Sunday, December 5, 1999

ZooNews Digest 29th November - 5th December 1999 (Zoo News 80)

ZooNews Digest 29th November - 5th December 1999 (Zoo News 80)

Dear Colleagues,

The weather has gone quite cold now. We were over in Leeds for an
appointment on Saturday when it started snowing very heavily. With a
couple of hours to kill we chose the warmest place and visited Tropical
World once again. It was briefly mentioned last week on Zoo Biology in
relation to leaf-cutting ant exhibits, so I did want to see it again.
Unhappily this ant display, which was the best I had seen anywhere,
appeared to have fallen largely into disuse. It was still there
although on a much smaller scale and I never saw any ants at all. Pity.
The remainder of the collection was much the same though the nocturnal
section was very active so we spent quite some time there.
Seven seals in now, the latest arrival still in white coat. Three are
feeding well and I anticipate two of these going within a fortnight if
the weather is kind (it was horrendous on Friday night) and the tides
are with us. The new pup has after an obstinate start begun to feed
quite well. The remaining three remain quite stubborn and insist on my
force feeding each time. One even insists on fighting each and every
feed. I think he believes that this is what is expected to be fed.
We had a surprise chimpanzee birth last night. It was expected, but
after the scan of last week, not for another two months. Mother and
baby are doing fine. The mother brought the infant over to show me this
evening, taking its little hand and putting it through the wire to
touch me. All the five breeding females we have had here have done the
same during the first 48 hours. After that they are less tolerant.
Less links than usual this week. If it follows its usual pattern there
will be a big number next week again.
My thanks for your kind e-mails, cards and newsletters.

Animal magnetism can't go far enough
(Oklahoma City Zoo)

Accidents at zoological gardens are preventable
(Lahore Zoo & several other zoos mentioned)

Nursery animals 'zoo food'
(Adelaide Zoo)

Elephant 'Nursery' Part of Plans for Zoo
(Hogle Zoo)

County commission to discuss exotic animals law

Ranch offers exotic animals ready to kill

Zoo says bye to koalas, hi to dolphins
(Oklahoma City Zoo)

Roaming kangaroo caught in Denmark with badminton net, rackets
(Safari Zoo Park/Linstrup)

Specialists Meet To Chart The Future For The Imperiled Ethiopian Wolf

New life for noted lions?
(Port Lympne)

Cincinnati Zoo's baby gorilla dies

Zoo's guide-dog ban appears illegal
(Sacramento Zoo)

(Tiger Mountain Park)

S.F. zoo gives up one species of monkey to European zoos
(Philadelphia Zoo)

Zoo hosts first birth of artificially inseminated elephant
(Dickerson Park Zoo)

Legal judgment sets minimum standards for keeping elephants

Kestrels to be released back into the wild
(Municipal Garden Zoo/Larnaca)

Drama at the zoo
(Melbourne Zoo)

Zoo Euthanizes Beloved Panda, Who Had Kidney Disease
(National Zoo)

At the Zoo, Shock and Sadness at Loss of an Old Friend
(National Zoo)

RSPCA calls for zoo watchdog


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Reminder...last call!

The "Committing to Conservation" Conference is being hosted by the
Zoological Society of San Diego from December 9-12, 1999. Additional
details and registration forms for the conference may be found at the
URL below.


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


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

British Veterinary Zoological Society Spring Meeting 2000 'Emerging
Diseases', 13-14th May 2000, Cotswold Wildlife Park, England. Anyone
wishing to present a paper should contact Michael Waters
(, Pathology and Infectious Diseases, Royal
Veterinary College, Hawkshead Lane North Mymms, Hatfield Herts AL9 7TA,
United Kingdom. Fax: +44(1707)661464. Student papers, reviews and
original research are all very welcome. The meeting is being held in a
very beautiful area of England so why not combine continuing education
with a short break in the Cotswolds. For registration details, please
contact Derek Lyon (, 4 Butts Hill Court, Chester Road,
Gresford, Wrexham LL12 8NH, United Kingdom. Fax: +44(1978)852065
Tel : +44(1978)852866


Oxford Brookes University is planning a Masters Course in Primate
Conservation to begin in September 2000 (see Outline below). If you
have an interest in such a programme, or you would like to receive
further information, please contact Prof. Simon Bearder (below) or
reply direct to email:

Simon Bearder BSc MSc PhD
Professor of Anthropology
School of Social Sciences and Law
Oxford Brookes University
Oxford OX3 0BP
Tel. 01865 483760 (work), 01869 252082
Fax. 01869 483937 (work), 01869 247050 (home)

MSc in Primate Conservation
Brief course overview:
The approaching extinction of many of our closest living relatives,
monkeys, apes and prosimians, and the destruction and loss of their
habitats, highlights the issues of what must be done to offset the
effects of the current decline in natural resources. This one-year
Master of Science course combines the expertise of anthropologists and
biologists to examine primate conservation biology in a broad context,
with particular emphasis on the interrelationships between humans and
wildlife in forest and woodland environments. The destruction of
forests often brings irreversible loss of soil, fresh water and
renewable reserves of food and fuel, as well as the loss of innumerable
species of animals and plants. Changes to the local climate and global
effects of forest clearance are becoming increasingly apparent. But
what can be done to alter these trends? The course provides an
international and multidisciplinary forum to help understand the issues
and promote effective action. Topics include:
* Primate diversity and biogeography
* Socio-political aspects of conservation
* Conservation education
* Primate conservation genetics
* Habitat protection and sustainable use
* Fieldwork training and methodology
* Museum studies
* Primates in captivity

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.

