Sunday, August 8, 1999

Zoo News Digest 2nd August - 8th August 1999 (Zoo News 63)

Dear Colleagues,

On Wednesday Olivia and I took a long overdue trip to London. On my last
visit to the zoo, I had had only minutes to get around the Web of Life,
not long enough to appreciate it. The current twice weekly television
exposure caused it to be amongst our first ports of call. It was a warm
day, and the walk across London quite tiring, but well worth the effort.
The zoo was very busy. I had hoped to have chat with Doug before he
departed for warmer climes, but he had already gone. I hope he likes

Whilst in London we called in at the Wildlife Information
Networks headquarters and were treated to a preview of their excellent
Website (and a delicious mug of tea). A huge amount of work has already
been put into this endeavor, and Debra was still very busy with data input
whilst we were there. We had interrupted Susie and Iain Boardman in their
very busy schedule. WIN's aims are admirable. They aim to support Health,
Welfare and Conservation by facilitating and improving the care,
treatment and husbandry of wild animals through education, research and
sharing of information. I can foresee this site eventually becoming one of
the most important to those working with exotic animal husbandry and
welfare. More on this later.

Olivia leaves us tomorrow as she and
thousands of others venture down to Cornwall for the eclipse. Talking of
which, I posted a message on the Zoo Biology egroup last week about
eclipses. There were only two replies. I have repeated this today in Help
Wanted in case any of you who are not Zoo Biology members can assist. In
general Zoo Biology is very busy. In fact we have had one or two people
drop out because they were not finding time to read all the messages. I am
not sure if this is a good or bad thing. Personally I am enjoying, and
learning from the varied input. Increasingly both Zoo Biology and ZooNews
Digest readers are requesting changes to their email as they move to new
providers. Could I please request that if and when you do this that you
take the greatest care to provide exactly (check and double check) both
your old and the new address. It is time consuming and difficult to search
for wrongly reproduced addresses, particularly on the Zoo Biology site.
Thanks. There were a number of excellent articles, as per usual, in the
latest edition of "New Scientist"
( magazine. One of the most interesting was
about the absence
of parasitic worms causing inflammatory bowel disease in some people.
Although it would probably be too early to suggest the possibility of a
symbiotic relationship…. it does make one think. Many zoo animals are
wormed with regularity, certainly more routinely than most people. Perhaps
some of their illnesses are caused by us being too kind?

Prince of the apes lords over the zoo
(Toronto Zoo)

Bird lagoon renovation aims to increase flow
(Topeka Zoo)

Indonesia zoo breeds first Sumatran elephant
(Jakarta - Ragunan Zoo)

A horrific tale of cruelty to animals

It takes an Obsession to drive female ocelots wild, Dallas Zoo finds

New Hluhluwe lions face probable death

Children from U.S., Israel, Palestine help save raptor,1249,100013647,00.html?

Baboon meat plan prompts questions

3 penguins die; drug suspected
(San Francisco Zoo)

Smuggling probe snares San Diego reptile curator

Baby beluga begins nursing, remains under observation

2nd Beluga calf begins to nurse,1575,SAV-9908070062,00.html

Madison Avenue wild about zoo's ad campaign
(Woodland Park Zoo)

New African savanna puts Battle Creek zoo on the map

True cost of zoo plan sought Council wants $500,000 to be spent on study
(Mesker Park Zoo)

Zoo Workers Killed , Sold Animals?
(Pecs Zoo – Hungary)

Antelope sightings reported at zoo
(Roger Williams Zoo)

Orang-utans, lizards rife in smuggled-pet market
(Japan Wildlife Conservation Society)

Mating reeks of Obsession

Dickerson Park Zoo finds Y2K problems in its computer system

Zimbabwe lions maul British tourist to death

Gay vulture couple raise surrogate chicks

Plastic litter causes death of hogdeer in zoo
(Thiruvananthapuram zoo)

Ex-zoo gorilla wins Koko's love

Boy is attacked by father's python

Surgeon saves boy's eye after snake attack

Bit & Pieces

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A male Indian Rhinoceros was born at the San Diego Wild Animal Park on
July 27th 1999. This was the 30th Indian Rhino born at the Park. It was
167 pounds at birth and was born after a 471 day gestation. This was the
females 5th calf and the males 12th offspring. To date the SDWAP has had:
125 full term calves produced. 86 Southern White Rhinoceros, 30 Indian
Rhinoceros and 9 EA. Black Rhinoceros.

