Wednesday, May 13, 2009

ZooNews Digest 6th - 14th May 2009 (Zoo News 592)

ZooNews Digest 6th - 14th May 2009 (Zoo News 592)

Peter Dickinson

Dear Colleagues,

I know nothing about the Wildlife World Zoo and Aquarium (see first link) and the accusations being levelled against it by PETA. If however it is proved true, and animals are being bred simply for baby animal 'cutie' appeal to draw in visitors then I am on the side of the critics.

It matters not a whit what good a zoo does if it is also doing bad also. I hope that the matter is sorted soon. There is though another side to breeding within zoos. This is one that the cabbage headed, green blooded members of PETA are unlikely to ever accept.

Breeding, I hope we all recognise, is an important natural biological process. It was what we were born to do. Procreate. Zoos could be called 'cruel' by some by not letting their animals reproduce. If you accept that concept then you must also recognise the other side of the 'breeding' coin is death.

Such deaths here in the zoo setting come under the heading of 'euthanasia' and euthanasia carried out quickly and humanely is not cruel. Death does not hurt. It only bruises the emotions of the living.

Within the modern zoo there is a place for sensible breeding and the use of euthanasia as a management tool. That is for the health of the breeding age animal and not hiding away from the fact that a cull is kind. I can accept the 'unnecessary' breeding of an animal for the well being of the parent. For 'enrichment' if you like, and to ascertain the parents are capable of breeding should it be necessary at a future date. It is abolutely critical that in any such breeding that any young are 100% parent reared with absolutely no human interference, however well meaning. This is how animals learn. If such animals have a 'cutie' appeal for the months they are on show and bring in the visitors then so be it. There is nothing wrong with that. There is nothing wrong either with humanely culling such animals when they reach a certain age. The public though should be informed of what is going to happen and when it has happened as one of the most important roles of a zoo is public education.

One has to accept that the wild is cruel and unkind. It is not a Disney movie. Animals are born and are killed and eaten before they can walk. Others survive days or months and die in agony. Males generally get short thrift. Within a managed zoo environment life is far kinder.

Contraception is all very well, and definitely plays its part, but then so does planned breeding and equally, planned culling. These are all necessary tools within conservation...the long term maintenance of captive species.

The story of the clever attempted escape by the Orangutan reminded me of 'Penny', a chimpanzee friend of mine. During my morning zoo round I was greeted by excited grunts and gesticulations by Penny. It took me just an instant to realise what she was going on about. The padlock to the inner dens was in place but had not actually been snapped together. I feigned ignorance of what Penny was trying to tell me just to see what would happen. After a minute or two she climbed to the top of the cage moving across it slowly as if looking for something. She obviously found it. A loose strand of weldmesh about 9" in length which she bent back and forwards till it broke away. Carrying this she came quickly to the bottom of the cage and used the wire to reach out of the cage to the errant padlock. Within thirty seconds she moved the lock to a position where it could be flicked off. Penny then lifted the sliding door and turned to look at me with a 'There you do you understand' look on her face.

It was somewhat pleasing to see that Afghanistan had taken a more sensible view of their one and only pig than some other countries.

Sea Otters or Killer Whales? Bit of a choice. I am glad it is not mine to make.

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On with the links:

PETA protesters target Wildlife World Zoo and Aquarium
PETA activists say Wildlife World Zoo and Aquarium should be a sanctuary for seized exotic animals and must stop breeding babies to boost ticket sales. But zoo officials said breeding only happens when there is a long-term home planned for the animals. The Litchfield Park zoo also takes in rescued animals when it fits the zoo's mission of preserving a species.Protestors with People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals

Columbus Zoo hosts eight elephants, including three 'visiting' from Cleveland
Pack up your herd of elephant enthusiasts -- there's a pachyderm party going on this spring in the state capital. The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium has become a major large-mammal meeting place, with eight elephants under one roof. Among the inhabitants: the three African elephants from Cleveland, temporarily relocated downstate

