Sunday, August 29, 1999

Zoo News Digest 23rd August - 29th August 1999 (Zoo News 66)

Dear Colleagues,

Taking place over the next few days is the Enrichment Conference in
Edinburgh. I hope it is a great success. I never cease to be amazed by the
innovative ideas which can be generated by group discussion. Coming from
the minds of those who think up new enrichment projects it must be quite
mind boggling. For me, regrettably, attendance was cost prohibitive,
though I might run to the proceedings when they appear. I look forward to
their publication. I don`t know how many of you have visited chat sites. I
suppose the name itself is off putting, and, I admit you do meet some very
odd people there from time to time. However if you renamed these sites to
‘Discussion Centre’ it takes a bit of the edge off . They do have a very
valuable role to play. You could email a colleague and ask to meet at an
agreed time in a certain ‘Centre’. You could then carry out a real time
conversation and cut down on a lot of correspondence. As several people
can be in each ‘Centre’ at any one time, valuable meetings can be set up.
For those of you who subscribe to Zoo Biology there is already a
‘Centre/Chat Room’ in place, take a visit, have a look around. Others you
could try are Zoo Chat at (this has been very
quiet lately) or another I have found recently at Why not give it a go? Remember time
differences when you set up a meeting. You could advertise time and place
and subject on ZooNews Digest if you like. You could even set up your own
room if you wished, it is not difficult, though I don’t see the point when
other rooms are available. I have managed at last to find time to dig into
Zoos’ Print. Excellent as usual. I liked in particular the article
“Endemic Animals in Indian Zoos”. If you wish to subscribe to a really
“different” zoo publication send an email to Also out
this week is the latest ‘International Zoo News’. I am still reading that
but very much enjoyed the guest editorial by John Tucson. He is so right!
Zoo Biology has averaged 3 new members every day this week and there has
been the usual diverse questions and inspired answers. If you are not
already a member, it is well worth joining.

Miami's Popular Parrot Jungle Stays Open While A New Jungle Is Built

State officials worried about people's exposure to rabid bear
(Wild Midwest Petting Zoo)

Loggerhead sea turtle makes way from Indiana to Collier County
(Indianapolis Zoo)

Goonesinha's dream of a national zoo
(Dehiwala Zoo)

PETA joins debate on moving Bunny
(Mesker Park Zoo & Botanic Garden)

Veterinarian helps more than just dogs and cats feel better
(Oklahoma City Zoo)

Mysterious deaths of Bangladesh zoo tigers

Public may not see rare leopard at zoo for weeks
(Mesker Park Zoo & Botanic Garden)

Community Comment: Zoo master plan is logical
(Mesker Park Zoo & Botanic Garden)

County slows Zoo Boulevard project
(Sedgwick County Zoo)

Koalas' Arrival Gives Zoo G'Day
(Oklahoma City zoo)

Caribbean Gardens hosts Saturday blood drive
(What a good idea!)

Buffalo Zoo To Stay Put

Baby Gorilla Born
(Zoo Atlanta)

The Care of the Wild
(National Zoo)

Earth, Wind & Fire: National Park Service
(Yellowstone like a Zoo?)

Orang-utan goes ape for wife
(Lopburi Zoo)

Baby beluga loses its monthlong struggle
(Shedd Aquarium),1575,ART-33534,00.html

ET lookalikes land in London
(London Zoo)

Active life of the box turtle
(Toledo Zoo)

TLC restores paralyzed monkey to treetops
(Tisch Family Biblical Zoo)

A sad lion and the day Jim tried to fix it with bagpipes
(Edinburgh Zoo)
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Panda Yuanyuan at Beijing Zoo Gives Birth to Twins

Community Comment: Let’s work together to make the zoo a first-class
facility (Mesker Park Zoo & Botanic Garden)

Dr Qadeer to provide funds for Marghzar zoo

Half of world's turtles face extinction, scientists say

DNA Testing to Determine If Cambodian Bear Is New Species
(Phnom Penh/ Prey Veng)

Defenders Files Complaint to Protect Endangered Animals

Officials look at ways to save crab

B.C. Nabs Traffickers in Bear Parts

African wildlife sperm bank sold

Bit & Pieces

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Nicola Field, Animal Keeper at Woburn Safari Park is building up a
register of keepers who may be interested in a keeper exchange programme.
If this is of interest to you please write to Nicola at : Woburn Safari
Park, Woburn Park, Bedfordshire, MK17 9QN


