Sunday, February 25, 2001

ZooNews Digest 19th February - 25th February 2001 (Zoo News 143)

Dear Colleague,

Sadly, I have to report that Richard Hughes of Chester Zoo died as a
result of injuries he sustained following the attack by the
elephant "Kumara". (Reported here two weeks ago). I did not know
Richard but I knew of him and I know people who worked with him. I
share their loss and mourn with them. Richard had achieved much in
his 34 years till he landed his "dream job" of elephant keeper.
His father described him as someone who "lived, slept and breathed
Richards's death is a tragic loss not only to his family, to Chester
zoo but to the animal keeping profession as a whole.

Zookeeper dies after attack
(Chester Zoo)

Zoo company faces prosecution over keeper's death
(Port Lympne Zoo)

Popcorn Park Zoo's rescued elephant, Sonny, dies at 21,2110,359328,00.html

Zoo keeper mauled to death 'after defecating on tiger'
(Jinan Animal Park)

Key Zoo Staff In Conflict
(Chester Zoo)

Penguin thrown to lions by intruders
(Belfast Zoo)

Habitat loss called threat to giant pandas

Rare orangutan born at zoo in Dane County
(Henry Vilas Zoo)

Elephant's death contributes to increased education
(Oregon Zoo)

Giant bird attacks man in zoo
(San Francisco Zoo)

Fleay wildlife park to be honoured

Janus puts stock in zoo with $7 million gift
(Denver Zoo)

Koala kidnap accomplice sentenced to eight years
(San Francisco 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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Quantum Verzeichnis 2001

The Directory of European Zoos and Conservation orientated

This, the latest edition is bigger and better than before. Much new
and updated information has been added and, as a bonus, is
accompanied by an excellent supplementary CD-ROM.

I continue to find that this directory is amongst the most often
consulted reference books on my shelf.

To order a copy, please write to:
Quantum Conservation e.V.,
Heeder Dorfstrasse 44,
49356 Diepholz,

Tel: 05441-82133
Fax: 05441-82132

The National Aquarium in Baltimore is happy to announce the first
annual Information Technology Conference for AZA member
institutions! The conference will be held from April 22-25 in
Baltimore. Because of the rapidly expanding world of information
technology and its incredible impact on our industry, we find a
conference based exclusively on IT as the next natural step in our
evolution. Since we are all from diverse institutions with diverse
resources it is
essential for the enrichment of all of our institutions to share our
IT experiences. At the close of this 4 day conference, we hope that
all of us will leave with a solid understanding of how other AZA
member institutions are fulfilling their IT needs.

For more information on the conference, please visit

Any other questions can be directed to Hans Keller, (410)

Anyone with information on "state-of-the-art" animal hospitals
associated or located on a zoo in the United States please contact
me. A zoological garden is looking to build a new hospital and is
looking for an expert to assist their team in designing the new
animal hospital. I will pass your e-mails along.

Experience "Zoo Africa", Munda Wanga, Zambia.

Three week volunteer opportunities available for those interested in
gaining hands on experience at a third world Zoo, finding its feet
after years of neglect. Interested? send for more information.
Contact Sarah Wagner. Limited places available for 2001.

Munda Wanga Trust
PO Box 38267
Tel: 00-260-1-278456
Fax: 00-260-1-278529

N.B. I have just had two friends return from here. They "loved
it", "It was brilliant", "Given the opportunity would go back next
Sounds good to me….Peter

Subject experts needed for update of Grzimek's Animal Life

Grzimek's Animal Life Encyclopedia is an internationally prominent
scientific reference compilation, first published in 13 volumes in
German in the late 1960s. The Gale Group has acquired rights to
revise the English translation of this acclaimed series and is
seeking qualified members of the scientific community to serve on the
Grzimek's Editorial Board.

The original Grzimek's Tierleben Enzyklopaedie was prepared under the
editorship of notable zoologist Bernhard Grzimek (1909-1987). Mr.
Grzimek had served as director of the Frankfurt Zoo and also directed
the documentary film "The Serengeti Must Not Die", which won Germany
its first Academy Award.

