Saturday, June 17, 2000

ZooNews Digest 5th June - 17th June 2000 (Zoo News 107)

Dear Colleague,

This is the first (unintentional) "double issue" that I have put out.

Delays have been inevitable due the time needed in transferring
addresses across to the new server. It has not been a smooth move.
Having got this far, with half moved across I am not inclined to do
any more bulk moves but to retain the addresses left behind and to
just add slowly. All in all it is going to make life so much easier
for me. Although every attempt has been made to ensure the links are
working I am sure some will have gone. I will send out a short
article mid week on how to access "dead" links.

I was somewhat disappointed in the very limited response to my
remarks on Kabul Zoo. I do hope that someone, somewhere was stirred
up and even now is working behind the scenes to put it all right.
Sometimes optimism is the only route to take.
Weather very warm UK side, which is nice.

Rhinos Recover in Nepal's National Parks

Seahorses On Path To Extinction

Koalas Join Kookaburras, Kangaroos at Hogle

A fine day for a catnap
(Reid Park Zoo)

Fighting to save the oriental white stork

Activists hunt elephants


Snow leopard cubs born at Virginia zoo die

Koalas begin to feel at home in zoo's Down Under exhibit,1249,175012240,00.html?

Diabetic L.A. chimp, spurning pill, has tubes tied

Super-stud Chaka can't get to 1st base with Demba
(Philadelphia Zoo)

Warner Park Goes Bananas for Chimp
(Warner Park Zoo)

Population of threatened California sea otter shows increase in
spring count

Exhibit details Amazon basin
(Shedd Aquarium)

Springs zoo has tall plans for savanna
(Cheyenne Mountain Zoo)

Bear finds way out of Kansas

Infection kills zoo monkeys
(Phoenix Zoo)

Snow Leopard Births

Tiger's victim champions refuge

Rare wildlife species threatened by drought in Southeast U.S.,2107,500212198-500298725-

Red wolves recover, but still endangered

Cambodia's big jungle cats under threat by poachers

House OKs expansion of ban on killing sharks for their fins

Big habitat for 3-inch arroyo toad

Antelope Island Biologist Faces Felony Charges for Fraud

Tiger triplets born in Shanghai

Stop the monkey business at the zoo

Tiger victim champions wildlife refuge,1249,175009672,00.html?

Snow leopard bites overly-zealous zoo visitor

Oakland Zoo says vandals broke in and stole river otter

Oakland Zoo offers $5,000 for return of stolen otter

Monkeys with HIV-like virus impounded at zoo
(Dusit Zoo)

Dolphin's death stuns zoo officials

Peterson pushes cormorant bill

Aquarium of Americas brings species together
Check out the Web site at

On the Brink of extinction
(Asian Elephant Story)

Elephant Born Live on the Internet
Pictures of the birth:

World's Largest Crocodile
(Samutprakarn crocodile zoo)

A Reptile Rendevouz
(Jackson Zoo)

Sea lion gives birth at St. Louis Zoo

Sharks that died at aquarium have problems in captivity
(Ocean Journey)

E. coli outbreak traced to Washington state petting zoo,2107,500213573-500301445-

Female Asian elephants decide to use outdoor display yard
St. Louis Zoo:

Giraffe's death leaves zoo staff 'devastated'
(Wellington Zoo)

Museum team tends stranded baby seal
(New England Aquarium)

If you know a story I have missed this week do drop me a line with the
full web address and I will try and include it next week.

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Vietnam, Yugoslavia, Zambia, Zimbabwe.
The Rainforest Destruction "Chain Letter" which everybody has
bombarded with this week appears to be trickling to an end. I
understand the voting took place in the Brazilian Parliament two
weeks ago so it is pointless to pass this on any more.
I must admit to being extremely suspicious. I think this is someones
very clever way to collect e-mail addresses for junk mailing. I could
be wrong. Just watch your mail boxes these next few weeks.

