Sunday, December 19, 1999

ZooNews Digest 13th December - 19th December 1999 (Zoo News 82)

ZooNews Digest 13th December - 19th December 1999 (Zoo News 82)

Dear Colleague,

Spent the earlier part of the week brushing up on First Aid skills.
Meanwhile a gap in the weather meant Wendy had the opportunity to
release two of the seals. Both swam off strongly. Just in time really,
as other came along. We still have seven in residence, five of which
need forcing. In about 2-3 days we should have at least one more self
feeding. One of the non feeders has wrestling skills which can try even
the most determined. Still it gives one a feeling of accomplishment
when one wins the battle. There was a story about seals in todays
Sunday Times. Apparantly there are sightings in the Thames for the
first time in 150 years. The story mentions a "white fur" pup at
Teddington lock in Middlesex. This suggests to me that it might even
have been born there. We must be doing something right.
Yesterday Roz and I went down to mid Wales to collect Olivia from
college for the Holidays. The windey roads and traffic mean that we are
rarely able to average more than 45 miles per hour. The interesting
scenery usually makes up for this. Being passive bird watchers we also
try spotting Red Kites. Most trips we see one or two. Yesterday was
different, amazing even. We took a slightly different route to usual
and we saw sixteen circling together and half a mile up the road
another four! If someone had told me about it I would have been highly
skeptical. Obviously the breeding coupled with the re-introduction
programme has been a great success. Checking it out on the Internet
this morning I did find there were occassional sightings of up to
seventy birds in that area.

La Crosse hatches plans to revamp zoo
(Myrick Park Zoo)

Students study rhinos' mating practices at zoo
(Cameron Park Zoo)

Zoo may expand crushed exhibit
(Sedgwick County Zoo)

Outside consultant urged for city zoo
(Oklahoma City Zoo)

Computers help zoos play cupid
(AZA & many zoos mentioned)

Zoo volunteer killed by snake
(Los Angeles Zoo)

Zoo Volunteer Killed by Snake
(Los Angeles Zoo-same story, additional details)

Victim Kept Poison Snakes Illegally

House attacked by a deer
(Quote from Philadelphia Zoo)

Dolphin gets CT scan on swollen tail
(Mystic Aquarium)

Y2K forces pandas 'back to work' early
(Ueno zoo)

Province urged to set petting zoo standards

Turtle beachings continue on Cape
(New England Aquarium)

Polar bears warm up to zoo
(Toledo Zoo & others)

Polar cubs celebrate first month
(Denver Zoo)

42 of Nepal's Rhinos Dead in Chitwan Park

Activists try to prevent U.S. dealer from exporting tigers to China
(African Safari Wildlife Park/Ohio)

Dealer Criticized for Plan to Ship Tigers to Chinese Zoos

Largest orca pod in years is seen

Stoat tracks discovered

Animal Planet to Invite Viewers to Meet the Keepers;
(San Diego Wild Animal Park)

Clinton library funding hits animals
(Little Rock zoo)

Dolphin that had been rescued turns up dead on beach

New site considering for troubled zoo
(Saraland Zoo)

Aquarium planning $6 million addition
(The New Jersey State Aquarium)

Two elephants and two servals fatally poisoned in Ukraine zoo
(Mykolaiv zoo)

Ape may be a better companion than breeder
(Cincinnati Zoo)

Couple seeks exotic animal ban Columbia County

Whale departs Shedd for breeding assignment

Mystic Aquarium gets new male whale

House Cat Gives Birth to Rare Wildcat in Embryo Transfer Test
(Audubon Institute Center for Research of Endangered Species)

Casino elephant going to Texas
(Fort Worth Zoo)

Exports cook a goose


Bit & Pieces

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I am receiving reports of another "Tapir Incident". The Malayan Tapir
in Taronga Park gave birth recently. The youngster was put on show for
a press call. See :

Tiny tapir
(Taronga Zoo),1249,145010179,00.html?

