Friday, May 7, 2010

ZooNews Digest 1st May - 7th May 2000 (Zoo News 102)

Dear Colleague,

On Sunday we took Adam back to Chesterfield. I was so glad to be heading
in the direction we were as there were so many vehicles heading into Wales
it looked in danger of sinking. The weather was very warm and I could
imagine there were more than a few frayed tempers. In the evening we ate
at the Dynasty Chinese restaurant in Chesterfield. Not been there before,
but will definitely visit again and again. Excellent service, excellent
house wine and amongst the best Chinese food I have ever eaten. This more
than made up for our visit to Peter Chans’ in Chester the previous
Thursday. He had decided to go up market after his mega succesfull formula
of all you can eat for a fiver. Previously the place would have been full.
It was now empty, so we didn’t bother either.

On the Monday morning we took a trip out to Riber Castle Wildlife Park. I had never visited this collection before so it was a bit of an eye opener. It has been in
operation for twenty or more years that I can think of but I know nothing
of the history of the place. My ABWAK card was not recognised so I had to
pay for entry. No real problem with that but no tickets were issued to
either myself or any other visitors that I saw. A bit naughty I thought.
The collection itself was unremarkable with a large number of domestics
spread about. There were several European Lynx, Jungle Cat, Scottish Wild
Cat, a single Geoffroys Cat (Did you know about this one David?) and a
Zebra. The most interesting thing we saw was a badly imprinted, jessed up
Steppe Eagle arranging twigs around a single egg. Most of the enclosures
were of badly rusted wire or patched together and looked pretty poor. I
hated most of the labeling. “George the overgrown Budgie”..referring to
the Griffon Vulture. The standard of husbandry was excellent though, with
nicely cleaned pools and bowls and windows. All rakeable areas had been
raked and feeds tastefully arranged. Full credit to the keeping staff.
This collection appears to have lost its sense of direction. It needs
picking up, given a good shake and then a wad of cash thrown at it. It
really is going to need this soon or it will become a casualty under the
new legislation.

It was refreshing to get the opportunity to re-visit the
Chestnut Centre later in the afternoon. Mind you it was difficult to find
somewhere to park, so we had a bit of a hike in the end. That was before
we got inside. I reckon it was about seven years since our last visit and
little had changed in that time. Don’t get me wrong because no change is a
good move with this special little collection. The character of it is that
it fits in so well with the outstanding natural beauty of the valley in
which it lies. The Giant Otter exhibit was new since our last visit and I
particularily liked the outside enclosure. Regrettably the Giant Otters
themselves were no- where to be seen. Pity really as all the other otter
species were very active. On reflection I think our visit was just a week
too early. The bluebells were just starting to open and, fantastic as the
setting is, another few days would enhance this to poetic proportions.
Well worth a visit, particularily if you are interested in the otters or
owls in which this collection specialises. I understand that they may be
taking over some of the otter rehabilitation work which has till recently
been taking place in Scotland. We did not make ourselves known as the
place was bubbling over with visitors and I am sure staff had plenty to do
without having the extra hassle of us. Heading back into Wales that
evening I was relieved to see that there was an endless double row of nose
to tail traffic leaving.

Heard from Graham at the Living Rainforest.
Somehow a large and heavy sheet of glass had collided with his leg,
fracturing it badly. This has spoiled his plans of a short holiday in
Norway with Elin (He got the break in England instead!). Hope he is on the
road to recovery soon.

Most of you will have seen something in the press
of the riots in London last week. A combined effort of anarchists and
people who supposedly care about our environment. I wonder. In the Review
section of The Mail on Sunday there is an excellent article by the world
renowned ecologist and founder member of Greenpeace, Dr. Patrick Moore.
The article is titled ‘The Great Green con-trick’ and is well worth making
the effort to locate and read, wherever you are based. His final words say
much “we have an environmental movement that is run by people who want to
fight-not to win”

Thank you so much for your letters and links. Welcome
too to the new subscribers. Roz and I are off to see Don Williams in
concert tonight so this will be a day late being sent out.

Elephant Purchase Deplored - Calf too young to leave mother, activists say
(Marine World Vallejo/Dickerson Park Zoo)

Birth transforms otter, wows crowds
(Seattle Aquarium)

Elephants' world opens wide
(Cincinnati Zoo)

Simple gifts make zoo life bearable
(Many Zoos)

Holstein clones will appear at Minnesota Zoo

Agency seeks suspension of license at Caney zoo

No dice on hornbill
(Minnesota Zoo)

Strike averted at city zoo; workers to vote Wednesday on tentative deal


Zoo workers ratify two-year deal
(Toronto Zoo)

Mother Dies on School Trip
(Riverbanks Zoo)

Falcons take orphans under wing
(Cleveland Zoo)

DNA breakthrough may bring extinct tiger to life

Oregon Zoo suspends elephant keeper after investigation of abuse charges
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Great zoo just gets better
(Detroit Zoo)

