Saturday, July 12, 2014

Raid on ex-zoo-chief Blaszkiewitz

Raid on ex-zoo-chief Blaszkiewitz

Investigation for suspected illegal waste disposal
The Berlin public prosecutor, the private residence of the former head of the Berlin zoos and animal parks, Bernhard Blaszkiewitz searched. This was confirmed by Justice spokesman Martin Steltner on Friday. Background are the investigations against Blaszkiewitz in connection with the illegal disposal of contaminated soil on the zoo grounds. Be unclear whether a commissioned disposal company knew that it is contaminated soil. The search has already taken place on Wednesday of last week.
During the tenure of Blaszkiewitz mounds were in September 2013 in the rear part of the zoo near the farmyard filled up. It is estimated up to 30,000 tons Erdhub, which was allegedly given away to the zoo. According to media reports Blaszkiewitz should have planned to scatter the sand in the enclosures. However, the sand is to be contaminated with heavy metals. Since there is more than the amount of the accumulated excavated earth and its composition uncertainty and the cost of disposal can not be predicted, the Management Board and Supervisory Board of Zoo and Wildlife Park have not been approved for fiscal year. In consultation with the Senate Environment Management, a ground survey was commissioned, said the zoo. The prosecutor under investigation for illegal waste disposal and unauthorized operating a plant. The long-standing and controversial zoo boss Blaszkiewitz had to give up his post because his contract was not renewed.
Blaszkiewitz successor Andreas Knieriem occurred on April 1, to the service. He is also a zoological and commercial director of Zoo and Wildlife Park .

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China Admits to Tiger Skin Trade but not to Bones

China Admits to Tiger Skin Trade but not to Bones

So China has come out and admitted that :

 'we don't ban trade in tiger skins but we do ban trade in tiger bones,'

So does this make it any less bad? Most definitely not. The bones remain in the 'zoo' in which the tiger has been skinned. These will have been put into vats of rice wine and steeped for a few months to produce Tiger Bone Wine........

.......which, as far as I am aware there is no ban on trade. I daresay that the bones are rendered down afterwards to produce Tiger Bone Glue and other pseudo Medicinal Ointments.

So what has changed? Nothing! Again I am assuming that is still against the law in China to kill these tigers for the trade and so they are starved to death to keep this horrific trade going.

China 'admits' trading in tiger skins

11 July 2014

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Thursday, July 10, 2014

Monkey Mauls Six Month Old Baby To Death

Monkey Mauls Six Month Old Baby To Death

A six-month-old baby has been mauled to death by a monkey in the Black Sea region of Crimea, a news report said Thursday.
The incident took place in city of Sevastopol after the monkey, which was kept in a private zoo, managed to escape from its leash while its 65-year-old owner was cleaning its cage, the Interior Ministry told news agency Interfax on Thursday.
The monkey then scaled a fence into a neighboring garden, where it launched an attack upon the six-month old child, who was lying asleep in a stroller.
The baby's parents were nearby at the time of the attack but were unable to save their child from the "aggressive animal," the report added.
An Interior Ministry spokesman told Interfax that investigators were looking into the incident.
It was unclear from the report what happened to the monkey.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Zoo Licensing for Zoo Keepers and Managers

Zoo and Wildlife Solutions Training Courses 2014

Zoo Licensing for Zoo Keepers and Managers

21st  and 22nd  July 2014 – Chessington World of Adventures

£95 +VAT for BIAZA Members and £125 +VAT for Non-Members
(includes drinks but not lunch available at canteen in zoo)

This training course will provide participants with a full understanding of zoo licensing. The course describes the law and what is required by licensed zoos, explains the licensing and enforcement process and provides in depth insight into what inspectors are looking for and how to prove your zoo complies with the requirements of the Secretary of Sates Standards of
Modern Zoo Practice. This is a highly interactive course based on small group exercises and practical tasks in the zoo.

Day 1
9.30 – Arrivals and Introductions

10.00 – The Zoo Licensing Act (1981) – Matt Hartley
Summary of the legislation including dispensations, powers of inspection and roles and responsibilities of the inspectors and the local authority. How to gain a new licence or modify your existing one.

11.00 – Small Group Exercise 1

11.15 - Coffee

11.30 – Conservation, Education and Research – Matt Hartley
Statutory requirements for conservation, education and research.

12.00 – Small Group Exercise 2

12.30 - Lunch

1.15 – Visitor Experience, Animal Contact and Zoonoses – Matt Hartley
Covering the requirement regarding visitors in the zoo.

2.00 - Small Group Exercise 3 - in the Zoo Assessing the Visitor
Experience and Public Safety Practical exercise in the zoo undertaking a mock inspection – will you identify the same issues as the zoo inspectors or will you find additional ones. Marc
Boardman Chessington Zoo Manager will be on hand to discuss his last inspection and how he has addressed the recommendations and conditions on his licence.

3.30 – Tea
 3.45 – Zoo Management – Matt Hartley
Review of the aspects of zoo management under focus – staff competence, staff training, firearms and escapes, record keeping etc.

4.30 - Small Group Exercise 4

5.00 – Discussion Session

Day 2
9.30 - Animal Husbandry, Welfare and Ethics and Animal Health - Matt Hartley
How to inspectors assess animal husbandry, welfare and animal health at a one off ‘spot check’ ? What evidence should you provide and how can you present your zoo in the best light ?

