Sunday, February 27, 2000

ZooNews Digest 21st February - 27th February 2000 (Zoo News 92)

Dear Colleague,

On Monday afternoon I traveled down to the South of England for a
Falconiformes TAG meeting. I stopped overnight with Graham Mudway at The
Living Rainforest  at Wyld Court. It was
dark when I arrived but Graham was kind enough to open and show me around
the collection. The following morning I had another quick look round. The
densely planted tropical plants and abundance of orchids are amongst the
best I have seen in the UK. The bark paths, misting and sound effects
really do give one the feeling of actually being in a forest and I much
enjoyed my visit. If all the plans for this interesting little collection
come to fruition it will be playing its part in the conservation of the
REAL rainforest. Having seen the forest by both day and night I feel that
I preferred the nocturnal experience. There was definitely more of an
atmosphere. Perhaps there is an untapped market there. Singapore zoo by
night works well. Graham looked well, having put on over 10 kg in weight
since I saw him last. He seemed very content but perhaps just a little
worried about Elin, who is nearing completion of her final year at
veterinary college.

The next day I made my way to the Hawk Conservancy  to attend the meeting. More by accident
than design I was first to arrive and had a couple of hours to look round
before the meeting started. This was welcome as it was about eight years
since I last visited. A lot of work has gone on and more is planned.
Nearing completion is a well planned bird hospital. The cash for this has
been raised largely by donation and ferret racing. I look forward to
seeing it in operation. I was lucky enough to bump into Ashley Smith who
gave me a quick tour before leaving me at the first bird show of the day.
They do three shows a day here, each one different. This one involved a
Caracara, 2 Barn Owls, an Egyptian Vulture, a Falcon and a Secretary Bird.
I so much enjoyed this one it was a pity not to have had the opportunity
to see the next two displays. Of particular note was Campbell Murn’s
unique commentary style. Very funny! The meeting was chaired by Jemima and
started with an excellent working lunch. As usual it was efficient and all
on the Agenda was thoroughly discussed.

This week saw a nasty little worm called “Pretty Park” hit practically
every animal related newsgroup. This one spread much more rapidly than
those I have previously observed. Happily I was able to see just what was
going on an prevent it infecting Zoo Biology. AZA were very efficient,
taking prompt action to rectify the situation. If you were infected please
take steps to ensure you are cured before sending out any more e-mails.

Director of Cincinnati Zoo announces retirement

Bonobo born at Columbus Zoo
Parsed/OHIO_NEWS/o0212_AM_OH--ApeBirth Good news. We need every one.
Please read the first couple of news items under Bits & Pieces. If you
have not taken action so far, please do so now, today! You can help. You
can make a difference. Just sitting there thinking about it is not going
to save anything. No time for meetings, no time for planning. Please take
action. Time is very short.

Aquarium: No penguin progeny yet

Glasgow Zoo is to hire out some of its animals
UK penguins struck by avian malaria

2 zebras die at zoo; diet, cold are blamed
(National Zoo)

An Afghan Mosaic of Misery: Hunger, War and Repression
(sad story of Kabul Zoo)

Elephant Dung Made Into Electricity

Beavers are eager to be released into the wild in the UK
(Wildwood Centre)
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Lobster industry takes issue with aquarium recommendation to avoid lobster
(Monterey Bay Aquarium)

Keiko remains in his bay pen due to storms

Veterinarians make donations to LR Zoo

Conservationists sue state to protect panther

Baby giraffe is a grand present for Kansas City Zoo,local/377441a1.223,.html

Columbus Zoo lost in wild Internet

Kangaroo chow makes Aussie diners jumpy

Captured `Spy falcon' dies on way to zoo
(Jodhpur zoo)

Killer whale in Nagoya river returns to sea

Monkey put down following attack

New standards could mean elephants will leave Madison zoo

Manatee exhibit extends to Florida
(Cincinnati Zoo Conservation Fund/ Lowry Park Zoological Gardens)

Released sea otter’s pup a first for Monterey aquarium
Tigers could roam wilds of Africa

(Conservation Corporation Africa),3604,139629,00.html
Harp seal lays over in Hub on break from migration

(New England Aquarium)

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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BONOBOS IN PERIL! (copied from alloprimate...Peter)

To All:
Today I write to you all to instill a sense of crisis greater than we
could possibly imagine. Many of you know that there are several efforts
in progress to aid those areas designated as National Parks in the DRC,
specifically Kahuzi-Biega NP and those areas accessible from the East. We
have known of the decimation of wildlife communities within the DRC for
several months and many of us have responded. Quickly, it became clear
that organized poaching to supply a growing commercial- scale trade in
bush meat is rampantly occurring in DRC. The most remote and presumed
protected wildlife areas of DRC are, in fact, experiencing the severest
wildlife harvest. The loss of the magnificent wildlife and plants
harbored within and endemic only to DRC, would constitute an irreparable
loss for the world as a whole. By providing a few emergency resources and
motivational support, some of us hope to achieve a tangible and meaningful
conservation effort in specific areas.