Obama won't fight global warming with polar bear rules
The Obama administration, which promised a break from the Bush White House on global warming, declared Friday it would stick with a Bush-era stand against expanding protection for polar bears. The move is ruling out an approach that would have opened a broad new attack on climate change. To the dismay of environmentalists, U.S. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar refused to rescind a Bush administration rule that says actions that threaten the polar bear's survival cannot be considered when safeguarding the iconic mammal if they occur outside the bear's Arctic home. The rule was aimed at heading off the possibility that the bear's survival could be cited by opponents of power plants and other

Birmingham Zoo opens its Rhino Encounter Saturday
Visitors to the Birmingham Zoo's Rhino Encounter, which opens Saturday, need not worry about getting close to the animals. Those gates holding the multi-ton rhinos might look like bamboo, but they're really steel. The paint job may remind visitors of Gilligan's Island, but the experience of being close to two African animals is something the zoo hopes both animals and visitors get used to in the coming months. The Rhino Encounter offers a mini-sneak preview of the zoo's "Trails to Africa" exhibit, expected to open next year. The two southern white rhinos -- 8-year-old, 5,300-pound Ajabu, and her 17-year-old

Snow monkey born at park
The Highland Wildlife Park in Kingussie, near Aviemore, is celebrating the birth of a snow monkey.This is the first baby to be born at the Park since snow monkeys were introduced to the animal collection nearly two years ago. The baby is female and has been

Castration of Hippo in Israeli Zoo Ends in Tragedy
A hippopotamus at an Israeli safari park near Tel Aviv died during a rare castration operation.Austrian veterinarian, Chris Walzer and two colleagues, German Robert Hermes and Thiery Petit from France, went to Israel to do the operations. The group had carried out the procedure only two times before, and were still gaining experience.The Austrian vet said the hippo, named Lieber, died after receiving a second dose of anesthetic. The vets administered the second dose when they prepared to repair a suture that had opened up after the castration was completed.The Ramat Gan Park had decided to castrate six of the more potent males to reduce the high number of births at the park — numbering between five and six per year. In a last-ditch attempt to re-start Lieber's heart, Hermes

A plagued past; Byculla zoo now pins hopes on makeover
The death of Shakti, a hippopotamus, at the Byculla zoo on April 24 has raked up a long-standing grudge of mismanagement on the premises. While conservationists world over are looking to save the lion, an endangered animal, the zoo’s only male lion Amar died prematurely on October 22, 2007, following a prolonged disease. Amar, a hybrid of African and Asiatic lion, was just eight. The zoo’s 30-year-old rhinoceros, Shiva has been living a celibate life for the past 19 years. The reason: the zoo is yet to find a partner for him. Even as it is in the midst of a Rs 434-crore makeover, the 53-acre Jijamata Udyan, Byculla, is an example of neglect of animal rights. One of the oldest in the country, the zoo built in 1861 hardly serves its primary purpose — preservation of species or education to the public. Instead, animals live in sheer stress, teased by visitors and hassled by scavenger birds. With no standardised info

Hoolock gibbon habitat found in Arunachal
In a development that indicates an extended habitat of the Eastern hoolock gibbon (H. leuconedys), a new population of the species was sighted by a team of researchers from Gibbon Conservation Centre, Aaranyak, during a field study in April this year in an area between rivers Dibang and Lohit in Lower Dibang Valley district of Arunachal Pradesh. "The sighting was made specifically in the area known as the Koronu circle and Mehao wildlife sanctuary. The pelage colour differences which distinguish it from the Western hoolock gibbon were confirmed through binoculars and photographs. Their identity was further authenticated through a review of

Audacious great ape aborts ingenious escape plan
An audacious break-out attempt Sunday at a high-security facility in Australia saw a 27-year-old female orang-utan called Karta disable an electric fence and use a makeshift ladder for her escape, before aborting the attempt. Adelaide Zoo curator Peter Whitehead said Karta had used a stick to short-circuit the electric fence and piled up branches and other objects in her pen to climb to within metres of visitors. "You are talking about,audacious-great-ape-aborts-ingenious-escape-plan.html

Spreading the word to save the devils
.....The devils are normally residents at Tasmania Zoo.The facility's Rob Warren said that it supported the Devils In Danger Foundation's aim to build an awareness, research and conservation centre at the zoo by donating 180ha."I don't care what they do with it, I just want the Tasmanian devil to survive," Mr Warren said."The first stage will involve 100 acres