A French keeper by the name of Mickaël Michault currently working for
Branféré Zoo has
been trying to set up a French Zookeepers Association for about a year or
more now. He recently wrote to say they are having their first congress
on November 4 and 5 and are expecting about 60 keepers, mainly from French
zoos. However, he has invited some representatives from other associations
of keepers - AAZK, BZD, and Fondation De Harpij. He is looking for any
interested representatives from ABWAK. Unfortunately he has no e- mail
address, but may be contacted at: 8, rue du Couvent 56190 Muzillac France

**** Lion bites man on arm at Flag Acres zoo in Rensselaer County.
Aparantly Stephen Nichols, of
was bitten while he posed for a photograph while standing in the lion's
cage. Although the
bite was initially not thought to be serious, it became infected and
required hospital attention. Mr Nichols may sue the zoo.

Primate Training and Enrichment Workshop

The Department of Veterinary Sciences (DVS) of The University of Texas M.
D. Anderson Cancer Center and Active Environments are once again offering
Primate Training and Enrichment Workshops for caregivers, keepers,
supervisors, veterinarians, and investigators working with nonhuman
primates. The goals of the 4-day workshop are to provide practical
solutions to participants' current primate management problems by 1)
enhancing participants' abilities to apply the concepts of natural primate
behavior to the implementation of environmental enrichment 2) defining the
terminology of operant conditioning 3) explaining a variety of
environmental enrichment and training options currently in use 4)
familiarizing participants with the application of training techniques to
a variety of situations 5) familiarizing participants with informational
resources concerning training and environmental enrichment improving
participants' abilities to design and evaluate enrichment and training
strategies 7) enhancing participants' abilities to assess behavioral
problems and generate training and/or enrichment solutions.

The Primate Training and Enrichment Workshop is designed to encourage
interaction and cooperation among participants from the laboratory and
zoological communities. Past workshops have been extremely successful in
this regard, highlighting many similarities in problems encountered in
laboratories and at zoological parks. Workshops are held at The University
of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, Department of Veterinary Sciences
(DVS) facility in Bastrop, TX. The DVS houses a chimpanzee colony of over
150 individuals living in a variety of social group sizes. In addition, a
colony of over 600 specific pathogen-free rhesus monkeys are socially
housed on site. Both colonies have ongoing enrichment and training
programs. The workshop will begin at 9:00 am on Wednesday, November 17,
1999 and will end with a banquet/party on the evening of Saturday,
November 20, 1999. A registration fee of $550.00 per participant, includes
all workshop materials, all meals, motel accommodations for five nights
(Tues. - Sat., double occupancy), and shuttle service between the Austin
airport, the motel, and the DVS. Registration will be limited to 30
participants. A second workshop, to accommodate anticipated over
enrollment, is tentatively scheduled for February 16-19, 2000. Workshop
instructors include:

Mollie Bloomsmith, Ph.D.
Zoo Atlanta . Yerkes Reg. Prim. Res. Ctr. ,
Steve Schapiro, Ph.D.
Gail Laule, M.A.
Active Environments,
Adam Stone, B.S., LATg
Active Environments,
Reserve a spot for you and/or your colleagues right away. Space is limited
and we have a long list of interested facilities and people. For
additional information contact: Steve Schapiro Department of Veterinary
Sciences UTMDACC Rt. 2, Box 151-B I Bastrop, TX 78602 512-321-3991
512-332-5208 (fax)


Animal Trainers and Papers Wanted!!!
The steering committee of the Animal Behavior Management Association
(ABMA) would like to invite and encourage trainers of all animal species
to attend the upcoming International Marine Animal Trainers Association
(IMATA) conference in Chicago, Illinois - December 5 - 10, 1999. For more
information about the ABMA and any questions or suggestions about our
workshops, presentations and papers at this conference, contact Heidi
Hellmuth at If you'd like to submit an abstract to
present a paper, please act quickly as the deadline is fast approaching.
If you’d prefer, or the deadline has passed, bring slides/videos of your
training programs for informal night. Start making your plans now, we'd
love to see you in Chicago!