However, bonobo field sites at Lukuru, Lomako (as it is accessed via
Bukavu), and Ikela and the Salonga National Park continue to suffer the
ravages of armed conflict particularly due to their strategic
accessibility by navigable waterways and locations lying directly along
the battle front-line of alternating government/rebel troop occupation.
The fate of the bonobo across its distribution is yet unknown but seems to
be similar or worse than those species of charismatic megafaunal
(elephants and gorillas) in the East. In past communications from
Claudine Andre-Minesi working in Kinshasa, she wrote that she had 13
bonobos (7 females and 6 males) in her care as of November 1999. At that
time the newest addition to her orphanage had been confiscated on 26
October 1999 (via the Oshwe Administrative Center, Bandundu Province) and
prior to that she had not received an infant since 24 December 1998. For
that moment there appeared to be no boats coming from Equateur Province,
so the "bushmeat traffic" was quiet into Kinshasa and we could have some
hope. However, today I received an alarming message from Claudine. The
situation has plummeted into serious crisis. As many of you know,
Claudine has been involved with rescuing bonobos in Kinshasa since 1994.
She works under the umbrella of the Minister of Environment and, thus, has
the position to legally confiscate infants. Yet, today she implores that
she has never seen so many orphans, many in the hands of military. In
January four infants were confiscated. And then again, this month there
have been another four infants identified. These new four come by boat:
one from Dekese (the Lukuru administrative center), two with military
personnel in a deal via the Bolobo administrative center, another from the
Bikoro administrative center (on the eastern shore of Lake Tumba), and the
fourth from Mbandaka. Claudine has written to the Minister and copied the
Secretary General, asking them to communicate with the military leader of
the country. The message has been presented to General Kalume and Joseph
Kabila. Claudine pleads for the bonobos who may remain in the wild.
Village people and the high numbers of mobile people (Congolese and other
nationalities), along navigable waterways, organize the bushmeat trade
with military and private boats to transport to urban centers. Claudine,
who sees this dilemma from the end point, has suggested that taxation
stations be established at points along the rivers where the width
narrows. These sites of control would provide opportunities to
financially penalize holders for bushmeat. In Kinshasa there are several
avenues to communicate domestically with the national population.
Claudine and GTZ have organized a message to be played on TV, however this
targets primarily the people in Kinshasa. Their message is to stress the
illegal aspect of killing protected species and detaining protected
infants. Generally, she believes that people do not know the national
laws and because of the war there is no domestic meat production. A
national radio transmission would reach a larger percentage of the
populous. So, radio could be their next form of communication.
Unfortunately, war and the impending government reorganization are the
great "excuses" for everything. When military are stopped and questioned
about possessing wildlife, they only understand that they have "purchased"
this animal. If the live animal trade is stopped, than the animals will
simply be eaten. The demand will not end. Military salaries are not
sufficient to cover the basic needs to purchase food otherwise. Claudine
continues her uphill mission to educate. She and her 5 staff members work
against the odds. Claudine needs help! Ultimately, peace is necessary.
It must come soon if there is a hope to know bonobos tomorrow. So, with
this cry of alarm, be advised that we must all act and act now. There are
many avenues to help and anything is good. Our first step must be towards
making people aware of this crisis. I have compiled a list of US
diplomats to contact. This list is presented on the Gorilla Haven webpage
( Please do something ... anything! Jo

Dr. Jo Thompson, Director Lukuru Wildlife Research Project
c/o P.O. Box 5064
Snowmass Village, Colorado 81615-5064

Gorillas Face Extinction in the Midst of Congo's Civil War

Three slaughtered gorillas were found last month in the Democratic
Republic of Congo's Kahuzi-Biega National Park, marking more than 151
gorillas killed by poachers in the park in the last 18 months -- a decline
of over 60% of the park's population. "The gorillas face countless
obstacles in their fight for survival --from loss of habitat to poaching,"
said Hope Walker, President and founder of the Primate Conservation and
Welfare Society. "That they are now caught in the crossfire of Congo's
ongoing civil war may be the final straw that wipes this species from

Kahuzi-Biega National Park is made up of prime mountain rainforest
overlooking Lake Kivu in the highlands of eastern Democratic Republic of
Congo (DRC). Park rangers successfully patrolled the park, protected the
gorillas from poachers, and offered gorilla trekking excursions for
visiting tourists until neighboring countries took interest in Congo's
ongoing political crisis. When rebels crossed the border into Congo three
years ago, they disarmed the park rangers and began killing the park's
protected species to feed the army. The elephant population has also
suffered, from 320 individuals to fewer than 20.

