Sunday, May 21, 2000

ZooNews Digest 15th May - 21st May 2000 (Zoo News 104)

Dear Colleague,

It is this digests’ second Birthday today. There are now well over 4000 subscribers in over 80 countries and 566 zoos (those that I have counted anyway). I know that many of the ‘official’ subscribers forward copies to others, and some put it onto their zoo intranet system. I have also heard from zoos which have no computer access but have had printed copies posted to them. Not bad going for an e-zine which has spread largely by word of mouth. I was therefore delighted to have handed to me today a commendation from the Federation of Zoological Gardens of Great Britain and Ireland in the 1999 Education Award category in recognition of Zoo News and Zoo Biology. Many thanks folks, it is appreciated.

Very odd, but not much ‘Zoo’ news about this week.

Chai's baby will fit right in with easygoing all-female herd
(Woodland Park Zoo)

China Trade in Black and White
(National Zoo)

Lost seal returned to sea

Euthanasia eyed after tiger eats arm

Endangered critter delays projects

Snake fancier appears in court

Stone Zoo's popular old polar bear Major ailingby Franci Richardson

Girl attacked by tiger in Brewster animal farm

J. 'Tiger Lady' contests revocation of her permit

Former zookeeper mauled by tapir sues over safety

Another giraffe dies at the zoo mysteriously
(San Francisco Zoo)\

Nursery for a Species
(Albuquerque's zoo)

North Carolina Zoo unveils newest piece of art


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
ZooNews Digest subscribers can be found in :
Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bali, Bangladesh, Belgium, Belize, Bermuda,
Brazil, Bulgaria,
Cambodia, Canada, Chile, Columbia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Czech Republic,
Denmark, Ecuador,
Eire, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Guatemala, Hong Kong, Hungary,
India, Indonesia, Isle of Man, Israel, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Korea,
Kuwait, Latvia,
Lithuania, Mexico, Malaysia, Malta, Mauritius, Morocco, Namibia, Nepal, New
Northern Ireland, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Peoples Republic of China,
Poland, Portugal, Russia, Senegal, Singapore, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, South
Africa, Spain,
Sri Lanka, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Thailand, The Netherlands, Turkey,
Uganda, Ukraine,
United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Venezuela, Vietnam,
Zambia, Zimbabwe.

I was saddened to learn last week of the death of ‘Red’ Palmer. Many of you may
not of heard
of Harold Curtis Palmer, but it was his pioneering work in the 1950’s which led
to the
development of the darting systems we all use today. He revolutionised the way
in which we
manage our animals. Both animals and zoo staff have benefited time and time
His death at 85 years followed complications after heart surgery. He leaves a
wife, Bobbi.

The Incubation and Fertility Research Group Meeting, 2000 Meeting - University
of Oxford

The Incubation and Fertility Research Group (WPSA Working Group 6
{Reproduction}) is an
association of people interested in any aspect of incubation. Established almost
30 years ago
the Group is comprised of people interested in both scientific and practical
aspects of
incubation in a wide range of bird species (and even at times, reptilian and
extinct species).
The Group meets once a year at an annual meeting usually held in September
usually at a
venue in the UK, including in recent years, Warwick and Ayr. By nature it is an
organisation open to all and so meetings are attended by a wide range of people
working in
science, commerce, and conservation. Most participants come from the UK and
although a few delegates come from the USA and even farther afield. The meetings
consist of
a series of oral and poster presentations offered by the delegates and is often
a useful place
for bringing forward new ideas. Many students have given their first ever
presentation to the IFRG's enthusiastic and friendly audience. Abstracts of
talks each year are
published in Poultry and Avian Reviews and International Hatchery Practise.

The IFRG Meeting 2000 will be held on September 11th-12th in Oxford. As usual,
the meeting
is open to people wishing to present talks or posters on any topic or species.
As usual there
will be ample time for informal discussions over coffee or in the bar.

This year there are special events which will interest everyone interested in
fertility and
incubation, particularly in the commercial sector. There is an invited keynote
Professor Eddy Decuypere of the University of Leuven, Belgium, who will be
speaking on
"Incubation, a crucial hinge between breeders and broilers". There will also be
a "Back to
Basics" workshop for incubation featuring leading speakers from Israel and the
UK. Topics
covered will be:

Assessment and significance of fertility in commercial production by Dr Graham
(University of Abertay, Dundee).
Shell formation and function and its role in incubation by Dr Nick Sparks (SAC,
Techniques for improving the shelf life of fertile eggs by Professor Amos Ar
(Tel Aviv
The critical importance of temperature in incubation by Dr Nick French (British
Turkeys, Tarvin)
Roles of water and gas exchange in determining hatchability success by Professor
Amos Ar.
Problems associated with egg turning by Dr Charles Deeming (Hatchery Consulting
Research, Wallingford)
Assessment of chick quality by Dr Charles Deeming

The meeting will be held at historic St Edmund's Hall on the High St, Oxford,
and is reasonably
priced (total costs for registration, meals and accommodation are around
£100.00). All are
welcome. For further information on this meeting please contact:- Dr Charles
Hatchery Consulting & Research, 17 Rowland Close, Wallingford, Oxfordshire OX10
8LA, UK. Tel./Fax: +44-(0)1491-835542.
Or see the website: (with online

Three new publications published by the Federation of Zoos of Great Britain and

The publications are available as paper hard copies and on floppy discs
(versions Microsoft Word 97 and Microsoft Word 95 6.0).