The 2000 ARAZPA Conference will be held at Sea World on the Gold Coast,
Queensland, Australia from the 20 - 24 March 2000. We are about to
send out the last call for registrations, if you are interested in
receiving any further information please send your request to:
and the conference co-ordinator will send you further details.


Mark Meirering is a teacher Animal care. During this course his
students have to fulfill certain practical goals in the field of animal
care. A number of these students would like to obtain those goals in a
zoo. Regrettably there aren't enough zoos in the Netherlands to go
around. Mark is appealing for practical training places in foreign
zoos. He already one student who would like to go to Australia. If you
are interested, in a position to help or would like more information
please send an email to : "M.Meijering"

Zoo Staff Personals

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

Juan Cornejo has recently arrived from India and Philippines where he
spent the last 7 months
working as volunteer in the Conservation Projects. He is now back in
Madrid looking for work, in Europe or outside it. He would appreciate
very much if anyone out there could suggest a Conservation
Organisation or Zoological Garden where he can be helpful. Juan will
send you his lengthy and excellent CV if you email him at : "JUAN


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.
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:



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
information are due by September 15, 1999.

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

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 zoos and the wild".
Speakers are not yet fixed. Registration and further information (when
available) is at the web site at :

ARAZPA/ASZK Annual Conference
20 – 24 March 2000
Sea World,
Gold Coast, Australia
Email : or

AZA 2000 Eastern Regional Conference
The Zoo, Gulf Breeze
22 - 25 March
email :

Fourteenth Annual Conference of the European Cetacean Society (ECS)
2-5 April 2000
University of Cork
Papers on pinnipeds will also be accepted at the conference. For more
information, see the ECS web site at .

AZA 2000 Western Regional Conference
El Paso Zoo, Texas
5 - 8 April
email :

EAZA Spring Council Meeting
7 - 9 April 2000
Dublin Zoo

Representing Animals at the End of the Century
April 13-15, 2000
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
For further information email:

Third International Asian Hornbill Workshop
The Third International Asian Hornbill Workshop will be held in
2000 in Singapore, with a post-workshop excursion to the Budo &
Research Site, south Thailand. If you are interested in attending,
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

AZA 2000 Central Regional Conference
Toledo Zoo
3 - 6 May
email :

"Genetic Resources for the New Century."
May 8-12, 2000
San Diego Wild Animal Park
For more information, contact conference organizers, Oliver Ryder,
Ph.D., or Kurt Benirschke, M.D.

British Veterinary Zoological Society Spring Meeting 2000
'Emerging Diseases'
13-14th May 2000
Cotswold Wildlife Park, England.
Anyone wishing to present a paper should contact Michael Waters
(, Pathology and Infectious Diseases, Royal
Veterinary College, Hawkshead Lane North Mymms, Hatfield Herts AL9 7TA,
United Kingdom. Fax: +44(1707)661464. Student papers, reviews and
original research are all very welcome. The meeting is being held in a
very beautiful area of England so why not combine continuing education
with a short break in the Cotswolds. For registration details, please
contact Derek Lyon (, 4 Butts Hill Court, Chester Road,
Gresford, Wrexham LL12 8NH, United Kingdom. Fax: +44(1978)852065 Tel:

"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
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
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
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
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
Committee at (708) 485-0263 ext 604, FAX (708) 485-3140 or e-mail

Annual Conference of the Federation of Zoological Gardens of Great
Britain and Ireland
19 - 21 May 2000
Thrigby Hall Wildlife Gardens,
Norfolk, UK

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

17th EAZA/EEP Annual Conference
19 - 24 September 2000
Aalborg Zoo,

15th International Zoo Educators' Conference
1 - 6 October 2000
Guadalajara, Mexico

JEAN DELACOUR SYMPOSIUM, Breeding Birds in Captivity
October 13 - 18, 2000
Hosted by the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, Cincinnati, Ohio
visit e-mail
or call 1-800-94HIPPO ext. 7718 (ask for Kathy Kahler)

Panda 2000 International Conference
An international conference on the giant panda will be held in San
California (USA) October 16-19, 2000. The Zoological Society of San
and the World Wildlife Fund are co- hosts. A program consisting
of work-shops, panel discussions and poster sessions is planned. Topics
in conservation, education, training, research, health, reproduction,
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,
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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I have a colleague who is interested in a contact for a supplier of
reptile husbandry equipment. If you can help please write to me
Brett Lewis is a veterinary nurse with a special interest in darting.
He asks the following questions:

Once darted, does the animal run for cover, open space or water ? how
do the other members of a herd react to this animals actions etc..
I am aware that people are attaching transmitter to darts now in order
to trace locality of the animal once darted, but I feel that if we had
a greater understanding of the 'fleeing' instinct of animals we might
help reduce sedation time in species when knowing or planning the
location to where that animal may flee to.
I am only in the initial stages of planning to seek a degree and am
open to other suggestions for study to anyone who maybe interested in
this field of work.
I am currently working as a veterinary nurse Nr. Canterbury, Kent.
I would also appreciate any references to work in this study field.
Brett Lewis


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