Thursday, July 23, 2009

Zoo News Digest 19th - 23rd July 2009 (Zoo News 608)

Zoo News Digest 19th - 23rd July 2009 (Zoo News 608)

Peter Dickinson

Dear Colleagues,

I discovered where Monster World had moved to this week and so made another visit. Whilst there I came across the Shark Hunting Aquarium. So sad, particularily in light of the persecution of sharks world wide. I wrote about this very subject only last week in Shark Fin Soup and then we have the first link this week, the Greenland Shark. Another species into the meatgrinder for mankind. I really wonder why we use 'kind'?

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On with the links:

Greenland shark may become new source of biofuel
The Greenland shark, one of the largest species of sharks, is a nuisance to fishermen and its meat is toxic to humans, but researchers now hope the flesh can be used to create a biofuel for Inuits.Native to the cold Arctic waters, thousands of the sharks get caught and die in fishermen's nets off Greenland every year. The beasts -- which can be compared to the Great White Shark in size at seven metres (23 feet) and can weigh up to a tonne -- are thrown back into the sea.But at the Arctic Technology Centre (ARTEK) in Sisimiut in western Greenland, researchers are experimenting with ways of using the animal's oily flesh to produce biogas out of fishing industry waste."I think this is an alternative where we can use the thousands of tonnes of leftovers of products from the sea, including those of the numerous sharks," says Marianne Willemoes Joergensen of ARTEK's branch at the Technical University of Denmark.Joergensen, in charge of the pilot project based in the Uummannaq village in northwestern Greenland, says the shark meat, when mixed with macro-algae and household wastewater, could "serve as biomass for biofuel

Zoo’s ‘intolerable cruelty’
CHARLES the chimpanzee, of the Natal Zoological Gardens and Lion Park at Umlaas Road, probably suffered chronic pain from his four broken canine teeth. Another chimp, Jessica, was “emaciated” — both animals had no access to water. Billy, who features in television advertisements, was kept in isolation in a cage from where he was unable to see another living being.Jessica and Charles were removed to Chimpanzee Eden in Mpumulanga.These are some of the findings of “intolerable” living conditions and animal cruelty made by Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife staff when they conducted an inspection of the Natal Zoological Gardens and Lion Park at Umlaas Road in November 2008, according to papers that were put before Judge Ron McLaren in the high court in Pietermaritzburg yesterday.Other criticisms concern “severe overcrowding” of 67 lions kept at that time in “ad hoc” and damp enclosures designed from disused shipping containers, and the chaining of four Asian elephants for 16 hours between 4 pm and 7 am without access to water, although they were given a bale of hay to eat.The EKZNW executive director for biodiversity[_id]=25501

Trafficked Gorillas Transferred To Mvog Betsi Zoo
Four gorillas age between 5, 8, 10 and 18 recently confiscated by officials of the West Delegation of Forestry and Wildlife in Bafoussam have been transferred to the Yaounde Mvog Betsi Zoological Garden. This followed an order sign by the Minster of Forestry and Wildlife, Elvis Ngolle Ngolle.The four Nigerians, owners of the four gorillas have been left frustrated and are parading the corridors of the West Regional Delegation of Forestry and Wildlife in search of the animals. One of them, leader of the group who spoke to Eden in tears said that if really the animals are transferred to Yaounde, he would commit suicide because of the importance of the animal to them.He equally described the Forestry and Wild life personnel as heartless and wicked not to know that the animals were tame and as such their pets. The leader, Abdulati even said that the absence of the gorilla makes him feel like someone who has lost his wife or mother. He said it was unfair

Robber killed after zoo hold-up
An armed gang of 15 robbers triggered panic at a crowded zoo in Brazil at the weekend, leading to a gunfight with police that left one of the criminals dead, media reported Monday.The gang entered the zoo in Sao Paulo on Sunday, pretending to be ordinary visitors and paying the entry fee.They then converged on a secure zone and stole 100,000 reais ($64,533) after bundling up the personnel.As they ran out, one of the robbers fired a shot, sending many of the 18,000 people visiting the zoo running for safety and alerting

Detroit Zoo Sees Record Attendance
The Detroit Zoo is seeing record attendance numbers with blockbuster summer attractions.June's attendance was 185,684, up 9 percent from last June. Also, the zoo had a record-breaking single-day attendance on July 3, with 14,409 visitors."The Detroit Zoo provides a unique experience and great value for the community, particularly in this struggling economy,” said Executive Director Ron Kagan.Kagan credited "Dinosauria," the zoo's