Following the Government's consultation document "Review of the Operation
of the Zoo Licensing Act 1981" the Government's announced in September
1998 a package of measures designed to modernise the British zoo licensing
system. One of the measures announced was a proposal for a review by
independent consultants of the current standards of modern zoo practice,
issued under section 9 of the Zoo Licensing Act 1981. The Government has
now published the report by the Zoo Standards Review Group proposing
revised Standards of Modern Zoo Practice. A Concordance document was also
published. Copies of the reports may be obtained from Richard Hepburn,
DETR, room 806, Tollgate House, Bristol BS2 9DJ (tel 0117 9878292) or by
email to . Comments to the same address
are required no later than 10 September 1999. Alternatively a copy of the
report and concordance may be obtained on the ZSRG`s Internet site:


Zoo Staff Personals

Job Wanted - New York or outlying areas
Zoo Keeper, two years experience with a wide range of birds, reptiles,
primates, bears, hoofstock, cats and small mammals. Basic falconry and
positive re-enforcement training. I am flying over to New York in late
September and want to find a job/voluntary position for 4 weeks, maybe
more. I am also looking for somewhere to stay, preferably with female
keepers/zoo staff. Any information on jobs, accomodation, visas, New York
or anything else you may feel is relevant would be gratefully recieved. I
am keen, hard working and honest with an infectious enthusiasm for animal
related and conservation work. Previous experience includes University
studies in Journalism, marketing and arts as well as lots of non relevant
experience. I look forward to hearing from anyone who can help. CV
available on request. Please contact me through Peters email address. He
will forward any messages to me. Many Thanks. Chelley Claridge


Situations Vacant
(please mention you saw the advertisement in ZooNews Digest should you
apply for any of these posts, many thanks)Do you have a vacancy to
advertise? Please email me.

Education Officer Vacancy - Drusillas Park

There is a vacancy within the Education Department and we are looking for
an enthusiastic, motivated, creative, child-friendly individual with a
background in teaching or a zoology/environmental based degree to join our
team. This full-time, permanent position will involve the development of
the current scholls programme (from pre-school through to ‘A’ level and
GNVQ), involvement in zoo interpretation, direct teaching and management
of the ‘paint and make’ activities (the Wacky Workshop). For an
application form and job description, please telephone 01323 870656.

**** Livestock Curator - Wyld Court Rainforest

Manage small mammals, reptiles, birds and insects as part of a dynamic and
international team. Qualifications and two years experience essential. To
start immediately. For more information see
Apply by September 6th with covering letter and CV to Karl Hansen, Wyld
Court Rainforest, Hampstead Norreys, Berkshire RG18 0TN

**** Vice President of Biological Programs: The Minnesota Zoo is currently
seeking a dynamic and passionate individual to lead the Biological
Programs division of the Minnesota Zoo. The VP of Biological Programs
will be responsible for the daily operation of animal management, animal
health and conservation programming. With a division budget of
approximately four million dollars and 75 employees, this position
provides vision and direction to, and is an advocate for the development,
care and presentation of the living collection. This position reports to
the Deputy Director/Chief Operating Officer. The successful candidate must
have excellent interpersonal and organizational skills, appropriate
education, a minimum of five years experience directing animal management
or animal health programs and direct experience supervising staff and
programs at a zoo. Salary range $58,000 - $83,000. Posting will remain
open until a successful candidate is found. Please send resume and cover
letter to: Connie J. Braziel, Acting Director and Chief Operating Officer
Minnesota Zoo 13000 Zoo Boulevard Apple Valley, MN 55124 FAX (612)


‘Animals in Action’ - £13,380 p.a. inclusive of London Weighting.

‘Animals in Action’ and ‘Predatory Birds’ are high-profile, natural
behaviour displays held on a daily basis at London Zoo. A fourth person
is required to work with the Event Animal Section on all aspects of the
care, training and presentation of the animals used in the displays. You
should have at least two years experience of working with non-domestic
animals, with preference being given to those who have worked with trained
animals. Good communication skills are required and experience of speaking
in public would be an advantage. You must be presentable in appearance.
Flexibility and teamwork skills are essential. If you are interested,
please send your CV, with a covering letter, to the Personnel Department,
London Zoo, Regent’s Park, London NW14RY, to arrive not later than
Thursday 2nd September 1999.


Animal collection Manager - Woburn Safari Park
The Woburn Safari Park is looking for an Animal Collections Manager.
Reporting to the Cheif Executive, key responsibilities will include :-
Overseeing the Animal Collection, Leading and managing Animal Staff,
Monitoring and controlling the Animal Department’s budgets, Leading the
development of the Department’s Staff, Implementing the Collection
Strategy, Representing Woburn Safari Park in the Zoo and Academic
communities. Please apply by forwarding a CV, with a hand-written covering
letter and stating present salary, for the attention of: Chris Webster,
Chief Executive, Woburn Safari Park, Woburn Park, Bedfordshire. MK17 9QN.
Applications must be received by Friday 17th September 1999.

