Sunday, January 2, 2000

ZooNews Digest 27th December - 2nd January 2000 (Zoo News 84)

ZooNews Digest 27th December - 2nd January 2000 (Zoo News 84)

Dear Colleague,

Happy New Year. I hope it is going to be a good one for you. Roz, Adam
and I used the high vantage point of the zoo to see the year in. We
cracked open a bottle of champagne as midnight hit and were treated to
the fantastic spectacle of a riotous eruption of a kaleidoscope of
colour and noise as fireworks exploded over several miles in each
direction. It was certainly as good as or better than anything I saw on
the TV ( and no doves were harmed either).

Twycross zoo, "Mollys' Zoo At Christmas" was on television just after
Christmas. A most enjoyable programme! It is all very well presenting
zoos as interesting, conservation oases or seats of education but
without being enjoyable too they pall very quickly.

My congratulations to Nick Jackson who was awarded an MBE in the
Queens' New Year Honours list. Recognition for Zoos and good for Wales.
Actually this is the second MBE for a zoo director in Wales. I
recollect Idris Hale of the now closed Penscynor Wildlife Park
recieving an MBE in 1994 or thereabouts. Congratulations too are in
order for Simon Tonge in his new post at Paignton Zoo.

The seals continue to flourish. We released another two during the
week. All are self feeding now apart from a single obstinate animal.
Efforts are under way this week to break its reliance on us.

Although the worries about the Y2K bug appear to have been largely
unfounded I notice we are not without problems on the listserves and
servers. My set up allows categorised mail to drop into specially
designated folders. This has worked fine till this week, when I am
still getting a huge amount of mail dated 26th December or 1st January
1999. I daresay they will get it sorted this week.

A surprisingly high number of subscribers joined up this week. A lot of
these were docents/volunteers from Singapore Zoo. Welcome to all.
Thanks too for your many cards and letters. I will answer all, it will
just take a little time.

A day late again, I know. Last night we were out to celebrate Adams
Birthday and today was spent driving him back to his apprenticeship.

Animals' best friends
(Reid Park Zoo)

Penguins hit by oil slick in Australia

Monkey gets a human 'mother'
(Cotswold Wildlife Park)

Long Beach Aquarium creatures can relax

Bug city is coming to a zoo near you
(Willers Mill)

The Age of Aquarium

Sambur death
(Mysore Zoo)

Romance in striped pajamas
Cleveland Metroparks Zoo/George Vilas Zoo

Zoo group's chief proposes tougher animal-trade rules

Zoo gets state grants
(Baltimore Zoo)

Vietnam slow to make costly effort to save herds
(elephant story)

Zoos Go Outside Their Fences to Fund Conservation Efforts
(Bronx and others mentioned)

Beluga whale dies, leaving orphan baby
(Shedd Aquarium)


Shedd Aquarium is deeply saddened to announce the death of Immiayuk
(Im-ee-A-yook), a 14-year-old female beluga whale. Immiayuk has been
cared for by Shedd Aquarium since 1989. Immiayuk is the mother of
Kayavak (KAH-ya-vok), a female beluga calf born Aug. 3. Veterinary and
animal care staff are working closely with Kayavak and the other beluga
whales and report they are doing fine.

A preliminary necropsy (animal autopsy) was performed Sunday night.
Preliminary results did not reveal a cause of death. Further pathology
tests are underway; results may take several weeks. Immiayuk was in
excellent health at her last physical exam conducted the week of

Shedd Aquarium's animal care staff, who monitored Immiayuk and her calf
24 hours a day since the calf's birth, became concerned when her
behavior began to change on Saturday. On Sunday afternoon, Immiayuk's
condition worsened, and she died while staff was working closely with
her in the veterinary pool.

Shedd President Ted A. Beattie, who immediately returned from his
family holiday, said, "We are devastated by the loss of Immiayuk, but
we are focusing our attention on the care of her calf, who is our top
priority at this time."

"Shedd's animal care staff are focused on the well being of Kayavak,"
said Dr. Jeff Boehm, vice president of research and veterinary
services. "We will take advantage of the fact that Kayavak is an older
calf and has been playing with fish to introduce her completely to a
fish diet."

Naya (Ny-a), another adult female, is with the calf to provide social
interaction. Naya has been a companion to the mother and calf over the
last several months. Kayavak is interacting well with animal care
staff and Naya at this time. Shedd staff will continue to consult with
other veterinary care experts that have hand-reared whale and dolphin
calves as they focus on the care of Kayavak.

Cane or guide dog?
(Sacramento Zoo)

A holiday surprise for Frank the bear
(St. Paul's Como Zoo)

Zoo hikes entry fees, becoming one of nation's priciest
(Minnesota Zoo)

Zoo officials present case for larger animal hospital
(Bergen County Zoological Park)

Tough oryx enjoying a return from extinction's edge,1249,145014926,00.html?

X-ray kiosk given to Hogle Zoo,1249,145014895,00.html?

