Sunday, April 16, 2000

Zoo News Digest 16th April 2000 (Zoo News 99)

Dear Colleague,

Last week was complicated by e-groups changing and updating the way Zoo
Biology is managed. To begin with it threw me as it appeared to complicate
the way the simplest tasks are performed. It certainly took great chunks
out of my already precious time. Having now had a week to get used to it I
can see some of the advantages. This may explain why there were apparent
hiccups in managing messages to the group last week. Sorry about that.
Membership now stands at 601 and continues to grow each day. Although it
may not provide all the answers it does point you in the right direction
more often than not. I believe it to be one of the most important zoo
related tools on the internet.

Tuesday morning saw me in Bristol. Olivia had an appointment in that neck
of the woods so I drove her down there. After the crisp but sunny
preceding days this was awful, it rained buckets all day. This made the
setting out at 5.30 a.m. and four hours of motorway driving to get there
quite horrendous. Still, with Olivia’s company it was at the same time
enjoyable. With time to spare I visited the zoo. I reckon the last time I
was there must have been for the Elephant Workshop in 1989. The place was
now completely different. So many excellent new exhibits. In fact the one
exhibit which was partially closed for renovation, the aquarium, was the
newest on my last visit. Perhaps the best part of a visit to Bristol zoo
is that so much of it is under cover allowing one escape the rain. I
particularily liked the covered walkway. If this were to be extended
around the zoo it would turn it into an all weather attraction. More
British zoos should build with the weather in mind. The gardens themselves
were looking great. In all, I had just over an hour in the zoo. This was
barely enough time to whizz around and see most, lingering once or twice.
It had been my intention to meet up with one or two people, Kirsten, Lee,
Sarah, John, Duncan and others. However they must have all been at work
behind the scenes, so maybe next time. If I had stopped to chat I would
have seen less of the zoo in any case.

Early on Friday we left for Whipsnade Wild Animal Park to collect a pair
of Bactrian Camels. The journey down was uneventful and we arrived shortly
before lunch. The Whipsnade staff were extemely efficient, organised and
hospitable. My thanks to all concerned. We managed to squeeze in just over
half an hour for a look round the park. Half an hour is nowhere near
enough time to get around a collection the size of Whipsnade, especially
on foot. We did however see a sizeable chunk. The journey back was a bit
of a nightmare. The traffic was terrible . We were in one jam for just
over an hour and another two for around half that. In the end it was a joy
to escape England for the veritable calm of Welsh roads.

Lastly, before we hit the links, can I draw your attention to the ANIMAL
TRAINERS' NETWORK WORKSHOP, details of which are listed a little later on.
Although I appreciate that this may not be your special interest we can
all learn from advertisement itself. It is an affordable event! There are
some really good ideas there. Do take a look.

Byculla Zoo plans reforms

Animals suffer as aquariums flounder
(Beijing Blue Zoo)

Work of two women shows how dolphins fit in the circle of life
(Pittsburgh Zoo)

Editorial: It's a zoo out there

Zoo's Cheetah Gets 15 Minutes of Freedom
(Cincinnati Zoo)

Lloyd appoints 19 to new zoo panel
(Mesker Park Zoo)
New exhibit with an exotic touch at Roger William's Park Zoo

Real, live dragons coming to our zoos

Chinese Say They'll Lend 2 Pandas to National Zoo

Panda Deal to Cost $10 Million

Board asks city to examine books of Friends of Zoo
(Little Rock Zoo)

Polar bears are next to get improved lodging at the zoo
(Cincinnati Zoo)

(Cincinnati Zoo)

Flight of fancy

Critter Watch Future uncertain for loggerheads

Frogs, toads hop toward extinction

Extinction warning for freshwater species

Famous Kansas kangaroo dies

Pet tiger alarms neighbors

U.N. team urges drastic steps to save India's tigers

Environmentalists rap endangered species bill

Aerial hunters kill 2,091 coyotes

Judge blocks `dolphin-safe' label standards

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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Just Published:

Tapir Conservation – The Newsletter of the IUCN/SSC Tapir Specialist Group
Volume 10, Number 1 – March 2000 Co-editor : Sheryl Todd, PO Box 1432,
Pallisade, Colarado, USA Email

Contents include Tapir workshop report from Paraguay, 2001 Tapir
conference planning, News from the field (Cenral & South America and
Southeast Asia), Zoo standards for keeping tapirs in captivity, Studbook
and TAG news


EEP Yearbook 1998/99 including the Proceedings of the 1999 EAZA Conference
which was held in Basel, Switzerland on 7 – 12 September 1999.

Gets bigger and better every year. This edition stretches to 617 pages
including the all important reference section. No wasted space. In fact
efforts have been made to reduce the amount of pages by shrinking the
studbook Age Distribution charts into ten pages. This works well, in fact
I prefer this layout. 118 EEP Species Coordinators reports are covered
ranging from Partula snails to Muskox. Additionally there are 49 Annual
Reports by European Studbook Keepers and 32 Reports by EAZA TAGs. The
first European Collection plan for birds (Parrots) is included. There is
something for everyone here and much more besides. Like previous editions
this will be a volume one returns to countless times throughout the year.
A remarkable effort by the EEP/EAZA team in Amsterdam. Well done and


American Animal Trainer Magazine – Volume 1, Issue 2 April-June 2000

The 13 articles include:

Training Orangutans for Pregnancy Testing by Beth Moore
Training Connie Part II by Frank Thompson
Positive and Negative by Dr Marian and Bob Bailey
Elephant Training in the Hermit Kingdom by John Regan

I chose the four articles above for mention as they are probably of most
use to people working within a zoological environment, not that there are
not gems to be gleaned from elsewhere in the magazine. If you work with
animals on a daily basis there is so much that needs to be learned. Much
of the training side is simple, easy to implement and will make your and
your animals life easier and less stressful. We are not talking about
dancing or jumping through hoops here but the conditioning of husbandry
behaviours. Beth Moore’s article emphasises this point. If more zoos
implemented such programmes this year we could increase our knowledge of
the creatures in our care by an inestimable amount. I especially liked the
article by John Regan. John was so helpful to me in recent months. It was
nice to learn more about him and his work. Nice too to have face to attach
to his name.

Subscribe to American Animal Trainer Magazine over secure web site at:


Traffic Bulletin Vol. 18 N0.2
April 2000

CITES Appendices Amendment Proposals
Implementing CITES for Himalayan Medicinal Plants
Seizures And Prosecutions
International Declaration for the Conservation of and Control of Trade in
the Tibetan Antelope

Text for this issue is available on :

Armstrong of Columbus zoo was kind enough to send me a couple of “The
Conservationist Newletter”. The most recent of these is the December 1999
edition (Volume 4 Issue 2) . I have not seen this publication previously
and found it to be well produced, interesting and varied. Articles

In Situ Snow Leopard Conservation by Rodney Jackson of The International
Snow Leopard Trust Iguanas: A Second Chance for Survival by Rick Hudson of
Fort Worth Zoo Giant Panda Reproduction at the San Diego Zoo by Dr. Don
Lindburg Wetlands Outpost at the Brevard Zoo by Staff members of Brevard
Zoo The Brevard Zoo – Instrumental in Formation of New National Park by
Michelle Smurl Ecotourism in Uganda by Hayley R. Adams BS, Jonathon
Sleeman,MA, VetMB, MRCVS and John C. New, DVM, MPH1 The Condor – Returns
to Venezuela by Stan Searles of Cleveland Metroparks Zoo United Plant
Savers – Planting the Future by United Plant Savers

Also from Beth was a copy of the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium Conservation
Report for 1998/1999. Titled “The Many Faces of Conservation” it certainly
meets its aims. Extremely well produced with a wealth of colour and black
and white photos it gives details of various conservation projects around
the world with emphasis on the important role played by Columbus Zoo.
Several other collections and organisations are mentioned and credited
too. It is always reassuring to read the part that zoos are playing in the

********************************************************************* A
Bibliography of References to Husbandry and Veterinary Guidelines for
Animals in Zoological Collections

Alastair A. Macdonald and Nicola Charlton

First published 2000

Published and printed by The Federation of Zoological Gardens of Great
Britain and Ireland, Zoological Gardens, Regent's Park, London NW1 4RY,
United Kingdom.

