Sunday, April 23, 2000

ZooNews Digest 17th April - 23rd April 2000 (Zoo News 100)

Dear Colleague,

Bit of a rush this evening. Many thanks for the contributions, hope you
find something of interest.

Rare tiger put to sleep at S.C. zoo
(Greenville Zoo)

New Monkey Species Discovered

African nations, India OK ivory sale ban

Bear Attacks
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Program takes N.C. Zoo to Uganda

700 rare bird eggs seized by police


Chick is born to be wild, but rare crane's survival a tall order

Gorilla said to have communicated in sign language dies

Nandan Kanan Park reopened

Bear caught at zoo
(Alaska Zoo)

Elephant birth goes online
(Zurich zoo)

Riverbanks Zoo star terminally ill

Shedd serves up lesson in how to protect fish,1575,ART-44448,00.html

Experiment puts three male gorillas together at KC Zoo,local/377468d6.421,.html

Gorilla Population Threatened By Illegal Meat Trade

Tiger who scared workers in northern Malaysia caught, will be sent to zoo
X-Rated Panda Videotapes

Bird expert jailed for smuggling

Row simmers over Monkey Reserve


Veterinarian gains reputation as elephant midwife(Dickerson Park Zoo)

Missed a week? - Zoo News from around the World

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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Two brown bears have recently died at a zoo near Nancy in France. It is
believed they had been feeding on yew branches thrown into their
enclosure. I would be interested in further details if anyone knows more.

Polar bears which were shot in Germany some weeks ago were apparantly
released by a failed job applicant.

********************************************************************* Dr.
Miranda Stevenson has asked me to relay that she is no longer Director of
Marwell Zoologlical Park. I am sure that you will join me in wishing
Miranda all the best in her future career.

********************************************************************* 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

Wayne Jackson of Toronto zoo sent me a copy of “Browse”, the staff
newsletter. This is always an interesting read. Over the months that Wayne
has been sending me this it is interesting to learn of how projects are
developing. I am probably as excited as staff on site to see the Gorilla
Rainforest be completed. If you ever get the chance to read a copy of
this publication it would certainly be worth your while. In a large zoo
like Toronto it is essential for a medium such as this to let staff know
just what is going on.

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
for Papers:

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

Situations Vacant (Please mention you saw the advertisement in ZooNews
Digest should you apply for any of these posts, many thanks) Do you have a
vacancy to advertise? Please email me.

AVICULTURE INTERNS WANTED for the Hawaii Endangered Bird Conservation
Program at the Maui Bird Conservation Center on the island of Maui and
Keauhou Bird Conservation Center on the Big Island. Daily tasks include
husbandry duties such as: diet preparation, aviary and facility
maintenance, behavioral observations of breeding birds, grounds keeping,
predator control.. Applicant must be able to live with several roommates
in a remote area and should show enthusiasm for work with captive
endangered Hawaiian birds. Driver’s license and proof of health insurance
are required. Internships last for three-month periods. Interns receive
$15/day stipend plus housing.

For more information, please send a resume, cover letter (with location
preference) and the names and contacts of three references to: Tracey
Powers P.O. Box 39 Volcano, Hawaii 96785 or fax: 808-985-7034.



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

Position Available: Chimpanzee Caregiver at the Wildlife Waystation, CA

Job Description: You will be working with 31 chimps (age 3-11 yeas) in 9
social groups

Your duties include cleaning cages, raking, feeding, and enrichment. 95%
of your job is CLEANING.

Qualification: You must be healthy, fit and ready to work outside for
hours, and be able to lift and carry 35 lbs. Must be flexible and
resourceful. We need someone who can work both as a team and
independently. Working experience with any animal is a plus but not
required. Please have a reference from your current/former employer or
from your teacher if you've just finished school. High school diploma

This is an On-Ranch Volunteer position. The position consists of
on-facility trailer style living with housing and utilities paid, and
there is a food give-away once a week. Compensation for this position is a
non-taxable volunteer reimbursement and expense of $258.00 every two
weeks. A minimum six- month stay required.

If interested, please send your resume and a reference to Dean Seymour,
The Wildlife Waystation, 14831 Little Tujunga Canyon RD, San Fernando, CA

For further information, please contact Dean Seymour at or Asami Kabasawa at


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


AZA2000 Central Regional Conference
3- 6 May

The 2nd International Colloquium on the Ecology of Tree Squirrels
5 – 11 May
Salem, Oregon
If you are interested in attending, please send your email and
mailing/post address to : John Koprowski, Department of Biology,
Willamette University, Salem, or 97301 Email

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: +44(1978)852866

“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 :

The Fourth European Elephant Handlers School
September 4-17 2000
Woburn Safari Park and Blackpool Zoo
Further details and a full course programme can be obtained from
Woburn Safari Park-tele-01525 290407or e-mail

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
20- 25th November 2000
Organisedby the Oceanographic Institute of Oceanography
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 :

European Squirrel Workshop
The next WORKSHOP is planned for the year 2001 in Turin, Italy
For further details contact : Kathy Hodder, Institute of Terrestrial
Ecology, Wareham,Dorset, BH20 4LN Tel. +44 (0) 1929 551518 Fax. 551087,

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

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
Pleasepre-register at website:

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Dear Zoologists,

The Wildlife Conservation Research Unit, University of Oxford, and the
Laboratory of
Genomic Diversity, NCI-FCRF, USA, are together initiating a project in the
conservation and phylogeography of the wildcat (Felis silvestris ssp.) .
This project will develop a suite of diagnostic genetic markers useful in
distinguishing wildcats from domestic cats or hybrids, define
phylogeographic boundaries in wildcats, and determine the origin of
domestication of the domestic cat.
A collection of reliably provenanced samples is critically important to
the success of this
project. We are therefore seeking collaborators either having wildcat
samples, wildcats in their collection or those who are doing fieldwork on
them. If you have access to wildcats, or wildcat samples of known
provenance from anywhere in the world, and would like to help, your
assistance in this important conservation project would be tremendously
appreciated. Please contact Carlos Driscoll with questions and for further
information on the project.

Wildlife Conservation Research Unit
Department of Zoology
University of Oxford
South Parks Road
Oxford, England


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I found your address from the “Zoological Email Directory” website and I
would be grateful if you could add my details to your file for any
upcoming trainee or veterinary nurse job opportunties that become
avaliable. I am a 21 year old Russian student, currently studying
Veterinary medicine at University in Moscow. In June I complete my 5th
year and will be a qualified veterinarian. I am very interested in
different languages. I have studied English for ten years in which I have
the First Certificate - Grade C. I adore working with animals and I am
very good at looking after them. I am eager to find the kind of work
experience that is difficult to find here in Russia. I am available for
work from the middle of July, 2000. My C.V. is available when required. If
you would like to contact me by email or telephone, my number is: +7 095
4018154 and email is: Olga Balashova.

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