**** The National Aviary in Pittsburgh is currently interviewing to fill a
bird keeper position. Resumes should be sent to James Mejeur Curator ofBirds
The National
Type Full-time, Hourly. Pay Range $16,480 -

$22,660, plus benefits. Start Date Immediate Deadline Open until filled
Responsibilities Responsible for day to day care of animal collection,
exhibits and off-exhibit areas. Take an active part in the direction of
the animal collection and its exhibition. Participate in related
education and conservation activities. Duties Prepare and deliver food;
observe feeding activities. Clean and service exhibits and exhibit
support areas. Create and maintain a safe and healthy environment for the
animals, staff and guests. Perform necessary maintenance in areas
concerning, and on equipment related to, animal care. Record all
observations in appropriate areas. Design, create and implement
behavioral enrichment and breeding support activities. Assist and
interact with the Aviary’s guests. Support all other departments as
required. Requirements High school diploma or equivalent required
College degree in Natural Sciences preferred. Must be able to work
weekends and holidays; overtime mandatory on an as needed basis. Able to
stand for extended periods of time and be able to lift and carry up to 40
lbs. Vision corrected to 20/20. Valid PA Drivers License and proof of
employment eligibility required. Please submit an application and resume
to: James Mejeur, Curator of Birds, National Aviary in Pittsburgh,
Allegheny Commons West, Pittsburgh, PA 15212

**** Howletts Wild Animal Park, Bekesbourne, Kent require a Gorilla Keeper
(No 2 on the section) Applicants must be English speaking. 44 hour week.
Accommodation available. Salary commensurate with age and experience.
Please contact Peter Litchfield, Animal Manager on 01303 264647 or e.mail


The World Owl Trust have a vacancy for a keeper. Experience with owls
and/or diurnal birds of prey is desirable but long-term commitment and
loyalty is what the Trust is seeking. An ability to communicate well
with the general public is essential. Preference will be given to
applicants holding a Certificate in Animal Management and an interest in
consevation and environmental issues is expected. This is an excellent
opportunity to join a small, dedicated team carrying out global owl
conservation, both ex-situ and in-situ, at a rapidly expanding specialist
centre. Please apply in own handwriting, with a covering letter and
curriculum vitae to: Martin Baggott, Executive Administrator, World Owl
Trust, Muncaster Castle, Ravenglass, Cumbria. CA18 1RQ

**** Fjord & Belt Centre in Kerteminde, Denmark. Applications are invited
to a position as dolphin trainer at the Fjord & Belt Centre in Kerteminde,
Funen, Denmark. Working environment - The Fjord & Belt Centre is a marine
activity centre created to combine research (in co-operation with the
University of Southern Denmark), public exhibition, aquariums and
education on marine issues. The centre opened in 1997 and 300,000 visitors
have until now visited the centre. The Kerteminde Fjord and the Danish
Belts and their marine life are the common denominators for all the
activities. As such, the harbour porpoise is the main topic of research
and one of the main attractions. The purpose is to enhance research into
behaviour and ways of reducing by-catch as well as informing the public
and creating more awareness. For that, the centre has permission to hold
four harbour porpoises in captivity for a period of three years. The
porpoise project is led by a team composed of a supervisor (a French whale
biologist) and an American senior trainer and advised by a German
veterinarian. Danish and foreign interns assist in the daily care.
International research co- operation is currently carried out with Danish,
Swedish, German and English institutions. Type of employment - Duties will
be mainly to participate in the daily care and training of the harbour
porpoises held outdoors and to the maintenance of the porpoise facilities.
Duties consist furthermore in participating in research projects and other
centre activities. Applicants should preferably have previous experience
with husbandry and training of marine mammals. Training for experimental
research as well as active participation in research projects will also be
considered as additional qualifications. Expectations from the applicant -
The successful applicant is expected to show a good deal of personal
involvement, responsibility and creativity. Ability to work harmoniously
in a team of an international context is essential. There is an obligation
of residence in the town of Kerteminde. Applicants have to be able to
speak and write English fluently. If a working knowledge of Danish is not
present at the time of appointment, sufficient knowledge of Danish for
participation in meetings and extension to the public must be acquired
within a year. Salary/Working hours/Vacation - Salary and other
conditions of appointment will be based on Danish regulations. The salary
is subject to Danish incomes taxes and social expenses and is based on the
Danish system of working flexible hours. The salary will be negotiated at
around US$ 2200. Working hours are 37 hours per week, variable hours.
Overtime will be compensated for. Accrual per month of work accomplished
is 2,5 days, equivalent to 5 weeks vacation per year. Application - The
application should include a C.V., a statement of interests, a description
of research involvement and reprints of publications if any, and a minimum
of two reference letters from previous aquarium curators and head
trainers. Three copies of the application must be mailed to the Fjord &
Belt Centre, Margrethes Plads 1, DK-5300 Kerteminde, Denmark. The
application must be received not later than September 30, 1999 in order to
be considered. Further Information on the Fjord & Belt Centre can be found
on Further information about the position may be
obtained from the leader of the porpoise project, Dr. Genevive Desportes and the senior trainer Kirstin Anderson, Fjord & Belt Centre, Fax: +45 65 32 42 64.

