Sunday, February 20, 2000

ZooNews Digest 14th February - 20th February 2000 (Zoo News 91)

Dear Colleague,

Avon Wildlife Trust have recently checked the ring on a Greater Horseshoe
bat to find it was ringed 24 years ago. The bat was believed to have been
about four years old when rung. We often say animals live longer in
captivity. I wondered though, what is the oldest captive bat?

The Sea World series on Channel 5 has been both interesting and
entertaining. It makes a refreshing change to watch aquatic animal
husbandry for a change. Some of the surgical procedures have been quite
eye opening.

I was delighted to learn that Ravens are nesting on Chester Cathedral. I
wonder if there is something to be learnt here.

Roz and I went out to see a performance of “Madam Butterfly” last night.
A Russian cast performing an opera in Italian about Japan in a Welsh
Theatre. Very Cosmopolitan! The theatre was packed to the rafters and a
good night was had by all.

A very frosty night followed by a crisp sunny day.

S.F. giraffe dies suddenly while having nails clipped

Munda Wanga's bright future unfolds
tml See Bits & Pieces for more of Munda Wanga

Two young manatees suffering cold stress rescued this week
(Miami Seaquarium/ Sea World-Orlando)

Falling branch kills man at zoo
(Bristol Zoo)

A great idea: Aquarium complex would be a catalyst

Tigers to get slice of Asia with donation
(Baton Rouge Zoo)

Former San Diego Zoo curator sentenced to probation, fined

A new niche for zoos
(Oregon Zoo, Phoenix Zoo, Toledo Zoo, Riverbanks Zoo, Woodland Park Zoo,
AZA) A great story
this. I liked particularily the AZA statistic which states that its 184
members are involved in excess of 700 conservation projects in 80
countries. This collective effort outnumbers the input of any other North
American conservation organization. I would like to see similar stats for
other regions.

City zoo planning to survey workers(Oklahoma City Zoo)

Bill to let Seattle, Spokane vote on zoo levies defeated
(Seattle Aquarium, Woodland Park Zoo)

Zoological Society of San Diego receives grant

Licata seeks oversight of deal for aquarium
(Seattle Aquarium)

Dover a potential site for $25 million aquarium

Our actions have created need for zoos
(Woodland Park Zoo)

Put aquarium through public-private review
(Seattle Aquarium)

Condor to Return to Sespe Sanctuary
(Los Angeles Zoo)

Seal Beach
(Long Beach Aquarium of the Pacific)

Turtles use markings to stay off the menu
(Toledo Zoo)

Birds and Bees Steal the Show At Hogle Zoo

Thieves steal two lizards from Lowry Park Zoo

Brookfield Zoo dolphin dies

Tiger kills man in Bhubaneswar zoo
(Nandan Kanan Zoo)

Bengal Tigers come to Cape
(Cango Wildlife Ranch)

Taronga matchmakers panda to numbers game

Manatee moved from Columbus Zoo back to Florida
Clampdown on wildlife criminals,3604,137415,00.html

Shark researchers say humans are a threat to sharks' future

Endangered Mexican Parrots Safe from Logging

Crocodiles in council's sights
Law may ban monkeys as pets

Once nearly extinct, the mellow sea otter has bounced back fast

In circus-animal fight, 'facts' not easy to tell

N.C. to consider snake protection

There will be another mass removal of koalas from Kangaroo Island

Sea bird casualties chilling

New conservation plan for Alabama sturgeon unveiled

UK Fights Wildlife Crime with New Tools

Group to fight for panthers

Lynx to Be Freed in Colorado Wilds

Cyanide spill compared to Chernobyl's N-disaster,1249,150013811,00.html?

Romania acknowledges spill's magnitude
This story has been covered by all papers but does not seem to be getting
the prominence it deserves. Piecing bits together it would appear to be
the worst ecological disaster to hit Europe for many years. I believe we
will be hearing more of the effects for even more years. The arguments
have started already. Who was to blame? who will pay? was it cyanide? was
it bleach? I just hope someone gets their act together to stop it
happening again. I understand that there have been three other spills
recently. I did not see those reported!

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.

