Thursday, June 4, 2009

ZooNews Digest 31st May - 4th June 2009 (Zoo News 599

ZooNews Digest 31st May - 4th June 2009 (Zoo News 599)

Peter Dickinson

Dear Colleagues,

Sometimes (frequently) I read a story that makes me swear silently to myself. The madness, stupidity and cruelty there is in this world. Less often I swear out loud (and I am not a swearing type person) but todays first link made me so angry I wanted to shout out cuss words for the whole world to hear.

Just what the hell does Taman Safari think they are doing? Here is the chair collection of SEAZA removing Orangutans from their mothers to "separated the cubs from their mothers to speed up the growth of the orangutan (Pongo pygmaeus) population". Who are they trying to kid? You know I am actually shaking when I am writing this I am so very very angry. It borders on the insane.
I know there are excellent staff working in Taman is not their fault....but this, this....what the bloody hell are they trying to do? Mass produce more baby Orangutans for their photographic sessions and 'monkey' shows or for shipping off to Bali or elsewhere. There are umpteen baby Orangutans need adopting in resue centres already!!! And which "conservation fund" is the Rp 3 million going into? I hope it is one ENTIRELY independent of Taman Safari. Or maybe, just maybe it is is for the rehousing the Orangutans in Ranugan Zoo....a situation they have now been 'looking into' for months.

Orangutans! Tigers! and all animals need to stay with their mothers!!!! Hand rearing like this borders on sorry....IT IS criminal!!!!

Returning briefly to the situation with the PETA enrichment in Byculla Zoo (see last week). If you think the situation could not be any worse...well it could. I am reliably informed that PETA has hired two retired zoo veterinary surgeons as consultants on this project. So now these two 'professionals' (using the term loosely) are being hired to do something the failed to do whilst they worked in the zoo. I believe that is criminal too!

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Four baby orangutans await foster parents

Four baby orangutans at the Taman Safari Indonesia II Zoo in Pasuruan, East Java are waiting for foster parents to help them develop.Zoo manager Michael Sumampau said on Sunday that anyone could be a foster parent to the cubs.“The baby Kalimantan orangutans, which are around two to seven months old, are currently being taken care of in the zoo's animal hospital,” he said, as reported by Antara state news agency.Michael said by becoming a foster parent one will have the honor of naming the chosen baby and of visiting it at any time at the zoo.“Foster parents will also have responsibilities, including that of donating Rp 3 million (US$ 282) once every three months to the conservation fund,” he said.The zoo had separated the cubs from their mothers to speed up the growth of the orangutan (Pongo pygmaeus) population.“By doing so however, the costs for nursing the orangutan babies increase, which is why we need foster parents for them,” he said.Environmentalists reported the population of Kalimantan orangutans in the wild was only around 54,000 in 2004 and warned that if no measures were taken to protect the animals, they would face extinction by 2015. There have been efforts to protect the orangutan species in the country since

Letters: Return orangutans to their mothers

I find the article about Taman Safari Indonesia safari park seeking adoptive parents for four baby orangutans (The Jakarta Post, May 3) very troubling and sad. There are enough orphaned baby orangutans in rescue and rehabilitation centers without the zoo artificially creating four more orphans. Orangutans share 97.5 percent of the same genes that humans have. Unfortunately, they lack the ability to speak a language that humans can understand, but it is well-known that female orangutans and their babies share the same intense bond that human mothers and babies have for one another. As in humans; the forced separation of a mother from her baby causes a great deal of anguish, a sense of loss, pain, longing and depression for both. An orangutan baby nursing from its mother gains, from her milk, a resistance to various illnesses and diseases that cannot be gained from being raised by humans. The intense bond between an orangutan and her baby lasts approximately eight years during which the mother teaches her baby invaluable lessons on surviving in the rainforest. Where to find food and when, what is safe to eat and what isn't safe, what branches will hold their weight and which ones won't, how to make a nest and how to react to and socialize with other orangutans are just a few of life's lessons that a mother orangutan teaches her baby. Humans make a very poor substitute for an orangutan mother, her love, attention and training. The safari park manager states that the baby orangutans have been separated from their mothers "to speed up the growth of the orangutan population." Orangutan rescue and rehabilitation centers are already overflowing with orphaned orangutans and orangutans ready to be released back into the rain forest but with no place to release them, so I see little purpose and little to gain from intentionally creating yet four more artificial orphans. The reason orangutans are endangered is not because of a breeding problem, but rather one of habitat loss. Speeding up the growth of the orangutan population as Taman Safari Indonesia would have us to believe they are doing, does nothing but contribute to the problem of more orangutans than there are places for them to live in the wild. The baby orangutans should be returned to their real mothers as soon as possible, not "adopted" by humans who will give them nothing that their own mothers can give them! Like human mothers, the orangutan mothers will recognize their own babies and be happy to have...Dave Weidman Jakarta