ISSN 1470-7322

The bibliography "has been created as a contribution towards the better
management of animals in zoological collections. It is hoped that this
list of references will assist not only those keepers, biologists and
veterinarians who are actively taking care of animals, but also the
librarians in national, biological and veterinary libraries who are
responsible for providing the books used as information for politicians
and for the education of the future generations of zoologists and

The bibliography is a listing of information currently available which
details the husbandry and management guidelines for animals in zoological
collections or under captive management. The alphabetical listing of
authors has been further categorised under various headings: general
topics, invertebrates, amphibia, reptiles, birds, fish, mammals. The list
concludes with a first contribution towards a more complete bibliography
of veterinary reference books on the diseases, diagnosis of disease,
surgical and medical care of exotic animals."

Copies are available at a cost of £10.00 (exclusive of postage and
packing). For one copy the postage and packing rates are:

£2.00 United Kingdom
£2.50 Europe
£4.00 Worldwide zone 1 (United States of America etc.)
£4.50 Worldwide zone 2 (Australia etc.)

For copies, please contact:

The Conservation Coordinator
The Federation of Zoological Gardens of Great Britain and Ireland
Zoological Gardens
Regent's Park
London NW1 4RY
United Kingdom

General telephone: 020 7586 0230
Direct telephone: 020 7449 6350
General e-mail:
Direct e-mail:
Facsimile: 020 7722 4427

Coles from Beal Park has just produced a 46 page, Management of Laughing
thrushes in Captivity, cost £7.50. inc p&p UK, £9.00. overseas. To order
please write: Dave Coles, 2 Church Farm Cottages, Lower Basildon,
Berkshire, RG8 9NJ, UK.

This is very well written and would be a must for anyone who is into
laughing thrushes.(Dennis Vrettos)


The Fourth European Elephant Handlers School (September 4-17 2000) will be
held jointly at Woburn Safari Park and Blackpool Zoo. A practical hands on
course for those involved or interested in elephant management. All
aspects of handling will be covered using the three young Asian Elephants
at Woburn (1;2) and the four adult female Asian Elephants at Blackpool for
the practical work. Guest speakers including Prof. Bets Rasmussen from
University of Oregan and Dr Tom Goodwin will be attending the course and
will be talking about their work in Chemical and Hormonal communication in
elephants.Further details and a full course programme can be obtained from
Woburn Safari Park-tele-01525 290407or e-mail

Mickaël Michault is a hoofstock keeper at the Branfere Zoo located in
Brittany in France. A year or so ago he contacted me to tell me of French
Association of Zoo Keepers which he hoped to set up. I provided minor
assistance by posting details here in ZooNews Digest. Last week he wrote
to formerly announce the formation of the AFSA ( French Speaking
Association of Keepers ). He would also like to extend his thanks for the
help and assistance given by other Associations of keepers ( AAZK, ABWAK,
Foundation De Harpij ).

His current position within the AFSA is keeper liaison / secretary. At
this time he is trying to
get in touch with foreign keepers in order to inform them of the new
Association, share experience about zookeeping and exchange different news
which happened in their zoos. So if you have any news for Mickaël, do drop
him a line.

They have just finished a first draft of their newletter two weeks ago. It
is a publication written and produced by keepers. They hope to publish
this four times per year. I will look foward to the first edition. If you
want more details about the AFSA please contact via e.mail : or send letters to Branfere zoo, 56190 Le guerno (
France ).


