Friday, May 15, 2009

ZooNews Digest 15th May 2009 (Zoo News 593)

ZooNews Digest 15th May 2009 (Zoo News 593)

Peter Dickinson

Dear Colleagues,

I have been warning readers for some time that the idiotic antics of the so called Institute of Greatly Endangered and Rare Species were being taken too seriously by the press. They have an excellent publicity department and a wonderful photographer and combined they produce beautifully orchestrated rubbish for public comsumption (why why why on earth take tigers to Thailand???). And people believe it!!!!

Every month at least one of my non zoo friends has forwarded clips of this inane drivel saying "Isn't it wonderful?" No it is NOT. It is rubbish and dangerous too. There is a very real risk that these people are going to become the quoted 'experts', the spokespeople for the zoo world. I will pack it all in when that happens and it may be sooner than I think.

I have learned today that they are about to go on the Oprah Winfrey show TODAY OR TOMORROW!!!!. Something to do with friendship using an Orangutan and a Dog...or maybe they will use the Chimpanzee and the Tigers......all cutie cutie crap that will have Joe Public going awe. And of course the ridiculously stupidly named 'Institute of Greatly Endangered and Rare Species' (TIGERS) will be swamped with visitors ready to be indoctrinated with more dangerous misinformation.

So what are you going to do about it? Try writing to Oprah at:

On a different tack. Last week I was in Bangkok. Outside Jatujak Market I saw a pair of fresh tusks from a juvenile elephant for sale. I could have bought them for less than a tenner. A one off? No it wasn't because on a road close to Wat Pho I could have bought the tusks from another five young animals....all fresh. There were tiger and lion claws for sale too. Many of these had pads, tendons and bones and some fur attached. Very realistic but I believe these were forgeries. The tusks were not.

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On with the links:

Spanish Queen tries to help bereaved elephant
Susi, the only elephant at the Barcelona zoo, lives in a small pen, has lost her best friend, and is said to be depressed. But now someone has come to her aid — not a fairy godmother or even a princess, but a queen. An animal rights group says Spain's Queen Sofia is asking Barcelona City Hall to move Susi, who's 36, to a larger space, perhaps at a safari-style park. The Foundation for the Adoption, Sponsorship and Defense of Animals said Wednesday that it wrote to the Royal Palace in February, and the queen promised to intervene.Born in the wild in Africa, Susi has been sad since

Sea lion has brief swim with sharks at Pittsburgh Zoo
A sea lion that escaped from its holding tank to swim in an adjacent shark exhibit tank at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium yesterday was lured back to its tank without injury to him or the eight sand tiger sharks in the exhibit.The 3-year-old male sea lion named Seahawk had been moved to a backup area next to the shark exhibit to keep him from bothering a pregnant sea lion in the Kids Kingdom sea lion exhibit when he jumped onto a high wall, then fell into a keeper escape area, hitting a handle on the door to the shark exhibit on the way down.The door popped open and the

Taipei Zoo unveils "Ring-a-Panda" service
Taipei Zoo on Thursday launched a 'Ring-a-Panda' service, enabling people to watch the two Chinese pandas live via videophone. The service allows Panda-loving 3G phone users to dial a number and then view either two hours of live broadcasts from the Panda's cage, or hours of prerecorded footage

Reassured Python leaves behind 20 eggs in Sri Lanka
In a rare instance, a huge python that laid more than 20 eggs left the spot feeling reassured about their safety after the wildlife officials arrived to protect the rare species in Galle in southern Sri Lanka. According to experts, pythons usually don’t leave their eggs till they are hatched for fear of being eaten away by animals or reptiles. But the python sneaked away after it found the wildlife officials taking a good care of the eggs, an official said here. Video clips showed the 20 long baby pythons moving around in a glass cage in the wildlife office subsequent to eggs hatching. The eggs had become the cynosure of the crowd that gathered to a home garden in Dangedara, Galle. The python together with her eggs were



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Dear Colleagues,

The May 2009 issue of ZOOS' PRINT [Volume XXIV, Number 5] is published and the online version is available free on the web at


Please note that if you wish to download the full magazine all at once click on FULL MAGAZINE. If you want to select articles see below and you can click on any article and download it.