Further information can be obtained from the Federation Secretariat.
Telephone: 020 7586 0230

Management Guidelines for the Welfare of Zoo Animals
ISSN 0963-1712

For one copy the postage and packing rates are:

£1.50 United Kingdom
£2.00 Europe
£3.00 Worldwide zone 1 (United States of America etc.)
£3.50 Worldwide zone 2 (Australia etc.)


hard copy disc
Federation Members and Associates £8.00 £5.00
Non-members £16.00

Birds of Prey in Flying Demonstrations

hard copy disc
Federation Members and Associates £5.00 £5.00
Non-members £10.00


hard copy disc
Federation Members and Associates £6.00 £5.00
Non-members £12.00

Payment is by cheque in pounds sterling made payable to "The Federation of

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

Telephone +44 (0)20 7586 0230
Direct Dial +44 (0)20 7449 6350
Facsimile +44 (0)20 7722 4427
Direct E-mail

The Primate Conservation & Welfare Society is proud to announce the availability
of our first
annual Primate Conservation Grant Small Grant!

For details, including the Application Packet in .PDF Format, please see our
website at:

To receive a hard copy of the Conservation Grant Application Packet, please send
a self-
addressed stamped envelope to:
PCWS - Conservation Grant
PO Box 2101
Port Townsend, WA 98368 USA

Please note: Due to the volume of requests, application requests MUST be
accompanied by a
self-addressed stamped envelope. Applicants outside the US should contact PCWS
via email
with appropriate contact information. The grant deadline is June 30, 2000.

Stamp Donations Are Welcome For This Project!


Elephant Birth on the Web

Zoo Zurich is expecting the birth of an elephant this May. The birth will be
broadcasted live
on the internet. With this world first Zoo Zurich intends to appeal to a large
public and will
make use of the probable great interest to inform about the situation of the
Asian Elephants in
the wild. At all time the animal’s welfare will be the prime consideration and
will not be
affected in any way by the transmission. Already today live pictures from the
elephant house
will be shown on the following websites: and and

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

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.
Experienced Keepers Wanted At Monkey World – Ape Rescue Centre, Wareham, Dorset

Monkey World is looking for experienced keepers to join our team as we embark
upon a 40
acre expansion. Our small but dedicated team of keepers (12 in all) already
boasts over 120
years of experience. We are interested in career animal keepers and the salaries
will reflect this.
Monkey World is aiming to hire 2 keepers and intends to pull together the best
team of
primate keepers in Europe.

Salaries will start at £10,500 per annum and will be adjusted as to experience.
experience is a benefit but we are also interested in hearing experienced
carnivore keepers as
well. The job will entail the daily husbandry of over 60 apes and 100 other
Applicants will be trained to give talks to the public. Monkey World assists
governments to stop the smuggling of primates from the wild and is a member of
EAZA and
several EEP breeding programmes. For more information about us see our web site

Applications should be sent to: or to Keeper Application,
World – Ape Rescue Centre, Wareham, Dorset, BH20 6HH, England.


Blackpool Zoo have a Vacancy for - Senior Keeper ( Birds and Reptiles ) to
cover maternity

Qualifications required - City & Guilds Animal Management. Must have 3 years
experience within a zoo or private collection, with a minimum of 1 year
specialising in the
keeping of birds and reptiles.

It would be an advantage, if candidates had some experience of staff management
decision making, but this is not essential.

Further details and application forms from Russell Catlow, Blackpool Zoo, East
Park Drive,
Blackpool, FY3 8PP or by telephoning 01253 830801 /830807. Closing date for the
receipt of
completed applications is Friday 16th June.


Is re-advertising its vacancy for a hard working, self-motivated HEAD KEEPER
to join their keeping team.

The position is a hands-on role, working with a staff of 14 keepers to maintain
and improve the
already excellent standards achieved.
Candidates should have a minimum of 6/7 years exotic animal husbandry with a
wide range of
species, particularly with primates. Experience with other mammals and birds
also desirable.
City & Guilds essential.
Supervisory experience and knowledge of Health and Safety procedures are also
required; full
driving licence is essential

Salary is negotiable and accommodation is available.

Previous applicants need not apply.

