Sunday, May 14, 2000

ZooNews Digest 8th May - 14th May 2000 (Zoo News 103)

Dear Colleague,

I have previously mentioned the problems with which Sharon Matola and the
Belize Zoo are faced. Well things are getting worse. I have reproduced
Sharons letter below. Visit the web site at :

At this writing, 7 May 2000, the issue of placing a Sanitary Landfill
within 2 kilometers of the zoo, and 1 kilometer from the Tropical
Education Center, persists. While the Department of the Environment, under
the Ministry of Natural Resources, has stated that "the project has been
temporarily suspended while The Belize Zoo and their foreign donors can
find an appropriate alternative site for this necessary development",
apparently, this is not the case. The Belize Zoo and Tropical Education
Center, with assistance from geologist Brian Holland and Natural Resources
Defense Council (NRDC), senior scientist, Dr. Allen Hershkowitz, has
located a possible alternative site. This site seems worthy of further
geological and hydrogeological investigation as a landfill site. As
opposed to the proposed site at Mile 27, this location appears to engender
less risks to public health and to the environment. On 5 May 2000, a
meeting held in Belize City between Stantec, Department of the Environment
(DOE), Inter-American Development Bank, (IDB), independent consultant, and
NRDC, resulted in clear statements that, in spite of scientific points
directed towards the hydrogeological shortfalls of the Mile 27 project,
the above-mentioned entities, with exception of NRDC, want to proceed with
this site development. To underscore that The Belize Zoo and Tropical
Education Center has valid concern about the development of this
poorly-designed Landfill, I will list comments from the IDB independent
consultant: 1. "The hydrogeology report does not meet an acceptable
professional standard" 2. "The section on geology and soils, which is of
great importance to understanding the physical suitability of the site, is
incomplete". 3. "The Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) document leaves
many unanswered questions with regards to the geological and
hydrogeological suitability of the property and potential impacts on the
surface water drainage system". 4. "The leachate treatment methods
recommended in the report are questioned and have not proven effective in
many countries in the world. The leachate treatment methods outlines, in
the EIA, are not expected to provide adequate leachate management and
treatment and may well lead to surface water contamination problems". 5.
"A number of key questions related to the physical and hydrogeological
make up of the site have not been answered and the suitability of the site
for landfill activities and the proposed preliminary site design are
questioned in the absence of this information". One Landfill expert, Dr.
G. Fred Lee, read the EIA for Mile 27 proposed site and reported: "The
landfill gas impacts to public health have not been adequately addressed
in the EIA. In addition to the potential for explosions, landfill gas
typically contains a variety of chemical constituents that are hazardous
to humans and wildlife. Further, the flaring of landfill gas as proposed
can lead to dioxin formation...These issues should have been discussed in
the EIA" We are vehemently opposed to placing our zoo visitors, many of
them children, in a position of being downwind from carcinogenic gases
which would include toluene, benzene, chloroform, carbon tetrachloride,
vinyl chloride, trichloroethylene and methylene dichloride, all common
landfill air pollutants. Furthermore, the type of landfill proposed for
Belize is illegal in the United States. Under existing United States
Federal Criteria for MSW Landfills, landfill operators may not add liquids
to waste. According to the U.S. EPA, "At this time, EPA lacks adequate
data and information on the design, operation, and performance of
bioreactor landfills to evaluate this technology". (quoted in volume #31,
dated 14 April 2000, of the Environmental Reporter) Dr. G. Fred Lee has
also stated "There can be little doubt that the Zoo and the Tropical
Education Center will be adversely impacted by the proposed Landfill".
Should this project go forward, the Tropical Education Center (TEC) may be
forced to terminate its operations. With this financial arm of The Belize
Zoo non-existent, and with the threat of disease vectors extending out
from this Landfill, The Belize Zoo may also have to cease its operations.
TBZ & TEC feels that it would be indefensible, given the hydrogeology
information available, that an entire river system would be threatened and
eventually deadened by this project. TBZ & TEC feels that it is socially
irresponsible to threaten the public health of the Belizean people, as
well as to knowingly degrade the environment. There is scientific evidence
that these threats are real. The following organizations stand opposed to
having the proposed Sanitary Landfill located at Mile 27: Belize TouristBoard
Belize Tourism Industry Association (BTIA)
Ecotourism Association (BETA)
Belize Alliance of Conservation NGOs
Sibun Watershed Association (SWA)
Natural Resources Defense
Council (NRDC)
World Wildlife Fund-US (WWF-US)
International (CI)
Durrell Conservation Trust
Wildlife Preservation
Trust, Int’l (WPTI)
International Expeditions
Island Expeditions