Big names join bear-hunt fight
Groups fighting the province's bear trophy hunt pulled in some heavy-duty support yesterday when famed wildlife artist Robert Bateman and renowned wildlife researcher Jane Goodall teamed up to ask the province to stop the hunt.In a video released yesterday, Goodall said people around the world believe that the B.C. government has protected

Quarantine for Afghanistan’s Only Pig
There are no cases of swine flu in Afghanistan, but there is one victim: the country’s only pig, whose lonely existence got somewhat lonelier this week, when he was taken from the small, muddy enclosure he previously shared with deer and goats at Kabul’s zoo and placed in quarantine. As Reuters explains: “The pig is a curiosity in Muslim Afghanistan, where pork and pig products are illegal because they are considered irreligious, and has been in quarantine since Sunday after visitors expressed alarm it could spread the new flu strain.”In an interview with the BBC, the director of the zoo, Aziz Gul Saqib, explained that the pig, named Khanzir (or “Pig” in Pashto), is in good health but had alarmed some visitors: “The only reason

Wildlife charity appeals to Government after death of elephant at zoo

A wildlife charity has called on the Government to improve the welfare of elephants in UK zoos following the death of a one-year-old calf at Whipsnade Zoo. The Born Free Foundation said it was "deeply saddened" by the death of male Asian elephant calf, Donaldson, at the zoo in Dunstable on Saturday.A post-mortem confirmed Donaldson died from elephant endotheliotropic herpes virus (EEHV), a generally fatal haemorrhagic disease.It is now calling on Defra, the Government department responsible for animal welfare and zoos, to take the risks of EEHV seriously and implement effective measures to improve the welfare of elephants remaining in UK zoos.A two-year-old female elephant also died from EEHV at the zoo in 2006 and The Born Free Foundation said it appears that elephants in captivity are most at risk from the virus.Chris Draper, senior scientific researcher for the Born Free Foundation, said: "The zoo industry is currently engaged in a seemingly desperate search for cases of this virus in wild elephants, but the overwhelming evidence to date is that EEHV is a primarily a killer of captive elephants."Remember, this disease was first identified in zoos, and has continued to pose a significant risk to captive populations of elephants, and calves in particular, ever since."The stress of captivity and the frequent shuffling of elephants between zoos for the questionable purpose of largely unsuccessful

Dolphin Research Around the World
Researchers all over the world are studying dolphins to learn more about them and their habitats. Click on the dolphin points on the map to read about the species and research around the globe.

Growing animosity
The inter-linked sanctuaries and reserves of the Western Ghats from Mysore to the Nilgiris and beyond, host to the largest single elephant population in Asia, is seething with trouble

U.S. project to fight frog-killing fungus
Zoos in the United States, Panama and Mexico are deploying researchers in Central America to develop new ways to fight a fungus blamed for wiping out dozens of frog and amphibian species.The Smithsonian Institution is leading six other zoos and institutes in the Amphibian Rescue and Conservation Project, announced Monday, which aims to raise $1.5 million to fight the fast-spreading chytrid fungus.Their protection efforts will focus on a small slice of Panama that is the only area in Central America that appears to be untouched by the disease, said Dr. Karen Lips, a University of Maryland researcher. Lips said it is only a matter of time, though, before even that area is hit with the fungus, perhaps as short a time as five years. The speed at which the fungus has spread is ''absolutely incredible,'' she

Infectious Disease Control and Bioresource Banking for Amphibians.
One third of all amphibian species are estimated to be threatened with extinction. This is an unprecedented crisis in which the current extinction rate exceeds the average rate over the last 350 million years by at least 200 times. In response, zoos have an urgent mandate to form survival assurance colonies to preserve those amphibian species in imminent danger of extinction. The infectious chytrid fungus disease is a major underlying cause of worldwide amphibian population

