Sunday, January 14, 2001

ZooNews Digest 8th - 14th January 2001 (Zoo News 137)

ZooNews Digest 8th - 14th January 2001 (Zoo News 137)
Peter Dickinson :

Dear Colleague,

Crisp, dry and cold. A beautiful day.

Zebras barred from breeding

Breeding a New Future
(National Zoo)

Cold is taking its toll on South's wildlife

W. Brisby; Founded Wild Animal Care Curriculum

Nicholas, the sloth bear at Philly Zoo, dies
(Philadelphia Zoo)

Monkeys roam free after devil of a time
(Adelaide Zoo)

Sea otter, infant pup doing well after birth
(Oregon Zoo)

Critic free to visit Topeka Zoo

Zoo poo will not be used to grit roads
(Chester Zoo)

N.J. Aquarium researcher heading to Indonesia to study cardinalfish

Fanciers' fish has real devotee

Gray wolves have a fighting chance, official says

Aquarium takes up rare crocodile's cause
(Dallas World Aquarium)

Model of museum's planned dolphin habitat is unveiled
(Virginia Marine Science Museum)

Bermuda's tiniest tree kangaroo needs a name
(Bermuda Aquarium, Museum and Zoo)

Chinese Scientists Use DNA to Distinguish Sex of Birds
(Shanghai Zoo)

Rare Ox Clone Gestated in Cow Dies Two Days After Birth

Pursuit of Rare Frog Guarantees
(Los Angeles Zoo)

Rare Rhino With Mysterious Disease Euthanized at Zoo
(Los Angeles Zoo)

Aquarium experts put their skills up for sale
(Tynemouth's Sea Life Aquarium)

Ocean Journey selects new chief

Chilly greeting suits polar bears
(Denver zoo/Reid Park zoo)

Elephant tramples American tourist

Relationships break up, gorillas move on...
(North Carolina Zoo)

Coloradans can pay visit to some rare birds, indeed

Elderly Tigress Becomes Mom-To-Be
(Shenyang Tiger Park)

Zoo's Living Wall to offer close-up view

Panel: Build new or close zoo
(Heritage Zoo)

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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26th Conference -- Animal Transportation Association
29 Apr - 2 May 2001
Toronto, Canada

Interested in Pumas/Mountain lions/Cougars?
Check out the following site.

There are over 900 references and the list is still growing. If you
are aware of references/papers which are missing please contact the
site owner to include.


Pan African Association of Zoological Gardens Aquaria and Botanic

19 - 22 JUNE 2001

The Annual General Meeting and Conference is scheduled to be held
from 19 - 22 JUNE 2001 and is hosted this year by Mr Tony Blignaut of
Primates Resort Limited, Plettenberg Bay, South Africa. The
conference will run for 4 days and the venue is the Protea Keurbooms
River Lodge near Plettenberg Bay.

The PAAZAB website is currently being updated but we still invite you
to pay us a visit at:

First online issue of the Tapir Preservation Fund News. You can link
to it from the main page here:


Cleveland Metroparks Zoo reports that four animal care staff members
recently traveled to Venezuela with five Andean condors. The condors
were left behind but all four zoo employees returned.

For four years the Zoo has been working with BioAndina, a Venezuelan
conservation organization, to release U.S. hatched condors in the
hopes of restoring the nearly extinct population of this most
impressive of birds. Two female condors were released in the Andean
mountains, whilst a pair were placed in Chorros De Milla Zoo. The
remaining bird will act as an ambassador within BioAndina's education

(source Cleveland Metroparks on-line newsletter)

n.b. I have a particular interest in the Andean Condor and would be
pleased to hear any news ex situ/in situ.


If you are interested in Zoo History or Zoo Collecting then an
occassional visit to ebay is a must. I have done a quick tour and
selected just some of the items currently being auctioned. They are
hyperlinked below. There is the opportunity here for some zoos to
fill in the gaps in their archives or even start a zoo museum.