What I have been able to piece together so far is that shortly after
the newspaper reporters had departed from the press call, mother and
calf were being coaxed back into their stable by a keeper with a food
bucket. There were a number of zoo visitors in the vicinity at the
time, it is just possible that one of these startled the calf which
gave out an alarm call. The female tapir ("Denise", formerly of
Philadelphia Zoo) gave an out of character, but probably defensive
charge, and the keeper slipped and fell. The excited animal then
attacked the keeper on the ground dragging her and tossing her across
the enclosure. It is understood that the keeper refused an offer of
help from a member of the public because of additional risks. She was
finally assisted out of the pen by onlookers. The resulting injuries
were quite extensive and involved bites, lacerations and broken bones
which necessitated hospitalisation. She was badly shaken up by the
incident. It is understood that after three bouts of surgery the
keeper continues to do well and doctors are confident of a full
recovery. As with all animal bites, wounds have not yet been stitched
to avoid infection.
I am sure we all wish the keeper involved a speedy recovery.
Zoo officials are understood to be carrying out a full investigation of
this unfortunate incident. The unpredictability of females and calves
will have to be taken into consideration in light of this and the
recent incident at Oklahoma City Zoo.

Following this weeks discussions on the alloprimate group it has become
quite clear that an ecological disaster is in the making on Irian Jaya.
By some means Long -Tailed Macaques have been introduced to the island.
Devon Suddarth has estimated that these 75 animals (currently in three
groups) could, in theory, increase to over 8000 in the next ten years!
This is frightening, particularily when considers that this has been up
to now a macaque free area. If you, or someone you know has influence
in this area please take action to eradicate these monkeys before
irreversible damage is done to the ecosystem. This should be a
conservational priority.

The following is an extract from a letter posted on the AZA training
group. So far it has not drawn any response. Again, if it is an area
where you influence. Please investigate because something is not quite
right. I am sure you will agree:

"This past weekend I went to Acapulco, Mexico. I found a restaurant
called Paradise, which is
holding two dolphins in captivity. I am not an expert, but I was able
to tell that they are not having a good time. They are kept inside a
pool, which is located in the middle of a strip of bars. On top of
that right above the pool there is a Bungie jumping. Yes the people
land right in the pool, where the dolphins are trapped. When they come
down they get to splash their head and hands inside the water. On top
of that there is music on the strip all day and all night. They also
offer as a recreation swim with the dolphins."

The SeaWorld Orlando Education Department has two unique Internship
opportunities for college students. The Camp SeaWorld/Adventure Camp
Internship provides an opportunity for students to work with SeaWorld's
summer camp programs and is offered from May to August. The new
Internship which gives students the opportunity to staff various animal
attractions and interact with park guests, is offered as a twelve-week
Internship during the Spring, Summer and Fall semesters. Contact for information on the Camp
SeaWorld Internship. Contact for
information about the Educator Internship. Check out for more information about either internship.

Hot on the heels of the last edition came the latest edition of Zoos'
Print. I think the boats must be catching up with each other. Anyhow
this is Volume I – XIV , Number 1-10, October 1999

Mammals in need of attention – Chiroptera (Bats) of India – Part V of a
series by Sally Walker

Conservation Status of some Threatened and Endemic Indian Mammals with
special reference to Indian Zoological Gardens by Sally Walker

Bat Trapping around Mysore by Sanjay Molur and B.A. Daniel

ZOO HELP from AZA: Zoo Standards for Keeping Chiroptera by Nini Fascione

Bat Enrichment – "Grenades" for Bats by Mark Chag

Enclosure-Standards recommended for the Care and Exhibition of Flying
Foxes by Jillian Snell

Indian Veterinary News

General Principles of Shelter Requirements, Space and Confining of Zoo
Animals by Dr. M. Thiagarajan

South Asia Section : News and History
A brief History of the Central Zoo, Nepal
A brief History of the Dhaka Zoo, Bangladesh
by Sally Walker

South East Asian Wildlife News

Job Ops in India and Abroad

Book News : ZOO ZEN – Reactions – Emergency in the Zoo, and others

In with this edition was the usual Zoos' Print Journal
Articles in here deal with the foraging behaviour of the Openbill
Stork, Skin Moulting of the Indian Rock Python, Spotted Deer Herd in
the Osmania University Deer Park, Spiders of the Mannampandal area,
Mass mortality of Macrobrachium juveniles…. And more.