Zoological Society of Milwaukee
Foundation for Wildlife Conservation
The Ecotourism Society

Should you wish specific information about this project, please contacteither me
at or Tony Garel, at
Should you

wish to protest this project, please send a letter to Hon. Said Musa,
Prime Minister of Belize, Government Buildings, Belmopan, Belize,
Hon. John Briceno, Minister of Natural Resources

Mr. Robert Kaplan,
Chief Environment And Natural
Resources Management
Inter-American Development Bank
1300 New York
Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20577

Ismael Fabro, Department of the

Mayor gets tour of zoo – smells and all (Mesker Park Zoo)

Zoo dismisses elephant keeper
(The Oregon Zoo)
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Zoo conference focuses on apes
(Brookfield Zoo)

GMOs may pose new risk to endangered plants, animals

Jane Goodall to Address Bushmeat Crisis May 18 in Washington

'Tenacious' Seattle Aquarium director will resign in July

Rare Sea Dragon 'Pregnancy' at Long Beach Aquarium of the Pacific

A big home for big stars
(Cincinnati Zoo)

Swimming with the sharks: Curator gets new aquarium ready
(Pittsburgh Zoo & Aquarium)

Zurich rhino dead at age 39

Aquaria 21 deals called off

'Live' Gorillas in Your Home
(Zoo New England)

Pair of tiny, endangered zoo monkeys lost in Lodi
(Micke Grove Park Zoo)

Neglected Oasis to gain new life when zoo’s rookery is renovated,1575,SAV-0005110168,00.h

N.J. finds homes for evicted tigers

Owl case awards $2 million to loggers

Euthanasia one option for 26 tigers

More on Legionnaires' disease

Not your typical fence lizard
(Oak Mountain)

Longshoreman gets a lickin'
(Perth Zoo),1249,165010583,00.html?

Primates on the brink

Dog days of spring for zoo animals as heat wave continues

Zoo Improvement Plans
(Houston Zoo)

Conservationists warn that many primate species could vanish immediately

High court bans trade in shahtoosh

Reports of Wolves Have Ranchers Concerned

State could get millions for wildlife research

New exhibits at aquarium to open soon
(Pittsburgh Zoo)

State seeks to build whooping crane population

Cougar-control measures protect public

10 percent of Floridas manatees could die this summer

Poachers' Snares Maiming Chimpanzees

Feeding time at zoo terrifies children
(Harbin Zoo)

State seeks to build whooping crane population starting with sandhills

Desert-watering plan too late to help pronghorn this year

Man evicted for killing alligator,1136,31500000000109787,00.

Black bear spends day in Sanford warehouse

Do more to protect panthers, suit says,1136,31500000000109790,00.

Dispute puts fish in peril

New Zoo at Pinnawala opens today

Marine mama expecting

KC's chimpanzee family experiences conflicts, changes in loyalty,local/3774724f.507,.html

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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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 informal 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 Europe
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 scientific presentation to the
IFRG's enthusiastic and friendly audience. Abstracts of talks each year
are published in Poultry and Avian Reviews and International Hatchery

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 speaker, 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 Wishart (University of Abertay, Dundee). Shell formation and
function and its role in incubation by Dr Nick Sparks (SAC, Auchincriuve)
Techniques for improving the shelf life of fertile eggs by Professor Amos
Ar (Tel Aviv University) The critical importance of temperature in
incubation by Dr Nick French (British United 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 Deeming, Hatchery
Consulting & Research, 17 Rowland Close, Wallingford, Oxfordshire OX10
8LA, UK. Tel./Fax: +44-(0)1491-835542. Or
see the website: (with
online form).