Brand-new zoo
Asia, the Arctic, the forest and the plains -- all in a dayAs weird as it sounds, the people responsible for the Assiniboine Park Zoo are actually happy to hear visitors complain.For decades, Manitoba's largest zoo has foundered into decline, the victim of insufficient funding from a City of Winnipeg that's been struggling to find a way to meet its infrastructure commitments.Founded in 1904, the Assiniboine Park Zoo features many enclosures and exhibits that date back to the 1930s, '40s and '50s, when zoos served as mere collections for animals and did not place naturalistic settings -- never mind education and conservation -- at the top of their priorities.Today, zoo visitors encounter empty enclosures, outmoded cages and rundown support facilities. Many complain, underscoring

Zoos' plans serve as arks for animals' survival
Knoxville Zoo chimpanzee George is an active youngster whose first birthday is today. Science, as much as nature, was the key to George's birth. Science also factors in the zoo's longtime success caring for red pandas. A total of 93 red pandas have been born in Knoxville; 53 have moved to other parks to continue the species. But this science of genetics and animal management isn't always successful. Even the most advanced technology sometimes can't override nature. Knoxville Zoo keepers monitor and fret over African elephant Edie's reproductive cycle. Past efforts to artificially inseminate Edie haven't worked. And Edie, like many other zoo pachyderms, isn't getting younger.Whether it's chimps, pandas, elephants, toads or tigers, genetics and science are key as zoos try to ensure endangered animals don't disappear. Zoo officials say central to their efforts are long-term population management and animal conservation programs called Species Survival Plans or SSPs. The cooperative, often complex, efforts oversee the lives of thousands of animals today and can determine the births of their descendents and ultimately the survival of their species.SSPs aren't new. The first began in 1981; today all accredited North American zoos participate. A total of 114 plans oversee 168 species from Addax

The Brilliance and Sadness of Zoos
People wonder about mothers, human and animal, who walk away from their babies… who refuse and do not nurture their young, who literally walk away, stray out late, leave the child in the bush, in the car, at home alone unable to reach the doorknob and without food…the children cry themselves to sleep, furry or human child, matters not…each needs a mother, her warmth, her regard, her watching over them while they are yet so vulnerable, not knowing up from down, not knowing predator from friend. Alone in the world, even though this is not Creator’s mind about what is meant to be.This week, two little red pandas were born in a zoo in China. The mother, fresh from the agonistas of labor, and half delivered of placentas, took one look and walked away.Away away. Did not come back to her little mewing babies. Couldn’t be coaxed. No. She was having none of whatever those things were.She had lost her instincts to recognize her own. Red pandas grow up to be pint-sized versions of the Great Pandas who can outweigh these little guys by hundreds of pounds. The red pandas nibble at tender bamboo shoots once they are weaned. They have lovely red fur and in a way look like little red foxes. They are protected in China as a treasured species, as are their larger kin.Yet, people scratch their heads, including some zoologists. How can a mother who just gave birth and who is hard wired to care for her children, just walk away?Some speculate: There must just be ‘bad mothers’ in the animal kingdom… not just human mothers who abandon their young for a night of crack and pot-metal earrings that infect her earlobes by morning, but animals too… must have some strain of bad bad moon and even worse mothering in them.

Whangarei locals getting behind big-cat park
Zion Wildlife Gardens staff are optimistic about the Whangarei big-cat park's future.Community support, including financial help from Kamo businesses, has been a key factor in reviving the park's prospects after a long period of despondency.Zion gained international prominence through the success of the Lion Man television series featuring Craig Busch, now in a legal dispute with his mother, Patricia, over administrative control of the wildlife park.Staff morale hit rock bottom when Zion keeper Dalu Mncube died after being mauled by a rare white tiger when cleaning its cage on May 27.But spirits have since lifted, with the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry checking out animal welfare and safety procedures and Whangarei-born zoo troubleshooter

Extinct Fish Bred at Bristol Zoo Gardens
Bristol Zoo Gardens has successfully bred a species of fish that is extinct in the wild. A group of Potosi pupfish arrived from ZSL London Zoo earlier this year in the hope that they would breed at Bristol Zoo. Keepers were thrilled when spawning behaviour was observed soon after the fish were introduced. The fry are now six weeks old and only a couple of centimetres long.Bristol Zoo and ZSL London Zoo are the only two institutions in the UK working together to safeguard this species through a conservation breeding programme. There are a handful of private breeders in Spain, Mexico and America who are also keeping them. It is hoped that numbers will be boosted in captivity through coordinated breeding. This programme is managed through the British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums.Jonny Rudd, assistant curator of the aquarium at Bristol Zoo, said: “The Potosí pupfish belongs to the