Frogs Rescued From Deadly Fungus Ravaging Montserrat
Scientists are rescuing dozens of one of the world's most rarest species of amphibians, the mountain chicken frog. The frogs are being airlifted to safety from Montserrat in a final attempt to save it from the deadly chytrid fungus, which is ravaging their shrinking habitat and threatening extinction worldwide. Montserrat is a tiny British Caribbean territory that is one of only two sites where the once-prevalent mountain

Ontario man jailed 90 days, fined $4,000 for illegal sale of at-risk species
An Ontario man who used the Internet to arrange clandestine cross-border meetings to traffic in at-risk and endangered species has been sentenced to jail time, which should send a serious message to smugglers, authorities said Monday. Emanuele Tesoro of Waterdown, Ont., was charged along with two other Ontario men for their alleged roles in a black-market operation that saw protected species sold across the Canada-U.S. border. Authorities said Tesoro was snared in a two-year, multi-jurisdiction investigation

Plight of the giant panda: Animals struggle after quake
As people across China's Sichuan province continue to rebuild their lives one year after a 7.9-magnitude earthquake leveled some towns and cities, the region's famed giant pandas are still struggling due to the devastation wreaked by the deadly

Conservationists hope to move and breed rare rhino
Kenya and Tanzania could relocate black rhinos to neighboring countries under a plan to increase the endangered species and boost tourism in the region, wildlife officials said Monday.Kenya has 603 of the 709 rhinos in eastern Africa and hopes to move some of them to Burundi, Ethiopia, Rwanda and Uganda. Tanzania has virtually all t

Chhatbir to barter animals with Delhi zoo

In the first initiative of its kind to cut down on mortality rate due to inbreeding, Mahendra Chaudhary Zoological park Chhatbir is all set to exchange animals with a Delhi zoo. With the objective of changing bloodlines for healthy breeding, Chhatbir zoo will get a pair of white tigers, a pair of Manipuri

We Can Save Endangered Species By…Eating Them?
On Friday's 20/20's special "You Can't Even Talk About It," John Stossel presented arguments that initially sound ludicrous — let athletes take steroids, remove trade bans on endangered species, etc — but are (maybe?) logical.While not all of Stossel's ideas are so convincing (like how he thinks that pregnant women should not be protected by laws in the workplace), some of the other issues he touched upon made sense. In this clip, he presents the idea that in order to get animals off the endangered species lists, people should be allowed to own and farm them, that way poachers won't kill wild animals to profit on them, because there will

Foreign zoos pitch in to save the dingo
AUSTRALIA'S dying treasure, the dingo, is being exported to zoos around the world.Lyn and Peter Watson, founders of Melbourne's Dingo Sanctuary and Research Centre, have sent dingoes to New Zealand, and are receiving inquiries from across the globe, including the US and Japan. The couple, who brought legal ownership of dingoes to Victoria in 1994, own a colony of 30 pure alpine dingoes at their 16-hectare Toolern Vale sanctuary north-west of Melbourne, Australia's largest premier breeding and rescue centre for dingoes.Ms Watson, an internationally renowned hound expert and judge, said she had been inundated with inquiries from overseas zoos and wildlife parks

Tiger trade
The illegal trade in endangered species is one of the largest areas of criminal activity in the world today. Interpol estimates that the value of the trade is in excess of $US 6 billion every year. The profits that can be made from wildlife trafficking are similar to those that can be made from drugs, and there is evidence from sources all over the world that many of those

Garrett caught up in parrot politics
THREE years after the orange-bellied parrot embroiled Coalition environment minister Ian Campbell in an almighty row, another pesky psittacus is pecking away at the credibility of his successor Peter Garrett.Mr Garrett has ordered logging to stop in half of the available area in the NSW Central Murray Darling region because of fears for the future of the superb parrot. But the bans have left local timber workers worried about their prospects. They say 1000 jobs and the future of the town of Deniliquin have been put at risk. NSW Forest Products Association director Russell Ainley said the superb parrot nested in trees along the edge of the forest and fed in the grasslands and that logging did not disrupt its habitat. A spokesman for Mr Garrett said the issue,,25460867-2702,00.html?from=public_rss