Many gorillas not killed for meat are caught in smaller snares set for
other forest wildlife. A silverback gorilla named Mugaruka, one of the
gorillas habituated to human presence for the purpose of ecotourism, lost
a hand after getting it caught in a steel trap.

Rwanda's Akagera National Park suffered a similar fate during that
country's tragic war in 1994 after park rangers were disarmed and the
animals killed to feed the army. With no rangers to protect the park's
borders, cattlemen and settlers soon took over. Seventy-five percent of
the park was destroyed.

The Primate Conservation and Welfare Society is working with Dr. Jo
Thompson, Director of the Lukuru Wildlife Research Project, in order to
get funds and supplies to rangers within the park - the last hope of the
eastern lowland gorillas of Africa.

For more information on the endangered status of gorillas and other
primates around the world, please visit the PCWS website at or contact PCWS toll- free at


Seventh Annual International School for Elephant Management -
Three complete two-week School terms will be conducted in 2000 and each
will be targeted at different levels of experience: PROFESSIONALS -
(persons having worked full-time for at least one year with elephants):
Friday, May 5 through Thursday, May 18, 2000 NON-PROFESSIONALS - (persons
with no previous elephant experience): Saturday, May 20 through Friday,
June 2, 2000 OR Friday September 22 through Thursday, October 5, 2000
This is a hands-on course in elephant husbandry, and all aspects of
elephant care and management will be addressed. Many guest speakers who
are experts in their fields will be on hand to lecture. Early registration
is recommended as spaces are limited and fill quickly. For more
information please contact: Riddle's Elephant and Wildlife Sanctuary PO
Box 715 Greenbrier, AR 72058 - USA (501) 589- 3291 phone (501) 589-2248

Research Group of the Federation of Zoos of Britain and Ireland will be
holding its second symposium on Zoo Research on 6 - 7th July 2000. This
will once again be hosted by Paignton Zoo and the emphasis will be on
generating a friendly and supportive atmosphere for student researchers.
Oral or poster presentations on any subject are welcome, providing they
report on recent results obtained wholly or largely in a zoo environment.
It is expected that oral presentations will be approximately 20 minutes in

Following the success of the first meeting last year, the symposium this
year has been extended to two days and will include a workshop on the
possibilities and limitations of non- invasive hormone analysis in zoo
studies. There will also be the opportunity to have a tour of Paignton Zoo
Environmental Park, with members of the Science Department, during the
afternoon before the meeting (5th July).

The registration fee is £20 for students/unwaged delegates and £30 for
waged delegates. This will include attendance at the meeting, lunch and
refreshments on the 6th and 7th July and one copy of the proceedings. A
registration form is attached, please complete and return it with your
cheque (credit card bookings can be arranged for delegates from abroad,
please contact me). The deadline for submission of a presentation title
and abstract is the 19th May 2000 and for registration only is the 30th
June. Please feel free to pass on this information and copies of the
registration form to interested colleagues.

Delegates are responsible for arranging their own accommodation; a huge
list of hotels and guesthouses can be obtained by searching for hotels in
Paignton on the electronic yellow pages ( and a map
of the area can be found on Torbay Council's website
( A venue for delegates wishing to get together
for evening meals on the 5th and 6th July will be arranged at a later
date. I look forward to meeting you and enjoying another successful
meeting in July.

Amy Plowman

(Please contact Amy for Registration Form)
Dr Amy Plowman Tel: +44 (0)1803 697514
Science Officer
Paignton Zoo Environmental Park
Totnes Road, Paignton Email:
Devon TQ4 7EU

Application of Artificial Incubation to Aviculture and Conservation. A
Training Course in Incubation and Embryology. On Thursday 30th March 2000
at the Shillingford Bridge Hotel, Wallingford, Oxfordshire. This is a
course aimed at continuing training of staff - run by Dr Charles Deeming.
The course is aimed at keeping staff with direct responsibility for
reproduction and artificial incubation of a variety of bird species. The
workshop will increase basic knowledge of embryology, egg biology and the
principles of incubation within a normal working avicultural environment.
For further information please contact Dr Charles Deeming on e-mail –


(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.
UK Falconiformes TAG are looking for UK collections that are prepared to
take on pairs of Lugger Falcons Falco jugger. If you believe that your
collection is in a position to help. Please, in the first place contact
Jemima Parry-Jones on

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.