Giant Tortoise Lonesome George 'To Be A Dad'
Unhatched eggs have been found in his "bachelor" pen in the Galapagos Islands, his keepers said.For decades, the last known Pinta island tortoise had shown little interest in reproducing.But after nine decades, George is said to be in his sexual prime.Galapagos tortoises were among the species Charles Darwin observed to formulate his theory of evolution in the 19th century.Scientist have been trying to get George to mate since 1993, when they introduced two female tortoises of a different subspecies into his pen.The Galapagos National Park said the five eggs found on Monday were "in perfect condition" and ha

Age, Illness Claim Life Of Cameron Park Zoo Rhinoceros
Age and illness have claimed the life of a 38-year-old white rhinoceros named Wrinkles at Waco’s Cameron Park Zoo, the zoo announced Tuesday.The rhino died Saturday night.It had been under care for digestive problems and appeared to be in the early stages of renal failure, according to a press release the zoo issued Tuesday.A necropsy will be performed to determine

Seal sanctuary slams the council for denying funds
OWNERS of the Irish Seal Sanctuary have slammed the council for inviting it and other community groups to apply for capital grants only to write later and say they could not fund them. Brendan Price, the man behind the sanctuary said the council was 'cruel and callous' in denying capital grant funding to organisations like his having encouraged them to apply for the grants.The council wrote to the seal sanctuary and other community organisations around the county saying that all its capital funds were 'being

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Bangladesh rare leopard cub found
A critically endangered clouded leopard cub has been captured by tribespeople in a remote area of Bangladesh, a leading zoologist has told the BBC.Wildlife Trust of Bangladesh (WTB) Chief Executive Mohammed Anwarul Islam said that the find was "exciting and hugely significant". Many conservationists believed that clouded leopards were extinct in Bangladesh. The WTB is now trying to secure the cub's release. Professor Islam said that the cub was found by indigenous villagers near the town of Rangamati in the south-eastern Chittagong Hill Tracts in June. "Obviously our long term

Back to the wild
In Fiji we have every reason to be proud of our natural heritage. Who else has the amazing crested iguana? Who can claim the beautiful red-throated lorikeet? And most Pacific islands don't even have one species of frog. We have two.But in order to keep hold of this wildlife, we need to work closely with other island nations to share knowledge and skills that have already been used to bring species back from the brink of being lost forever from this world.Earlier this month, conservation workers from across the Pacific region came together to discuss the best ways to tackle the challenges facing island plants and animals.The Island Species-Led Action course was hosted in Fiji from July 6-15 and was run by the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust, a UK-based charity that is at the heart of a remarkable network

Solar eclipse: Zoo inmates mistake morning darkness for dusk
The humans might have excitedly watched the solar eclipse early Wednesday morning but zoo inmates went into a quiet mood mistaking the morning darkness for dusk. "We had planned in advance to study the impact of eclipse on behaviour of inmates", said Renu Singh, zoo director. The zoo workers watched the behaviour of birds, smaller and bigger animals all through the hours of eclipse, from 5.30 till 7.30 in the morning. All of them were found huddled together in groups and birds stopped eating, especially during the 20 minutes when light was almost cut down. While the lion king, Prince had retreated to its den thinking it's time to go to sleep, white tiger, Aryan, in a pre-sleep composure, had some cool moments inside the water pond inside its enclosure. The peahen with her chicks had taken shelter inside bushes and deer chose to

Zoo anticipates more flamingos
Keepers at a city zoo said they are expecting a record-breaking number of flamingo chicks after a successful breeding season.Four Chilean flamingo chicks have been born in Edinburgh Zoo and another five eggs are due to hatch in the next few weeks.The zoo's previous breeding record is four chicks, which hatched in 2006.The zookeepers said they have put in a lot of work in the past few months to create an optimum breeding environment for this threatened

Sea lion stud dies in action at German zoo
A male sea lion from California called Mike has died of exhaustion after overexerting himself during the mating season in an animal park in Nuremberg, Germany.The 19-year-old father of 12 offspring through three different females showed signs of tiredness and could not get out of the pool. He died of a heart attack. "Mating season is a common time for fatalities when

