's abortive attempt to dismiss the zoo's director, Dr Jo Gipps, writes Nicholas Schoon.

Ivory Towers: Deadlier than the male

'WHEREAS adult females survived longer when living in a pair than when living singly, adult males survived longer when single and wandering.'

Board changes in zoo conflict

TWO MEMBERS of London Zoo's board are likely to be ejected tomorrow. A third has already resigned and a new chairman is expected to be appointed.

Infighting mars zoo search for leadership solution

JOE GIPPS, director of London Zoo, is clinging to his job amid further infighting at the Zoological Society of London, owners of the animal collection in Regent's Park.

Letter: Happier at the zoo

Sir: At the meeting on 15 December, the Council of the Zoological Society of London gave me its overwhelming support. Nick Schoon's suggestion, therefore, that my position is still 'precarious' (14 December) is untrue, speculative and somewhat dismissive of the facts. He further suggests that my six-monthly appraisal is out of the ordinary and as a result of the board's vote; in fact this is normal procedure for all senior employees at the zoo.

Zoo reprieve

London Zoo's ruling council overruled its board's decision to dismiss Dr Joe Gipps, zoo director. The board said, however, that the position would be reviewed after six months.

Director of zoo wins reprieve

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London Zoo board seeks resignation of director

THE BOARD of London Zoo has demanded the resignation of Joe Gipps, the director and the man most closely identified with the revival in the fortunes of the troubled institution in Regent's Park.

Obituary: Professor Michael Laverack

Michael Stuart Laverack, zoologist and marine biologist: born Croydon 19 March 1931; scientific officer, Nature Conservancy, Merlewood Research Station 1959-60; University Lecturer, Zoology Department, St Andrews University 1960-68, Senior Lecturer 1968, Professor of Marine Biology 1969-91; Director, Gatty Marine Laboratory 1969-85; Australian Senior Research Fellow, Zoology department, University of Melbourne 1991-93; married 1961 Maureen Cole (two sons, one daughter); died Queensland 28 July 1993.

Ivory Towers: Similarity breeds content

WHAT makes a happy marriage? A recent research paper, Correlates of Satisfaction in British Marriages by G E Weisfeld, R J H Russell, C C Weisfeld and P A Wells (Ethology & Sociobiology, Vol 13, 1992,) studied 1,000 couples to find out. Their resulting recipe for a contented marriage is that similarity breeds contentment, that husbands should largely be responsible for the decision-making, and that wives should be a little more attractive than their mates, writes William Hartston.

BOOK REVIEW / Paperbacks: Mischief - Chris Wilson: Flamingo, pounds 4.99

Witty, high-jinks social satire with a serious moral purpose is provided by this farcical story-line: the last surviving member of the Xique Xique people of Brazil (aka Charlie Duckworth) is brought to England by a well-meaning zoologist. Charlie's choppy career as Innocent Abroad is not helped by his appearance and physical attributes (bright yellow eyes and orange skin, a single tuft of hair on his head and a penis like a corkscrew); more devastating, though, is the human intolerance he encounters. Thoughtful as well as funny.

Ling-Ling dies of heart failure

WASHINGTON (AP) - Ling-Ling, the National Zoo's female giant panda, has died of heart failure, but about 100 of her eggs have been saved for possible test-tube fertilisation, zoo officials said.

Zoo adopts breeding plan as key to future

LONDON ZOO has rejected a pounds 61m City-backed plan to rejuvenate its Regent's Park site and opted for an in-house scheme centred on animal breeding. The zoo's ruling council said yesterday that the ambitious City plan, led by David Laing, of the Laing construction family, threatened the zoo's 'sovereignty'.
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