Also included was the Newsletter of the Asian Regional Network of
International Zoo Educators (October 1999)
Twelve pages long it is packed full of news items and letters. Well
worth taking a look at if you ever get the chance. I believe this is a
most worthwhile and important regional document. I was interested to
note that the ARNIZE newsletter is made possible by sponsorship from
Columbus Zoo Conservation Fund. Thank You Columbus!

CBSG, India News for Nov.98 – Oct.99 (Volume 3 Number 1)
Message from CBSG Chairman

CBSG, India SIGs (Special Interest Groups) evolve into South Asian
Taxon Networks

Invertebrate Report

Amphibian Report

Hands on Training in field techniques

Reptile Report

CBSG, Sri Lanka

Sri Lankan CAMP for Amphibians and Reptiles

Red List Review Report

New Networks – Chiroptera and Rodentia/Insectivora


Central Zoo Authority - India Report

CBSG, India News Briefs

Although many people and zoos are given thanks for their contributions
to ZOO and CBSG, India, I was delighted to see Thrigby Halls
involvement. If a small collection like Thrigby is capable of making a
difference surely other small UK zoos can have an important part to
play too.

If you are interested in subscribing to Zoos' Print please send an
e-mail for further details to :

The December 1999 issue of International Zoo Veterinary Group News
gives information on a new television series "Flying Vets" which will
be shown on Channel 5 (UK) and National Geographic (Europe) in the New
Year. The ten half hour programmes will follow the work of the vets
through a number of different zoos. This should make interesting


The International Training Centre (ITC) of the Wildlife Preservation
Trusts is based in Jersey, Channel Islands. Here at the Headquarters of
the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust the ITC offers a unique
opportunity for training in Conservation and Zoo Biology. The ITC runs
a three-week Summer School intended as an intensive introduction to
principles of Conservation Biology with an emphasis on the role that
Zoological parks and similar institutions can play in the process.
Group research projects are incorporated in this course but there is no
hands on animal work. 17th July to 4th August 2000 cost £1,145
including Bed and Board. A longer residential course is also offered
running from between 12 to 16 weeks. With more time this longer course
offers an opportunity for practical work within the Jersey Zoo and a
more extensive research project in addition to a more comprehensive
treatment of zoo and conservation biology in the theory sessions. For
further information on these courses please contact us ITC, Durrell
Wildlife Conservation Trust, Les Augres Manor, Trinity, Jersey JE3 5BP
Tel. +44 (0)1534 860037
Fax +44 (0)1534 860002 e mail

The Dallas Zoo presents a WILDLIFE RESEARCH EXPEDITION to study
endangered wildlife in Mexico April 1 -15, 2000
The Dallas Zoo is providing a unique opportunity for volunteers to
participate in ecological studies of endangered wildlife. The primary
focus of the research is a radio-tracking study of ocelot, jaguarundi,
and coatimundi. This will provide information that is vital for
developing a conservation strategy for these endangered carnivores. In
addition, we will also be capturing and banding raptors to understand
aspects of their migration and reproduction. We have previously
banded greater black hawk, common black hawk, grey hawk, harris hawk,
and numerous roadside hawks. The final component of the trip is a
baseline survey of reptiles and amphibians. No systematic survey for
reptiles and amphibians has been done previously.

We are seeking 4-6 volunteers to devote two weeks of time to assist
Mexican biologist Arturo Caso with these studies on this Wildlife
Research Expedition to Tamaulipas, Mexico. The next research
expedition will run from April 1-15, 2000. The cost of $1,600 includes
transportation from
Harlingen, Texas, to the study site, lodging, 3 meals daily, research
training, field supplies, and research equipment. This expedition will
be led by Jeanette Boylan, research technician, and Richard Reams,
Senior Keeper, from the Dallas Zoo. For further information please
contact Wanda Weaver at (214) 670-6833 or e-mail Jeanette Boylan at There is extra time that can be spent bird
watching. A great variety of birds can be seen in this region, and
many migrants will be passing through during the time of this
expedition. Birds seen at the study site include: - 34 raptors,
including the Aplomado falcon, Collared Forest Falcon, and Bat Falcon -
4 species of Parrots/Parakeets, including the Red-crowned Parrot and
Yellow-headed Amazon - Native woodpeckers; Lineated Woodpecker,
Olivaceous Woodpecker - 3 species of Trogons and the
Blue-crowned Motmot - Kingfishers; Amazon Kingfisher and Green
Kingfisher - A large variety of water birds and songbirds