Zoo jobs are lost
THE AXE has fallen on jobs at Twycross Zoo as employees have been made redundant for the first time in its 45 year history.The finger of blame for the redundancies of 12 full-time permanent positions has been firmly pointed at the poor economic climate.The job losses are the first in the history of the attraction which first opened in 1963.Positions that have gone include the deputy director as well as in areas of gardening, marketing, catering and admin.The move comes just months after the zoo was inundated with job applications for seasonal positions, which saw queues of people having to be turned away.Kim Riley, spokesperson for the zoo, was keen

Jellywatch – aquarium wants your sightings
NEWQUAY'S Blue Reef Aquarium wants holidaymakers to record their jellyfish sightings this summer. The aquarium is backing a nationwide survey by the Marine Conservation Society to find out more about these mysterious ocean wanderers.Blue Reef, which has its own living jellyfish display, hopes the survey will help change people's opinion of these enigmatic creatures. The Marine Conservation Society has already received more than 6,000 reports of jellyfish from the UK, Eire and the Channel Islands since the survey began back in 2003 and is hoping this summer will provide a

Endangered camels set up home in Scottish wildlife park
CAMELS might not be the first creatures you would expect to see in the Highlands, but the region’s newest residents were settling into their surroundings yesterday. Three Bactrian camels made their public debut at the Highland Wildlife Park, near Kincraig, after moving from Edinburgh Zoo. There are two females, Caramel and Khara, and a younger male called Karnali.It is hoped the park will be able to breed the species when Karnali matures.Bactrian camels used to be found throughout central Asia but are now restricted to pockets of the Gobi desert. The species, which can reach speeds of up to 40mph, was domesticated in an area called Bactria, near present-day Iran, more than 4,000 years ago. Bactrians have two humps containing Animals well-suited to northern climate



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Dublin Zoo Elephant Facility Design Workshop
Thursday October 15th 2009 – Sunday October 18th 2009

When designing the Kaziranga Forest Trail at Dublin Zoo we asked the following questions:

How do Asian Elephants live in the wild and what do elephants need to really be elephants?

The inspiration for the entire design process came from nature and a deep respect for the animals concerned.

The design process was undertaken with open minds and we carefully listened to the very best people in the field of elephant care. The Dublin Zoo team is very proud about the end result, yet accept that we have not stopped learning about the complex needs of elephants. We are looking forward to sharing our experiences with you and sincerely hope that you will find it valuable.
Leo Oosterweghel, Director, Dublin Zoo

October 15th - Day One


October 16th – Day Two

Welcome & Introduction – The Evolution of The Kaziranga Forest Trail
Leo Oosterweghel, Director, Dublin Zoo

A Day in the Life of an Elephant – Developing a Design Mission:
Alan Roocroft, Elephant Business

The Grand Design, an Overview of Elephant Habitat Design
Grant Jones, Jones & Jones

Giant Footsteps, The Development of Dublin Zoo’s Elephant Programme
Gerry Creighton, Dublin Zoo

On site tour of the Kaziranga Forest Trail & Building with a short demonstration of the Protected Contact Training.

October 17th - Day Three

Laying the Foundations – A History of Elephant Management
Alan Roocroft, Elephant Business

Reaching the Target – Elephant Training in Dublin Zoo
Ciaran McMahon & Alice Cooper, Elephant Team, Dublin Zoo

The Winding Path – The History of Zoo Architecture
Grant Jones, Jones & Jones

To Err is Human – Lessons Learnt from the Design of the Kaziranga Forest Trail
Open discussion introduced and chaired by Alan Roocroft, Grant Jones & Leo Oosterweghel

The Bigger Picture – A Day in the Life of Dublin Zoo’s Elephant Herd
Dublin Zoo Elephant Team Members

It’s Not Easy Being Green – Planning, Planting & Maintaining the Kaziranga Forest Trail
Stephen Butler, Curator of Horticulture, Dublin Zoo

Evening Tour of Dublin Zoo

October 18th - Day Four

Extra, extra! Important Additions to the Elephant Habitat Design
Alan Roocroft, Elephant Business

Male Order, Bull Elephant Habitat Design
Gerry Creighton, Dublin Zoo & Alan Roocroft, Elephant Business

Workshop Conclusion – Any Unanswered Questions

Open Discussion Introduced & Chaired by Leo Oosterweghal, Alan Roocroft, Grant Jones & Gerry Creighton

Alan Roocroft,
16236 Swartz Canyon Road
Ramona, CA, 92065.
TEL: 760-788-1002.
Cell: 760-580-3480.
FAX: 760-788-1022.