Bit & Pieces

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Kingdom, United States, Vietnam, Yugoslavia, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

CONGO CRISIS (From JANE) Gorilla Haven just added a webpage about the
Crisis in the Congo ... It features a photo of Mac, the eastern lowland
gorilla at the Houston Zoo (photo credit Lisa, thanks!), as well as a
report by Jo Thompson and Michel Hanson's initial report (translated by my
dear pal R.DT.M!), which was already posted on various news groups. Please
look at it and help us spread the word. We can't let another slaughter go
on while we stand silent!
* * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *
* * * * * * * * My personal plea is that you all make every effort to draw
this terrible disaster to the worlds attention. Contact your Senators,
Members of Parliament and local papers and make them aware of what is
going on. If every local paper carried even an inch column at least a
thousand more people would learn just what is going on. The gorillas can’t
do it themselves. We, YOU must help them. The actions of our Governments
CAN make a difference. Peter Dickinson

(December 9-12, 1999, hosted by the Zoological Society of San Diego):
For those of you who
interested in viewing raw video footage of keynote speakers and/or a 12
minute edited summary piece, they may now be accessed using RealPlayer
through mid April on your personal computer at the URL below. In lieu of
publishing conference proceedings, the text for many presentations is also
available at this URL. It is hoped that these technologies will minimize
paper waste and will also effectively allow "virtual" conference
attendance for those that may not have been able to travel to San Diego.
Please send any comments or feedback you may have to Conference
Co-coordinator Valerie Thompson at so that we
may best evaluate the needs in planning future such conferences.

A great idea. I will certainly be paying this a visit.
Pertinent to the contributions by Sarah Christie and Jane Dewar over the
past few weeks there has been a paper published in the latest edition of
Zoo biology (the journal, NOT the e-group)

This is 'Zoos and the Rights of Animals' by Don Lindburg
Zoo Biology 18: no 5 433-448

I have not read this. Wish I could, but this excellent world important
journal just became prohibitively too expensive for me several years ago.
Learn more by visiting:
3rd European Workshop: Training elephants >From March 23 to 26, 2000
medical care, treatment and research is held at the Vienna Zoo, Austria,
Europe. Course lectures are: Dr. G. Fritsch, Dr. F. Göritz, Dr. R. Hermes,
Dr. T. Hildebrandt, Dr. A. Hinke, H. Riddle, and Dr. H. Schwammer. Topics
discussed and demonstrated will be: foot care, skin care, mouth
examination, body measurements, blood sampling, trunk-mucus sampling,
x-rays, ultrasound examination and training for AI. For further details
please e-mail Dr. Harald M. Schwammer :

Fellowship Announcement

The Toledo Zoological Society established the Roger Conant Research
Fellowship in 1990 to honor the scientific contributions of Roger Conant,
the Zoo's first Curator and Research Scientist. Tenure of the fellowship
falls within a flexible two-month period between 1 May and 30 November of
each year. It provides housing and a $1,500.00 stipend for upper-level
undergraduate or graduate students from an accredited four-year university
majoring in animal husbandry, biology, wildlife management, or related
field. Students will be integrated into research projects developed by
Toledo Zoo staff. Selections will be on the basis of merit. Application
materials may be obtained from Dr. Peter J. Tolson, Conservation
Biologist, Toledo Zoological Society, P.O. Box 4010, Toledo, OH 43609 and
should be submitted prior to 1 April.


Since 1994, the Zoological Society of San Diego, in conjunction with the
Australian Koala Foundation (AKF), has been organizing teams of
representatives from interested zoos to assist in collecting field data in
Australia with regard to koala habitat utilization and tree species
preferences. The data gathered will be analyzed to develop regional
models for habitat use by koalas and to subsequently complete further
computerized Geographic Information System based mapping specific to
koalas called the 'Koala Habitat Atlas'.

Two 2000 field expeditions are currently being offered to zoo
representatives interested in participating in this koala conservation
effort. Proposed dates for the expeditions are as follows:

1. August 12th -27th in north-central New South Wales in an area
determined as high priority by the NSW Koala Recovery Team. 2. September
30th - October 15th to the Strezelecki Ranges area of southern Victoria.

Accommodation during the field work may be in dormitory type facilities
with participants helping to prepare group meals. Total costs incurred
by each participant include $750 U.S.(which covers all meals,
accommodation and travel costs during the field expedition), plus airfare
and any extra costs incurred outside of the actual field work, such as
hotel and meal expense before or after the field work is complete. Spaces
are limited and will be filled on a first come first serve basis.