Zoo Educator Training for three Asian Regions

Sally Walker of Zoo Outreach Organisation and Regional Representative
for Asia of International Zoo Educator Association has convened an
Asian Regional Network of Zoo Educators which now has 130 members from
17 Asian countries. Sally is the founder of ZOO which has been a keen
promoter of zoo education in India and now Asia with emphasis on low
cost practical methods, conservation of indigenous species and visitor
behaviour (or animal welfare).

Now, a collaborative activity between ZOO and ARNIZE with different
regions of Asia will result in three zoo educator courses in the year
2000. The first is a Zoo Educator Training for South Asian Zoos (this
is Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Bhutan and India) to take
place in the Central Zoo, Kathmandu Zoo, Nepal in March 2000. Training
will be done by South Asian educators and conservation specialists and
the emphasis of the course will be on each participant developing a Zoo
Education Master Plan to take home to their zoo. Single species
conservation programmes will highlight Fresh water dolphin, Asian
rhinos, Red panda, Snow leopard, Ibex and other species with a range
(either current or historical) in South Asia. Temperate country Zoos
which have simple and effective educational materials and activities
which might be appropriate as models or which could be distributed to
each participant are invited to provide them for this course.

The second course is to be held in Singapore in September 2000 for
South East Asian Zoos (this is Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand,
Philippines, Vietnam, Brunei, Myanmar, Cambodia). Singapore Zoo and
other 4 other animal and nature viewing facilities in Singapore will
provide resource persons for the course and participants will visit
each facility to hear a presentation about some special aspect of
education there and a tour of the facility with emphasis on education.

The third course is being organised by the Taipei Zoo on its own but
ARNIZE is helping to fund this unique course. The course will be
primarily for the zoos of Taiwan and will be held in Chinese. It
features TQM, Total Quality Management, a tool applied by commercial
business for improving the quality of their products and service and is
useful or any organization as long as they provide service for their
users. Practical methods evolved from TQM were applied to increase the
quota and quality of summer education campaign at Taipei Zoo.
Attendance was 1600, which was more than twice of past campaigns. More
activities were designed for the campaign. Taipei Zoo may be a pioneer
is using this innovative management strategy for zoo education. The
month for this course has not been fixed but it will be before October

Funds have to be raised for three courses. Sally will appreciate any
zoo with a conservation fund or means of raising funds for any of these
courses to send her a form or instruction for applying. A standard
proposal is ready and can be sent as attached file if you email her at
She requests not to send funds to her or ZOO as the greater part of
funds should go directly to the host zoo.
Zoo Outreach Organisation/CBSG, India; Box 1683,79 BharatiColony,
Peelamedu, Coimbatore, T.N. 641 004 India / Phones 91 422 563159
087 (office) Fax 91 422 563 269 Our Websites below 1. CBSG BCPP CAMP
Results-- 2. ZOOS'PRINT, -- 3. History of Indian Zoos

Just Out

Penguin Conservation
Vol 12, no2 1999

News & Announcements

A new waterless method of cleaning oiled birds by John Orbell

Design of plastic flipper bands for penguins by Peter Barham

Hand-rearing penguins with immediate introduction of solid food by Mark
Ryan & William Scott Drieschman

Oiled penguins in South Africa:

Survivors of the "Apollo Sea" spill:a success story by Phil Whittingham
Banding 50,000 penguins: a brief look at numbers and techniques by Phil
SANCCOB-Seabird rehabilitation in South Africa by Cynthia Cheney
Dassen Island's penguins, in the aftermath of "Apollo Sea" by Anton

Species Survival Plan of Japan, Penguin TAG Report by Michio Fukuda

Ecotourism and penguins by Cynthia Cheney

For details on subscriptions to Penguin Conservation and all other
correspondence, please write to


WILDLIFE INFORMATION NETWORK is still open for review. If you have
tried to get on to the site previously but have encountered browser
problems go to This is your chance
to review WILDProâ Multimedia v. 1.0 When you have, don`t forget to
add your comments before you exit.
Well worth having a look whilst the opportunity is there.