Zoo Exhibit Cocooning Until Spring
(Albuquerque Biological Park)

Former zoo director dies
(Saginaw Children's Zoo)

Russia halts two scorpion smugglers
(Kaliningrad zoo mention)

DNA tests confirm zoo's dominant male bonobo fathered animal
afterartificial insemination
(Milwaukee County Zoo)

(Wildlife Conservation Society)

If you know a story I have missed this week do drop me a line with the
full web address and I will try and include it next week.

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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.


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

The British Vulture Conservation Society was launched in 1998 in South
Africa at the World Conference On Birds Of Prey. The society has had a
rapidly increasing membership since its launch from people all over the
The society's main goal is to allow its members to join in and take
part in important fieldwork and research assisting countries where it
is needed. They are at present assisting Saudi Arabia and soon will be
moving into the North African countries,and hopefully at some stage,
India. This is a fantastic society that not only produces four
newsletters a year informing its members of the global situation
effecting vultures, but also supplying stickers t-shirts etc, but above
all getting its members totally involved.
If you care about birds of prey, and care about one of the most
majestic raptors then find out more by contacting us at our
headquarters,details below. Once you are members we can offer
opportunities throughout the world where you can personally be active,
meet people, and get involved in many aspects of research. As a starter
we are offering you a fantastic chance to visit Israel and assist with
conservationists from all over the world, studying the Eurasian Griffon
Vulture,this is a project that will run until September 2000

Martin Foulds
Linton Zoo
Hadstock Road
Cambridgeshire CB1 6NT
01223 891308


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.

Greg Boivin DVM, MS, a veterinarian at the University of Cincinnati
(Ohio, USA) and an
investigator are interested in obtaining frozen lung samples from a
number of different species to look for Pneumocystis carinii.
They wondered if veterinary pathologists working for/at different zoos
were in a position to assist in the study. They are willing to pay for
all shipping costs.
They have particular species that they are interested in obtaining to
develop a phylogenetic tree for P. carinii, and would be glad to list
their goals with anyone who can help. They currently are interested in
obtaining several mammalian samples especially from, but not limited
to, marsupials and bats. They would greatly appreciate any help that
anyone else can provide on this subject.

In the first instance please contact:

Greg Boivin DVM, MS
Assistant Professor and Director
Division of Comparative Pathology
University of Cincinnati

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.

Experience in zoo animal husbandry, (particularly primates) and
possession of the City & Guilds Certificate in Zoo Animal Management
preferred. Pay according to age and experience.
Interested applicants should apply in writing only (not by e-mail) to:
Neil Bemment, Curator of Mammals, Paignton Zoo Environmental Park,
Paignton Devon TQ4 7EU

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

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

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.

The Horniman Museum and Gardens, London, is looking for an Aquarium
Manager. Initially the post is to cover someone on long term sick leave
but is likely to become a permament post.
The position will suit someone with a stong interest in conservation
who would like the opportunity to carry out research.
It is essential that applicants have a relevant degree level
qualification and hands on experience caring for fish and aquaria.
Supervisory experience will also be needed.
Salary is expected to be up to £20,000 p.a.
Interviews will be held on the 12th January 2000. If you fulfill the
criteria and are interested in this post please fax your CV to the
Director of the Horniman Museum on 0181 291 5506 by the 5th January
2000 at the latest

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 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.

PAAZAB Annual General Meeting and Conference
(Pan African Association of Zoological Gardens, Aquaria and Botanic
10 - 12 May 2000.
Hosted by the National Zoological Gardens of South Africa
Pretoria, South Africa.
Please direct enquiries to: The PAAZAB Secretariat via email

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
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

First conference of the African Zoo and Reserve Educators Network
(AZOREN) a regional
12 - 18 May 2000
Pretoria Zoo, South Africa
Theme of this training conference is "Effective & Efficient AZOREN;
Starting the Conservation
Educators Network".
For further information please contact:
Cherylene Odendaal or Dina Roos of Pretoria Zoo.
Telephone : 0027-12-3283265 / 3206020
Fax : 0027-12-3234540
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 :

Zoo Federation Plant Group Conference
September 13th - 15th 2000
Cotswold Wildlife Park
For further info:
"Colin Wren"

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

15th International Zoo Educators' Conference
1 - 6 October 2000
Guadalajara, Mexico
For more information contact Maria Eugenia Martinez Arizmendi,
head of the Education Department.
Telephone : 0052-3-6744104
Fax : 0052-3-674-4488
E-mail :

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 :

Help Wanted

Need assistance? You could try Zoo Biology, it is probably your best
bet for animal information. However ZooNews Digest reaches more like
minded people, more often than any other similar publication on the
planet! So you could try here. Let me know and I will post it.

Please don't assume that someone else will help/answer.Make it a
resolution to become more involved. Mark (see below), has not had a
single reply in spite of this being posted over a month or more.

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"


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