Paignton Zoological & Botanical Gardens are looking for a Executive
Director to take up the post in September 2000 on the retirement of the
current Director. The postholder will be responsible to the Board of
Trustees and responsible for fulfilling the objectives of Paignton zoo in
the fields of wildlife conservation and education. For further
information and a full job description please send a stamped addressed A4
size envelope to : The Chairman, Whitley Wildlife Conservation Trust,
Totnes Road, Paignton, Devon. TQ4 7EU, UK The closing date for
applications is the 30th Sepember 1999

For the most up to date links to sites advertising Zoo work go to:


Fourth International Enrichment Conference
29th August - 3rd September 1999
Edinburgh, Scotland.
Details are now available from the Shape of Enrichment website:
The Shape of Enrichment, Inc is pleased to announce a grant of $1,000 U.S.
to be used towards expenses to attend The Fourth International Conference
on Environmental Enrichment. The winning paper will be presented during
the conference. More details of this from the enrichment site.

The Third Elephant Handlers UK Based Training Course
31st August-5th September 1999
Woburn Safari Park

16th EAZA/EEP Annual Conference
Basel Zoo, Switzerland
September 8 - 12 1999
For further information contact :
EAZA offices

26th National Conference of the American Association of Zoo Keepers, Inc.
September 12 - 16 1999 Portland, Oregon Hosted by the Portland AAZK
Chapter and The Oregon Zoo. For information contact: Jan McCoy, The
Oregon Zoo, 4001 S.W. Canyon Rd., Portland, OR 97221. Fax: (503) 226-6836

Veterinary conference on Australian Wildlife
Western Plains Zoo, Australia
September 13 - 17, 1999.
Topics include zoonoses, medicine and surgery of macropods, reptiles,
bats, native birds and amphibia as well as pest control and assisted
reproduction. Interested parties can contact : David Blyde on

European Zoo Educators (EZE) Conference
Safari Beekse Bergen; Hilvarenbeek, The Netherlands
16 - 20 September 1999
For further details contact: Chris Peters; IZE-Regional Representative for
Europe/Middle-East e-mail:

You are invited to attend a training workshop on the management and
health of crocodiles in
September 1999. This will be organised by Professor John E Cooper
(wildlife pathologist), Mrs. Margaret Cooper (wildlife lawyer) from U. K.
and Dr. Gladys Kalema (Uganda Wildlife Authority veterinary officer).
Dates: Tues 14th - Wed 15th September 1999
Venue: Kampala and Crocodile Farm, Buwama.
For DETAILS and REGISTRATION please contact:-
Dr. Gladys Kalema, Uganda Wildlife Authority Headquarters, Kampala,
Uganda Tel:- +256-41-346287/8 E-mail:

Canada Goose Management Symposium
Toronto Zoo
September 14 - 16 1999
Registration for the symposium is on a first-come first-serve basis and
the completed registration package should be returned ASAP. The symposium
will educate participants on urban goose biology, population management
strategies, and new technologies that can be applied to population control
and management. To find out more about the symposium or if you would
prefer a hard copy or have questions that you like answered, please do not
hesitate to call Elaine Christens at (416) 392-5960 or fax to (416)
392-4979. You can also email her at

Waterfowl Information Network-International Conference
16-17 September 1999
The Royal Veterinary College, London
For further information please contact :