Any interested representatives should contact Valerie Thompson by mail,
fax, phone, or e-mail as listed : Valerie Thompson, Associate Curator of
Mammals, San Diego Zoo, P.O. Box 551, San Diego, CA 92112-0551; phone
(619) 685-3226, fax (619) 232-4117, e-mail

Fifth International Elephant Research Symposium June 1-3, 2000 in
Portland, Oregon


The International Elephant Foundation is looking for papers and posters on
research and conservation issues relevant to captive and wild elephant
managment. Please send all abstracts to Deborah Olson, Program Officer,
International Elephant Foundation, P.O. Box 366, Azle, TX 76098. Fax:
817-444-5101; email:

The Zoological Society of San Diego—creator of CRES (The Center for
Reproduction of Endangered Species) and the San Diego Zoo and the San
Diego Wild Animal Park are sponsoring a major international conference May
7-11, 2000 on the crucial conservation issue of genome resources, entitled
“Genetic Resources for the New Century.”

During that week in May, well-known scientists with vision from many
disciplines and backgrounds will come together in creative ways to quicken
the dialogue, to examine current efforts, and to explore mechanisms for
linking biodiversity conservation with biomedical discoveries in this new
genomics era.

Topics will include:
• the genomics era and reorganization of biological science
• biodiversity: challenges of saving an evolutionary system
• gene and organism banking
• in situ conservation
• bioprospecting
• biotechnology development and application
• cloning
• ethics and the genetic future

Speakers, tentative program, brochure and registration information are
posted at: http://


The educational activities of zoos and aquariums. Every two years the IZE
organizes a congress; in which its members are given the opportunity to
make known the advances that have been carried out for the benefit of the
conservation of the environment through the educational programs offered
in their institutions. These congresses have been held throughout the
world, and on this occasion, for the first time, it will be held at a
Mexican Zoo.We would like to take this opportunity to inform you, that the
Educational Department of the Guadalajara Zoo in Mexico, will be the host
of the 15th Congress of the International Zoo Educators Association, which
will be held in the year 2000.It is a great opportunity for Latin America
to be able to present to colleagues from other continents the programs and
activities developed in our institutions for the benefit of the
community.The IZE CONGRESS´2000 will be held in October 1-6, 2000, in the
City of Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico, in the Hotel Presidente
Intercontinental.After the closing of the activities in Guadalajara city,
we will travel to the beautiful Mexican Caribbean where we will visit the
archeological park of XCARET as well as some of the most impressive
archaeological zones of the Mayan culture of our country: Chichenitza,
Uxmal and Tulum.Thank you for your support and we hope to see you in the
near future. Sincerely:Biol. María Eugenia Martínez ArizmendiHead of
Educational Department at Guadalajara Zoo, MéxicoCoordinator IZE
CONGRESS´2000 For booking forms or further information, please e-mail:
maria eugenia martinez

Oregon Zoo staff and volunteers would like to invite you to the Oregon Zoo
in Portland, Oregon on June 1-4, 2000 for two important meetings dealing
with the health, welfare and scientific investigation of elephants in
captivity and the wild.

On June 1- 3, 2000, in partnership with the International Elephant
Foundation (IEF), the Oregon Zoo will host the Fifth International
Elephant Research Symposium. This year's symposium will return to the
working group format with professional moderators guiding the discussion
and aiding in the production of a final document detailing research
priorities and action plans. Current working group topics include
Nutrition, Reproduction, Medicine/Health, Behavior, Communication, and
Conservation and Research programs in range countries.

On June 4, 2000, the Oregon zoo will host the 2nd North American
Conference on Foot Care and Pathology. The Foot Care and Pathology
conference will have a slightly different format concentrating on paper
presentations relative to addressing advances in foot care and treatment
of foot disease.

The symposium and conference sessions will be held at the banquet
facilities at the Oregon Zoo. Though the meeting schedules will be full,
there will be time to visit the Zoo. By June, we should have integrated
our newest elephant, imported from Malaysia, into our female group. We
may also be able to arrange site tours to our Steller Cove Exhibit that
will open to the public in July. This exhibit will house Steller sea
lions, sea otters, and marine fish and invertebrates. The Oregon zoo
looks great in the spring and will be a wonderful and appropriate setting
for the symposium and conference.