There are further letters re the above

Louisville Zoo train derails, injuring at least 20

At least one person was seriously injured and 19 others were taken to hospitals, including several children, after a train carrying Louisville Zoo visitors derailed Monday, an emergency official said.Kosair Children's Hospital chief nursing officer Cis Gruebbel said 16 children had various injuries.The open-air train, pulled by a small engine circles the zoo. It was carrying about 30 passengers when three cars and the engine fell off the rails near the gorilla exhibit. A person briefly trapped was able to be freed, said zoo spokeswoman Kara Bussabarger.Those injured were from 2 months old to senior

Oregon Zoo's elephant expert will be interim director

Veteran animal keeper, administrator and elephant expert Mike Keele has been appointed interim director of the Oregon Zoo. Keele, 56, will take over for Tony Vecchio on July 7. Vecchio is leaving to become director of the Jacksonville, Fla., zoo. Keele has worked at the zoo for nearly 38 years and was immersed in the zoo's successful elephant breeding program. He currently is deputy director of living collections, which includes overall supervision of animal health and care. Keele said he hasn't decided whether he'll seek the directorship, but said the interim position would give him a feel for the job. Metro, the regional government that operates the zoo, plans a national search for a new director. The job is likely to generate a lot of attention in the relatively small universe of zoo administrators, said Metro Chief Operating Officer Michael Jordan. The Oregon Zoo is considered a successful facility, having set attendance records nine of the past 11 years. The new

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Kids can monkey around at the zoo for FREE this summer

Phoenix Zoo is offering free daytime admission to kids 12 and under for the entire summer.The Zoo is open from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. on weekdays and 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekends and holidays so kids and parents can take advantage of the cooler morning temperatures.“We know that families are looking for fun and affordable things to do and we always want to be the best option,” said Executive Vice President Jim Brewer.The Yakulla Caverns is also

Al Ain Wildlife Park & Resort to Show Case Project at The Abu Dhabi Holiday and Travel Show - Seyaha 2009 Announces record increase in visitor numbers

Al Ain Wildlife Park & Resort (AWPR) will be showcasing the unique and multi-faceted leisure and learning destination, the first of its kind in the region, at the Abu Dhabi Holiday and Travel Show (Seyaha 2009) which is set to take place at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibitions Centre from June 2nd to June 4th.Visitors will have the opportunity to view the master plan first hand, learn more about the project and the various initiatives being undertaken, including The Sheikh Zayed Desert Learning Centre which is a premiere example of Estidama’s high environmental standards combining active and passive energy efficient systems. The AWPR animal conservation team will also be on hand to answer any questions relating to AWPR’s breeding and conservation programmes.AWPR also announced that visitor numbers to the park have increased exponentially over the past few years. Over 305,000 people from across the UAE have visited the park during the first five months of 2009, and AWPR predicts that this figure could go up to 800,000 by the end of the year.Established in 1968 by the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nayhan, the Al Ain Wildlife Park & Resort will include more than 900 hectares of land and is home to 4,300 animals, 30% of which are considered to be endangered. Following

The Zion Wildlife Gardens near Whangarei on Tuesday hosted the funeral of the zookeeper who was mauled by a rare white Bengal tiger.

Dalu Mncube, originally from South Africa, died when he was attacked while cleaning the animal's enclosure last Wednesday.The wildlife park was shut following Mr Mncube's death.About 300 people gathered for his funeral on Tuesday morning.Mr Mncube's body was greeted with a powhiri and a haka by local high school students.African dancers and members of Mr Mncube's family, including his brother and widow, also played a part in the service.Park spokesperson Sara Reid says there have been numerous messages of support despite the tragedy.Zion staff hoped to know by the end of the day

Red Panda leaves her island home

A two-year-old Red Panda that "touched the hearts of local visitors" has left her home on the Isle of Man.Maggie, who was orphaned when she was just one-month-old, has arrived at the Whipsnade Zoo in Luton so she can be paired off for breeding purposes. Hand-reared by a keeper at Curraghs Wildlife Park on the island, her only family have been the staff at the animal sanctuary. Wildlife park owner, Nick Pinter said she made a "big impact on the park". The panda, one of just 30,000 worldwide, was orphaned when her mother died of bone cancer just over two

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House Passes Bill Banning Ownership Of Dangerous Animals