Old Map of Bronx Zoo Performing Elephants-San Diego Zoo

Performing Elephants-San Diego Zoo

The Reptile Zoo in Alton Bay-1950's Poster

1960 Brookfield Zoo Guide, Chicago

Chicago BROOKFIELD ZOO Guide Book ~ 1947

RARE 1890 llustr. Zoo Gardens Guide Sclater

Rotterdam Netherlands Zoo Guide Books 1930s

London England Zoo 1937, 1955 Guide Map Bklts



St. Louis Zoo , Zoo Album 1956


BEAR Pit Zoo Idora Park OAKLAND CA Postcard



OLD MAP of the BRONX ZOO! 1930S? -40S?


1960 Brookfield Zoo Guide, Chicago

Zoo Red Lodge, Montana 1946

Ukraine-Poland: Kiew, Zoo, 1911

Fabulous OLD postcard elephant Gunda N.Y. Zoo



Budapest Hungary Zoo 1936-7 Guides & ORIG Ltr

Manchester UK Belle Vue Zoo 1938 Bklts & Ltr

Chicago BROOKFIELD ZOO Guide Book ~ 1947

c1920s Pittsburgh Zoo in Riverview Park N. Sd

St Louis Zoo Zoological Garden Magazine `37

Vintage View Master Reels-St Louis Zoo 1950!

North Korean booklet: Pyongyang Zoo

Gorilla St Louis Zoo 1948 Postcard


1911 Lincoln Park Zoo Chicago IL

Rotterdam Netherlands Zoo Guide Books 1930s

Why not join Zoo Collectors. Just send a blank e-mail, blank subject

or if history is more your thing (though the two do overlap)

Zoo-Kunft 2001
am 16., 17. und 18. Februar 2001
Schloss Horst, Gelsenkirchen
Programm und Online Anmeldung
Programm und Anmeldung anfördern =


British Veterinary Zoological Society
SPRING MEETING MAY 12/13th 2001 at Bristol Zoo Gardens, Clifton,

"Zoo & Wildlife Care in the 21st Century"

Hosted by Bristol Zoo Gardens
Voted Zoo of the Year 2000

The Conference Idea
In view of the increasing number of 'new' vets based at zoos in the
UK and the new Secretary of State's Standards of Modern Zoo Practice,
this meeting will focus on issues relevant to the practice of modern
zoo veterinary medicine. The meeting will be useful and informative
to those dealing with small collections or major zoos. Recent
advances in wildlife medicine and issues will also be discussed. The
proceedings produced will be an up to date addition to your library
on this topic.

Call for papers
This is therefore a call for papers on topics concerning health
screening or group diseases. Case studies or literature overviews are
welcome. Time will be allowed on the programme for discussion and
debate. We'd like to encourage as many people as possible who are
working in this area to meet each other and discuss issues affecting
zoo medicine today.
Areas will include mammals (primates, large carnivores, large
herbivores), reptiles, amphibians, fish, invertebrates. Common group
diseases to be discussed include Yersiniosis, Tuberculosis (avian and
mammal), Cryptosporidiosis, Salmonellosis.

All contributions welcome on topics concerning zoos, wildlife,
commercial breeders and private clients. Poster, short case reports,
longer case studies, general overview papers all called for. A
written abstract or full paper for the proceedings is required.

Ideal for those working for the RCVS Certificate or Diploma in
Zoological Medicine.

Great social side too!!

For registration details contact Derek Lyon MRCVS at 7, Bridgewater
Mews, Gresford Heath, Pandy, Wrexham LL12 8EQ. Email
TEL NO:- 01978 852866 FAX: 01978 852065

To present a paper, or discuss how you can contribute to this
meeting, please contact Sharon Redrobe MRCVS at Bristol Zoo Gardens,
Bristol BS8 3HA, Email, Fax 0870 133 8308,
Tel 0117 970 6176

See also the British Veterinary Zoological Society Website at


The 3rd IMATA(International Marine Animal Trainers Association)
Regional Meeting Europe will be held on the 13th of March 2001 at the
Genova Aquarium in Genova-Italy.

For further information please contact:

Sabrina Labberte
+39.039.6612829 phone / fax email


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

Elephant Team
Husband & wife team for handling/training/management position(s).
Ages 50 & mid-40's. Fifteen + years experience with elephant males &
females; African & Asian; adults and extensive experience with
babies. Unprotected contact.
Have performed, lectured, trained, transported elephants. Use calm,
quiet, easygoing handling methods. Want stable, permanent position(s)
in zoo or other. Anywhere in world considered. Excellent references.
Please reply to:


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.




