Take a read of "Elephants are smart. What if tourism jobs were good for them?" if you have not done so already. It rather turns everything the Animal Rights Anarchists have been saying on it's head. For myself I have always been in favor of people riding elephants providing there is no abuse or cruelty.
I note that Vigan Zoo has just imported "27 giraffes and about 900 antelopes as added attractions to his 120-hectare zoo". Interesting. It is a relatively short flight from here in Thailand to the Philippines but just outside my budget. I would dearly like to visit and have the opportunity to update my REVIEW of 2009. One day maybe.
I note that David Gill is in the news yet again...now he has changed his name. Sometimes I wonder.
I hope everyone will take some time to ponder on the fate of those unfortunate Cheetah Researchers locked up in Iran. It is a truly terrible situation. Their work was doing nothing but good.
The situation in Islamabad Zoo is not really surprising. Blame is being cast right left and centre when the truth of the matter is that there are 'too many chiefs and not enough indians'. It is the keepers that count in these zoos, trained keepers. You can bring in 100 vets and it will not change anything. Just a dozen trained keepers would make only one trained vet a necessity.
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After more than 50 years working in private, commercial and National zoos in the capacity of keeper, head keeper and curator Peter Dickinson started to travel. He sold house and all his possessions and hit the road. He has traveled extensively in Turkey, Southern India and much of South East Asia before settling in Thailand. In his travels he has visited well over 200 zoos and many more before 'hitting the road' (many more before that) and writes about these in his blog http://zoonewsdigest.blogspot.com/
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Peter earns his living as an independent international zoo consultant, critic and writer. Currently working as Curator of Penguins in Ski Dubai. United Arab Emirates. He describes himself as an itinerant zoo keeper, one time zoo inspector, a dreamer, a traveler, an introvert, a people watcher, a lover, a storyteller, a thinker, a cosmopolitan, a writer, a hedonist, an explorer, a pantheist, a gastronome, sometime fool, a good friend to some and a pain in the butt to others.
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