International Meeting of Zoo Collectors
18th-19th of September 1999
Hanover Zoo, northern Germany
Every year some 80 people from all over Europe meet to swap, trade and
exchange zoo memorabilia / historica (guidebooks, posters, postcards,
books). This year the meeting will take place at Hanover Zoo, northern
Germany, where it started ten years ago. Saturday morning trading will
take place at the zoo barn, afternoon will see a guided tour through the
completely re-built zoo. In the evening dinner will be followed by an
auction of zoo items. On Sunday a guided excursion will take place to the
nearby wildlife park of Springe, one of the places were early this century
the European bison or wisent has been saved from extinction. The meeting
is organised by Frank-Dieter Busch and Michael Mettler. Costs are 50 DEM
(including entrance fees & dinner), payable at the meeting (for non-german
participants only; Germans please pay in advance). Information and
announcement: Frank-Dieter Busch, Koethenwaldstr. 20, D-31275 Lehrte Tel.
+49-5132-51552, Fax +49-5138-2027

American Zoo and Aquarium Association's Annual Conference
24-28 September 1999
Minneapolis, Minnesota
For more information, visit our Web site at or contact:
Linda Boyd, 8403 Colesville Road, Suite 710, Silver Spring, MD 20910
(301) 562-0777, ext. 237; fax (301) 562-0888 e-mail:

The 4th International Conference for the Management of Wildlife in
Amazonia and Latin America October 4th-8th of 1999 Asuncion, Paraguay
Centro Cultural del Banco Central del Paraguay. For further information
about the Conference visit the Web Site:

VI International Symposium on the Preservation of the Przewalski Horse 5 -
7 October 1999 Kyiv, Askania-Nova For further details contact :

1999 Zoo Registrars Association Conference
8-10 October 1999
San Antonio, Texas
For more information, please contact: Terrence L. Fisher, San Antonio
Zoological Society, 3903 N. St. Mary's Street, San Antonio, Texas 78212
phone (210) 734-7184 ext. 162; fax (210) 734-7291 e-mail:

AAZV Conference
10th October 1999
The 1999 annual meeting of the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians
(AAZV) will be held in Columbus, Ohio hosted by The Columbus Zoological
Gardens. This year features four master classes, help concurrently on
Wednesday afternoon, instead of the regular sessions. Taught by experts in
their fields, these classes are designed as an indepth review of
antibacterial use, acid base balance, wound management, and fish medicine
(See descriptions within the Scientific Program schedule.) Two all-day
workshops are planned pre- and post- conference, with ten additional
workshops/wetlabs being offered on Sunday, October 10. The opening Ice
Breaker will take place on Sunday evening, and our traditional zoo trip on
Tuesday afternoon will end with the ever popular auction. Conference
topics: Advanced Physical and Chemical Restraint of Zoo and Wild Animals,
Surgical Techniques Utilizing Magnification, Chelonian Techniques and
Surgery, Animal Nutrition Topics, Reptilian and Amphibian Medicine, Small
Mammals/Carnivores, Gerontology, Reproductive Technologies and
Contraception, Case Reports, Ethics, Primates, Infectious Diseases, Avian
Medicine, Nutrition. For detailed information and registration, call Patti
Ackerman (614-645-3422; fax 614-645-3564; email, Dr.
Wilbur Amand (610-892-4812; fax 610-892-4813; email or the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians
web page at

ABWAK is planning a 'Sustainability workshop' to be held at Blackpool Zoo
on Tuesday 12 October 1999. Topics will cover ways in which zoos can be
pro-active in recycling, environmentally friendly products, use of the
correct suppliers, educating our visitors and generally how zoos can use
state of the art techniques in environmental management. This event is
being co-ordinated by ABWAK Council member Nan Swannie, Education Officer
at Blackpool Zoo. Nan can be contacted on 01253 765027 or by fax on 01253

AZA Nutrition Advisory Group
3rd Conference
14-17 October 1999
Columbus, OH, USA.
If interested please contact Mike Maslanka, MS
Nutritionist & Commissary Supervisor
Memphis Zoo
2000 Galloway Ave
Memphis, TN 38112
ph: 901-725-3400, ext 3361
fax: 901-725-9305
or email : Mike Maslanka

CBSG Annual Meeting
15 - 17 October 1999
Warmbaths, South Africa
For further details contact : or

World Zoo Organisation Annual Conference
18 - 21 October 1999
Pretoria, South Africa
For further details contact :
Sarita Cronje, National Zoo, P.O.Box 754, Pretoria 0001, South Africa.
(Fax 27-12-323-4540)

ChimpanZoo Conference:
"Approaching a More Human Public Ethic Toward Captive Chimpanzees Through
ChimpanZoo" 19-23 October - 1999 Sunset Zoological Park, Manhattan, KS.
For Conference information consult the ChimpanZoo at:
http://u.arizona.ed/~vlandau/HOME.HTM or write to: ChimpanZoo Geronimo
Bldg #308, 800 E. University Blvd, Tucson, AZ 85721; Phone at (520)
-621-4785, FAX (520)-621-2230 or email to: vlandau@u.arizona,edu
ChimpanZoo is a sponsored program of the Jane Goodall Institute.