First Announcement
Second European Zoo Nutrition Conference
6- 9th April 2001, Southampton, UNITED KINGDOM

Marwell Zoological Park is pleased to announce it will be hosting this
international conference in co-operation with the European Association of
Zoos and Aquaria Research Group and the University of Southampton. Several
specific session themes with keynote speakers have already been
identified: - Ungulates - Fish - Parrots - Analytical & Research Methods
in Zoo Nutrition

Further sessions will be determined by the abstract submissions received,
and both oral presentations and poster sessions are planned. The
conference will be of interest to anyone involved in the formulation of
diets and management for captive animals.

More detailed information about the programme and registration/abstract
submission deadlines will be available commencing 1st May 2000 at To join the conference mailing list, send your
contact details (after the above-mentioned date) by email to: or by post/fax to: Zoo Nutrition 2001, Marwell
Zoological Park, Owslebury, Winchester, Hampshire, SO21 1JH, United
Kingdom. Fax: (0) 1962 777511.

ANIMAL TRAINERS' NETWORK WORKSHOP June 11, 12 & 13, 2000 Cincinnati Zoo
and Botanical Garden

The animal keepers are pleased to announce the first meeting of
2000 of the Animal Behavior Management Association (ABMA) in
conjunction with the Animal Trainers' Network.

- Full Registration $25.00
- Late Registration (after 21 May 2000) $30.00

- June 11 $10.00
- June 12 $15.00
- June 13 Free

**Registration includes: 3 meals on June 11, 3 meals on June 12,
1 meal on June 13

SLEEP WITH THE MANATEES- FREE housing will be available in the Manatee
Springs Building. This will be on the carpeted floor, and you MUST bring
a sleeping bag. 75 spaces are available in the manatee building, and
additional floor space will be open in the Education building if needed.
There will be showers with designated shower times. There will also be
housing available in keepers' homes on a first come first served basis,
which also may require that you bring a sleeping bag.

(Be sure to identify yourself as a participant of the Animal Trainers'
Network Workshop at the Cincinnati Zoo to get the conference rate)

VERNON MANOR - located at 400 Oak Street (5-6 blocks from the zoo). Rates
are $49.00 to $79.00 per night, and sleep 1-4 people,depending on room
type. 800-543-3000 or 513-281-3300; fax 513-281-8933;; Shuttle service to the zoo provided
by the hotel.

HOLIDAY INN - 800 W 8th Street (~5 miles from the zoo). Rates are $55.00
per night and sleep 1-4 people. 800-544-6777 or 513-241-8660. Shuttle
service to the zoo provided by Cincinnati zoo keepers.

MARRIOT INN - Kingsgate Conference Center, 151 Goodman Drive (~3 blocks
from the zoo). 877-527-7505 or 513-487-3800 for rates and reservations.

HOLIDAY INN - Off I-75 at the Mitchell Avenue exit. This is a new motel
which plans to open on 5/1/2000 but is taking reservations now.

(Instructors include Gary Priest , John Kirtland, Jane Anne Franklin,
Heidi Hellmuth, Tim Sullivan, Thad Lacinak, Michelle Farmerie and Gary

June 10 - Evening (early) registration at the information center of the
zoo. Gates close at 8:00 p.m. Identify yourself as an attendee of the
workshop to get into the zoo.

June 11 - Begins at 8:00 a.m.
- Continental breakfast at the zoo
- Speakers
- Lunch (box lunch, vegetarian provided)
- Tours of the zoo
- Dinner (meat and vegetarian lasagna)
- Small discussion groups (open floor format, divided into 6
groups: Elephants, rhinos & hoofstock, primates, birds &
reptiles, cats & carnivores, marine mammals). EVERYONE is
invited (and encouraged!) to bring slides and/or videos of
operant conditioning that you have done to share with everyone.

June 12
- Continental breakfast at the zoo
- Speakers
- Lunch (pizza)
- Basics of training workshop (The breakdown and application of
training, where and how to start. There will be a teaching
session, practice session and a panel discussion.)
- Barbecue at the zoo and silent auction (PLEASE bring an item
from your zoo, we'd like everyone attending to be represented).