Charlie Deeming has recently found reference to a poster presented at the
15th International Symposium on Biotelemetry in May 1999. This was by K.
Bauman, T. Snyder, C. Asa & M. Macek from St Louis Zoo and was entitled
"The Use of aTelemetric egg for monitoring Bird Incubation". This
describes telemetric eggs which measure egg turning in whistling ducks and
Bateleur Eagles but the actual rates of turning were not reported. Given
that he is trying to develop a database on the rates of egg turning in
birds this data would be extremely useful.

Can anyone help him with an email address for any of the authors. He would
really appreciate help with this matter.


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

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


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

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

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

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!

International Zoo Collectors Meeting 9-10 September 2000 Every year
collectors of zoo guidebooks and other zoo related materials meet to trade
and swap items. The 2meeting will be held at 9th/10th September at Munster
Zoo, northern Germany, which celebrates its 125th anniversary.
Traditionally, there will be a guided behind-the-scenes zoo tour, an
auction (in favour of a turtle conservation project) and a visit to
another zoo the next day (this time Rheine Zoo). Attendance fee is 35 DM
(17 US$) including dinner. Registration and questions: Klaus Schüling -

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:

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


Important Research on Captive European Otters

(If you are in a position to help, please do as it will sort out once and
for all the questions which have been bothering otter keepers in Europe
for many a year—Peter Dickinson)

Att.: Molecular genetic research concerning Lutra lutra lutra and Lutra
lutra barang.

First let us introduce ourselves. We are Edwin Leander and Pieter
Levelink, fourth year Animal Management students on the Van Hall Institute
in Leeuwarden, the Netherlands.

We are being supervised on this Institute by dr. T.H.M. Meijer and
drs.A.C. Meiners.

We have begun our final research regarding our course. This final
assessment, a molecular genetic research concerning Lutra lutra, is being
conducted on the Biological Centre in Haren, part of the University of

We are being technically supervised on this Centre by the geneticists
dr.R. Bijlsma and dr. L. van de Zande.

This research is being conducted for the EEP otter studbook of which
drs.A. Melissen is the coordinator, working at Aqualutra in the
Netherlands. Also the president of Aqualutra, drs. A. de Jongh, is fully
supporting our research. The otter studbook of the EEP is being divided in
an A- and a B-line. The A-line consists out of the circa 100 homogene
Lutra lutra lutra. The content of the B-line are roughly 200 otters from
which the pedigree and the relationship are not known. There is also an
assumption that the B-line is an interbreed from Lutra Lutra Lutra and
Lutra lutra Barang. With your help, by giving blood or/ and tissue
samples, we can start a good research with promising results which would
finally give an answer or a solution regarding to the stud-book problems.
Hopefully, this way, the A- and the B-line will be put together. Creating
an easier management and by clearing the ban on breeding the B-line
otters, higher welfare on all fronts can be accomplished.

Aim of the research

1.. To get a decisive answer concerning the interbreed of Lutra lutra
lutra and Lutra lutra barang in line-B.

2.. To measure the homozygosity of the B-line related to line A and a
wild population, if line- B is homogene Lutra lutra lutra.

What we need:

To conduct this research we need, as soon as possible, blood or tissue
(e.g. liver) samples from the A- and the B-line otters.

Please contact drs. A Melissen for the possible mailing of the samples, by
e-mail or fax. Could you send us an e-mail in which you state your reply
regarding this matter. E. Leander & P. Levelink, drs. A.

Students Animal Management EEP Coordinator


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.

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. CB1 6NT

The Welsh Hawking Centre are looking for a school leaver and a trainee to
all aspects of the captive management of Birds of Prey. A willingness to
learn and commitment are essential. Accommodation is available. Please
send a letter and full CV to: The Welsh Hawking Centre, Weycock Road,
Barry, South Glamorgan. CF62 3AA


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 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.

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:


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 :

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. Email:

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 Email:

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

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
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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 :

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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