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Working Holidays in Zambia: Munda Wanga Wildlife Park and Sanctuary

Volunteer positions now available at Munda Wanga Wildlife Park and
Sanctuary, Zambia. Take a bold step forward onto Zambian soil and
experience a working environment at a Third World Zoo. Positions are
available for between three to five weeks for two to three people. Make a
worthwhile contribution to conservation education efforts here in Zambia
and gain hands-on experience working with African wildlife and its people.
Contact Lasha Young for more information, e-mail: or fax
us on 260-01-278529.

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.


This Assistant Director will participate in every phase of building a
world-class education department for the American Association of Zoos and
Aquariums (AZA). Reporting to the Director of Conservation Education, the
Assistant Director will participate in all phases of departmental
development, be responsible for coordinating AZA education projects and
programs and provide some administrative support. General duties will
include evaluation and cataloging of educational resources, general and
technical writing, conducting surveys to identify member's needs,
participating on education's strategic planning team, servicing member
requests for information about education, and general administrative
support. Responsibilities will include, for example:

*Coordinate special projects/programs for the education
department.Includes research, budgeting, scheduling, subcontracting
services and summary reporting.

*Review, evaluate and catalog educational curricula.

*Assist AZA Information Manager with departmental information for AZA

*Draft general copy about AZA education for brochures, articles for
Communiqué, etc.

*Assist Director of Conservation Education with writing grant proposals.

*Assist Director of Conservation Education with surveys to include
writing, distribution, collection, tabulation, analysis and reporting.

*Participate in development and annual review/revision of departmental
plans and protocols (strategic planning, database structure and function,
curriculum evaluation, member service, etc.)

*Assist Director of Conservation Education with preparation of
departmental budget

*Serve AZA members and the general public as front-line resource on AZA
education. Receive and respond to requests for information via mail,
phone, fax, email, etc.

*Provide general administrative support including maintaining files,
address/contact lists and processing correspondence for the Director of
Conservation Education .

Ideal candidate would seek an opportunity to actively improve informal
environmental and
conservation education through collaborative efforts of educators at AZA
member zoos and aquariums. Candidate should be familiar with issues
relevant to the zoo and aquarium industry; have excellent oral, written
and interpersonal communication skills; and be competent with word
processing and system operating software, and email and Internet use.
System currently uses MS Windows, Word, Excel, Access and Outlook.
Bachelors degree required. Skills or experience in teaching, surveying,
informal education or evaluation are pluses.

Salary commensurate with experience. Check
Send resume, inquiries or comments to Bruce Carr at AZA, 8403 Colesville
Road, Suite 710; Silver Spring, MD 20910-3314.


BISHOP BURTON COLLEGE requires a lecturer in Animal Science – Lecturer 1
Scale Pt 3-10 ($14,975 - $20,802 p.a.) The successful candidate will be
required to lecture to a range of animal science courses at both FE and HE
level, you will also be required to organise and devise practical science
sessions and undertake the role of tutor to the HND Animal Care course.
Applicants must have a degree in Animal Science/Zoology and experience in
animal science/health, animal first aid and teaching. For an application
pack for the above post please write (enclosing an A4 SAE) to The
Personnel Department, Bishop Burton College, Bishop Burton, Beverley, East
Yorkshire. HU17 8QG. The closing date for applications is 2nd March 2000.


Wildlife rehabilitation co-ordinator – Taunton Somerset.
The RSPCA works vigorously to protect the welfare of all wild animals. As
well as seeking legislation to increase protection for wildlife, the
Society provides practical support for wild animals in need through its
care and rehabilitation work. The principal reponsibilities of the post
will be to co-ordinate the wildlife rehabilitation work carried out by the
Society to ensure the best possible standards of practice, to monitor the
success of release programs and to identify and assess suitable release
sites. The Rehabilitation co-ordinator will be involved in developing
rehabilitation techniques and protocols, both for standard setting and
evolving training programs for staff. Considerable travel throughout the
UK will be necessary in this important liaison role. The successful
candidate will need to demonstrate a wide knowledge of the impact of
ecological, conservation and welfare factors on wildlife rehabilitation
and experience in practical wildlife handling, besides excellent
interpersonal skills. Also important will be an analytical approach to
evaluation of data and computer literacy. A valid driving licence is
essential. The post will initially be based at the Society’s wildlife
hospital in Somerset. Salary in the region on £18,400 - £20,000 pa plus
car depending on qualification and experience. Please apply in writing on
a postcard or by e-mail with your postal address, for further details and
an application form to: Ref no.WRC, Personnel Services Department, RSPCA,
Causeway, Horsham, West Sussex. RH12 1HG E-mail: Closing date for receipt of application forms:
29th February 2000