June 13
- Continental breakfast at the zoo
- Summary and discussion of the workshop
- Workshop ends at noon

Zoo hours are 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Lots can fill up quickly, so to be
assured of a space inside the zoo, arrive before 8:00 a.m. We will have
your name on a list at the gate so that you will not be charged for

To get a registration form or for more information, please contact: Linda
Kelly, Vicki Ulrich, Butch Haft or Valerie Haft at 513-281-4700 x8356 Dawn
Strasser at x7710 Jenny Kroll at x7712 Email: or Cincinnati Zoological and Botanical Garden 3400
Vine Street Cincinnati, OH 45220 Attn: Linda Kelly

Memphis Zoo Says Farewell to a Zoo Legacy

The Memphis Zoo bid a sad farewell to their long-time resident male
African lion,
“Firecracker” who passed away peacefully on April the 5th. He was the only
male lion in the collection where he had been for over 20 years. He will
be sadly missed by staff and many Zoo Friends. The Memphis Zoo has
established the Firecracker Memorial Fund to continue the tremendous
legacy of the Zoos most recognized and beloved animal. Contributions will
go toward the care, feeding and behavioral training of the more than 3,000
animal residents at the Memphis Zoo. The Memphis Zoo also welcomes the
fond memories you may have of Firecracker. Please email us at or visit our Guestbook and tell us how this special
animal touched your life!


EuropeanRegional Network of International Zoo Educators
ernize@egroups.comis the egroup for the European Regional Network of
InternationalZoo Educators. Educators are welcome to subscribe by sending
aemail detailing a little information about themselves to


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 -

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.


The Bioparco (Rome Zoo) in Italy currently has a vacancy for the position
of Curator of Mammals.

The mammal collection at Rome is predominantly primates, large carnivores,
and ungulates, and candidates must have proven experience with these
mammalian groups. The mammal department is divided into seven individual
animal sections, each with a head keeper and between two and four keeping
staff. The current total mammal keeper compliment is 29. There are 56
species and 364 specimens currently in the collection.

The Curator will work with an Assistant Curator of Mammals for whom he/she
will also be responsible for training. Weekend work will also be expected
on a flexible three way rota system with the Assistant Curator of Mammals
and the Curator of Birds and Reptiles. The Curator of Mammals will be
responsible for the co-ordination and quality of animal husbandry and
welfare on the individual mammal sections, working with the individual
head keepers and under the Zoological Director.

As part of the senior animal department team, he/she will assist in staff
training, monitoring of diets, assisting the resident and locum veterinary
staff, provide input on new animal enclosure design and help oversee
construction of new animal facilities, liase with other zoological
collections and species co-ordinators for the movement of animals in and
out of the collection, co-ordinate equipment acquisition and repairs with
the technical/maintenance department, co- ordinate staff in emergency
situations, and deputise as the senior member of the Zoo’s staff on some
weekends and holidays.

The successful candidate must have first-hand experience in the management
of mammals in a recognised zoological collection, and have been
responsible for staff management for a period of no less than five years,
ideally ten. The candidate must be able to speak Italian and English, and
have reasonable writing skills in one or the other language; candidates
who can speak Spanish, as opposed to Italian, will be considered, but
they must also be prepared to learn Italian.

Interested candidates should provide contact details for three referees
with their letter of application and comprehensive C.V. Application
material and enquiries should be sent to the Zoological Director and to
the Director of Administration, preferably by email.