Killer whales face cull after finding taste for rare otters
FOR conservationists it is the ultimate dilemma. Marine biologists are discussing a cull of killer whales because the predators are destroying other endangered sea mammals. They are concerned by new research linking a huge population slump in species such as sea otters, Steller’s sea lions and harbour seals to the changed feeding habits of some killer whales, or orcas, as they are also known. The main prey of these orcas has traditionally been great whales such as grey whales and sperm whales, but hunting by humans has cut the numbers of those species to far below their natural level. Professor James Estes, an expert in the population dynamics of sea mammals at the University of California, Santa Cruz, believes that, faced with a shortage of food, some groups of Pacific orcas have altered their diets. Each killer whale is capable of eating several otters or seals a day. Estes, whose research will be

PETA attacks Jessica Simpson over Seaworld show
PETA bosses have taken aim at Jessica Simpson over the pop star's plans to perform at SeaWorld in San Diego, California this weekend.People for The Ethical Treatment of Animals' special projects manager Michelle Cho has written a stern note to Simpson and her manager/father Joe, asking them to consider pulling the concert in protest about the dolphins kept in captivity at the tourist hotspot.In the letter, obtained exclusively by WENN, Cho writes, "As someone who is used to living in a fishbowl and having the public weigh in on her every move, you might like to give some thought to the animals who are forced to be 'on display' their entire lives."Imagine being forced to do stupid tricks and

Zoo hops on board to save amphibians
When the Panamanian golden frogs at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo sit stock still, they look more like rubber toys than animals. Scientists fear that rubber toys may be all that's left of this and hundreds of other species of frogs soon, due to a killer fungus that is decimating amphibians worldwide.The zoo announced Monday that it is part of The Amphibian Rescue and Conservation Project being launched by eight zoos and research institutions.Frogs face shrinking habitat, pesticides that make them sprout extra legs, and Prozac-spiked water. But the crisis is caused by the chytrid fungus. Experts think 122 species are gone forever, primarily because of the fungus, which was spread by human activity.There are about 6,000 species of amphibians, said veterinarian Della Garelle, the director of conservation and animal health at the zoo, and a third of



The Zoo Biology Group is concerned with all disciplines involved inthe running of a Zoological Garden. Captive breeding, husbandry,cage design and construction, diets, enrichment, man management,record keeping, etc etc


Celebrating Plants and the Planet:

Last month's stories about sunbirds, red flowers, and the Amazon forest as a source of atmospheric carbon struck me. This month there is more to tell in related stories.

May links at (NEWS/Botanical News) return to the concepts presented in April (available at by clicking "archived stories" on the Botanical News page), along with a couple of new up-beat stories.

· As reported last month, the Amazon forests release vast amounts of carbon into the atmosphere when drought or fire kills trees. When North American forests are devastated by hurricanes is it the same story?

· April's story on South African sunbirds feeding on nectar from a good perch gets more interesting. Hummingbirds (New World) don't perch, they hover to feed. What do South African birds do with South American flowers? They learn to hover. (Cool video included.)

· Last month's story on red flowers warning off predatory insects isn't the end of the story. Biologists find that red autumn leaves may be doing the same thing! Maybe red is the "new black."

· If the way to appreciate a fine vintage wine is to savor the aroma, why should it be less true for the richest nectar? It's a technique bees use to great advantage.

· Don't ignore the spice rack! Researchers believe that humble rosemary can produce environmentally friendly industrial lubricants, bases for cosmetics and more.

Now let's talk sex. And no one can explain and demonstrate snail sex (or limpets or bees or earthworms or…) like Isabella Rossellini does in her "Green Porno" series of short videos. It sounds nuts and it is and you MUST watch them:

Please share these stories with associates, staff, docents and -- most importantly -- visitors! Remember, over a hundred other stories can be found in the archive section of the website.



Gorilla Haven Update:

A new update has been posted at about Joe's health, Oliver's future, as well as the future of Gorilla Haven itself...

Jane DewarFounder, Gorilla Haven


The 7th Annual Turtle Survival Alliance Symposium on Chelonian Conservation and Biology August 5th - 8th, 2009 St Louis, Missouri

The Turtle Survival Alliance (TSA) is pleased to announce our 7th annual Symposium, generously hosted by the renowned St Louis Zoo. This event is the largest gathering of non-marine chelonian biologists and captive breeding specialists in the world. We understand that these are tough economic times and are making an effort to keep costs to a minimum. This meeting will be an extraordinary value, with an icebreaker, zoo tour, awards banquet, BBQ and auction, and breakfasts included in the cost of registration. Double rooms will cost under $100.00/night.