Thanking you,
Sanjay Molur, Editor and Sally Walker, Editor Emeritus


Full Magazine, Pp. 1-28

Overview of the 9th Conference of the South Asian Zoo Association for Regional Cooperation - Sri Lanka, 2009

Zoo Legislation Working Groups

Participant Presentations on Legislation

Technical Presentations on theme of Zoo Legislation, including Standards, Accreditation, Assessment, Inspection, Ethics, Welfare, Conservation, Education, Research, WZACS benchmark, Definitions & CITES

BIAZA (British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums) United Kingdom approach to Legislation & Conservation, Author/Presentor: Miranda Stevenson

AZA United States approach to Legislation and Conservation, Author/Presentor : Kris Vehrs
Participants of 9th SAZARC, Sri Lanka

Thanks from CBSG/RSG and SAZARC participants

Education Reports from SAN-IZE members on Animal Welfare Fortnightly and other events
COUNT DOWN 2010-Save Biodiversity Reports

In Search of Hoolock Gibbons
-- Gawsia Choudhury, Israt Jahan and Mayeen Uddin

Announcement - Asian Zoo Educators' Conference - inside cover


The fourth issue of the Journal of Threatened Taxa is online at

Vol. 1 No. 4 Pages 197-252 Date of Publication 26 April 2009ISSN 0974-7907 (online) 0974-7893 (print)


Garra arupi, a new cyprinid fish species (Cypriniformes: Cyprinidae) from upper Brahmaputra basin in Arunachal Pradesh, India
-- K. Nebeshwar, W. Vishwanath & D.N. Das, Pp. 197-202.

Present distribution, population status, and conservation of Western Hoolock Gibbons Hoolock hoolock (Primates: Hylobatidae) in Namdapha National Park, India
-- Awadhesh Kumar, P.P. Mary & Pushkal Bagchie, Pp. 203-210.

Social relationships of wild juvenile Asian Elephants Elephas maximus in the Udawalawa National Park, Sri Lanka
-- Deepani Jayantha, P.N. Dayawansa, U.K.G.K. Padmalal & W.D. Ratnasooriya, Pp. 211-214.

Endemic Marsh Mongoose Herpestes palustris (Carnivora: Herpestidae) of East Kolkata Wetlands, India: a status report
-- Jayanta Kumar Mallick, Pp. 215-220.

Breeding biology of the Little Cormorant Phalacrocorax niger (Pelecaniformes: Phlacrocoracidae) in Bangladesh
-- Habibon Naher, Noor Jahan Sarker, Md. Khalilur Rahman & Shawkat Imam Khan, Pp. 221-225.

Three new species of gall midge (Diptera: Cecidomyiidae) from Maharashtra, India
-- S.S. Bhalerao, T.H. Shaikh & V.D. Deshpande, Pp. 226-229.

Distribution of Grasshoppers (Insecta: Orthoptera) among different host plants and habitats in two districts of Tamil Nadu, India
-- M. Gabriel Paulraj, V. Anbalagan & S. Ignacimuthu, Pp. 230-233.

Podagrion charybdis Fernando (Hymenoptera: Chalcidoidea: Torymidae) parasitic on ootheca of Tendodera fasciata (Olivier) (Insecta: Mantodea): first record from India and redescription
-- P.M. Sureshan, Pp. 234-235.

A new species of the genus Zamarada Moore (Lepidoptera: Geometridae) from Shivaliks in Punjab, India
-- Rachita Sood, H.S. Rose & P.C. Pathania, Pp. 236-237.

Extension of range of the Marine Puffer Fish Chelonodon patoca (Tetraodontiformes: Tetraodontidae) to freshwater habitat of Kerala, India
-- M. Arunachalam, M. Muralidharan & P. Sivakumar, Pp. 238-239.

Ichthyofaunal diversity of two beels of Goalpara District, Assam, India
-- Susmita Saha & Sabitry Bordoloi, Pp. 240-242.

A note on the ichthyofauna of Solapur district, with first report of a cyprinid fish Rasbora caverii (Jerdon) from Maharashtra State, India
-- S.S. Jadhav & B.E.Yadav, Pp. 243-244.

Birds in Kurigram District of Bangladesh
-- Shawkat Imam Khan & Habibon Naher, Pp. 245-250.

Unusual nocturnal feeding by Brown Rock-chat Cercomela fusca (Passeriformes: Muscicapidae) in Bikaner, Rajasthan, India
-- Partap Singh, P. 251.

Sarcocystosis in Mithuns Bos frontalis - a report
-- Swapna Susan Abraham, C.S. Jayakumar & Jacob Alexander, P. 252.