I have just completed reading the following edition of
"Ratel". It is
certainly one of the most thought provoking collection of articles I
have read for a while. Definitely a must read for anyone working in a
zoological setting. Before I started reading I tried to put myself
into a completely unbiased, open minded frame of mind. I read all of
the articles, some of them twice. I suggest you all do the same. If
you not a member of the Association please join. Go to:
Other than that try and borrow a copy, but you really should read it.
This edition is devoted to the subject of euthanasia, a subject which
increasingly concerns us all.

Just Published:
"Ratel" Journal of the Association of British Wild Animal
Special Edition
Volume 27, No. 3 June 2000

Guest Editorial by Dr David Waugh

Euthanasia: A Nettle We Need To Grasp by Douglas M. Richardson

Euthanasia as a Management Tool by Will Travers and Alison Hood

Ethical Codes in Breeding and Feeding Procedures by Bengt Holst

Euthanasia as a Management Tool in Zoos by John F. Robins

Euthanasia – A Keeper Perspective by the Animal Presentations
Chessington World of Adventures

Animal Management and Surplus Zoo Animals by Mauvis Gore

First Announcement: Second European Nutrition Conference

Rhesus Macaque Testing and Subsequent Cull at Woburn Safari Park by
Dr Jake Veasey


Note from the Editor

Sharon Matola is asking for our help with an e-mail campaign to stop
the dam in Belize. The NRDC site has made this very easy. Go to this
page, fill in three lines in a form, add your signature and send:


There appears to be some mis-identification involving Choloepus
didactylus and Choloepus hoffmanni. Most specimens in Europe have
been identified as the former species but some recent investigations
suggest that this may not be correct. Does anyone have any comments
to make on the best ways to
identify the two species? One way is to x-ray the neck vertebrae -
seven in didactylus and six in hoffmanni. Are there any other tried
and tested ways and can these two species hybridise? If they can, how
many neck
vertebrae does the hybrid have? I think it's important that these
investigations are taken forward.

Contact: John Partridge
Head of Mammals
Bristol Zoo Gardens

Gorillas move from Howletts to Port Lympne

Djala's group of 11 moved across on Tuesday 6th June. This coincided
with the primate section splitting into 2; gorillas and monkeys. The
move went smoothly and all appear to be settling in OK. The group
consists of Djala, 7 females and 3 offspring. The house is large
enough to hold 24 gorillas and it's hard to believe that 11 gorillas
are present. They have 2 outside enclosures, a large and very tall
Howletts type cage and a walled open air wooded area.

Valdivia, Chile
20 – 26 January 2001

The IUCN/SSC Otter Specialist Group and Universidad Austral de Chile
announce a meeting of the IUCN/SSC Otter Specialist Group and VIII
International Otter Colloquium. For more information contact:
Dr. Gonzalo Medina Vogel
Instituto de Ecología y Evolución
Universidad Austral de Chile
Casilla 567
Valdivia, Chile
Phone: +56/63 293061(office)
Fax: +56/637221344
Cell: +56/09/4688932
or visit the Website

Federation of Zoological Gardens of Great Britain and Ireland
Research Group

2nd Annual Symposium on Zoo Research
6-7th July 2000
Whitley Room
Paignton Zoo Environmental Park

Provisional Programme

Wednesday 5th July
2.00 - 5.00 Registration and placing of posters. Guided tours of
Paignton Zoo leaving the main entrance building every 30 minutes.

7.00 Dinner at venue to be announced. Not included in registration

Thursday 6th July
9.00 Registration and placing of posters Welcome and introduction

Session 1 chaired by Dr David Stradling

9.30 The effects of resource distribution on the social structure
and mating opportunities of Rodrigues fruit bats (Pteropus
Fiona Nelson, Jane Hurst and Malcolm Bennett, Faculty of Veterinary
Science, University of Liverpool

9.55 The effect of light level on the activity of blue scaled
quail (Callipepla squamata) in the desert house, Paignton Zoo
Richard Roberts and Simon Davies, Dept. of Biological Sciences,
University of Plymouth

10.20 How rearing influences behaviour and personality of captive
Joanne Martin, Biology and Environmental Studies, Bolton Institute