Zoo Staff Personals

Looking for work? Someone to travel with? Somewhere to stay? Let me
know and I will post it here.


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.
Chester Zoo, one of Europe's leading zoological collections is looking
for a Keeper/Trainee Keeper to work within their Bird Department. The
ideal candidate should, ideally have around four years previous zoo
experience. However a trainee position would be considered if the
applicant could demonstrate serious hobbyist experience. Candidates
should have or be studying towards the City & Guilds Certificate in
Animal Management.
Please send applications in writing, enclosing current CV to Mrs Jayne
Quinn, Personnel Manager, Chester Zoo, Caughall Road, Upton-by-Chester,
Closing date for applications is 5th January 2000

Woburn Safari Park is looking for a Sealion Keeper/Presenter to join
their small, committed and professional team working with Sealions,
Parrots and Squirrel Monkeys.
Although experience would be advantageous, full training will be given.
The qualities required for the post are a deep committment for animal
welfare and longer committment to Woburn. The candidate will be
expected to be self confident and have good communication skills. A
sense of humour is essential.
If you believe you can fufill the expected criteria and have a passion
to work with animals, please telephone 01525 290407 and ask for an
application form. All applications should be returned by the 23rd
December to the Animal Manager, Woburn Safari Park, Woburn Park,
Bedfordshire MK 17 9QN.

Their is a vacancy within the UK Orangutan Foundation. They are looking
for someone with a wide range of skills ideally with Education or PR
experience. Amongst the qualities looked for are : a flexible attitude
to working hours, ability to motivate, a team worker, understanding of
environmental issues, previous project management experience, computer
literate including internet applications, networking skills,
administrative skills, degree in relevant subject, effective verbal,
written, communication and presentation skills.
Send your applications in writing enclosing a full CV to :
Mrs Ashley Leiman (Director),Orangutan Foundation, 7 Kent Terrace,
London NW1 4RP

Please include a stamped addressed postcard if you would like receipt
of your application acknowledged


Department Animal Care, Position Keeper, National Aviary in Pittsburgh
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.
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.
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 resume with cover letter to:
James Mejeur, Curator of Birds
National Aviary in Pittsburgh
Allegheny Commons West
Pittsburgh, PA 15212

Animal Caretaker II (0224-M) $20,040
Position open at Georgia State University Language Research Center in
Atlanta, GA. Must have high school diploma or GED and one year animal
care experience. More information at
GSU is an equal opportunity educational institution and is an equal
opportunity/affirmative employer.
Essential job functions include: Cleaning and disinfecting cages and
surrounding areas; assisting
research techs with research protocols; preparing food and feeding
animals; assisting research techs with data collecting and entry; and
observing, assessing and recording the health and well being of
animals. Position requires working some holidays; working on weekends;
working overtime; regular attendance; and negative TB test. Resume and
names and phone numbers of three references required. Criminal
background investigation required.

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



International Conference on Owl Biology, Ecology and Conservation
19 – 23 January 2000
Australian National University,
Canberra, Australia.
Email :

Monotreme and Marsupial TAG Meeting
24th January 2000
Banham Zoo
For more information contact Peter Dillingham at Blackpool Zoo

Primate Training and Enrichment Workshop
The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, Department of
Veterinary Sciences (DVS) facility in Bastrop, TX.
February 16-19 2000
For additional information contact:
Steve Schapiro, Department of Veterinary Sciences
Rt. 2, Box 151-B I
Bastrop, TX 78602
tele: 512-321-3991 fax: 512-332-5208

The Eighth Annual Conference of the International Association of Avian
Trainers and Educators
Memphis Zoo
February 18-21 2000
For more information, call Kate Friedman at (901) 725-3400 ext. 3800
or e-mail at

"Zoo-Kunft 2000"
18 - 20 February 2000
Allwetterzoo Münster
The main theme will be "The Human (and) Apes in z

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