Douglas M Richardson Sergio Scaramella
Zoological Director Director of Administration

Bioparco S.p.A.(Rome Zoo)
Viale del Giardino Zoologico, 20
00197 Roma

Tel: +39 06 360 8211
Fax: +39 06 320 7389


The Manchester Museum is looking for a Curatorial Assistant (Temporary)
for their new purpose built Aquarium and Vivarium which will be opening in
June 2000. Prospective candidates should be dedicated, enthusiastic and
flexible and capable of achieving and maintaining high standards. This is
a temporary post of a one year duration. There is a six day 28 hour week,
which will include weekends. The post will allow the opportunity to
conservation with herpetology as a specific. Wages are technical grade B
£10,523 – £11,533 For an application form and information pack please
contact the Services Manager, The Manchester Museum, Oxford Road,
Manchester, M13 9PL, Tel: 0161 275 3288 Please note that CVs are not
accepted without an application form. Closing date for receipt of
application forms is the 25th April. Interviews will be held on 4th May


Brent Lodge Park Animal Centre is looking for a Trainee Animal Attendant
and a Maternity Cover Animal Attendant to assist with the husbandry of
their wide range of birds, domestic and farm animals, primates, reptiles
and amphibians. Shift work as part of a rota should be expected as should
weekend and Bank Holiday work. Applicants are expected to hold a full,
clean driving licence. Trainee Animal Attendent, Ref: 130EG £220.13 per
week Maternity Cover Animal Attendent, Ref: 131EG £285.00 per week

Application forms (Do not send CV) are available from Ealing Recruitment
Link, Ground Floor, Perceval House, 14-16 Uxbridge Road, London W5 2HL.
Telephone 020 8840 1995. Please quote reference number if applying.
Closing date is 25th April 2000. Interviews will be held on 8th and 9th of


Cotswold Wildlife Park are looking for an Experienced Relief Keeper.
Applicants will be expected to be enthusiastic team workers who have at
least five years experience working with a wide range of with exotic
mammals and birds. Having a driving licence would be advantageous as would
the ability to converse with visitors. The working week is 40 hours plus
overtime and a centrally heated bed sit is available rent free for a
single person. If interested please send CV and hand written letter to the
General Manager, Cotswold Wildlife Park, Burford, Oxfordshire, OX18 4JW


The Philadelphia Zoo currently has positions available for mammal keepers.
1 year keeper experience required; degree valued. Interest in
conservation education and ability to interact in a positive, friendly
manner with the public. $14.13/hr plus benefits package. Send resume to
Human Resources, THE PHILADELPHIA ZOO, 3400 W. Girard Ave., Phila., PA
19104. PH: (215) 243-5350. Visit our Web site at

Specific positions are:
Small Mammal House Keeper: This is one of two line positions in the
building. Collection for this line is a combination of nocturnal and
diurnal species, including vampire bats, lorises, mouse lemurs, African
dormice, Malagasy giant jumping rats, mouse deer, tree shrews, pygmy
marmosets, and elephant shrews. Exhibits and work are exclusively indoors.
Interest in small mammal husbandry and creative exhibitry, some previous
experience in same required. Days off would be consistent, but most likely

Assigned Relief Keeper: This position is in the "Rare Animal House",
relieving for three line positions on some of the line keepers' regular
days off. The collection consists mostly of primates, including lemurs (2
species), marmosets and tamarins (4 species), spider monkeys, mangabeys,
and langurs. Other species include naked mole rats, Rodrigues and Egyptian
fruit bats, dwarf mongoose, armadillos, acouchi, and tree kangaroos. Most
exhibits/work indoors. Interest and some experience in primate husbandry
required; experience, ability in exhibit furnishing a plus. Days off would
be consistent, but most likely weekdays.

For questions, contact Andy Baker,,
215-243-5245, or Heidi Hellmuth,,



Conservation and Science program assistant sought by the American Zoo and
Aquarium Association, a non-profit association based in Silver Spring, MD.
Reports to the Director of Conservation and Science. Responsibilities
include: preparing and editing reports for publication, assisting with the
distribution of information, communicating with members, and general
clerical duties.