The Grzimek's set is known for the clarity of its scientific
reporting and the comprehensiveness of its coverage. It describes
animals found anywhere on the globe, in the following format:

Vol 1: Lower animals Vol 5: Fishes II/Amphibians
Vol 2: Insects Vol 6: Reptiles
Vol 3: Mollusks and echinoderms Vols. 7-9: Birds I - III
Vol 4: Fishes Vols. 10-13: Mammals I-IV

Detailed, multi-page articles provide descriptions of an animal¹s
life cycle, geographic distribution, food systems, predators, and
overall ecology. The set is well-illustrated with high-quality
photographs, drawings, maps, charts, and tables.

The Gale Group will be undertaking a complete revision of the series,
expanding it to 16 volumes, commissioning new color images, and
updating the information while also making the set easier to use.

To accomplish this goal, Gale is seeking academic specialists to
contribute articles, subject experts to serve on the Editorial Board,
and a luminary in the field of zoology to oversee the publishing
program as Editor-in-Chief. To apply for these positions or to
nominate a candidate, please send a letter of interest and a resume
to: Or mail to: Donna Olendorf, Senior
Editor, Science Team 2-651, Gale Group, Farmington Hills, MI 48331.


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.

Blackpool Zoo
Seasonal Education Assistants

Blackpool Zoo Education department are looking for up to 5 dynamic
and gifted education staff to assist the education officer, in the
preparation and delivery of this years education and events program.

Working in our newly expanded education department, you will be
responsible for delivering public presentations, the new schools
programme plus assisting with weekend and holiday events and general
administration duties.
You will have a friendly and outgoing personality and an enthusiasm
for conservation education.
Knowledge of the zoo world will help you integrate messages of
conservation into the work of the department.
A Zoology degree or other related degree would assist you to deliver
the sessions with the appropriate accuracy.
You will have experience of working with children and /or the general

Days of work will vary, but hours will be about 30 per week
Pay will be approximately £4.60 per hour

For an informal discussion, an application form and /or further
details please phone NAN SWANNIE (Education Officer) on (01253) 830
805 or Write to Nan Swannie at Blackpool Zoo, East Park Drive,
Blackpool FY3 8PP

Closing date for applications: 23rd March 2001
Proposed interview date: 30th March 2001


A temporary Keeper position is available at Edinburgh Zoo for 12
weeks,beginning early March 2001. For further information and to make
an application, please contact Martin Gibbons, Animal Conservation
and Research Dept., Edinburgh Zoo, telephone 0131 314 0314 or by 5th March.



We are looking for three experienced members of staff, preferably
with the City & Guilds Certificate in Animal Management, who are
familiar with accepted husbandry practices and standards, and have an
interest in breeding programmes and conservation:

BIRD KEEPER for the Tropical Bird House

AQUARIST for the Aquarium


Starting salary is dependent on relevant experience and

Please send a curriculum vitae with covering letter to the Personnel
Department, London Zoo, Regent's Park, London NW1 4RY. Tel:
0207-449-6253. Email -

The City of Topeka (KS, USA) Zoo is seeking Zoo Keepers.
This position is responsible for providing care to Zoo animals in the
zoological park. Duties include preparing diets, observing and
correcting animal behavior, providing assistance in administering
veterinary care and maintaining area facilities and equipment.
Cleans cages, holding pens and other confinement areas, makes repairs
as necessary. Prepares special project reports, researches and
gathers information for these projects and reports information to
management. This position will work first shift, rotating days,
primarily 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., hours subject to change during
spring/summer months, dependent upon established Zoo operating
hours. Includes weekend and holiday work.
REQUIREMENTS: Associate degree in Zoo Keeping or an Associates degree
in Biology, Zoology, or closely related field plus one (1) year of
experience caring for animals in a zoological park setting. Elephant
protected contact, great ape, aquarium, and/or experience in
educational programming preferred. To apply: send resume to City
of Topeka Human Resources, 215 SE 7th St., Room 170, Topeka, KS 66603
or fax resume to (785) 368-3605 or e-mail resume in MS Word format to


OFFICER to help improve the quality of animal care and exhibition in
NSW zoos, wildlife parks and circuses. This is an excellent
opportunity to play a critical role in developing standards for
keeping and displaying exhibited animals and in developing
appropriate standards of skill and qualification for industry members.