10.00 – Health and Safety – Marc Boardman
Elements of Health and Safety are included in the zoo licensing act – Marc explains how he manages Health and Safety at Chessington and how he has worked with the local authority to manage launching the new zoofari attraction.

10.30 – Working with your Local Authority – the zoos perspective – Marc Boardman
Marc provides a zoo operators perspective of zoo licensing and explains how he has turned the process into opportunity for staff training and development and why he has been commended by inspectors unique approach to inspections which made it a positive experience for everyone.

11.00 – Coffee

11.30 – Small Group Exercise 5 – Mock Inspection in the Zoo
A second exercise in the zoo – you will be escorted by a Chessington Keeper to undertake a mock inspection in areas of the zoo. We will come back and discuss your findings and how you would address any issues raised.

1.00– Lunch

1.45 – Enforcing the Zoo Licensing Act – Matt Hartley
What happens when conditions are needed ? What is a Direction Order ? Can the Local Authority close your zoo down. What are the aspects of the ZLA which you can get a criminal record for ? Matt shares his experiences of zoos gone bad !

2.30 – Small Group Exercise 6

3.15 - Tea

3.45- Final discussion session

Booking Information

46th Annual Association of Zoo Veterinarians

46th Annual Association of Zoo Veterinarians
21st Annual Association of Reptilian and Amphibian Veterinarians Conference
13th Annual Association of Exotic Mammal Veterinarians Conference
Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort
Lake Buena Vista, Florida
October 18-24, 2014

The 21st Annual ARAV and 13th Annual AEMV Conferences will be held October 18-24, 2014 at Disney’s Coronado Springs resort in Lake Buena Vista, FL. This will be yet another landmark event for these three groups as they will be meeting together for the second time. As always, experts in their respective fields from all over the world have been invited to participate making this a truly global continuing education experience. We realize these are still challenging economic times and appreciate the loyal support you have shown over the years whether through exhibits, sponsorship, auction donations, or supplies for labs. The live auction will be on zoo day at Disney’s Animal Kingdom park on Tuesday, October 21, 2014. Information on who to contact and where to send you auction donations for ARAV will be included at the close of this letter.

Monetary sponsorship will be available at the following levels and is on a first come, first serve basis. We are also open to any ideas you may have such as coffee mugs, water bottles, pens, portfolio pads, registration “briefcases”, etc. if you would prefer to participate in that manner.

• ARAV Sessions - $750 each
o Infectious Diseases
o Physiology/Conservation
o Clinical Techniques
o ARAV/AEMV Joint Session
o Master Classes
o Pharmacology
o In Depth Sessions (Musculoskeletal System)
o Case Reports
o Fish Medicine
o Diagnostics and Imaging

• ARAV Labs/Workshops
o Statistics for the Zoo/Exotic Clinician (M. Mitchell, didactic) $750
o Designing Studies, Collecting Data and Interpreting It
o Exotic Animal Behavior: Applying the Science of Learning Across Species
to Optimize Animal Health and Wellbeing (L. Clayton, didactic) $750
o Special Focus: Tortoise Medicine (A. Maas, didactic) $750
o Diagnostic Hemotology and Cytology of Reptiles (N. Stacey, didactic) $750
o Basic (Lizard) Endoscopy (Divers & Stahl) $1250
o Intermediate (Chelonian) Endoscopy (Divers & Stahl) $1250
o Soft Tissue Surgery of Green Iguanas (A. Bennett) $1500
o General Reptile Echocardiography and Ultrasound (L. Schilliger) $1250
• Coffee Break- $1500 (there will be an am and pm coffee break Monday-
• Lanyards/Name Badges-$750
• Monday ARAV Business Lunch-$3000
• Continental Breakfasts (Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday-$3000
• AEMV/ARAV Banquet-$4500
• ARAV Past-President’s Breakfast-$500.00

Levels of Sponsorship (based on the contributions to the above):
Bronze - $500-$750
Silver - $751 – $2000
Gold - $2001 – $4500
Platinum - $4500 and over

Commitment for sponsorship deadline will be September 1, 2014. All sponsors will be
• listed in the program book
• signs with the company logo will be displayed at sponsored sessions/labs
• if a lunch and/or banquet is sponsored, will be allowed to give a brief
presentation at the event
• mentioned in the opening and closing remarks

Thank you for considering these opportunities and we look forward to seeing you in October. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Nicole Johnson, DVMPlease contact at:
ARAV 2014 Development Committee
ARAV 2014 Member-at-Largefor the shipping address for auction

ARAV 2014 Auction Chairitems



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Wednesday, July 2, 2014

RAW 2015

 It is time to start planning for RAW 2015 in beautiful Monterey, California.  So you have some basic information, the conference will be held March 2nd through the 5th (or 6th) of 2015.  

March 2nd will be TAG day, and the general conference will take place on the 3rd, 4th, and 5th.  This is an early RAW, so plan accordingly.  The conference will be held at the Monterey Marriott with a rate of $139/night double-occupancy.  Registration fee will likely remain $75.  

The Monterey Bay Aquarium is also considering holding a "Jelly School" - a two day workshop on jelly husbandry, before the offical conference begins, on March 1st and 2nd.  Details will be made available in the future, but there will be an extra registration fee for this very limited space course.

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