Sunday, March 18, 2001

ZooNews Digest 12th - 18th March 2001 (Zoo News 146)

Dear Colleague,

Today, the 20th, the highest number of new cases of Foot and Mouth
disease were reported. There are no signs of it peaking or levelling
off. It remains a major news item for most newspapers though others
have relegated to page five and beyond.
In British zoos however it remains the foremost subject of
discussion. To re-open or to stay closed? You are damned if you do
and damned if you don't. Life must go on. EAZA sent out an
informative and common sensical e-mail which will hopefully sway some
to make the right decision. Several collections are rumoured to be
gearing up to re-open this week. This must be a tremendous relief to
those staff in those zoos who have had their wages cut in the
interim. Then it will be case of implementing sensible precautions to
provide the maximum protection. Footbaths, sprays, no-go areas etc
Some animals will no doubt be getting cabin fever, not having had new
faces to look at each day. With others, it is exactly the opposite.
One bird collection I was speaking to said that things look set for
being the best breeding year ever. This is attributed to the lack of
There are very few jobs on offer this week. I attribute this to the F
& M effect. People less inclined to move or take on the new in a
climate of uncertainty. As far as I am aware there has been no effect
on other resources.
Again my apologies to all those who have not had replies to e-mails
this week. I am doing my best. I am continuing to have severe
computer problems. Tranfer of letters over to Hotmail to answer is
both laborious and time consuming. Having tried everything else I
have decided to format the hard drive this week and re-install. It
will be make or break for this machine. It is six years old, has
miniscule memory and never had this done before. It will be a nerve
wracking learning experience for me.
To finish on a lighter note. A Tokyo mattress shop as reported
finding large quanties of their sale mattresses being damaged. All
were found to contain small holes. Futon Mouse disease is suspected.

You can't be serious all the time.

Wachovia pledges $1 million to sponsor zoo exhibit
(North Carolina Zoo)

Wild Life
(Brookfield Zoo)

Salisbury Zoo head urges Congress to keep 'pittance´ for wildlife

Tiger captured after two-month wait
(Malacca Zoo)

Zoo euthanizes birds to thwart TB
(Cleveland Metroparks Zoo)

Monarch butterfly slaughter in Mexico?

Monarch massacre

Twin elephant depressed as sister dies

Belgian park shuts over foot-and-mouth

Gorilla goes ape over Monkey Jungle's new digs

Rare twin dies suddenly in Chon Buri zoo

Hattiesburg Zoo employee recovers from tiger mauling


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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Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, Venezuela, Vietnam,
Yugoslavia, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

Hello Singapore!! Many thanks for the kind offers of assistance. Much

Peter (On behalf of Sarah)

3rd Annual Symposium on Zoo Research
9th - 10th July 2001
North of England Zoological Society, Chester Zoo
For further info and registration forms contact:

MAY 29 - 31, 2001


Speaker Panel :

Dr. Arturo Caso, field biologist - Mexico
Dr. Andrew Kitchener, biologist, author - Scotland
Dr. Mauro Lucherini, biologist - Argentina
Dr. Chuck Traisi, Rehab.& Release - USA
Dr. Jim Sanderson, Conservation International - USA
Dr. Mark Edwards, zoo nutritionist - USA
Dr. Gail Foreman, behaviorist - USA
Dr. David Fagan, felid oral diseases - USA
Dr. Stacie Wadsworth, veterinarian - USA
Dr. Steve Whipple, veterinarian - USA
Dr. Jaqueline Gallegos, veterinarian - Mexico
Dr. Danilo Leandro Loria, veterinarian - Costa Rica
Paula Anderson, museum curator -USA

Other presentations will include:

Education programs & tools
Enclosure design
Enrichment for stress reduction
Taxidermy,preserve for education
(Additional programs to be announced)


MEETING LOCATION : Simon Bolivar Zoo (the zoo is easy walking
distance from the hotels, and a printed map will be available to all
participants) If you are unable to attend, please respond and let me

HOTELS: There are several hotels in walking distance from the zoo
where the meetings will be held, but the following two hotels have
offered a special rate for the Workshop.

1) DUNN INN - single or double room...............US $35.00
(fans in rooms) phone: (506) 221 - 4596 fax: (506) 257 - 3733

2) AMON PLAZA - single or double.................US$69.00
(air conditioned....breakfast included) phone: (506) 257 - 4861 fax:
(506) 257 - 0284


If your choice of hotel is fully booked, or if you wish a hotel with
a different rate you may contact:

SONIA ALPIZER at the Simon Bolivar Zoo
Phone: (506) 233 - 6707
Fax: (506) 223 - 1817


The following one day tours will be offered immediately before and
after the workshop. We would like to have you indicate, on the pre-
registration form, which tours you plan to participate. You will make
your payment to the tour company on the day of the tour.

1. Guided Arial Tram Tour of the Jungle Canopy.........US$62.

2. Canopy Adventure.. (minimum 2 people, US$49. each) (one person
only, US$97.) This adventure requires that you 'leap' from platform
on special system of steel cables with use of professional climbing

3. Chiclets Tree Canopy Tour.(minimum 2 people, US$126. each)(minimum
3 people,US$84. each) (one person only,US$228.) This is the ultimate
for the active adventurer, with 11 suspended platforms connected with
steel cables, using pulley, harnesses, and climbing gear. Glide in
harnesses from 60 to 120 ft high.