Experienced Field Ornithologists required for a variety of survey work
throughout the UK. Please send CV to: Bird Surveys, 15 Cobbitts Rd,
Maulden, Bedfordshire MK45 2ED


VOLUNTEERS required for serious research work on Rocky Shore, Plankton and
Zooplankton, Plant, Bird, Insect, Otter and Diving Surveys. We also need a
Librarian and a Cook. Most projects April to October – full board and a
little pocket money. CV essential when writing. Sherkin Island Marine
Station, Sherkin Island, Co.Cork, Ireland. E-mail:

£18,295 Otley College has developed Further and Higher Education courses
together with purpose built Animal Facilities. Governors seek applications
from technically well qualified candidates who have particular skills in
animal handling and the management of small animals. Preference will be
given to applicants with a B.Sc. in Animal Science or similar
qualifications in a related subject. Applicants should have a full
understanding of educational and training programmes and be skilled not
only technically, but have the enthusiasm and ability to develop further
teaching programmes. Closing date to application: Monday 21st February
2000. Application form and further details from Personnel Officer, Otley
College, Otley, Ipswich, Suffolk IP6 9EY. Tel: 01473 785543


Relief Keeper/ Pittsburgh Zoo – requires good communication/
organisational skills and ability to work well with others in a team
environment. Associates or 4 year Degree in Biology/ Zoology/ related
field preferred or equivalent experience. Prefer one year’s work
experience with an AZA accredited zoo mammal collection working with large
cats, carnivores, and primates. A working knowledge of operant
conditioning preferred. Must obtain a valid PA drivers license and a
negative TB test. Responsible for providing animal care and well being,
monitoring animal health, maintaining cleanliness of animal areas, animal
behavior conditioning and enrichment, diet preparation, and exhibit
modification. Will make formal and informal presentations. Requires
heavy lifting up to 80 pounds, repetitive movement, bending, lifting,
walking, and standing extended periods of time. Must be able to work all
shifts, weekends, and holidays outside in all weather conditions. Please
contact: Pittsburgh Zoo, Human Resources Department, One Wild Place,
Pittsburgh PA 15206. Closing date March 25, 2000.


COTSWOLD WILDLIFE PARK, Burford, Oxfordshire OX18 4JW
Reptile House Section – Head.
They are currently seeking a highly responsible person to oversee their
reptile collection that includes several venomous species. Applicants
should preferably have previous zoological experience and be conversant
with reptile and amphibians. They will require skills in man- management,
record keeping, vivarium design and generally maintaining the collection
to its present high standard. Basic computer skills and a current driving
licence are an advantage. A rural cottage will be available to the
successful candidate. Non-smokers preferred. Please send a current CV plus
hand-written covering letter to the General Manager at the above address.
Closing date 19th February 2000

Berkshire College of Agriculture
Wish to appoint a person with a relevant animal care qualification or
experience to join their friendly team of professional staff. The
successful applicant will be expected to have the knowledge and practical
skills required to undertake instruction of animal care students and
trainee veterinary nurses in the care, handling and welfare of small
animals, as well as being able to assist in the day to day operation of
the Small Animal Centre. The College supports an occupational pension
scheme. Salary will be on a fixed point within the range £11,047 - £11,807
pa. Closing date: 25 February 2000 For further details and an application
form please contact the Personnel Department, Berkshire College of
Agriculture, Hall Place, Burchetts Green, Maidenhead, Berks SL6 6QR. Tel:
01628 824444 Fax: 01628 824695.

HAMERTON ZOO PARK - Hamerton, Sawtry, Cambs PE17 5RE JUNIOR KEEPER –
required for immediate position. General duties in a varied collection.
Driving licence and enthusiasm are essential. Accommodation is a
possibility. Apply by hand- written letter, enclosing full CV.