The state House of Representatives today revived and approved a previously-stalled bill prompted by the Stamford chimpanzee attack that would ban private ownership of potentially dangerous animals as pets including gorillas, chimpanzees and orangutans.The measure, a scaled-back version of the original, is now headed to the Senate for possible final legislative approval before a midnight deadline. The action came a day after state Attorney General Richard Blumenthal decried the fact that "lawmakers failed to pass my proposal" in the wake of February's vicious attack on a woman in Stamford.House members this afternoon unanimously approved the bill in an unusual 151-0 vote, with all members in attendance. The measure was drastically pared back from an earlier version that would have added a much longer list of new animals to those already banned under existing law.The new bill would add only gorillas, chimps and orangutans to the list of wild animals already prohibited under an existing law: lions, leopards,0,3986413.story

Healthcare of zoo animals now a top priority

As captive creatures in America's zoos grow older, the need for regular and preventative healthcare, has become critically important. Timbo, 47, the Dallas zoo's oldest lowland gorilla, didn't get to be a senior citizen without good healthcare. Preventive medicine, in the zoo setting, used to involve a tranquilizer gun. "We would have had to shoot a very powerful and painful dart," explains Ken Kaemmerer, the zoo's curator of mammals. "[That would] knock the animal down. That process is stressful to the animal and the staff. And then [we would] take the animal to the hospital, just for a simple blood draw or x-rays, or anything like that." These days, that trauma and risk is no longer necessary. Without domesticating the animals, keepers are training zoo creatures to present their body parts, on demand, for examination. The animals are completely awake and perform the tasks voluntarily. "Every time [the chimpanzee) does what I ask him to do, we make that (clicking) noise and that just gets him to associate he did it right. And after that, he gets a reward," says mammal keeper Cristina Powers, who works with the chimpanzees. Building up to even a small touch takes a lot of practice and respect. The second step is pressing syringes and stethoscopes to the animal's body in a simulation of an examination. Cristina Powers used a paper clip tip to simulate the poke of a needle against 19-year-old Patrick's arm. Patrick is a lowland gorilla. The keepers eventually can perform a real exam, listening to an animal's pulse, drawing blood, giving vaccination, or even clipping fingernails - all without needing potentially dangerous anesthesia. "He has a root canal that was done, so we check that, too," says Powers, as Mookie, a male chimp opens his mouth. He received a frozen strawberry in return for completing the task. Trainers have ventured beyond mammal training. Flamingos and other birds have been taught to present their wings, or show their claws for an exam. Even tigers voluntarily participate. Batu, who weighs 370 pounds, willingly lets a keeper pull his tail and then poke it with a needleless syringe, for practice. "It's just mimicking what the vet would do - feeling for the vein and scrubbing on his tail with alcohol or whatever, just so he's used to those sensations," said mammal keeper Becky Wolf. Zoos committed to cradle-to-grave

Gay penguins rearing chick in German Zoo

A gay penguin couple living in a German zoo have hatched a chick which they are now rearing as if it were their own child. They're one of four gay couples living in the zoo. Z and Vielpunk were handed the egg by staff at the Bremerhaven zoo after it appeared to be rejected by its actual parents., northern Germany, says the adult males -t - were given an egg which was rejected by its biological parents. The baby penguin is now four weeks old is apparently doing well.In 2006, the zoo controversially imported four Swedish penguins to seduce three other gay penguin couples in order to test their sexuality.But the temptresses' advances were met with a frosty reception by both gay rights activists as well as the penguins themselves. One couple remain devoted to and nurse pebbles as if they were eggs.The gay males were separated from each other and one by one the females were introduced. The males pined for each other until they were reunited.In 2008, another pair of gay penguins in a zoo in China stole eggs from straight couples in an attempt to become 'fathers'.The three-year-old male penguins who are kept in Polar Land in Harbin, north-east China attempted to conceal their theft by placing stones at the feet of the parents before waddling away with their eggs.The deception however was noticed by the other penguins and the couple were soon ostracised from the group.Keepers have decided to segregate

New Research on Malaysia’s Odd, Elusive Tapir

In the Malaysian and Sumatran rain forests, tapirs are rarely glimpsed. Ponderous, powerful herbivores, weighing about 650 pounds, tapirs have faces like anteaters, with a incessantly sniffing mobile snout. In dim rain forests, smell and hearing are the important senses. The animals have black and white shape-disrupting camouflage and make a whistling noise, sounding almost more bird than mammal. The Malay tapir, the largest of the world’s four tapir species, remained largely invisible to science until recently. The other three species of these odd, endearing animals all live in South America. There was just one scientific study from the 1970s on the Malay tapir. Then, in 2002, the Malay Tapir Conservation Project was created, supported largely by the Copenhagen Zoo, and field biologists began filling in another blank page in zoology. Great swaths of the rain forest in Malaysia and Sumatra had been destroyed for palm oil plantations and through illegal logging, and scientists had begun to worry that the tapir could slip silently toward extinction. A conservation center was set up within the Sungai Dusun Wildlife Reserve, an hour’s drive from Kuala Lumpur, and researchers like Carl Traeholt, a Danish-Malaysian biologist, began to gather