We also have a vacancy for an Experienced Keeper to lead our Primate Section

It is envisaged that this position will become vacant June/July.
The ideal candidate will have 4/5 years experience and the City and Guilds
certificate is
essential, they will need to be a flexible team member, able to use their
experience to assist on
other sections if necessary.
They should be able to lead a small, dedicated team of keepers in providing the
best possible
care. Experience with South American Primates and Lemurs an advantage.

Accommodation available

Please send your application stating which position you are applying for with a
full CV to:
Mike Woolham
Asst Zoo Animal Manager
Banham Zoo
The Grove
NR16 2HE

Closing date for applications for both positions is 7th June 2000


Linton Zoo are looking for Experienced Keepers. They are looking for people with
a minimum
of five years experience with mammals, in particular ungulates and large cats or
birds and
reptiles. Having an interest in gardening would be advantageous.
Please send a full CV for application form to:
Kim Simmons, Linton Zoological Gardens, Hadstock Road, Linton, Cambridgeshire.


Twycross Zoo are looking for an experienced Elephant Keeper. Accommodation is
If interested please write to : Twycross Zoo, Atherstone, Warwickshire, CV9 3PX
Telephone 01827 880250


AVICULTURE INTERNS WANTED for the Hawaii Endangered Bird Conservation Program
at the Maui Bird Conservation Center on the island of Maui and Keauhou Bird
Center on the Big Island.
Daily tasks include husbandry duties such as: diet preparation, aviary and
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

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 World Ocean Discovery Centre ‘ The Deep’ which will be opening in Hull in
the Autumn
of 2001 are looking for a Curator. Expected salary for this position is expected
to be in the
region of £25,000 + PRP.
Prospective candidates are expected to have a proven track record in an aquarium
international or national renown. The should possess excellent people skills,
flexibility and
enthusiasm. The position is open now so that the curator can oversee the
quarantine, transportation and other issues. Closing date for applications is
14th June 2000.
Send for application form to : The Deep, 79 Ferensway, Kingston upon Hull, Hull,
Telephone : 01482 615776
Fax : 01482 615645
Email ;


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,
elephant shrews. Exhibits and work are exclusively indoors. Interest in small
husbandry and creative exhibitry, some previous experience in same required.
Days off would
be consistent, but most likely weekdays.

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
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,,


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

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

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
Please have a reference from your current/former employer or from your teacher
if you've just
finished school. High school diploma required.

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
14831 Little Tujunga Canyon RD, San Fernando, CA 91342

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:


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

Marwell Zoological Park Student Research Symposium
21 June 2000, start 9.30, finish 16.30
Everybody is welcome. For further information please contact Tanya
Langenhorst, Marwell Zoological Park, Colden Common, Nr Winchester SO21
1JH. Tel: 01962 777407, Fax: 01962 777511, email:

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
(502) 4720507 4720885, Fax (502) 4715286. email

The2nd Zoo Research Symposium
6- 7 July 2000

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

The2000 Invertebrates in Captivity Conference
3– 6 August 2000
RioRico, Arizona, USA
Fordetails see:

Fourth International Penguin Conference
4 – 8 September 2000
ForFurther info :

The Fourth European Elephant Handlers School
4-17 September 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

Annual Conference of the Swedish Association of Zoological Parks and Aquaria
6 – 8 September 2000
Boras Djurpark,
Boras, Sweden.

11th International Zoo Collectors Meeting
Munster Zoo, Germany
9-10 September 2000
Registration and questions: Klaus Schüling -

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 :

Third International Symposium on Physiology and Ethology of Wild and Zoo Animals
4 – 7 October 2000
Berlin, Germany

ZooSciences 2000
Amiens, France
For further details Email:

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 this.

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,
BH20 4LN Tel. +44 (0) 1929 551518 Fax. 551087, Email

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:

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


Natalie Leo is a PhD student from the University of Queensland studying the
evolution of lice
from primates. She is having trouble getting specimens and thought that best
chance was
sanctuaries (where they might
actually handle the animals - at least the sick ones or newcomers). If you think
Natalie could
possibly help her
she would be extremely grateful. She using them for DNA analysis, and does not
need many
(2 or 3 is adequate to get information), but of course the more the better since
there are so
many different lice out there (some possibly yet unidentified).

If possible, please store them in 100% or 70% ethanol and then e-mail her at:

Natalie Leo, B.Sc.(Hons)
Department of Microbiology and Parasitology
University of Queensland
St Lucia, QLD 4072
Phone: (07) 3365 1101
Fax: (07) 3365 4620


Carlos Boix is a Spanish Veterinary student (in his fourth year) who´s very
interested in doing
field work with marine mammals of any kind. If it´s student practice, volunteer
work, any other
kind of work, he doesn´t care.
He is available in the summer, is very motivated is an advanced diver (PADI).

Contact Carlos on :


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