Mark your calendars and register early for substantial savings. Discounted rates are available to TSA members, so join today! For details on membership, registration, program and events, please visit our website at

The venue is the Hilton at the Ballpark in downtown St Louis and they are dedicating an entire wing of the hotel to us, so when you leave your room the elevator opens at the TSA meeting. The hotel will be honoring group rates both before and after the meeting if you are interested in extending your stay in St Louis.

Those interested in speaking should contact TSA Program Co-Chairs Chuck Schaffer at or Andrew Walde at

For vendor information, or to volunteer, please contact Conference Chair Lonnie McCaskill at


is committed to engaging our student members in our conference venues. We realized that conference attendance can be costly to our student membership, therefore, we have lowered the student membership to $25 and conference registration fees to $75. In addition, we have arranged for “student” rooms at the conference hotel which will accommodate up to four students for each room; students will share the hotel expense with the other students in the room. Educators and other chelonian enthusiasts: this is a perfect venue for students to present their research at a professional conference in a friendly atmosphere. Visit our website for more information at or contact Beth Walton at

Registration and hotel information will be up on the TSA website soon, so be sure to check for updates and announcements. The program will be international in scope but will feature several North American sessions including Graptemys, Southwestern Kinosternids and Dermatemys. Wet labs and hands on workshops will again be offered. Special thanks to our conference title sponsor, ZooMed, who every year works closely with the TSA to insure a special event.

Pre-Registration Rates: (Effective through July 5, 2009)Member $125.00 Non-Member $175.00 Students/Minors $75.00
Late Registration Rates: (Effective July 6th, 2009)Member $225.00 Non-Member $250.00 Students/Minors $150.00
Registration Daily RatesAll Attendees: $75.00 per day

We hope to see you there!

Elizabeth M. WaltonDoctoral Candidate and LecturerDepartment of GeographyUniversity of North Carolina at


Good Afternoon,

As we head into summer its time to start getting ready for the 2009 orangutan workshop! I am delighted to let everyone know that you now have until August 2nd, 2009 to book your hotel room at the discounted workshop rate. For more information on the workshop hotel please visit There you will also find registration information along with a ton of other useful information about the workshop and the city of Atlanta . For all those procrastinators out there I just want to remind you that a late fee will start to apply to all registrations after June 15, 2009 .

For those of you who will be joining us on our pre-workshop trip to the Georgia Aquarium we are advising that you arrive on either Saturday August 29th or early in the morning on Sunday August 30th. The pre-workshop trip will take place from 1-5 pm on Sunday August 30th with shuttles beginning to leave the hotel around 12:30 pm. The workshop will run all day (8 am – 9 or 10pm) every day, August 31-Sept 2, so please don’t plan to depart before Thursday morning! If you have to leave early to get back to work we understand, however we don’t want anyone to miss a minute of this year’s workshop which will include several new activities, discussions, lectures, and presentations. As we being to finalize our schedule over the next month we will send updates out accordingly.

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to ask and I hope to see you in Atlanta .


Thomas Heitz
Keeper I
Primate Department
Zoo Atlanta
800 Cherokee Avenue, SE
Atlanta , GA 30315-1440
Phone: 404.624.5939

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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:

Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust

International Training Centre

Les Augrès Manor




Tel: +44 (0)1534 860037

Fax: +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 includes

The 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)

Contact us

Tel: +44 (0) 1534 860037

Fax (44-1534 860002)


Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust,

Les Augrès Manor,

La Profonde Rue,


Jersey JE3 5BP,

Channel Islands,

British Isles

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

Endorsed by the World Association of Zoos and Aquariums


Volunteering Opportunity

Elephantstay at the Royal Elephant Kraal Village, Ayutthaya ThailandPlease check for additional information.