On Monday the 2nd of August, Aalborg zoo was presented with the
certificate for environmental management of zoological gardens (ISO
14001), which also covers botanical gardens. When they embarked on this
"excercise" 2 years ago, there was no standards and/or benchmarks on this
subject. It was further discovered during their final talks on
certification with the Danish verification office, that there were in fact
no existing standards covering zoos and bot. gardens. There is now, and
Aalborg Zoo proud to be the first collection to achieve this certificate,
and having been the one to set the future standard for zoological and
botanical gardens, in way of managing the environment. Further information
can be obtained at my e-mail address. Henning Julin

Seahorse Aquarium Research Co-ordinator
Some of you will be aware of this position, which arose from the
partnership between the Shedd Aquarium and Project Seahorse. Kristin Lunn
has been filling the role in the interim and has been developing networks,
including a Syngnathid discussion group. The post has now been filled by
Dr Colin Bull and he has just started work, based at the Shedd Aquarium in
Chicago with Dr Jeff Boehm. Colin's background includes aquaculture work
at Stirling and a PhD from the University of Glasgow on salmonids
(including feeding trials, behavioural observations, tagging, fish
husbandry). He came to this position from the Awe Fisheries Trust in
Scotland where he was the Fisheries Biologist. The objective of the
position is to have someone who can help support, guide and co- ordinate
research on seahorses in aquaria. The importance of comparing information
and data, avoiding the duplication of effort and addressing research
priorities was highlighted at the Shedd seahorse workshop last December.
Colin's role is very much a supportive one as all aquaria are involved in
some way in their own independent research initiatives. If, however, your
institution has a student, work placement or aquarist who is keen to do a
project on seahorses, Colin will be able to help with some research
options, taking into consideration the resources and facilities at that
institution. He will also help with linking aquaria to do similar
projects, and disseminating the results of research as appropriate. As
Colin is a postdoc, he can also support the experimental design, data
collection and analysis, where necessary. Though Colin will be based in
North America, this is obviously an international initiative and so he
will be in contact with all aquaria and interested or actively involved
with syngnathid research. He will be spending some time each year in the
UK, based at London Zoo with me. He will be attending the AZA National
Meeting in Minneapolis, USA, the EEP in Basel, Switzerland and the EUAC
meeting in Hirtshals, Denmark, this year, and I hope that this will give
him an opportunity to meet many of you and discuss the best way we can
develop this initiative. If any of you have anything you would
specifically like to discuss with Colin, feel free to contact him direct
on . I am sure that Colin will be in touch with
some of you before long. I hope that this role will be a valuable one for
aquaria and have wider consequences for research carried out in aquaria.
Many thanks Heather Hall

Conservation Centres for the New Millennium - Proceedings of the 5th
International Conference on Zoo Design. Edited by A.B.Plowman and
P.M.C.Stevens The proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Zoo
Design are now available at 20 pounds per copy. If you would like to order
a copy please email : or by post to Christine
Lambert Paignton Zoo Environmental Park Totnes Road Paignton Devon TQ4 7EU

This is priced at 20 pounds sterling per copy + p&p (UK free, Europe 2
pounds, Australasia and Far East 5.00 pounds, Rest of World 4.50 pounds)

We are a Canadian registered charity which operates a field research
station on the northeastern coast of Costa Rica, in a remote area of the
tropical rain forest. We are currently seeking an individual to fill the
position of Assistant Station Manager. THIS IS NOT A RESEARCH POSITION.
The candidate should possess practical skills including construction and
small engine repair knowledge, cooking skills, ability to get along well
with people and knowledge of tropical rain forest and conservation issues.
Computer knowledge and Spanish language an asset. Duties include
maintaining the property and buildings, cooking for and generally taking
care of the needs of large groups of visiting students and researchers,
and giving guided tours to visiting eco-tourists. Salary is low, but
room, board and Costa Rican medical insurance are provided. For more
details, please contact: Marilyn Cole Executive Director Canadian
Organization for Tropical Education and Rainforest Conservation (COTERC)
Box 335 Pickering, Ontario L1V 2R6 Canada (905) 831-8809 Fax (905)
831-4203 Visit our website at