Elephant behavioural consultant Alan Roocroft’s career spans nearly 40 years and five continents!

A renowned author and public speaker, Alan has been involved with elephants formerly as a keeper and supervisor and latterly as a consultant and elephant care specialist.

Alan’s consultancy – Elephant Business, based in the US, offers a wide range of elephant management techniques and husbandry practices to zoos, animal welfare organizations and government agencies responsible for the care of captive elephants.

His elephant management programmes are designed to aid zoo’s across the world to implement strategic husbandry plans in protected and free contact. His field studies in Africa, Sri Lanka and Thailand work with a variety of other species has enabled him to increase his broad knowledge of elephants and their care.

He imparts this knowledge in his writing, workshops, lecturing, mentoring and public speaking which he does with increasing regularity and in a variety of languages!

His elephant management school in collaboration with Hagenbecks Zoo in Hamburg, Germany has been over- subscribed every year since its inauguration in 2003.

Grant Jones

Jones & Jones
105 South Main Street, Suite 300
Seattle WA 98104 USA

Grant has practiced and preached ecological design for more than 40 years. His pioneering methodologies in landscape aesthetics, river planning, zoo habitat design, scenic highway design and conservation planning, including the development of new methodologies in GIS modeling, have set the standard for environmentally responsive
design and have brought the firm a stream of awards. Over the years Grant has brought his passion, expertise, and eloquence to many signature Jones & Jones projects, ranging from the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum in Tuscon to America’s first wildlife highway, U.S. Highway 93 through the Flathead Reservation in western Montana. A graduate of the Harvard School of Design, Grant has served as Director of Education for the Landscape Architecture Foundation, and has lectured at more than 30 departments of Landscape Architecture at universities throughout North America.

As Principal-in-Charge of the Woodland Park Zoo Master Plan, he coined the phrase “landscape immersion,” which launched the landscape immersion epoch in zoo’s (1975-present.) Grant’s work resulted in winning the 1980 American Society of Landscape Architects President’s Award of Excellence, as well as six AZA Annual Design Awards. Grant is highly regarded for his creative and imaginative ideas, particularly in developing strong master plan themes for Melbourne Zoo, Disney’s Animal Kingdom, St. Louis Zoo and San Diego Zoo.




International Vulture Awareness Day

Hello everyone,

As many of you will know, September 5th 2009 has been established as the first International Vulture Awareness Day. This idea has received enthusiastic support from East- and West Africa, the USA and Asia and it is hoped that this event will become an annual institution on the first Saturday of September. Participants are encouraged to run events and arrange local media coverage of relevant vulture conservation issues.

There is now a website for this event at which is a website for participating organisations and people to describe what vulture-orientated activities they will be doing on the day. There is also facility to provide links to participants’ own websites and provide contact information.

A Facebook-page has also been created and people have been invited to register their individual support for this event. Please register on this page by following this link:

Please visit the IVAD site and add your organisation to the list of participants, tell others about the IVAD, and also enjoy seeing who else from around the world is involved.

Your support in will be greatly appreciated. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you require more information.

Apologies for any cross-postings.

Kind regards,

Campbell Murn


ZooLex in July 2009

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Hello ZooLex Friend,We have worked for your enjoyment!



The Realm of the Red Ape is an exhibit for orangutans and other species at Chester Zoo in Great Britain. Via a walkway on tree top level, visitors can experience various Asian rainforest canopy species sharing their natural habitat with orang-utans:

We would like to thank Nick Davis, Project liaison co-ordinator at Chester Zoo, for preparing this presentation and encourage other zoos to follow the example.

Here is a template that is useful for preparing presentations for the ZooLex Gallery:



Thanks to Eduardo Diaz Garcia we are able to present a Spanishtranslations of the previously presented orangutan exhibit at Apenheul Zoo in the Netherlands:


We keep working on ZooLex ...The ZooLex Zoo Design Organization is a non-profit organization registered in Austria (ZVR-Zahl 933849053).