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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European meeting on Tree Kangaroos

Krefeld Zoo, Germany
May 15 - 17 2009
For further

International Rhino Keeper Association Workshop
May 17 – 21, 2009
Busch Gardens Africa, Tampa Florida
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact DerekWeatherford at

The 4th Animal keepers Association of Africa (AKAA) Symposium. Monday 18th May - 21st 2009.
Dr.Andrew Seguya, Dr Josephine Afema, Mr David Musingo, Dr Lawrence mugisha, 1ST CALL FOR PAPERS AND REGISTRATION
Go to or for details.

PAAZAB Conference
May 20 to 22 2009
Uganda Wildlife Education Centre, Entebbe, Uganda
For further info please contact:

International Conference on Diseases of Zoo and Wild Animals 2009
20th - 24th May 2009
Safaripark Beekse Bergen, Hilvarenbeek, The Netherlands Contact:2009@zoovet-conference.org

Conference of the Association of Latin American Zoological Parks
May 25 - 29 2009
Panama City, Panama
For further information:

The 9th International Conference on Environmental Enrichment.
31st May – 5th June 2009.
Torquay, Devon, UK
Please go to for details including a provisional timetable of talks.
For more information about sponsorship of the event or having a trade stall please contact Julian Chapman on

The 7th International Zoo and Aquarium Marketing Conference
16 - 20 June 2009
Odense Zoo and Givskud Zoo, Denmark.
More information will follow in due time.

"First African Symposium on Zoological Medicine"
July 18th and 19th 2009.
Johannesburg Zoo, South Africa.
Financial assistance available for vets from other African countries. For more details contact Teresa Slacke on

Professional Training Seminars at Shedd Aquarium
Animal Training Seminar with Ken Ramirez
Environmental Quality Seminar with Allen LaPointe
August 24 –28, 2009
Please contact the adult programs coordinator for more information

Zoo AtlantaUSA

AZA 2009 Annual Conference
September 12-17, 2009
Oregon Zoo

26th EAZA Annual Conference
14 - 20 September 2009
Copenhagen Zoo, Denmark.

3rd International Congress on Zoo Keeping and the 36th American Association of Zoo Keepers National Conference
September 24th - 29th 2009 The Puget Sound Chapter of AAZK and WoodlandPark Zoo
See these websites for further information:

CBSG (Conservation Breeding Specialist Group)
1-4 October 2009
St. Louis, MO, USA (right before the WAZA Meeting)
For further information: ginger@cbsg.org

64th WAZA Annual Conference
4 - 8 October 2009
St. Louis Zoo at the Renaissance Grand Hotel, St. Louis (MO), USA.
For more information, please visit

Second Okapi Workshop
11 14 October 2009
Antwerp Zoo
For further details go to:

2009 ZRA Annual Conference : Overview
October 21-25, 2009
Zoo Boise , Boise , Idaho
If you have questions about the 2009 ZRA Annual Conference Program, please contact the Program Chairman, Pam Krentz, Registrar for Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, at (216) 635-3361 or by email at

The Bear Care Group announces the second international bear care conference 'Advancing Bear Care '09.

The 6th European Zoo Nutrition Conference
Barcelona, 28-31 January 2010
Please send comments or suggestions for topics/speakers directly to me ( Further announcements and information will be posted online via the nutrition area of the EAZA website (

20th International Zoo Educators' (IZE) Biennial Conference
19 - 23 October 2010 Disney's Animal Kingdom, Florida, USA.
For more information, please visit

International meeting of collectors of zoo literature and memorabiliaInternationales Treffen der Sammler zoohistorischer LiteraturRencontre internationale des collectionneurs de documents en rapport avec les zoos
See here for more details:

7th International Penguin Conference
DATE: August 30 to September 3, 2010
LOCATION: Boston Massachusetts, USA
HOSTED BY: The New England

AZA 2010 Annual Conference
September 11-16
Houston Zoo, Houston , TX

AZA 2011 Annual Conference
September 12-17
Zoo Atlanta , Atlanta , GA

AZA 2012 Annual Conference
September 8-13
Phoenix Zoo, Phoenix , AZ

AZA 2013 Annual Conference
September 7-12
Kansas City Zoo, Kansas City , MO


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