Rhinoceros Browse Survey

John Frost of Chester Zoo has once again produced a browse survey. This
one is for the Rhinoceros and deals with the four captive species. Before
I had even opened this 22 page booklet I was impressed by the imaginative
and humorous cover illustration. Regrettably I found no indication as to
the identity of the artist. Perhaps this is one of Johns’ talents which I
have not previously seen. Like all of Johns’ previous works this is
extremely well researched, relying heavily on the first hand experiences
of those working with the species. As such it is essential reading for
anyone working with or involved with Rhinos. The booklet costs £6.50
inclusive of postage and packaging. Please include an extra £1.50 for air
mail postage.

I know that John has been having e-mail problems recently and I am not
sure if they are sorted yet. If you are interested in this valuable little
publication, please, in the first instance e-mail and all correspondence will be passed on to

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://

Martina Raffel & Dirk Petzold would like to announce that they (the
Bielefeld Zoo-AG) have just started a German zoo newsletter, called
"Zoopresseschau", taking ZooNews Digest as a model. As they rightly point
out, ZooNews Digest reaches almost every region of the world, but "only"
contains the news in English . Important zoo areas like Japan, France and
Germany are, for the most part excluded. They would like to fill this gap
for the German speakers. As many of ZooNews Digest readers are able to
understand German, this will probably be of interest. Go to: to subscribe. They will also do their best
to find a good translation engine that will enable even the not-
German-speakers to find out what our articles are about. Something similar
to the one on their English homepage: http://

Zoo-AG Bielefeld - Student's Workgroup Zoobiology:

Zoological Society for the Conservation of Species and Populations -

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.

Living Rainforest have a position for a volunteer from the Newbury area
who wishes to work with animals. In return for a couple of days per week
voluntary work , they will give full training and sponsor their entry for
the City and Guilds Animal Management exam in addition to other benefits.
No previous experience is necessary although all applicants will be
require to attend a informal interview. Please contact Graham on 01635

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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.
Wonderful opportunity for the right person

The National Birds of Prey Centre, Newent Gloucestershire is looking for a
Raptor Keeper. Duties will include feeding, cleaning, training and public
demonstrations. Outgoing personality and good communication skills are
essential. Applications in writing (marked Private & Confidential) to :
Miss S.J. Rumble, National Birds of Prey Centre, Newent Gloucestershire.
GL18 1JJ e-mail:

Closing date for applications is the 29th February


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:


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 is looking for an experienced Animal Keeper. They
are currently seeking an experienced person to work mainly with small
mammals and birds in our Walled Garden section. Applicants must be able to
work as part of a team and have the ability to converse with visitors. A
driving licence is an advantage and a centrally-heated bedsit is available
for a single person. They would prefer non-smokers. Send a current CV plus
a handwritten covering letter to The General Manager, Cotswold Wildlife
Park, Burford, Oxfordshire. OX18 4JW. Closing date: March 4th.

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.

Welsh Hawking Centre is looking for a young person to train as an animal
keeper/falconer. The person will receive a thorough grounding in animal
and bird husbandry. They will also be provided with basic accommodation
and electricity. Remuneration is at a minimum wage level but job
satisfaction will be great for the right person. Anyone interested should
phone 0446 734 687 between 10.30 and 11.00 or 17.30 and 18.30 to arrange
an early interview.

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.

Birdworld in Surrey are looking for an Education Presenter. The job
involves presenting a variety of talks to Birdworld’s many visitors,
creating an environment on fun-based learning. The applicant needs no
previous experience as full training will be given but the successful
applicant needs to be a confident team player with a friendly attitude.
Write to Steve Bromfield, Birdworld, Holt Pound, Farnham, Surrey. GU10 4LD

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thought long and hard about including info on the next one. However it
does present the opportunity for someone on the inside, who really knows
something about zoos to take up the challenge.

The Born Free Foundation are looking for a Captivity Campaigns Manager.
Amongst other qualities they want someone with a research background in
captive animals who cares about the physical and physiological welfare.
Someone who is interested in the promotion of conservation in the wild. I
believe thats most of us, isn’t it?

For further information please e-mail:


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



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. 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

Help Wanted

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Deborah Stafford is looking for WORK EXPERIENCE in late June /July working
with REPTILES in AUSTRALIA. At present she is a preclinical vet at
Cambridge university, England and wants to further her knowledge with the
aim to becoming a reptile medicine specialist. Specialist reptile zoos,
Veterinary practices, Wildlife rehabilitation centres would be ideal. Any
help with contact postal / email addresses would be greatly appreciated .
Please contact Deborah direct on email:

(I have known Deborah since she was about eight years old. In fact I may
be partially to blame for her long term interest in Reptiles. She has done
two periods of work experience with us. She is a very nice person ,
dedicated, a hard worker and an excellent artist....Peter)

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
advance for your information, Greg Lipps and Bill Flanagan Dept. of
Herpetology Toledo Zoo


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