Keeper- This is a full-time permanent position caring for a diverse
collection of exotic and domesticated species with an emphasis on birds.
Involves daily husbandry, diet preparation, exhibit maintenance, and
behavioral enrichment. Experience with operant conditioning techniques
helpful. Would also be involved in working with Zoo School youth and the
zoos education department. Applicant should be dedicated, able to lift 50
lbs, and able to work independantly. Starting salary 7.10 hr plus
benefits. Send letter and resume to Randy Scheer, Folsom Children's Zoo
and Botanical Gardens, 1222 2 27th st, Lincoln, Ne. 68502 Position open
until filled.

Special Education Assistants required at Blackpool Zoo. Blackpool Zoo
Education Department are currently expanding to accommodate changes in the
summer programme and are looking to take on up to 5 new seasonal staff
between April and September. These staff will be responsible for
delivering public presentations, the new schools programme plus assisting
with weekend and holiday events and general administration duties. Pay
will be approximately £4.47 per hour. Phone Blackpool Zoo on 01253 830830
or write to: Nan Swannie at Blackpool Zoo, East Park Drive, Blackpool FY3
8PP for more details and an application form. Closing date is 1st March.


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



Primate Training and Enrichment Workshop
The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, Department of
Veterinary Sciences (DVS) facility in Bastrop, TX.
February 23-26 2000
For additional information contact: Steve Schapiro, Department of
Veterinary Sciences UTMDACC Rt. 2, Box 151-B I Bastrop, TX 78602 tele:
512-321-3991 fax: 512-332-5208

The 28th Annual Symposium of the European Association for Aquatic Mammals
March 11 - 15 2000 Benidorm, Spain The Symposium's main theme will be:
"The role of the Marine Mammal Parks for the conservation of the sea
through their educational programs". More details are available on the
EAAM web site at Abstract submission forms and
registrations forms can be downloaded from the site as well.

2nd IMATA (International Marine Animal Trainers Association)
16 March 2000
Benidorm, Spain.
For further info contact : Sabrina Labberté, Bejsebakkevej 26, DK 9000
Aalborg Denmark +45.98123393 home phone +45.96312925 work phone
+45.98131933 fax work email:

The 3rd European Workshop: Training elephants
>From March 23 to 26, 2000
Vienna Zoo, Austria,
For further details please e-mail Dr. Harald M. Schwammer :

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:

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 e-mail

12-13 May 2000
Chester Zoo
Further details E-mail:

First conference of the African Zoo and Reserve Educators Network
(AZOREN) 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

The Union of the Czech and Slovak Zoological Gardens Annual Conference 25
- 27 May 2000 Zoo Chomutov, Czech Republic For further information please
contact: fax: +420-66-7302839 e-mail:

Fifth International Elephant Research Symposium
1-3 June 2000
Portland, Oregon

The 2nd Zoo Research Symposium
6 - 7 July 2000
Paignton Zoo
E-mail :

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 :

Elephant Managers International Conference
6 - 9 October 2000
Syracuse, New York
For more information please contact
Adrienne Whiteley on :

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

Reproduction and integrated conservation science.
9th and 10th November, 2000
A Zoological Society of London Symposium
The Meeting Rooms, Zoological Society of London
To register your interest in attending this symposium please contact: D.
Body, Scientific Meetings Co-ordinator, Zoological Society of London,
Regent's Park, London NW1 4RY, UK or email:
If you would be interested in submitting a poster presentation, please
indicate this.

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 :

Ecology and Conservation of Mini-antelope
An international symposium on duiker and dwarf antelope in Africa
Hosted by the Marwell Zimbabwe Trust
12th-17th February 2001
Bulawayo, Zimbabwe
Contact for further info

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Sergio direct on : "sergio silvetti"


Tanya Klimuszko is looking for information reagarding Canadian Zookeepers
working in the United States. She is particularly interested in the fine
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In May 2000 the Toledo Zoo will be hosting the AZA regional conference. As
part of this conference we will be conducting a workshop on
zookeeper-driven research projects. We would like to compile a list of
zookeepers and aquarists who are conducting research projects along with a
short description of their projects and contact information. Thank you in
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Herpetology Toledo Zoo


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