Requires a Bachelor's degree; excellent writing and computer skills,
including proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, and related
software programs. Degree in biological sciences and interest in wildlife
conservation a plus. Starting salary in the low to mid-$20's, depending
on experience. Full benefits. Please submit resume and one writing sample
to American Zoo and Aquarium Association- C&S Search, 8403 Colesville
Road, Suite 710, Silver Spring, MD 20910 or fax to: (301) 562-0888. EOE. No phone calls please.


JobPosting National Aviary
Posted March 31, 2000
Position Keeper/Veterinary Technician
Type Full-time Exempt
Pay Range $16,974 - $23,340
Start Date As soon as possible
Deadline Open until filled

Coordinate the activities of the Medical Lab, Quarantine, Incubation and
Chick Rearing Areas.
Perform medical treatments and diagnostics. Primary liaison with
veterinary staff.
Perform all daily treatments and routine diagnostics. Conduct Vet Round
with the veterinarians. Perform inventory and purchasing for the medical
facility. Primary responsibility for the quarantine, incubation, and
chick rearing facilities. Participate in formulation and monitoring of
nutritional programs. Participate in related education and conservation
activities. Perform keeper duties as required. Assist and interact with
the Aviary’s guests. Support all other departments as required.
Requirements High school diploma or equivalent required – College degree
in natural Sciences preferred. Previous vet tech/lab experience highly
desired. Must be able to work weekends and holidays; overtime mandatory
on an as needed basis. Able to stand for extended periods of time and be
able to lift and carry up to 40lbs. Vision corrected to 20/20. Valid PA
Drivers License and proof of employment eligibility required. Please
submit a resume with cover letter to: JamesMejeur, Curator of Birds
NationalAviary AlleghenyCommons West Pittsburgh,PA 15212


Applications are invited for a Research Officer in the Animal Conservation
and Research Department. The person would co-ordinate research between
universities, research institutes and the Edinburgh Zoo Animal Collection,
to develop the research role of the RZSS and to pursue research using the
Animal Collection, in consultation with the Head of Department. Applicants
should have a PhD in a relevant biological science, with research
experience i) in behaviour or behavioural ecology and ii) on captive
animal species. The person would be expected to show enthusiasm about the
role Zoos can play in conservation, research and education. Good
interpersonal and presentational skills are needed. There are exciting
possibilities for development of the position and the Society’s
contribution to research, both in the captive and wild situations. The
Society has a strong commitment to this development. This position will be
for an initial three years, with the intention of extending the post
beyond that point. Further information is available from Dr. Mauvis Gore,
Head of the Animal Conservation and Research Department, Royal Zoological
Society of Scotland, Murrayfield, Edinburgh EH12 6TS. Phone: 0131 314
0315, Fax: 0131 334 6775, email: Completed applications
should be received by 30th April and interviews will be held in May. ROYAL


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


AZA2000 Central Regional Conference
3- 6 May

BearCare for the Next Millenium:
AnAnimal Care Workshop on Husbandry, Training and Enrichment
7- 8 May 7 2000
Forfurther info contact D. Weinhardt, email : beartagsow@aol

“GeneticResources for the New Century.”
May8-12, 2000
SanDiego Wild Animal Park
Formore information, contact conference organizers, Oliver Ryder, Ph.D.,
oryder@ucsd.eduor Kurt Benirschke, M.D.
Speakers,tentative program, brochure and registration information are
postedat: http://

PAAZABAnnual General Meeting and Conference
(PanAfrican Association of Zoological Gardens, Aquaria and Botanic
10- 12 May 2000.
Hostedby the National Zoological Gardens of South Africa
Pretoria,South Africa.
Pleasedirect enquiries to: The PAAZAB Secretariat via email

Consciousness, Cognition and Animal Welfare - The UFAW Symposium
11-12 May 2000, London
If you are interested in attending or contributing to the Symposium and
wish to register, please contact Dr Stephen Wickens, UFAW. Email:

BritishVeterinary Zoological Society Spring Meeting 2000
13-14thMay 2000
CotswoldWildlife Park, England.
Anyonewishing 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:

“TheApes: Challenges for the 21st Century”
May10 -13 2000
Thisunique conference will focus on the apes of the world and will bring
togetherresearchers, zoological park personnel, and field biologists to
shareand disseminate the most current information on husbandry,
conservation,and emergent issues pertaining to captive and wild
populationsof apes. For information on registration and submissionof
abstracts contact the Brookfield Zoo Ape Conference Planning Committeeat
(708) 485-0263 ext 604, FAX (708) 485-3140 or e-mail

Consciousness, Cognition and Animal Welfare
TheUFAW Symposium
11-12May 2000
For further info contact:
Dr Stephen Wickens, UFAW. Email:

12-13May 2000
Furtherdetails 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 :

AnnualConference of the Federation of Zoological Gardens of Great Britain
andIreland 19- 21 May 2000 hostedby Thrigby Hall Wildlife Gardens at the
Maidshead Hotel, Norwich. The principal focus of this year’s conference
will be nutrition.

TheUnion of the Czech and Slovak Zoological Gardens Annual Conference 25-
27 May 2000 ZooChomutov, Czech Republic Forfurther information please
contact: fax: +420-66-7302839

FifthInternational Elephant Research Symposium
1-3June 2000

June 11, 12 & 13, 2000
Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden
To get a registration form or for more information, please
Email: or

Course of Environmental Enrichment for Wild Animals in Captivity.
The Zoological National the Aurora of Guatemala, and El Zoo Conservation
Outreach Group (ZCOG), presents/displays: 21-24 June 2000 Zoological
National “The Aurora” City of Guatemala, Guatemala C.A Further
INFORMATION: Maria Jose Iturbide, Zoological Technical Department Aurora
Tel. (502) 4720507 4720885, Fax (502) 4715286.

The2nd Zoo Research Symposium
6- 7 July 2000

Symposiumon Asian Raptors
25-27July 2000
Forfurther info email :

Fourth International Penguin Conference
September4 - 8 2000
ForFurther info :

ZooFederation Plant Group Conference
September13th - 15th 2000
CotswoldWildlife Park
For further info:
“Colin Wren”

InternationalWhite-tailed Sea Eagle Conference
13-17September 2000

17thEAZA/EEP Annual Conference
19- 24 September 2000
Allmatters with regard to registration etc :
Anythingrelated to conference programmes, meetings etc :

InternationalSymposium on Galliformes
23September to 1st October 2000
Forfurther information contact the World Pheasant Association on email:

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

2000 AAZK Conference
8– 12 October 2000
Checkout information on this conference by accessing its

ElephantManagers International Conference
6- 9 October 2000
Syracuse,New York
Formore information please contact
AdrienneWhiteley 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
thismeeting are encouraged to contact the Local Arrangements Chair:
HelenaFitch-Snyder, Zool. Soc. of San Diego, PO Box 120551, San Diego, CA
92112.Phone: (619) 557-3954, FAX: (619) 557-3959; E-mail

Reproductionand integrated conservation science.
9thand 10th November, 2000
AZoological Society of London Symposium
TheMeeting 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

5thInternational Aquarium Congress
Organisedby the Oceanographic Institute of Oceanography
20- 25th November 2000
Forfurther 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 :

Ecologyand Conservation of Mini-antelope
Aninternational symposium on duiker and dwarf antelope in Africa
Hostedby the Marwell Zimbabwe Trust
12th-17thFebruary 2001
Bulawayo,Zimbabwe for further info

First Announcement
Second European Zoo Nutrition Conference
6- 9th April 2001
More detailed information about the programme and registration/abstract
submission deadlines will be available commencing 1st May 2000 at To join the conference mailing list, send your
contact details (after the above-mentioned date) by email to: or by post/fax to: Zoo Nutrition 2001, Marwell
Zoological Park, Owslebury, Winchester, Hampshire, SO21 1JH, United
Kingdom. Fax: (0) 1962 777511.

FourthWorld Congress of Herpetology
1-8August 2001
Colombo,Sri Lanka
Pleasepreregister at website:

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