10.45 Tea/coffee

Session 2 chaired by Dr Geoff Hosey

11.10 Feeding experiments demonstrating inelasticity and non
conformity to wild type behaviour in captive tapirs and giraffes
Anouska Kinahan, Research Group, Dublin Zoo

11.35 Behavioural response of three species of big cat to new
enclosures at Dublin Zoo
Elaine Healy, Research Group, Dublin Zoo

12.00 The benefits of social enrichment for zoo-housed primates
Lois Bassett, Scottish Primate Research Group, University of Stirling

12.25 The effect of feeding station numbers on the behaviour of
Rodrigues fruit bats (Pteropus rodricensis) at Paignton Zoo
David Harper and David Price, Dept. of Biological Sciences,
University of Plymouth

12.50 Lunch

Session 3 chaired by Dr Tessa Smith

1.50 Study of the captive social behaviour of the Roulroul
partridge, (Roullulus roulroul).
Daniel Stevens, Harewood Bird Gardens

2.15 Environmental enrichment research into the effects of
different feeding devices upon the behaviour of a group of red-ruffed
James Thwaite, Chester Zoo

2.40 The effect of feeding enrichment on the behaviour of three
large Macaw species: the blue and gold macaw (Ara ararauna), the
green winged macaw (Ara chloroptera) and the scarlet macaw (Ara
Michelle Wright, Harewood Bird Gardens

3.05 Tea/coffee

Session 4 chaired by Dr Hannah Buchanan-Smith

3.30 Saving the Sumatran tiger: the important role of captive
animals in leading the fieldwork
Elly Rustiati and Paul Chanin, School of Biological Sciences,
University of Exeter

3.55 A glimpse into the lemur mind
Geoffrey Hosey, Biology and Environmental Studies, Bolton Institute

4.20 Where was that tree? Cognitive mapping in orang utans
Pam Citrynell, School of Psychology, University of Exeter

Poster session and wine reception by Paignton Zoo Environmental Park

7.00 Dinner at venue to be announced. Not included in registration
Friday 7th July

9.0 Workshop on the uses and abuses of non-invasive hormone
analysis to monitor stress in zoo animals

Tea/coffee 10.45 – 11.00

Session 5 chaired by Dr Amanda Pickard

12.00 Non-invasive hormone analysis for reproductive monitoring in
female southern white rhinoceros (Ceratotherium simum simum)
Taina Strike and Amanda Pickard, Institute of Zoology

12.25 Pregnancy assessment in the Nile hippotamus (Hippopotamus
amphibius) by faecal endocrine analysis.
Tessa Smith1, Mary Richards2, Sharon Joseph2 and Anne Savage2.
1School of Biology and Biochemistry, Queen's University of
2Animal Programs, Disney's Animal Kingdom

12.50 Lunch

Session 6 chaired by Dr David Price

1.50 Using zoos for course-related practicals
Hannah Buchanan-Smith, Scottish Primate Research Group, University of

2.15 Overview of Anglia Polytechnic University zoo related research
Sheila Pankhurst, Anglia Polytechnic University

2.40 Tea/coffee

Session 7 chaired by Dr Sheila Pankhurst

3.05 The activities of a captive group of gorillas in relation to
female's oestrus cycle
Sue Dow and Emma Keen, Bristol Zoo Gardens

3.30 Factors affecting breeding success in captive Carnivora
Karin von Schmalz-Peixoto and Georgia Mason, Department of Zoology,
University of Oxford

3.55 Implications of semi-intensive management on the breeding of
Black Rhino (Diceros bicornis)
Hayley Randle and Marthe Kiley-Worthington, Universities of Plymouth
and Exeter

4.20 Depart

The Combined Meeting of the British and Irish bat and Insectivore,
Monotreme and Marsupial, Rodent and Lagomorph and Small Carnivore
Taxon Advisory Groups.
In addition to the normal TAG business the two day meeting will
comprise a number of taxon relevant presentations on the general
theme of Captive Breeding and Reintroduction'

Thursday 26th October 2000

09.30 – 10.00 Coffee and registration

10.00 – 10.15 Welcome and introduction.