Research and Captive Propagation in Birds
21st October – 23rd October 1999 at Antwerp Zoo
Deadline for submission of talks and posters is 30 June 1999; The
deadline for the abstracts is 15 July 1999. For more information please
contact PD Dr. U. Gansloßer FAX (+49-911-97 95 800 or Dr. C.
Mettke-Hofmann +49-8152-373 133 , e-mail (

International Conference: "Biology of Insectivorous Mammals"
25-28 October 1999
Kemerovo, Russia
Tel: (3842) 230166, 230746.

29th North American Symposium on Bat Research
October 27-30 1999
Maddison Wisconsin USA
Tom Griffiths
Dept of Biology, Illinois Weslean University, Bloomington IL 61702
Ph 309-536-3230
fax 309-536-3411

Introduction/Re-Introductions Seminar
6th November 1999
The Boldrewood Conference Centre, University of Southampton
This is a one day seminar organised jointly by Marwell Preservation Trust
and the University of Southampton. Chaired by Chris Packham it will
address some of practical problems of restoring endangered species to the
wild. There are several speakers talking on a range of topics which
include Beaver, Desert Antelope, Red Kite, White-Tailed Eagle amongst
others. For further details and booking contact : Marwell Zoological Park,
Winchester, Hampshire, SO21 1JH or telephone 01962 777407

Histology and Histopathology Workshop
6th and 7th of November 1999
Greendale Laboratories Limited, Surrey, UK.
The two tutors will be Professor Fredric Frye, DVM from the U.S.A. and
Professor John E Cooper FRCVS, from the U.K. and East Africa. The cost of
the Workshop will be £260 (Plus VAT); this will include luncheon and
refreshments. Information on local hotels is available upon request.
Contact Greendale Laboratories,Knaphill, Woking, Surrey GU21 2EW, UK -
`phone 44-(0)1483-797707,fax 797552 or email --

Marine Ornamentals 99 Conference
Kona, Hawaii
16th - 19th November 1999
Plans are now well underway and there are only a few weeks left in which
to take advantage of the early registration discount. And for those of you
that might want to present a paper - either orally or as a poster - the
deadline for abstracts (July 31) is rapidly approaching. The meeting is
designed to bring together in one venue those interested in the
Collecting, Culture and Conservation of marine ornamental species
including fishes, corals, live rock, as well as those that are worrying
about the regulatory regime in which these species are traded, transported
and marketed. Thus there is an opportunity for everyone from researchers,
to businessmen, to hobbyists to participate and contribute to the meeting.
For details of the meeting, registration forms, etc. See

British and Irish Zoo Educators Conference (BIZE)
Fota Wildlife Park, Co. Cork, Ireland
18-21 November 1999
The conference organiser is Lynda McSweeney
tel 00353 21 812 678 or fax 00353 21 812 744

Zoo and Exotic Animal Anaesthesia and Surgery
20-21 November 1999 at the Meeting Rooms, Zoological Society of London.
This 2 days meeting will concentrate on the modern approach and advances
within the field of anaesthesia and surgery in birds, reptiles, small
mammals, zoo animals, fish, etc etc etc. For registration details please
contact Derek Lyon ( Brackenwood, 67 Wynnstay Lane,
Marford, Wrexham LL12 8LH, UK. Fax: 44 (0)1978 852065 Anyone wishing to
present a paper should contact Steve Divers ( Exotic
Animal Centre, 12 Fitzilian Avenue, Harold Wood, Romford, Essex RM3 0QS,
UK. Fax: 44 (0)1708 344318. You don't have to be an academic high
roller, super specialist or all round action packed super hero. Student
papers, reviews, new techniques and procedures, as well as original
research are all very welcome.