4. Rafting - Reventazon River.........................US$65. per

5. The Highlights Tour - 4 in one - ...........US$60. per person
Includes Poas Volcano, La Paz Waterfalls, Sarapiqui Jungle River Ride
and Braulo Carillo Natioinal Park.

For registration instructions and other questions about the workshop,
housing or tours, contact Pat Quillen at e-mail : or fax: (760) 749 - 1324

Conservation Conference
Here is a quick update on the conservation conference.
The conference brochures have heve been mailed which contain the
registration form. You can also contact Michelle Smurl at Brevard at if you would like to register via email with
her. If you have not received your conference brochure let me know.
Or if you would like additional brochures please let me know.

Since the mailing we have confirmed two additional keynote speakers,
Mike Fay and Nick Nichols have both agreed to come and give a talk.
Please see the October 2000 and March 2001 cover stories of National
geographic magazine in which they are featured concerning the
Megatransect. Also, this Sunday, March 18th National Geographic
Explorer will air the second installment on the Megatransect. Due to
a generous donation from the Columbus Zoo we were able to sponsor
both Mike and Nick to the conference so many many thanks to them.
Also in the March Nat Geo magazine is an article by Alex Chadwick,
another of our keynote speakers. Michael Soule and Karen Eckert will
also be keynoters.

We have confirmation from San Diego that they are sponsoring two
field people and are working on a third. Columbus, Woodland Park,
Roger Williams Park zoo and Cleveland are all working on sponsoring
field contacts as well. If your zoo or aquarium is sponsoring a field
researcher as well please let me know so I can get the word out.

We received a generous donation from both Woodland Park and San Diego
which will help off-set some of the expenses of this conference so
many thanks to them but we are still looking for sponsors for coffee
breaks and meals. Please contact me and I can give you the cost break-
downs if you are interested in sponsorship.

If your zoo is involved in a project that supports indigenous
people's arts and crafts, we are asking for donations of these items
to be used for table decorations at the conference. The items will be
sold as auction items in order to raise money for conservation. We
would appreciate any donations that you could make. Please attach a
brief description of the project, which indigenous people are
involved, geographic location of the project(a map would be great
actually) and which zoo(s) support the project. We would need these
items by October 1st 2001

I have started a list of people (field people especially) who have
requested a roommate in order to save money at the conference. If you
need information pertaining to this let me know.

I'm going to throw out the round-table sessions as a point of
discussion. We will need people to facilitate these discussions, to
keep the process dynamic. If you have an interest in helping out with
the round-tables, let me know.

Peggy Sloan, our Education Curator is working on post-conference trips
(and possibly pre depending on the level of interest). It sounds like
these will be kayaking trips on the Indian River Lagoon (near the
Cape). The Brevard Zoo offers off-site kayaking trips to the people
of Brevard County as a way to introduce people to the incredible
natural wonders of this area so we have plenty of kayaks and know the
good places to go! No guarantees but you will most likely see
manatees, dolphins and numerous species of birds. As soon as we have
something more concrete we will let you know. This information will
also be contained in our second mailing
this summer.

That's about it for now. I will periodically contact everyone with
updates to give you a head-up. My best, Beth Armstrong Field
Conservation Coordinator The Brevard Zoo 321 454 6285


Mickaël, an animal keeper working at Branfere Animal and Botanical
Park is making up a file of information on Tree Kangaroos. He hopes
that his collection will obtain this species in the next couple of
years and would like to be prepared. If you can assist with links,
references or other information please contact Mickaël directly on:
He is particularily interested in photos or sketches and information
related to outside enclosure, inside pens, water source, position,
food given, trees and plants species exhibited in the enclosure,
enrichment provided, type of the soil, etc....
Many thanks,


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.

Hard working, flexible volunteers required for the Cochrane
Ecological Institute (CEI) - the centre of swift fox captive breeding
and reintroduction. The centre is located in the foothills of the
Rockies, an hour north west of Calgary in Canada. Duties include
animal keeping - other species kept by this rehabilitation centre
include moose, black bears and cougar. Maintenance of CEI
facilities and some work with school groups etc will also be
required. A current driving licence is essential. Preference will
be given to volunteers who can commit to more than 4 weeks. Please
apply in writing with a full CV including the names of two referees
Siân Waters, Scientific Officer, CEI -


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


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.

Information Technology Conference
22nd – 25th April 2001
National Aquarium
For more information on the conference, please visit

Bear Essentials: Back To The Basics Of Bear Care
April 27-30, 2001
Detroit Zoo
For more information:

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:

3rd Annual Symposium on Zoo Research
9th - 10th July 2001
North of England Zoological Society, Chester Zoo
For further info and registration forms contact:

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
For registration and other details please visit:
EAZA office.

World Pheasant Association International Annual Convention
29th – 30th September 2001
Jersey Zoo
For further information:

AAZK 2001 National Conference
30th September – 4th October
Toronto, Ontario
For more information please visit:
or e-mail:

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:

International Colloquium on the Biology of the Soricidae II
14-18 October 2002
Powdermill Biological Station
Pennsylvania, U.S.A.
Website and Registration:

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

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