Blind tiger insists on feeding cubs herself

A female Siberian tiger insists on feeding its two cubs on her own although she's been blind for years.The tiger gave birth to the two cubs on May 13 in the Badaling Safari Park of the Great Wall in north Beijing but cannot produce enough milk for the cubs.When zookeepers took her cubs away for artificial feeding, the

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Wildlife busts down across region: ASEAN watchdog

IN the first three months of 2009, some 5,410 animal seizures and 38 arrests were made by wildlife law enforcement agencies across Southeast Asia - a sharp decline compared with last year, according to recently released statistics from ASEAN's Wildlife

Cooperation leads to Tanzanian arrests in VN’s biggest ivory seizure case

On 5 March this year Vietnamese customs authorities in Hai Phong port confiscated 6,232 kilograms of elephant tusks hidden in 114 boxes of plastic waste inside a container which had been transported from Tanzania via Malaysia.Vietnamese officials believe that the African elephant tusks, estimated to be worth $US10.5m (15 billion dong), were on route to China when they were intercepted in Hai Phong. The officials, from the Tanzania Revenue Authority (TRA), were arrested on suspicion of accepting bribes from smugglers and

Snake-bite chicken 'off the menu'

China's health authorities are reported to be putting a stop to restaurants serving chickens which have been bitten to death by poisonous snakes.The dish, which is served by a small number of restaurants in Guangdong and Chongqing, is billed as detoxing. But it has generated a storm of controversy in the media and among bloggers after a video of its preparation was circulated online. The video shows a cook holding a snake and forcing it to bite a live chicken. A week of intense internet discussion has reached the near-unanimous decision that it is cruel to kill

'Crazy Turtle Woman' transforms graveyard into maternity ward

With its white sand and clear, blue water, Trinidad's Matura Beach looks like a postcard. It's a far cry from its recent past, when leatherback sea turtle carcasses littered the ground and kept tourists away. "Twenty years ago, this was a graveyard," Suzan Lakhan Baptiste said of the six-mile stretch of beach near her home. "The stench was horrendous. You could smell it for miles," she said.Saddened and frustrated, Baptiste launched a crusade to help end the slaughter of the gentle giants. Today, she and her group are succeeding: What was once a turtle graveyard is now a maternity ward -- one of the largest leatherback nesting colonies in the world.It hasn't been an easy fight for Baptiste or the turtles.For 100 million years, the creatures have traveled the world's oceans, outliving the dinosaurs. Over the last 30 years, they have become critically endangered worldwide

The Consolation of Animals

When I’m heading off on assignment as a wildlife writer, to study spider webs in Costa Rica, or chase lemurs in Madagascar, people often say, “You’re going where? You’re going to do what?” Doubtfully, they add, “And somebody’s actually paying you for this?” Then they ask if they can come along. Secretly, my neighbors suspect that I am a hit man. Lately, though, I’ve been traveling less, because of a book deadline and also because the magazines that employ me are feeling the economic pain like everybody else. (Heck, even the murder-for-hire business has gone all wait-and-see.) So I’ve been thinking more about what used to be my stock reply: You don’t have to go anywhere to see animals do interesting stuff. Or rather, you just have to go outside. I live near Long Island Sound, and one day this past fall, a school of Atlantic menhaden swarmed in close along a rocky shoreline. Unless you get excited about fish oil, menhaden, also known as pogies, aren’t too sensational. A government agency once summed up their special charm in a pamphlet with the title “Menhaden: Soybean of the Sea.” But this little school was terrified, flashing across the shallows first one way, then another, their flanks breaking the surface like a silver cloudburst of second-place medals.I climbed out onto a rock, and right at my feet, I could see the source of their terror. The big dark bluefish came sharking in among them, their dorsal fins slicing the surface. A bloom

New rainforest reserve protects more than 1,000 bonobos!