10.15 – 11.00 `Reintroduction of small mammals – issues
Mike Jordan, Sparsholt College

11.00 – 12.30 Monotreme & Marsupial TAG taxon discussions

12.30 – 14.00 Lunch

14.00 – 14.30 Presentation (TBA)

14.30 – 15.00 Presentation (TBA)

15.00 – 15.30 Tea/coffee

15.30 – 17.00 Rodent and Lagomorph TAG taxon discussions

17.00 – 17.30 General discussion

Friday 27th October 2000

09.30 – 10.30 Presentation (TBA)

10.00 – 10.30 Presentation (TBA)

10.30 – 12.00 Small Carnivore TAG taxon discussions

12.00 – 13.30 Lunch

13.30 – 15.00 Bat and Insectivore TAG taxon discussions

15.00 – 15.30 Tea/coffee

15.30 – 1600 Presentation (TBA)

16.00 – 16.30 General discussion and closing remarks

The Cincinnati Zoo hosted the inaugural conference of the Animal
Behavior Management Alliance from June 11-13, 2000, with over 200
people attending. Preliminary discussions are already underway
to begin planning the next meeting.

For a limited time, the ABMA is offering people the privilege of
joining as Charter Members. People who join before August 15,
2000 will receive a personalized Charter Member certificate and
two ABMA newsletters during the coming year. This unique
opportunity will never come again, so sign up now!

If you would like to join, complete the membership form below,
print and sign it, and mail the form
with a check to ABMA for US$25.00 for founding-year dues to:
Gary Wilson
Moorpark College
7075 Campus Road
Moorpark, CA 93021

The ABMA Mission Statement and Core Values follow the form. Feel
free to print blank copies of the form with mission statement and
core values for distribution to colleagues.

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individual or group. Please indicate by a check mark what
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Mail completed form and check for US$25.00 to:
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Make checks payable to ABMA.

The Animal Behavior Management Alliance exists to advance animal
behavior management, including training and enrichment, in order
to enhance the husbandry and welfare of animals.

Members of this association believe that:

* Learning is always occurring, therefore pro-active behavior
management is an essential component of responsible animal
* All behavior is modifiable.
* Operant conditioning is our most effective behavioral
management tool.
- Positive reinforcement and voluntary cooperation are
- Punishment is discouraged.
* Learning should be conducted in a nurturing, non-threatening
environment for both animals and people.
* Responsible behavior management creates a continuous flow of
innovative options for successful animal management.
* The sharing and expanding of an ever-evolving base of knowledge
and its application is mandatory for progressive thinking in
animal behavior management.
* "Stealing" of knowledge and ideas is not a crime in animal
behavior management.
* Safety is at the core of a responsible animal behavior
management plan.
* Behavior management is a necessary component of conservation.

Finally, the group proposes that adherence to these values will
result in professional, ethical, responsible, progressive, and
safer animal care.

MARCH 2001

I am arranging a short tour to California from 17th to 25th March
2001 spending some time in Los Angeles and then San Diego. In the mid-
1990s, I took several small groups of mainly zoo enthusiasts, plus a
few zoo professionals, to zoos in Europe and now, after a four year
break, have decided to renew this venture. There will be
opportunities to visit the zoos in L.A. and San Diego as well as
having free time to explore parts of both cities. Details are
available from:

John Partridge is Head of Mammals at Bristol Zoo Gardens, U.K.

A very interesting letter by David Riley, Head Keeper of Attica
Zoological Park in the June 10th edition of "Cage & Aviary
Birds". I
understand that talks of sainthood are in the offing from some

The June edition of "Browse", Staff Newsletter of the Toronto
Zoo is
as always very interesting. I particularily liked the Tortoise poem
and the article on Computer enrichment for the Orangutans.

The Sedgwick County Zoo is pleased to announce openings in an
internship program in the Department of Behavior and Research.
Students will be involved in 2 special projects.
1) Interactive touch screens for bears and orangutans. This is a
study investigating the reduction of stress through choice, as well
as investigation of symbolic language issues.