Orange. Position No: Ag 01/02/031. Total Remuneration package valued
up to $73,932 (Salary $35,203-$46,967 with progression to $67,610
subject to meeting certain criteria). Develops standards and training
for animal exhibitors and oversees review of licensing applications.
Selection Criteria: Degree level relevant tertiary qualifications or
equivalent. Commitment to improving animal care and exhibition in
zoos, wildlife parks, and circuses. Familiarity with wild animal
keeping/exhibition techniques. Awareness of factors which influence
animal welfare. Superior written and verbal communication skills,
including technical report-writing, liaison, presentation, and
ability to deal with sensitive issues. Supervision skills.
Demonstrated capacity to work within a team environment. Capacity and
willingness to be authorised as an Exhibited Animals Protection Act
(EAPA) inspector. Current drivers licence. Preferably you will have:
Appreciation of adult learning/education and administrative law
principles. Capacity to assess animal exhibits for compliance with
Contact: For common selection criteria see NSW Agriculture's website:
Inquires and Information Packages: Mr M Crane on 61-2- 63913716 or Mr
R Burton on 61-2-63913324. Applications marked "Confidential"
(quoting Pos No) to: Recruitment Manager, NSW Agriculture, Locked Bag
21, Orange NSW 2800 Australia. Closing date: 9 March 2001.


Volunteer required for project in Cambodia. Keeper experience
necessary. To assist at a rescue centre, for a period minimum of four
months. Starting date March. Accommodation, transport and small
stipend supplied. Please make contact to the following e-mail address
for further details.



2 Mammal Keepers needed to expand the growing team at South Lakes.
Some experience with White Rhino, Giraffe, Primates, Bears and Cats
an advantage. For further details and conditions contact: Roy Pirie,
Admin Dept.
South Lakes Wild Animal Park,Dalton-in Furness, Cumbria LA15 8JR.
Closing date for applications. MARCH 16th 2001


Work Experience Placements (Animal Keeping / Research) at Chester Zoo
There are 12-month work experience placements available at Chester
Zoo, offering students the opportunity to gain practical experience
within a unique scientific/conservation environment. The placements
in animal keeping offer experience in animal husbandry and welfare by
assisting animal keeping staff on a particular section.
The placement in research offers the opportunity to gain knowledge of
various areas of zoo research by assisting the Research Officer.
Positions to start in September 2001.
For more information contact Jayne Quinn, Personnel Manager, Chester
Zoo, Caughall Road, Upton, Chester CH2 1LH, tel: 01244 650232,
closing date for applications is 28th Feb. 2001.




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 governments, 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


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


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

13th Non-Domestic Neonatal Symposium
7th March 2001
San Diego
For further information contact:

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

3rd IMATA Regional Meeting Europe
(International Marine Animal Trainers Association)
Genova Aquarium
13th March 2001
For further information please contact:
Sabrina Labberte
+39.039.6612829 phone / fax

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:

23rd - 25th March 2001
Hosted by the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, Colorado Springs, Colorado
To be held at the DoubleTree Hotel 1-800-222-TREE
For complete up to date information and/or registration, please
see our website at -or- the January 2001

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.

AZA Central Workshop April 26-28, 2001
26th - 28th April 2001
Hosted by the Detroit Zoological Institute, Royal Oak,
To be held at the Hotel Pontchartrain in Detroit call
1-877-965-9464 for reservations. For complete up to date
information and/or registration, please see our Web site at –or- the January 2001 Communiqué.

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

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:

British Veterinary Zoological Society
"Zoo & Wildlife Care in the 21st Century"
Bristol Zoo Gardens
Clifton, Bristol
United Kingdom
12th - 13th May 2001
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

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

29th - 31st May 2001
Simon Bolivar Zoo
For further info contact Sonia Alziper on:
Pre-registration e-mail address:
If you have questions about the workshop, housing or tours,
contact Pat Quillen at e-mail : or fax: (760)
749 - 1324

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

Protea Keurbooms River Lodge near Plettenberg Bay
South Africa
19 - 22 JUNE 2001
For further info 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

The International Society for Anthrozoology
2nd - 4th August 2001
Details about the conference and abstract submittal can be found at
the ISAZ website

1st – 5th September 2001

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:

The 6th European Squirrel Workshop
11th to 13th September 2001
Acqui Terme (Alessandria)
For further info visit:

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

Incubation and Fertility Research Group 2001
17th - 18th September 2001
St Edmunds Hall
University of Oxford
For further info visit:
or e-mail:

EAZA Conference 2001
18th - 23rd September

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:

Committing to Conservation Conference
28th November - 2nd December 2001
Brevard Zoo
Melbourne, Florida
For further info contact:

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:

First International Conference on Zookeeping
The Netherlands
(Details when available)

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