Committing to Conservation Conference
*Making a Difference*
The San Diego Zoo
December 9-12, 1999
Our philosophy, mission and goals will inspire action and promote change.
Tired of talk about conservation, but no action? We want to change that.
In fact, we took the liberty of deleting the exclusive word *zoos* from
the title of this conference, because we believe it will take the
collective knowledge and wisdom of people working in many diverse fields
to accomplish our conservation goals. Our conference mission is to bring
together personnel at all levels from zoos, NGOs, conservation
organizations, academia and field research. We will not only network, gain
knowledge and information, share ideas and expertise, but motivate and
inspire one another to do something--however large or small--to promote
local and global conservation. The goal of this conference is to enable
those who are committed to conservation to take meaningful action,
especially that which supports in-situ projects. Our conference format is
not the same old thing. *Don t just sit there--do something!* is our
conference motto. Our conference will address three timely conservation
topics. Each day we ll introduce a new theme, kicked off by a relevant
keynote speaker. Rounding out each day will be supporting presentations,
continued by group discussions over lunch, and lots of time for networking
and action planning. The day prior to the main conference, we ll give you
an opportunity to participate in a local conservation field project.
Thursday, Dec. 8 - Optional conservation field project, begins at 8:30
a.m. Conference officially begins with 7:00 p.m. icebreaker Friday,
Dec.10 - Sunday, Dec. 12 - Three full days of conference activities;
conference officially ends at 9:00 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 12 Our program
themes are timely.

I. Being savvy about cultural/social issues affecting in-situ projects.
Gender and ethnic diversity in conservation Human population concerns
aren t just global. Local economic issues. Etiquette and the *ugly

II. How to influence human behavior and conservation outcomes. How to
respond when asked: *What can I do?*. Measuring and evaluating behavioral
change. Case studies.

III. Practical local issues and solutions. Big cities and tiny villages:
templates for success
Quality of life, is compromise necessary? Are community development
and conservation
strange bedfellows?

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. Please include the following
information with your abstract: title, author`s name, address and
affiliation, phone and fax numbers and e-mail address. Please include a
brief biography of yourself (no more than 100 words).

We re rewarding conservation action through our grant program. Have a
great idea for a conservation project but no funding? To demonstrate our
commitment to conservation action, the Zoological Society of San Diego
will distribute a total of $15,000 in grant funding to worthy conservation
projects conceived by participants of the Committing to Conservation
Conference. Grant recipients will be announced at the conference in
December. For an application packet, please contact Pegi Harvey, Director
of Education, San Diego Zoo, P.O. Box 120551, San Diego, CA 92112-0551.
Phone: (619) 231-1515, ext. 4414; fax: (619)232-6823; or e-mail: Applications are due by August 1, 1999.
**** Planning a holiday in Indonesia? Why not tie it in with the excellent
course being announced by Singapore zoo :

1. Animal Records, Animal ID, Physical and Chemical Restraint Course

The aims of this course is to train Veterinarians, Curators, Record
Keepers and Supervisory staff in the methods of animal restraint, animal
identification, paper and computerised records.

This course will involve theory on manual and computerised records system,
data collection and the physical and chemical restraint of captive wild

Practicals will involve capturing zoo animals for the purpose of applying
a permanent ID (microchips, ear notches, tattoos, leg rings etc..) to the
animals, collection of morphometric data and health checks. Restraint of
animals will involve both physical and chemical restraint methods.
Participants will also be trained to use the ISIS ARKS and MedARKS
computer records system.

The target audience will be animal record keepers, animal managers,
veterinary technicians, veterinary assistants and veterinarians. The
workshop would give participants a working knowledge of animal records,
data collection and animal restraint. It will also drive home the fact
that physical data collection should be done whenever animals are
immobilised by the veterinarian.

Participants will also learn the importance of teamwork and co-ordination
in order to minimise the stress on the animals concerned.

This course will run for 10 days.