2) mechanical enrichment devices. Students will be involved in
training our lions to "hunt" mechanical meerkats. The students will
also be involved in data collection.

The internship is open to college (undergrad and grad) students in
the various fields of animal behavior. Students must have taken a
animal behavior course, research methods course and a learning
course. GPA of at least 3.0 is required.
Late summer and fall intership spots are available. If interested
please contact me directly.

Emily Weiss, Ph.D.
Curator of Behavior and Research
Sedgwick County Zoo
5555 Zoo Blvd.
Wichita Kansas, 67212
(316) 942-2212 ex. 257


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

My name is Klara J.Petrzelkova and I am a Ph.D. student in animal
at the Dept.of Zoology and Ecology, Faculty of Sciences, Masaryk
University in Brno, Czech Republic. Last year I finished my master
in zoology and ecology aimed at mammalogy at the same faculty. My
and Ph.D. thesis concern behavioural ecology of bats, but I am also
interested primatology and Zoo keeping. Unfortunately, I have not have
opportunity to take up primatology more. I am looking for an
internship in
a zoological garden for this autumn (the end of August, September,
October; 1 - 2 months) to acquaint with the work of zoologists, help
some observations of animals or participate in research projects,
especially as regard primates. From primatological field I am mainly
interested in self-medication in great apes. (The basic premise of
zoopharmacognosy or self-medication in animals is that animals utilize
plant secondary compounds or other non-nutritional substances to
themselves. There is a few observations of zoopharmacognosy in great
in wild (e.g. research of Prof.Huffman from Kyoto University ). Also
through the safe and controlled introduction of medicinal plants to
captive primate social group, it may be possible to evaluate some of
criteria of medicinal plant selection and find out how individual
acquisition and group transmission occurs, how do naive captive apes
respond to the putative medicinal plants of their wild conspecifics
also how captive apes respond to locally available medicinal herbs.
the potential for providing health promoting herbs and educational
awareness about the use of medicinal plants by primates in the wild,
experiments exemplify new and innovate ways of maintaining a
self-sustaining source of environmental- and diet- enrichment in Zoo
exhibits.) I collaborate with Dr Foitova from Veterinary and
University in Brno, who is a principal investigator of the project
Parasites and Natural Antiparasitics in Orangutan taking place in
and I would like to actively participate in this project in future. I
also interested in conservation and Zoo keeping of great apes
{problems of
captive breeding, abnormal behavior, mother x infant and other
relationships, environmental enrichment, etc.}, rehabilitation
{reintroduction} and in other problem of social behavior,
etc. in great apes {genus Pongo, Gorilla, Pan} and also in Zoo keping
another mammals. I would like to work in a Zoo in future so I think
study stay could help me very much. I worked in Dvur Kralove Zoo as
keeper of ungulates during summer 1999.

Thank you very much.

Yours faithfully,
Klara J.Petrzelkova

M.Sc.Klara J.Petrzelkova
Dept. of Zoology and Ecology
Masaryk University
Kotlarska 2
611 37 Brno

My name is Alice Henchley and I am a soon-to-be graduate from
Cambridge University (will be receiving a BA in Natural Sciences,
specialising in Zoology) I am looking for a job or work experience in
a zoo or
conservation project. I would be willing to travel and would prefer
to work with mammals, as most of my knowledge is based in this area.
I have had some experience of work with animals, but am a quick
learner and should be able to pick up anything I don't yet know. If
anyone could help, I would be most grateful. Please contact me at Thanks very much.

Kirstin Anderson of IMATA is looking at the organisations
relationship with other groups.
She would appreciate input from chair, committee members or others in
similar groups to the following questions:

How do they interact with other facilities and organizations, in
particular with respect to animal training? Do they share
publications with other organizations?
Do they make space in their publications for articles from other
Do they schedule conference or meetings with other organizations to
share expenses and have a bigger turn out?