Sea Lion Trainer. Full time job. To start training of 1-3-1 Sea Lions
for next tourist season. Good conditions and salary. Apply in writing
with C.V. and recent passport photo to :

The Director. MONDE SAUVAGE SAFARI. Fange de Deigne 3. 4920 AYWAILLE




Requirements :-
Proven administration experience at a senior level, preferably gained
in business, diplomatic or scientific fields.

Experience in implementing and managing business plans.

Well developed liaison competence – good communication skills

Computer literacy.

Exposure to conservation issues

Willingness to travel is essential.

Willingness to settle in one of the following locations: Minneapolis
(USA), London (UK), Vienna (Austria) or Berne (Switzerland).


Facilitate an active relationship amongst all regions.

Co-ordinate all marketing activities.

Monitor and implement membership services and activities.

Lobby governents, international institutions and business.

Raise funds for the organisation.

Contact: Willie Labuschagne, President, World Association of Zoos
and Aquariums. P.O. Box 754, Pretoria, 0001, South Africa. Fax: +
2712 323-4540. E-mail: Closing date: 15th March 2001


Twycoss Zoo require an Experienced Primate Keeper. For further details
please telephone 01827 880250



The Department of Ornithology at the Bronx Zoo has a paid position
available for a behavioral enrichment intern, starting early in 2001.
The intern should have some background in animal behavior and research
methods. The intern will work with keepers to develop, construct and
implement effective enrichment objects and strategies, including
conducting research on the effect of enrichment items on birds in our
collection. Interested individuals should contact: John Rowden, PhD
Assistant Curator, Ornithology Wildlife Conservation Society 2300
Southern Boulevard Bronx, NY 10460 718-220-7153 Fax: 718-733-7300




This position is responsible for elephant husbandry and exhibit
maintenance in a transition elephant management program from free to
protected contact.


Participate in the care of the collection including training,
enrichment, and research.
Observe and monitor health and behavior, and communicate changes to
Maintain exhibits and holding areas
Assist veterinary staff and support Public Relations efforts


Four year degree in biology, psychology, zoology or related field
(sufficient relevant experience will be considered in partial
fulfillment of education requirement)
Experience with free and protected contact elephant management
Familiarity with and ability to apply operant conditioning techniques
Must actively support and participate in transition from free to
protected contact elephant management
Minimum of one year zookeeper experience or internship
Possess good communication skills and ability to interact with public
Able to function as a team member and support Zoo Atlanta's mission

Send resume to:
Kari Morani
Staffing Assistant
Human Resources
800 Cherokee Avenue SE
Atlanta, GA 30315
F: 404-624-5943

Keeper Carnivores


Position oversees and participates in the daily husbandry of
Zoo Atlanta's carnivore collection and maintenance of carnivore
facilities. The position reports to the Assistant Curator of
Elephants and Carnivores. (E/C)


Directly responsible for staff schedules, formulation and daily
implementation of carnivore policies, procedures and protocols to
ensure the highest standards of care for the carnivore collection as
well as safety of the public and staff
Participate in daily husbandry of the collection
Actively participate in workshops, seminars, activities and
conferences aimed at continually improving operant conditioning
training skills.
Work with E/C Assistant Curator in training Carnivore staff.
Actively foster constructive attitudes and a team orientation among
With the E/C Assistant Curator, develop specific and measurable
professional standards for the promotion and advancement of Carnivore
Responsible for special projects, procedures, and goals set forth by
the E/C Assistant Curator and /or the E/C staff as a group.
Responsible for maintaining the highest level of safety in the work
area through implementation of safety protocols and procedures.
In conjunction with the E/C Assistant Curator, act as coordinator
regarding veterinary concerns, General Curator, research, marketing,
education, maintenance, horticulture and other departments.