The Bonobo Conservation Initiative (BCI) joins the government of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) in announcing the official establishment of the Kokolopori Bonobo Reserve, a community-managed protected area which harbors one of the largest known wild populations of the endangered bonobo. The Kokolopori Bonobo Reserve is the pilot and model site for the Bonobo Peace Forest, a proposed constellation of community-based nature reserves supported by sustainable development. Larger than the state of Rhode Island, the 1,847 mi2 (4,875 km2) rainforest reserve delivers essential ecosystem services to the world, including biodiversity protection and carbon sequestration, and benefits the local people through training, employment and community development programs. These include sustainable agriculture, a health clinic, aid for local schools, a women's microcredit program and the first institute of higher learning in the region, the Djolu Technical College for Rural Development and Conservation, established in tandem with the reserve. "The Kokolopori Bonobo Reserve is a milestone for the protection of bonobos and their precious habitat in the Congo Basin," says Sally Jewell Coxe, president and co-founder of BCI. "What began as a grassroots, community initiative now exemplifies a new model for conservation that is proving to be effective



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October 20-23, 2009
Cambridge, Ontario, Canada
For Registration please forward before Sept 1st 2009 to Charlie Gray African Lion Safari, RR#1, Cambridge, Ontario N1R5S2, CanadaFAX: (001) 519- 623-9542Email:


In Memoriam: Dr. Alecia Lilly, DFGFI Vice President of Africa Programs(

The Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International is deeply saddened to announce the passing of Alecia Lilly, Ph.D., Vice President of its Africa programs. Dr. Lilly died in hospital in South Africa on May 29, after a sudden illness. She had been with the Fossey Fund for more than eight years, and had served as its vice president since 2006, guiding and expanding all of the Fund's programs in Africa, and directing the activities of more than 400 employees in Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Dr. Lilly joined the Fossey Fund in 2001, with the initial objectives of initiating human health programs in Rwanda and neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo. This "ecosystem health" program expanded to include basic health care projects, clean-water access programs, medical clinic rehabilitation, treatment and prevention of intestinal parasite infections..........


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Good Afternoon Everyone,

It is hard to believe that it is June already and with that we are approaching another important workshop deadline! After June 15, 2009 all workshop registrations will have a late fee of $25.00 attached to them. The cost for just the workshop will become $150.00 and the cost of the workshop & the pre-workshop trip to the GA Aquarium with behind the scenes tours will be $165.00. If you have any questions about the late fee, or your facility is experiencing extreme financial difficulties which may limit your ability to attend the workshop if you have to pay the late fee and you already know you will not be able to register by the deadline, please contact me for assistance.

As the workshop approaches we are still in need of presenters! If you would like a list of topics people would like to see covered at the workshop please contact me via email. Additionally in an effort to build on what has been done over the past two years we are going to add several hands on activities and demos to this year’s workshop. At this time we will most likely have a day of presentations, a day of group activities and discussions, and a day that will be a combination of the two with demonstrations and activities that will take us out into Zoo Atlanta. It will also be during this time that you will have time to explore Zoo Atlanta which will include behind the scenes tours in the following areas:

-Orangutan Holding (including training & touch screen demos)
-Gorilla Holding
-Small African Primate Holding
-Lion Holding
- Bird Management Building
-Giant Panda Holding
-Hoofstock Barn
-Rhino Barn
-Elephant Barn with a chance to feed an elephant!

And you thought you were just going to get to see our orangutan area! We want to thank everyone who is already registered and those of you who will register! With each passing day we are growing more excited for the workshop and we hope you are as well. If you are going to be unable to attend the workshop but would like to help out we are still in need of silent auction items! Information about the silent auction can be found at

If you have any questions about anything related to the workshop please feel free to contact me at any time.

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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Updates on VBB Projects in India

New initiative, Bylakuppe Sarah Programme, Sikkim Project Vet-Train Leh Street Dog Sterilisation Project, Ladakh


Rabies Outbreak in Bali Victorian Bushfires Animal Law in Australasia

Volunteer Opportunities

Overseas Communications Portfolio positions Sikkim Project Manager

Attention all Members

Special General Meeting on 19 July 2009 VBB Volunteers asked to join VBB Membership renewals

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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:


Volunteering Opportunity
Elephantstay at the Royal Elephant Kraal Village, Ayutthaya Thailand
Please 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 2009
Please forward ‘Des Spittall Scholarship for Keeper Research’ application to ASZK President no later than 31st of October each year at email






"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

The 7th Annual Turtle Survival Alliance Symposium on Chelonian Conservation and Biology
August 5th - 8th, 2009
St Louis, Missouri
For details on membership, registration, program and events, please visit our website at

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 at for more information

Zoo Atlanta, USA

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:

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 memorabilia
Internationales Treffen der Sammler zoohistorischer Literatur
Rencontre 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 Aquarium

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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