Although your answers would probably be of interest to the group you
can privately respond to Kirstin on:


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 International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) is an international
NGO with offices in 12 countries and works to improve the welfare of
wild and domestic animals throughout the world by reducing the
commercial exploitation of animals, protecting wildlife habitats, and
assisting animals in distress.

IFAW is seeking an Emergency Relief Co-ordinator - Europe to be based
in the EU Office in Brussels. The position will report to the
Emergency Relief Co-ordinator Worldwide and work in collaboration
with the Emergency Relief Officer- Europe. Commitment to the
objectives and values of IFAW is essential.

The spectrum of work will cover:

disaster response to natural and man made disasters affecting
wildlife and companion animals in Europe;
development and co-ordination of protocols for response to these
types of emergencies;
the identification and development of working relationships with
wildlife and companion animal sanctuaries; development and
implementation of a cohesive long-term Emergency Relief strategy for
Europe; providing technical input into policy and assuring
integration with and promotion of IFAW's Global Emergency Relief

The position requires a qualified veterinarian, zoologist or similar
with an understanding of the practices involved in the rescue and
rehabilitation of wildlife. An advanced knowledge of English and
fluency in another EU language is required.

IFAW is an Equal Opportunity employer, CVs received by the 10th July
will receive first consideration. Interviews will be held in the
week commencing 17th July.

Please send cover letter, CV, contact information for three
references and salary history to: Lesley O'Donnell, Director,
Office, 13, rue Boduognat, B-1000 Brussels, Belgium. Fax: +32-2 231
0402, E-mail:

Please visit our website: for further information.


We are currently seeking an individual for the position of Assistant
Manager at our remote field research station located on the
coast of Costa Rica. Caño Palma Biological Station is situated
within the
lowland tropical rainforest area of the Barra del Colorado Wildlife
Refuge. It is a remote location and the individual must be able to
withstand considerable isolation.

Duties include routine maintenance of buildings and property; giving
educational conservation talks to visiting tourists; assisting
students and researchers to carry out their studies; obtaining
from the nearby village, with occasional trips to the main capital of
Jose for supplies.

The appropriate individual ideally with have a background in wildlife
conservation and/or environmental issues, have a knowledge of handling
outboard motors and boats, have experience working in a third-world
country and be sympathetic to the cultures of other countries; have
least a basic knowledge of Spanish; be computer-literate; have some
knowledge of construction and repair of buildings; be able to

We are a registered Canadian charity, and consequently the salary
is low; however, the rewards and experience gained are great.

For more information on Caño Palma Biological Station and COTERC,
visit our website at

Would interested individuals please send their resume to:

Canadian Organization for Tropical Education and Rainforest
(COTERC) Box 335 Pickering, Ontario L1V 2R6 Canada fax (905) 683-5897


Twycross Zoo

(East Midlands Zoological Society)

Full time Vacancy

Required to join our small team, the successful applicant will be
to teach a range of age groups but will have special responsibility
for A
level/Tertiary groups. A relevant degree and teaching qualification
desirable. Ability to use simple DTP/word processing packages would
be an
advantage. The successful candidate will be required to take up the
position in August.
Apply in writing with cv. to: Alan Bates, Head of Education, Twycross
Burton Rd., Nr. Atherstone, Warks, CV9 3PX

Rodbaston College are looking for an Animal Care Technician. Salary
is in the region of 125-179 pounds sterling per week. Candidates are
expected to be experienced with a mature outlook and excellent inter-
personal skills. A formal qualification would be preferred.
For information and an application form please write to:
The Personnel Section, Rodbaston College, Rodbaston, Penkridge,
Stafford ST19 5PH


Duties include but are not limited to the following: Maintaining
collection records in ARKS and other software, processing permit
applications & renewals, preparing shipping documents, maintaining and
updating collection plan information, participating in animal

Position requires a bachelors degree and/or equivalent experience in
animal record keeping, experience with ARKS, MedARKS, SPARKS, and word
processing software, excellent communication and organizational
Experience with AZA accreditation procedures and requirements a plus!
Salary DOE

Send cover letter & resume to Registrar Position, Nashville Zoo at
Grassmere, 3777 Nolensville Road, Nashville, TN 37211 U.S.A.
or fax it to 615-837-3977. Accepting applications until June 12,

Thank you,

Beth Grayson
Animal Collections Manager
Nashville Zoo at Grassmere
Ph: 615-837-9525
Fx: 615-837-3977

Longleat Safari Park has a vacancy for an elephant keeper. Some
experience would be preferred but this is not essential as training
will be given. If interested please write enclosing CV to: Keith
Harris, Lions of Longleat Ltd, Longleat Park, Warminster, Wiltshire.