Four year degree in biology, psychology, zoology or related field
(sufficient relevant experience will be considered in partial
fulfillment of education requirement)
Must have 3 years experience with husbandry of large cats, preferably
within a successful breeding program
Familiarity with and ability to apply operant conditioning training
Demonstrated leadership and personnel management skills
Possess good communications skills and ability to interact with the
Able to function as a team member and support Zoo Atlanta's mission

Send resume to:
Kari Morani, Staffing Assistant
Human Resources
Zoo Atlanta
800 Cherokee Ave., SE
Atlanta, GA 30315
Fax: 404-624-5943


Advancement contingent upon:
Successful and consistent implementation of E/C policies and
Measurable participation in research, training and education programs
Demonstrated leadership skills in one or more areas of research,
training, education, enrichment, or special projects.



Carnivores and rodents
Due to maternity, a full-time, permanent keeping position will be
available within our carnivore and rodent section. The position
involves acting in the absence of the Head Keeper, working with a
small team and will include cross-over with other sections. Minimum
2 - 3 years experience with small carnivores and rodents required.

An exciting opportunity for an invertebrate specialist/enthusiast has
also become available within our presentations section. A senior
keeper, minimum 2 - 3 years experience, is required to develop the
new invertebrate exhibit. Good working knowledge of zoos and animals
necessary as position will include cross-over with other sections.
Additional responsibilities include acting in the absence of the Head
Keeper and public animal encounters sessions.

Plus ?
Newly created seasonal cover keeper position, April 1st - 31st

The successful candidates will ideally have the C & G Animal
qualification. Benefits for all positions include a competitive wage
rate and alternate weekends off (no accommodation provided). For
further information, a job description and application form, please
phone Rebecca Burroughs on 01323 874106


Colchester Zoo are looking for a sincere and motivated individual
with an outgoing personality and a genuine interest in animal
management to commence as a Trainee Keeper. Good conditions and
renumeration are offered.
Interested parties should apply in writing enclosing a full CV and a
recent passport photo to The Directors, Colchester Zoo, Maldon Road,
Colchester, Essex CO3 SSL


Kangaroo Conservation Center

ANIMAL KEEPER: full-time position open, to be filled ASAP. We are
looking for an enthusiastic, mature and responsible individual to
work with the largest collection of kangaroos outside of Australia.
Bachelor's degree and zoological experience preferred; nonsmokers
only. Position involves working in all aspects of a zoological park,
including habitat cleaning and maintenance, diet preparation and
feeding, landscaping and exhibit construction, assisting with
veterinary care, record-keeping, and giving guided, educational tours
to visitors. Most animals are exhibited on large acreage, therefore
most work will be performed outdoors year-round.
Requires work on weekends, holidays, and flexible schedule hours.
Ability to operate and maintain heavy equipment, trucks, tractor,
etc., is necessary. Competitive salary will be commensurate with
Fax resume to 706-265-6261, e-mail to: or mail to:
Kangaroo Conservation Center, 222 Bailey-Waters Rd., Dawsonville, GA
30534 (USA). Visit our website at for
more information on the Center


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


Valdivia, Chile
20 – 26 January 2001
For further info contact:
or visit:
or write/phone/fax
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

Little Owl Symposium
27th January 2001
Muncaster Castle
For further info e-mail:

Ecology and Conservation of Mini-antelope
Hosted by the Marwell Zimbabwe Trust
12 - 17 February 2001
For further info contact:

Environmental Management Symposium
Aalborg Zoo
1 - 4 March 2001
For further info e-mail:

9th Annual International Association of Avian Trainers and Educators
Orlando, Florida
1 - 4 March 2001
For further information e-mail:
Or visit:

International Congress on Testudo
7 – 10 March 2001
For further info contact:
Or visit

The Dallas Zoo presents a
to study endangered wildlife in Mexico
March 10-23, 2001
For further information please contact Wanda Weaver at (214) 670-6833
or e-mail Leanne at

Seminar on keeping otters in captivity
14th - 16th March 2001
German Otter Centre
For further details please contact Aktion Fischotterschutz, OTTER-
ZENTRUM,29386 Hankensbüttel, Germany, Fax +49-5832-980851, e-mail:

2001 Annual ASZK/ARAZPA Conference
"Zoos as Ecotourism Destinations"
26th - 30th March 2001
Western Plains Zoo
Dubbo, New South Wales
For further information
or visit:

Riddle's Second Elephant Ultrasound Workshop
28 March - 1st April 2001
For further info please e-mail:

Second European Zoo Nutrition Conference
6 - 9th April 2001
United Kingdom
For further information contact:
or visit:
or by post/fax to: Zoo Nutrition 2001,
Marwell Zoological Park, Owslebury, Winchester, Hampshire, SO21 1JH,
United Kingdom. Fax: (0) 1962 777511.