2. Facilitators

Dr. Paolo Martelli, Singapore Zoo
Dr. Kevin Lazarus, Taiping Zoo
Dr. Ligaya, TSI
Dr. Retno, TSI
Dr. Yohana, TSI
Mr. Tan Kit Sun, Singapore Zoo
Ms. Sharmy Prastiti, TSI

3. Program

11th October to 20th October

Day 1
Arrival, registration and opening and orientation and ice breaker

Day 2
Data Collection, Manual and Computer Records Theory

Day 3
Physical and Chemical Animal Restraint Theory

Day 4
Field trip national park at Bogor Cibodas

Day 5
Practical restraint, ID application and data collection - ungulates

Day 6
Practical restraint, ID application and data collection - snakes and other

Day 7
Practical restraint, ID application and data collection - fish and birds

Day 8
Practical restraint, ID application and data collection - carnivores
(bears, tigers, lions, leopards etc)

Day 9
Practical restraint, ID application and data collection - small mammals
and primates

Day 10
Exam, closing ceremony & party

4. Number of participants

This training course is limited to 30 participants

5. Fee

US$300 per participant (SEAZA members) payable in cash on the day of
arrival. The fee covers all food (halal), lodgings and materials used
during the course. Non SEAZA members are required to take up an Individual
Associate Membership at US$50.

6. Venue and travelling

Venue: Taman Safari Indonesia, Cisarua, Bogor, Indonesia.

Travelling: Participants should arrange for their flight to land at
Jakarta Airport. Participants should arrange their arrival on or before
the 11th October 1999. Participants will be picked up at the airport.

7. Equipment to bring

Laptop/Notebook Computers - participants should bring along a
laptop/notebook computer if available.

Binoculars - participants should each bring along a pair of binoculars as
certain portions of the practicals involve observing animals from a

Clothing - Long sleeves for the official opening.

Clothes for fieldwork and the proper foot wear. Expect some rain, so
pack your own
rain gear.

Footwear - Ankle boots if possible otherwise any full coverage shoes which
you can use in dirty conditions would be suitable.

Electricity - Electricity in Indonesia is 240V 50Hz. The plug type is
Euro Dutch i.e. 2 pin round.

For further Information:

Please Fax or Post to:-

The Singapore Zoological Gardens
80 Mandai Lake Road
Republic of Singapore 729826

Attn: Mr. Tan Kit Sun

Zoo Schwerin latest edition of "Ursus 5,1" is now published. "Ursus" is a
zoo journal which deals mainly with information on the animals and
buildings in the zoo Schwerin, Germany but includes many other scientific
articles, faunistic, excursions and others. The ISSN 1438-5082. Price 20
DM (German Mark) or 10 EURO. You can order this Zoopaper from Zoo Schwerin
Waldschulweg 1 D-19061 Schwerin


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. IMATA
has graciously offered the ABMA a full day at this conference to present
papers, panel discussions, workshops, et cetera, that illustrate the
application of behavior management with a variety of species. The ABMA is
a new organization being formed to meet the needs of the growing community
of individuals involved in behavior management. Following is the ABMA
mission statement:

"The Animal Behavior Management Association exists to advance animal
behavior management, including training, in order to enhance the husbandry
and welfare of animals."

A survey was sent out in late 1998 to all AZA institutions to gather
information about their animal training programs. Of the 52 institutions
that responded, a whopping 97% indicated that animal training programs
were being conducted at their facilities. That means that there's
significant cutting edge, innovative training going on with a diverse
number of species, and we'd like to encourage you to share your training
projects with your colleagues.

Although IMATA has historically represented primarily marine animal
trainers, a proposal has been made to IMATA's board of directors to
consider an organizational transformation that would continue to address
marine animal interests but also those of other taxa. The ABMA hopes to
lay the groundwork for an informed and creative discussion of this topic,
and we plan to request that IMATA's members entertain the concept that the
association evolves into a behavior management organization, irrespective
of species.

But we need you! One of the goals of an evolution of IMATA would be to
vigorously recruit and embrace members from within the vast numbers of
professionals who are working with terrestrial, aquatic, or avian species.
Basically, we would like to see that training, not species, be the main
focus of this organization. The IMATA board has tasked the ABMA steering
committee "to commission members of these other animal management arenas
to submit papers on the contribution and application of operant
conditioning to terrestrial and avian species behavioral management." In
fact, the IMATA president noted that "Chicago 1999 will be a landmark
event and perhaps the beginning of a new era."