Thanking you,
Sanjay MolurFounder Editor, Journal of Threatened Taxa


The 7th Annual Turtle Survival Alliance Symposium on Chelonian Conservation and Biology

August 5th - 8th, 2009 St Louis, MissouriFor details on membership, registration, program and events, please visit our website at




Endangered Species Recovery
20th July – 7th August 2009

A short-course for anyone with an active interest in animal conservation and a desire to learn how species can be saved. Lectures will be given by world class conservationists. Practical activities and behind the scenes experiences in Durrell’s animal collection will provide participants with first-hand exposure to the realities of endangered species recovery. On completion participants will be equipped with a fuller appreciation of the complexities of animal conservation and an ability to develop their personal or professional interests in the field.
For further information please visit (get involved menu, select training)Or contact Catherine Burrows at:

Postal address:
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International Training Centre
Les Augrès Manor

Tel: +44 (0)1534 860037Fax: +44 (0)1534 860002
Closing date for applications : 31st May 2009

Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust was established 50 years ago by Gerald Durrell. At its Jersey headquarters 50 projects in 18 countries worldwide are managed. From this unique centre endangered mammals, birds, reptiles andamphibians are bred.
Saving SpeciesDurrell has a proven track record of saving species from extinction. With ever-increasing numbers of species coming under threat the work we do has never been more vital.
Training ConservationistsThe International Training Centre (ITC) is based at the Jersey headquarters and runs a wide range of courses including the ever popular Endangered Species Recovery Course (ESR, formally known as the Summer School) This three-week course introduces you to the realities of exotic animal management in captivity and in the wild, direct from those with first-hand experience.
Developing skillsThe ESR course is designed to encourage a critical understanding of current and future needs in conservation. It consists of:
• A balanced mix of practical activities, discussion sessions, lectures and supervised research activities
• A tutored student project tailored to suit your background and interests
• Key lectures given by internationally recognised conservationists and seniorDurrell staff
• Guided behind the scenes tours of the animal departments led by experiencedanimal staff
• Practical problem-solving exercises from small mammal trapping to animalenrichment
• Field visits to illustrate local conservation initiatives.
Is this the course for you?
• Suitable for university students, zoo staff, veterinary personnel, field biologists and those with a keen interest in wildlife conservation
• Ideal for those considering a career move into conservation
• All participants will be presented with an official certificate at the end of the course
• You will become part of the Durrell Network, linking conservationists globally
• You will develop contacts with lecturers that may prove invaluable in your professional and/or personal interests in species conservation
“The course gave me a wonderful insight into how important the work at Durrell is and the dedication of the team involved. Very inspirational, educational and engaging.”Yolanda Barnas, Teacher, ESR participant 2007
Price includesThe fee per person of £2410 includes• Course fees and materials• All meals except weekend lunches• Accommodation from 19th July to 8th August• Durrell membership
Additional time spent working on section after the course is available for a supplementary cost.
“Thus the Trust would become a form of university...where people can get the correct training and then take their talents back to form conservation units throughout the world”Gerald Durrell
Gerald Durrell knew that training conservationists around the world is perhaps the most effective, long-term means of saving endangered species and their habitats. He established the ITC in 1984. Since this time we have trained more than 1500 conservationists from over 120 countries.
Further InformationApplication forms are available at: (get involved, select training)
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Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust,
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Deadline: 31st May 2009

“Meeting so many like minded people, from all over the world, opened myeyes to the fact that I could get out in to the field and make a difference!”Dr. Ian Singleton, Director of SOCP, Sumatra, ESR participant 1987
“We may not be able to bring back the dodo but we can share our understanding of endangered species recovery to ensure that others do not go the same way”Dr. Carl Jones, MBE Durrell International Conservation Fellow, and guest lecturer on ESR course

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Volunteering Opportunity

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Announcing the ASZK Des Spittall Scholarship for Keeper Research
Named in honour of the late Des Spittall, a life member of ASZK, the ASZK committee has launched the Des Spittall Scholarship for keeper research. This is open to people who have been a financial member of ASZK for 12 months or more. This is an annual scholarship up to the value of $2,000. Applications close 31st October 2009Please forward ‘Des Spittall Scholarship for Keeper Research’ application to ASZK President no later than 31st of October each year at email


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Many thanks.

Kind Regards,

Wishing you a wonderful week,

Peter Dickinson

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