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

Letter: Worthwhile search for extraterrestrials

Sir: The search for extraterrestrial intelligence may be worthwhile because of the improbability of success. As Ken Manley clearly explains (Letters, 2 October), the chances are slim because the windows through which signals may reach us are limited.

Zoo resignations

The secretary and treasurer of the Zoological Society of London, Sir Barry Cross and Peter Holwell, announced they would resign at yesterday's annual meeting of the society, held on the day the zoo had been destined to close.

London Zoo's Layang Layang is made up as Ganesh

Starring eyes: London Zoo's Layang Layang is made up as Ganesh, a Hindu god, as part of a weekend of activities in celebration of elephants.

Zoo council seeks new members

A majority of London Zoo's ruling council have said they will resign - with their departure staggered while replacements are found.

Obituary: Maurice Burton

Maurice Burton, zoologist, born London 28 March 1898, biology master Latymer Foundation Hammersmith 1924-27, Curator of Sponges British Museum (Natural History) 1927-58 and Deputy Keeper of Zoology 1949-58, Science Editor Illustrated London News 1946-64, Nature Correspondent Daily Telegraph 1949-90, married 1929 Margaret Maclean (died 1990; two sons, one daughter), died Albury Surrey 9 September 1992.

Letter: Fishy option

Sir: I read with concern Susan Watts's article (19 September) about David Laing's proposal to build an aquarium at London Zoo. While I agree that such an aquarium would make a most interesting display and that Sir David Attenborough is right to suggest that it would be a way of maintaining contact with the excitement and drama of the natural world, there are two reasons why an aquarium on such a scale would be undesirable at London Zoo.

Aquarium project 'not dependent on London Zoo'

DAVID LAING, the driving force behind the pounds 61m bid to revitalise London Zoo, has said he will go ahead with plans to build a national aquarium elsewhere in London if the zoo rejects his proposal.

Visitors help win reprieve for London Zoo

LONDON ZOO is safe for the foreseeable future and will not close as planned at the end of the month, Sir John Chapple, president of the zoo's parent body, said yesterday. Extra revenue has guaranteed the zoo's survival until April 1994, by which time it hopes to have a long-term rescue package in place, he said.

Letter: Unheeded demands at London Zoo

Sir: I read with interest the article by Susan Watts ('Setback in campaign to save London Zoo', 3 September) and I write to draw attention to some additional facts about the behaviour of the Council of the Zoological Society of London.

London Zoo workers urge senior managers to resign

KEEPERS and manual workers at London Zoo have called for the resignations of senior managers. They also want members of the ruling council of the zoo's parent body, the Zoological Society of London, to leave.

Architecture Update: One lasting look at London Zoo

A pictorial record of London Zoo is soon to be published by the Royal Commission on the Historic Monuments of England. Prompted by the threat of the zoo's closure, the commission decided to carry out a rapid survey as part of its programme of recording threatened buildings. There have been plans to demolish some of the zoo's buildings, but the commission believes they could be reused. This includes the reinforced concrete interiors of the 70ft goat hills on the Mappin Terraces, and the Parrot House, which, according to the commission's new research, was built between 1868-78, some 20 years earlier than had previously been thought.

Members discuss future of London Zoo

Silently observed by their former president, Lord Zuckerman, members of the Zoological Society of London met yesterday to discuss London Zoo's uncertain future
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