Nov. 30 - Dec2 1999
Co-sponsored by The San Diego Zoo and SOS Care will be held at the
Imperial Palace Hotel in Las Vegas Nevada. For further details contact : FAX: (760) 749 1324 ADDRESS: SOS Care, 15453 Woods
Valley Rd, Valley Center, CA 92082 USA

18th Annual Australasian Primate Society Conference
3 - 5 December 1999
Taronga Zoo, Sydney, Australia.
Theme: "Primate Conservation: The Role of Australasia in In-situ Programs.
Guest Speaker: Dr Russell Mitermeier
Contact: Maria Finnigan

The 13th Biennial Conference on the Biology of Marine Mammals,
organised by the Society for Marine Mammalogy, will be held from 29
November to 3 December 1999 in Kihei, Hawaiian Islands. The deadline for
abstracts is 1 June and for workshop proposals 1 March. For further
information contact Gene Nitta, Conference Chair, at
+1-808-973-2987> or Paul Nachtigall, Scientific Program Chair, at, +1-808-247-5297>, or visit

Committing to Conservation Conference
*Making a Difference*
The San Diego Zoo
December 9-12, 1999
For further details or if you are interested in presenting a paper or
poster which supports one
of the conference themes, please mail, fax or e-mail a draft of your
300-word (or less) abstract to: Valerie Thompson, Conference Co-Chair,
P.O. Box 120551, San Diego, CA 92112-0551. Fax: (619) 232- 4117; e-mail: Paper and Poster abstracts and accompanying
information are due by September 15, 1999.

"Zoo-Kunft 2000"
18 - 20 February 2000
Allwetterzoo Münster
The main theme will be "The Human (and) Apes in zoos and the wild".
Speakers are not yet fixed. Registration and further information (when
available) is at the web site at :

Third International Asian Hornbill Workshop
The Third International Asian Hornbill Workshop will be held in April/May
2000 in Singapore, with a post-workshop excursion to the Budo & Hala-Bala
Research Site, south Thailand. If you are interested in attending, please
write to either: Ms Ng Bee Choo, c/o Nature's Niche, Bukit Timah Nature
Reserve Visitor Centre, 177 Hindhede Drive, Singapore 589333. Tel, +65
4636571, fax +65 4636572, e.mail or Dr Pilai
Poonswad, Hornbill Project Thailand, c/o Department of Microbiology,
Faculty of Science, Mahidol Unversity, Rama 6 Road, Bangkok 10400,
Thailand. Fax +66 26445411, e.mail

“The Apes: Challenges for the 21st Century”
May 10 -13 2000
Hilton, Lisle/Naperville
This unique conference will focus on the apes of the world and will bring
together researchers, zoological park personnel, and field biologists to
share and disseminate the most current information on husbandry,
conservation, and emergent issues pertaining to captive and wild
populations of apes. This conference will serve as a starting point for
defining the challenges likely to face apes in the twenty-first century.
Keynote speakers include Dr. David Chivers for lesser apes, Dr. Carel van
Schaik for orangutans, Dr. Gay Reinartz for bonobos, Dr. Claudia
Olejniczak for gorillas and Dr. Toshisada Nishida for chimpanzees. Our
plenary speaker is Dr. Russell Mittermeier, president of Conservation
International. The conference will include several days of presentations
as well as an icebreaker, round table discussions, and a day at Brookfield
Zoo including a silent auction, a raffle and a banquet. Immediately
following the conference Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago will host the North
American Ape Taxon Advisory Group meetings. The Brookfield Zoo Conference
Planning Committee invites you to present papers, posters, or videos
pertaining to husbandry, medicine, nutrition, behavior, taxonomy,
reproduction, fieldwork, or conservation matters. Deadline for abstract
submission is February 15, 2000. For information on registration and
submission of abstracts contact the Brookfield Zoo Ape Conference Planning
Committee at (708) 485-0263 ext 604, FAX (708) 485-3140 or e-mail

Fourth International Penguin Conference
Coquimbo, Chile
September 4 - 8 2000
For Further info :

Panda 2000 International Conference
An international conference on the giant panda will be held in San Diego,
California (USA) October 16-19, 2000. The Zoological Society of San Diego
and the World Wildlife Fund are co- hosts. A program consisting primarily
of work-shops, panel discussions and poster sessions is planned. Topics
in conservation, education, training, research, health, reproduction, and
captive management will be co covered. Persons interested in attending
this meeting are encouraged to contact the Local Arrangements Chair:
Helena Fitch-Snyder, Zool. Soc. of San Diego, PO Box 120551, San Diego, CA
92112. Phone: (619) 557-3954, FAX: (619) 557-3959; E-mail

5th International Aquarium Congress
Organised by the Oceanographic Institute of Oceanography
20 - 25th November 2000
For further information email:
or write to : Secretariat of the 5th IAC 2000, Oceanographic Institute,
Av.St.Martin, MC 98000 Monaco Tel.: +377-93-25.36.00, Fax :

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