Zoo News Digest is the longest established and most widely read listing of current 'zoo' related news on the internet. It notes 'real' events of interest to people working within the zoo industry. By a Zoo Professional for Zoo Professionals and other interested parties. The Digest includes comments and notification of courses and events.
Bustard Trial Reintroduction has entered a momentous new phase. Up until this
year the project has used only birds sourced from Saratov in Russia, and the UK
Government restricted this to birds hatched from eggs rescued from destroyed or
difficulties in rescuing the eggs, combined with the huge distances and
logistical challenges of working in Russia meant that the number of birds the
project was able to import into the UK was small – often as low as six birds a
Bustard Group received a tremendous boost last year however when Dr. Paul
O’Donoghue of the University of Chester undertook a genetic comparison of
European Great Bustard populations. He discovered that, contrary to the
previously held belief, the Great Bustards in Spain form the closest living
population of Great Bustards to the original UK population before its
Bustard Group is very grateful to the museums and private collections that
allowed genetic material to be removed from their specimens. Spain holds around
two thirds of the world’s Great Bustard population with over 30, 000 birds, and
that number is increasing.
the invaluable support of local land owners and government officials in Spain,
the Great Bustard Group undertook the collection of Great Bustard eggs from the
Castilla la Mancha region. Having been granted the appropriate licences from
the regional and national governments, a team of four GBG staff with two
specially trained dogs and two staff from RSPB collected 56 Great Bustard eggs.
The eggs were
exported in partnership with Madrid Zoo and transported by ferry to the UK to specialist
bird park, Birdworld in Farnham, Surrey, home to the only public captive Great
Bustard enclosure in Britain. Here park curator Duncan Bolton and a team of
incubation experts undertook the incubation and hatching of the eggs with
excellent results, achieving a hatch rate of over 82% of the viable eggs.
chicks were then taken from Birdworld to the GBG Project Site in Wiltshire and
reared by Great Bustard Group and RSPB staff. The young chicks need to be bill
fed with a puppet and exercised as they grow. The rearing team wear
dehumanisation suits to stop the chicks becoming imprinted on their human
The project is
now entering the release phase with a ‘soft release’ technique being used that
gently allows the birds to find their freedom in stages. The first birds are
now at the release sites. A total of 33 Great Bustards will be released this
year at two secret sites in Wiltshire.
The use of
Spanish birds promises to be a major step forward for the project. The previously
released Russian birds have demonstrated a tendency to disperse in a South
Westerly direction, often to their detriment. Studies in Russia by a
German/Russian team, and by the GBG and its project partners in Russia - the
Severtsov Institute of Ecology - have shown that some birds head South West to
escape the worst of the Russian winter, but indicate that others do stay. It
was thought that the mild UK winter would encourage the released birds to stay,
but many of them dispersed, some even reaching French shores. Although many
have successfully completed a return journey from France others are thought to
Great Bustard population is the largest in the world. It is currently
increasing and is largely sedentary.
The cost of
collecting the eggs and importing them to the UK was covered by the Rural
Trust, whose support for the Great Bustard Group goes back to the beginning of
the project when the first UK licences were being applied for.
Bustard Trial Reintroduction was started in 2004 by the Great Bustard Group.
Since 2010 the
Reintroduction Trial has been assisted by an EU LIFE+ grant which is
coordinated by the RSPB. The LIFE+ programme covers up to 75% of eligible
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 .
'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.
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.
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.
9.30 – Arrivals and
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
11.15 - Coffee
Conservation, Education and Research – Matt Hartley
requirements for conservation, education and research.
12.00 – Small Group
12.30 - Lunch
1.15 – Visitor
Experience, Animal Contact and Zoonoses – Matt Hartley
requirement regarding visitors in the zoo.
2.00 - Small Group
Exercise 3 - in the Zoo Assessing the Visitor
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
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
5.00 – Discussion
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.
1.45 – 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 !
Association of Reptilian and Amphibian Veterinarians Conference
Association of Exotic Mammal Veterinarians Conference
Lake Buena Vista,
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.
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 -
o ARAV/AEMV Joint
o Master Classes
o In Depth Sessions
o Case Reports
o Fish Medicine
o Diagnostics and
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
Hemotology and Cytology of Reptiles (N. Stacey, didactic) $750
o Basic (Lizard)
Endoscopy (Divers & Stahl) $1250
(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-
Is a unique
educational opportunity for those interested in learning more about whales,
dolphins and sea lions. This is a cutting-edge workshop designed to teach from
firsthand, personal experience how to create human-nature connections. You will
also learn how animals under human care serve as ambassadors for their species
and how sustainable, eco-tourism helps to promote environmental awareness.