For more information about the upcoming IMATA conference in Chicago this
December, including a downloadable registration form, check out IMATA's
website at 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. Start making your plans now, we'd love to
see you in Chicago!

Heidi Hellmuth
ABMA Steering Committee
Loon Mountain Wildlife Theater
Lincoln, NH 03251 USA
603-745-6281 x5561

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:


Volunteer Appeal
I'm desperately looking for a French-speaking volunteer to provide urgent
assistance in a chimpanzee center in Guinea (West Africa). The volunteer
will need to go to Guinea as soon as possible and will have to pay his/her
airfare and his/her expenses while volunteering. This sanctuary is in a
financial crisis. I urgently need a qualified person to represent me in
Guinea, raise funds locally and assure the well-being of the 24
chimpanzees living at the center. Lodging at the site will be provided
and basic living expenses might be covered in the future. I would prefer
the volunteer stay a minimum of 3 months. If you are interested, are
fluent in French and are free to leave for Guinea soon, don't hesitate to
contact me for more information. Estelle Raballand Director of the
Chimpanzee Center, Guinea Coordinator of the Chimpanzee Rehabilitation
Sanctuary, Cameroon Tel: 237-21-78-07 Fax: 237-20-92-24

Zoo Staff Personals

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.

An experienced Primate Keeper is required by Monkey World Ape Rescue
Centre. Candidates should have at least two years of practical experience,
ideally with both monkeys and apes. Possession of Animal Management
qualification would be advantageous. Good communication skills are
essential for interaction with visitors and daily education talks. The
applicant should be keen, adaptable, able to work with domestic stock and
willing to get involved in enclosure maintenance, refurbishment and any
other tasks involved in the efficient running of the park. No
accommodation available. Closing date for applications is Friday 20th
August. Please send full CV to the Curator, Monkey World, Wareham, Dorset.
BH20 6HH


Full-time vacancy for EDUCATION OFFICER to join our team. Teaching
qualification plus a degree in Biology or Zoology preferred. The job
includes teaching children ranging from Primary to Secondary levels (some
A level teaching required), as well as helping with the preparation of
publicity material, signs, information graphics etc. Some computer
experience (particularly with graphics software) would be an advantage.
Please apply in writing, with CV to:Alan Bates Head of Education, Twycross
Zoo, Burton Rd., Near Atherstone, Warwickshire,CV9 3PX -------------------

Birdworld, the largest zoological Bird Park in the United Kingdom is
seeking to appoint a new head of the education department. The successful
applicant will be required to lead the education team but also develop an
education programme, primarily for children up to the age of 12,
throughout the park. Applicants require either formal teaching
qualifications, or experience in zoological education. They must also be
self-motivated, able to work in a team, but above all have the ability to
make education an entertainment. Excellent salary for the right person.
Please send a full CV with covering letter outlining what interests you
about this career opportunity to : Mr S. Bromfield, BIRDWORLD, Holt Pound,
Farnham, Surrey. GU10 4LD --------------------

The South African Bird of Prey Centre urgently require a Falconer for
display and public demonstration work. Applicants must have a driving
license and be over 21years of age. Experience is essential. This position
offers a competitive starting salary, transport and accomodation. For more
information, interested parties must send CV to Johannesburgh as soon as
possible on Fax number : 00271 1648 3491 ----------------------

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:


V111th European Bat Research Symposium
August 23 - 27 1999
Cracow Poland
Chiropterology Information Centre
30- 016 Krakow Poland
ph +4812/422-64-10

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:

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:

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

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)

Research and Captive Propagation in Birds
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 (

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

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.

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
or Paul Nachtigall, Scientific Program Chair, at , or visit <\\~smm\conf1999a.htm>.

"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 :

Help Wanted

On behalf of a colleague I should like to pose the following question.

Given that eclipses occur almost every couple of years in different parts
of the world, Has anyone any information [anecdotal or factual] about the
likely affect the total eclipse of the sun on animals? Does anyone know
if any zoological collections have reported taking precautions.

Thanking you in advance.

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