Experienced Keepers Wanted At Monkey World – Ape Rescue Centre,

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
(12 in all) already boasts over 120 years of experience. We are
in career animal keepers and the salaries will reflect this. Monkey
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. Primate 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 primates. Applicants
will be
trained to give talks to the public. Monkey World assists foreign
governments to stop the smuggling of primates from the wild and is a
member of EAZA and several EEP breeding programmes. For more
about us see our web site at

Applications should be sent to: or to Keeper
Application, Monkey World – Ape Rescue Centre, Wareham, Dorset,


Linton Zoo are looking for Experienced Keepers. They are looking for
people with a minimum of five years experience with mammals, in
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,
Cambridgeshire. CB1 6NT


Twycross Zoo are looking for an experienced Elephant Keeper.
Accommodation is available. If interested please write to : Twycross
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 Conservation Center on the Big Island. Daily tasks
husbandry duties such as: diet preparation, aviary and facility
maintenance, behavioral observations of breeding birds, grounds
predator control. Applicant must be able to live with several
roommates in
a remote area and should show enthusiasm for work with captive
Hawaiian birds. Driver's license and proof of health insurance
required. Internships last for three-month periods. Interns receive
$15/day stipend plus housing.

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


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

The 2nd Zoo Research Symposium
6- 7 July 2000
Paignton Zoo

7-9 July -- Training Workshop in Field Techniques and Taxonomy for
Chiroptera. Department of Animal Behaviour and Physiology, School of
Biological Sciences, Madurai Kamaraj University, Madurai, Chiroptera
Conservation and Information Network of South Asia (CCINSA), (a
associated with CBSG, South Asia, Zoo Outreach Organisation and WILD
Society. Sponsored by Chester Zoo, UK. (closed/private meeting)

Symposium on Asian Raptors
25-27July 2000
Bandung, Indonesia
For further info email :

4 August -- South Asian Zoo Meeting. Central Zoo, King Mahendra
Kathmandu, Nepal. (closed/private meeting)

5 August -- Inauguration of Conservation Breeding Specialist Group --
CBSG, Nepal. Central Zoo, King Mahendra Trust, Kathmandu, Nepal.
(closed/private meeting)

5-6 August -- CBSG, South Asia meeting. Central Zoo, Kathmandu,
Kathmandu, Nepal. Sponsored by Dr. Nan Schaeffer, SOS Rhino,
Rhino Foundation and others. (closed/private meeting)

The2000 Invertebrates in Captivity Conference
3– 6 August 2000
Rio Rico, Arizona, USA
For details see:

7-11 August -- Zoo Education Workshop for South Asian Zoo Personnel.
Central Zoo, King Mahendra Trust, Kathmandu, Nepal and ARNIZE, Asian
Regional Network of International Zoo Educators (a network of Zoo
Organisation.. Sponsored by German branch of King Mahendra Trust for
Nature Conservation, Columbus Zoo, US Fish & Wildlife Service,
International Zoo Educator Association, International Rhino
International Elephant Foundation, SOS Rhino, Universities Federation
Animal Welfare, Appenheul Park (closed/private meeting)

Fourth International Penguin Conference
4 – 8 September 2000
For Further info :

Marine Wildlife Conference
4 - 8 September 2000
Sea World Nara Resort
Queensland , Australia
For further details visit : http:///

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
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 -

The Incubation and Fertility Research Group 2000 Meeting
September 11th-12th
St Edmund's Hall
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).