ZooLex runs a professionalzoo design website and distributes this newsletter. More information andcontact:



List of Individual Articles

Cover - including contents, publication information and other cover material
PDF ( 352Kb )

Complete Magazine
Pp. 1-24 PDF ( 895Kb )

All zoos are not Equal
-- Sally Walker, Pp. 1-4 PDF ( 37Kb )

Vision, Mission, Organizational Values and Making Them To Realize
-- Hemanth Kumar, Pp. 5-7 PDF ( 73Kb )

Education Material for Wildlife Week
P. 8 PDF ( 128Kb )

Pp. 9-11 PDF ( 58Kb )

Education Reports
Pp. 12-14 PDF ( 248Kb )

ZOO LEX – GaiaPark Kerkrade Zoo — Amazonia - Monkey Islands
Pp. 15-18 PDF ( 619Kb )

Some short notes on Research and Veterinary articles
Pp. 19-24 PDF ( 100Kb )

The ZOOS' PRINT Journal has been closed and a new Journal called Journal of Threatened Taxa is being published and has its own website which can be accessed from this link


Orangutan SSP Husbandry Manual - Environmental Enrichment

An online enrichment catalog for the Orangutan SSP Husbandry Manual is going to be developed later this year to become a part of the Environmental Enrichment chapter. This is going to be an exciting project that gives orangutan caregivers the opportunity to share their creativity, likes and dislikes, secrets to success and more! Once this catalog is created, it will be updated 1-2 times each year.

As always, to make this endeavor spectacular, you help is needed! From now through September 15, 2009 submissions are being accepted for the first posting to the catalog. What we would like to collect is:

- a description of the enrichment device and its purpose for the orangutan
- photo(s)
- Diagram and instructions on how to build the device
- Photo(s) of orangutan(s) using the device

If you have any thoughts or suggestions for what also might be included, don’t hesitate to contact me! I hope to have a preview of this for viewing at the workshop this year. I am also happy to accept submissions in person at the workshop as well. Upon compilation of materials received by this 1st deadline, the submission will be made to create the first catalog. As you develop new ideas and devices, please continue to send them as I will be then collecting for the next update to the catalog.

And if you know anyone who wants to participate that is not on this list, please have them contact me.

Submissions should be made to me off list so as not to bog down the listserv from other topics being discussed. Drawings or diagrams can be scanned and sent as an attachment. If you would like to send items via mail, please see zoo address below. Please send to:

Thanks in advance for your participation in this effort!

Danielle Fogarty
Chicago Zoological Society – Brookfield Zoo
Primate Department
3300 Golf Rd.
Brookfield, IL 60513


1st Annual Mazuri® Exotic Animal FeedNutrition Research Grant

Land O’Lakes Purina Feed is pleased to announce the Mazuri® Exotic Animal Feed Nutrition Research Grant, to support research in the area of exotic animal nutrition. Proposals may be submitted for up to $10,000. One or more grants may be awarded, but the combined total will not exceed $10,000 (to be determined by the awards committee). Funding will be considered for basic or applied research projects in the area of exotic animal nutrition. Research proposals will be evaluated by a panel of three committee members, comprised of at least one representative from academia and one representative from the zoo community. Grants will be ranked and awarded based on the quality of the proposal (50% of total ranking), importance of the research (25% of totalranking) and likelihood that the research will be accomplished and disseminated (25% of total ranking). No committee members, nor their institutions, may be considered for funding from this Grant during the fundingyear. A list of the winners of the grants will be provided to any entrant upon written request. A short (no more than 5 pages, not including references) proposal should be submitted, including all information described below. Note that incomplete proposals will not be evaluated.

To Apply: Submit proposals by email to

Proposals are Due by September 14, 2009. Grant awardee will be announced no later than November 1, 2009.

Required Items:


Principle Investigators, Co-Investigators and CollaboratorsPlease describe the responsibilities of each investigator towards the proposed research.

General abstractA brief (250 words or less) overview of the project, its relevance, and future applications written to a lay audience.

Purpose Statement & Background informationDetailed overview of proposal, relevance to exotic animal nutrition, and necessary background information.

Materials and MethodsHypothesis, experimental design, method of analysis, expected results and potential pitfalls should all be addressed.

Timeline of activitiesBriefly describe timeline for major activities, including dissemination.

DisseminationPlease provide information on the routes of dissemination of data collected in this project.

Budget and JustificationProvide rationale for each budgetary item. Provide information regarding additional support if the proposal is also supported by other funding sources.


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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Wishing you a wonderful week,

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