Annual Conference and General Meeting of the Federation of Zoological
Gardens of Great Britain and Ireland
London Zoo
United Kingdom
10th - 13th May 2001
For further info contact:

Thirteenth International Conference on Bear Management and Research
Jackson Hole, Wyoming, USA
21 - 25 May 2001
For further info visit:

2001 International Conference on Exotics (ICE2001)
31 May - 3 June 2001
Lago Mar Resort
Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
For further info contact:
or visit:

Attached to the above meeting on May 30th there be a wetlab on
Ultrasound Interpretation in Exotic Species. Contact: for further info.
And a TWO day exotic species endoscopy lab preceding the conference
program. For further info contact

3rd Regional Conference on Marketing in Zoos
Loro Parque
1 – 2 June 2001
For further info contact:

International Elephant and Rhino Research Symposium
Vienna Zoo Schoenbrunn
7 – 11 June 2001
For further info contact:
Or visit

Riddle's Third Elephant Ultrasound Workshop
20 June - 24 June 2001
For further info please e-mail:

Endangered Species Conservation and Zoos
Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust Summer School
16 July - 3 August 2001
For further info contact:

The 8th International Waterfowl and Wetlands Symposium
Hyatt Regency, Washington
in Washington D. C.,
20 - 22 July 2001
For further info contact:
or visit: (after January 15, 2001).
or write to:
Brenda Carlson
Ducks Unlimited
One Waterfowl Way
Memphis, Tennessee 38120
(901) 758-3707
(A Latin American and Caribbean Waterfowl Conference Workshop will be
held on the day prior to the symposium

European Zoo Educators Congress 2001
Marwell Zoological Park
6 - 10 September 2001
For further info contact:

Amazon Ungulate Workshop
Cartagena de Indias
10 - 14 September 2001
For further info visit:

Zoo Collectors Meeting
15 - 16 September 2001
London, UK
(Details when I have them)

Elasmobranch Husbandry Symposium
3 - 7th October 2001
For further info visit:

5th International Conference on Environmental Enrichment
Taronga Zoo
4 - 9 November 2001
For further info contact:
Or visit

First International Tapir Symposium
4th - 8th November 2001
San Jose
Costa Rica
For further info visit:

Fourth World Congress of Herpetology
2 - 9 December 2001
Sri Lanka
Please pre-register at website:

23 International Ornithological Congress
11 - 17 August 2002
For further info contact:
or visit:
or write/phone/fax
Mr. LIU Feng, IOC2002/CICCST, 86 Xueyuan Nan Road, Beijing 100081,
Fax: (86-10) 6218 0142 Tel. (86-10) 6217 4952

Vth International Parrot Convention
19 – 22 September 2002
Puerto de la Cruz
Tenerife, Spain
For further info visit:

Help Wanted
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minded people, more often than any other similar publication on the
So you could try here. Let me know and I will post it.

Primate Dissertation

As part of my degree we have a dissertation module, for my
project I am studying the Colombian spider monkey and the Sulawesi
crested macaques (doing a comparison of a primate which is quite
aggressive to its young and one which is not). I am looking at play
interactions in the group made by the juveniles to the adults and
other offspring in the group. So I am looking for information on both
primates plus any information on any primate play interaction which
has been published or not.

Any information by anyone is greatly received.

Please send replies to Naomi at:


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Useful/Interesting Links:

Giant Pandas

African Elephant Bibliography

The following is an excellent site, particularly if you are
researching a particular animal or zoo related subject. The excellent
search engine makes the work so much easier. Give it a try, I know
you will find it helpful.

The relaunched Zoopresseschau website is worth a visit. Take
advantage of translation links on the website.


ZooNews Digest is an independent publication, not allied or attached
to any zoological collection. Many thanks.

Kind Regards,

Wishing you a wonderful week,

Peter Dickinson,

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