Zoo Federation Plant Group Conference
September 13th - 15th 2000
Cotswold Wildlife Park
For further info:
"Colin Wren"

International White-tailed Sea Eagle Conference
13-17 September 2000

17th EAZA/EEP Annual Conference
19- 24 September 2000
Aalborg Zoo,
Allmatters with regard to registration etc :
Anything related to conference programmes, meetings etc :

International Symposium on Galliformes
23 September to 1st October 2000
For further information contact the World Pheasant Association on

15th International Zoo Educators' Conference
1- 6 October 2000
Guadalajara, Mexico
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
4 – 7 October 2000 Berlin, Germany

Zoo Sciences 2000
Amiens, France
For further details Email:

2000 AAZK Conference
8– 12 October 2000
Columbus Zoo
Checkout information on this conference by accessing its
Web site at:

Elephant Managers International Conference
6- 9 October 2000
Syracuse,New York
For more information please contact
Adrienne Whiteley on :

Panda 2000 International Conference
An international conference on the giant panda will be held in San
California (USA) October 16-19, 2000. The Zoological Society of San
and the World Wildlife Fund are co- hosts. A program consisting
of work-shops, panel discussions and poster sessions is planned.
in conservation, education, training, research, health, reproduction,
captive management will be co covered. Persons interested in
this meeting are encouraged to contact the Local Arrangements Chair:
Helena Fitch-Snyder, Zool. Soc. of San Diego, PO Box 120551, San
Diego, CA
92112.Phone: (619) 557-3954, FAX: (619) 557-3959; E-mail

The Canadian Association of Zoos and Aquariums (CAZA) will hold it's
annual conference from October 19 - 21, 2000 with the
theme "Extending Our Reach". The Crystal Garden Conservation Centre
in Victoria, B.C., Canada hosts this event featuring presentations
about conservation, education, and recreational activities that
member zoos and aquariums are participating in beyond their physical
site. The third day will be devoted to bird topics such as
reproduction of crowned pigeons, toucans, touracos, and hornbills, as
well as lory displays. During the conference a workshop will be held
demonstrating methods of doing latex moulds for reproduction of
detail in animal exhibits. For more information contact John Creviston
by fax at (250) 383-1218 (Canada) or by e-mail at

Reproduction and integrated conservation science.
9th and 10th November, 2000
A Zoological Society of London Symposium
The Meeting Rooms, Zoological Society of London
To register your interest in attending this symposium please contact:
Body, Scientific Meetings Co-ordinator, Zoological Society of London,
Regent's Park, London NW1 4RY, UK or email:
would be interested in submitting a poster presentation, please

5th International Aquarium Congress
20- 25th November 2000
Organised by the Oceanographic Institute of Oceanography
For further information email:
or write to : Secretariat of the 5th IAC 2000, Oceanographic
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.

Valdivia, Chile
20 – 26 January 2001
or visit the Website

The IUCN/SSC Otter Specialist Group and Universidad Austral de Chile
announce a meeting of the IUCN/SSC Otter Specialist Group and VIII
International Otter Colloquium. For more information contact:
Dr. Gonzalo Medina Vogel
Instituto de Ecología y Evolución
Universidad Austral de Chile
Casilla 567
Valdivia, Chile
Phone: +56/63 293061(office)
Fax: +56/637221344
Cell: +56/09/4688932
or visit the Website

Ecology and Conservation of Mini-antelope
An international symposium on duiker and dwarf antelope in Africa
Hosted by 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
submission deadlines will be available commencing 1st May 2000 at To join the conference mailing list, send
contact details (after the above-mentioned date) by email to: or by post/fax to: Zoo Nutrition 2001,
Zoological Park, Owslebury, Winchester, Hampshire, SO21 1JH, United
Kingdom. Fax: (0) 1962 777511.

Fourth World Congress of Herpetology
1-8 August 2001
Colombo, Sri Lanka
Please pre-register at website:

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the evolution of lice from primates. She is having trouble getting
specimens and thought that best chance was sanctuaries (where they
actually handle the animals - at least the sick ones or newcomers).
If you
think Natalie could possibly help her she would be extremely
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

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


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