Zoo shows off rare bovine
(Minnesota Zoo)

Gorillas back on display
(Topeka Zoo)

Zoo fire claims life of third animal
(Akron Zoo)

Eagle Theft Puts Spotlight on Problem Confronting Zoos Worldwide
(Santa Barbara Zoo & others)

Toledo Host Zoo/Aquarium Conference

Legionnaire’s Vicitims to Sue Melbourne Aquarium

Oldest Okapi in the World

Gorilla Birth At Melbourne

Girl in good condition after lion attack

New Home for Imperiled Fish

Mute Swans seen as threat to native wildlife in Maryland

Geese population to decrease by 90 percent

Thais seize 1,078 lbs. of ivory hidden in gems

Agency expected to decide on sturgeon Agency to rule on federal
protection for Alabama fish

Manatees may have been hurt during race

Feeding black bears is getting them killed

Plan to clone Australian wild dog raises doubts

Clark County woman kills bear in her backyard

Animal Rights Groups Attack Plan to Kill Wild Rabbits

Sea lion found shot to death at Bolsa Chica

Refuge for the great blue herons

Otters a rare sight at Radnor Lake

Circus probed over animal-welfare violations

'Hope' tracks the last days of bird species

Authorities Offer $12,500 Reward in Search for Killer of Sea Otter

Manatees dying at one-a-day rate

Marauding black bear is killed in Tacoma

Economic links make animals vital to villages

Lions, tigers, bears -- goodbye

Critter Watch Remembering the Carolina parakeet

Apes 'source of deadly virus'

Primates may be source of hepatitis B virus-report

Missed a week? - Zoo News from around the World

If you know a story I have missed this week do drop me a line with the
full web address and I will try and include it next week.

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Lifelearn are offering Two One Day Practical Courses

Birds Of Prey (Raptors)
Thursday 25th May 2000
The Raptor Foundation, Woodhurst, Cambridgeshire
The course is intended for veterinary surgeons who have an interest in
birds and wish to improve their knowledge of and confidence with raptors.
Qualified veterinary nurses will also be welcome. There will be a strong
emphasis on handling, restraint, sampling and clinical care.

Reptiles & Amphibians
Thursday 29th June 2000
The College of Animal Welfare, Godmanchester, Cambridge
The course is intended for veterinary surgeons who wish to improve their
knowledge and confidence with these species. Qualified veterinary nurses
will also be welcome. Their will be a strong emphasis on practical skills
and delegates will be able to gain confidence in handling and clinically
evaluating animals from Axolotls to Western Box Turtles and Chameleons.

Lecturers for the courses will be

Professor John E. Cooper, DTVM, FRCPath, FIBiol, FRCVS
Mrs Margaret E. Cooper, LLB, FLS
and David L Williams, MA VetMB, PhD, CertVOphthal, MIBiol, MRCVS

Numbers will be strictly limited to 25 delegates on each course

Registants will receive course notes and literature. There will be an
extensive display of equipment, books and publications. Coffee, lunch and
tea will be provided

For further details and course costs please email:

Congratulations to the National Birds of Prey Centre in Newent with their
first British captive breeding of the Red Kite.
flock of Lesser Flamingos at Slimbridge have laid their first eggs since
1984. Keeping my fingers crossed for them.
Southport Zoo apparantly had its best Bank Holiday attendance for thirty
three years.
Primate Conservation & Welfare Society is proud to announce the
availability of our first annual Primate Conservation Grant Small Grant!

For details, including the Application Packet in .PDF Format, please see
our website at:

To receive a hard copy of the Conservation Grant Application Packet,
please send a self- addressed stamped envelope to: PCWS - Conservation
Grant PO Box 2101 Port Townsend, WA 98368 USA

Please note: Due to the volume of requests, application requests MUST be
accompanied by a self-addressed stamped envelope. Applicants outside the
US should contact PCWS via email with appropriate contact information. The
grant deadline is June 30, 2000.

Stamp Donations Are Welcome For This Project!

International Zoo Collectors Meeting 9-10 September 2000 Every year
collectors of zoo guidebooks and other zoo related materials meet to trade
and swap items. The 2meeting will be held at 9th/10th September at Munster
Zoo, northern Germany, which celebrates its 125th anniversary.
Traditionally, there will be a guided behind-the-scenes zoo tour, an
auction (in favour of a turtle conservation project) and a visit to
another zoo the next day (this time Rheine Zoo). Attendance fee is 35 DM
(17 US$) including dinner. Registration and questions: Klaus Schüling -

Contribution by Peter H. Them, DK - Denmark, e-mail :

is a brand new zoo, dedicated to parrots and other birds, located in
Mirand, north of Johannesburg, South Africa, and is the largest bird zoo
in Africa. Lory Park is a sanctuary and breeding centre for many different
parrot species, as Macaws, Amazons, Cockatoos, African Parrots, and Lories
/ Lorikeets, etc., as well as Touracos, Hornbills, Toucans, Kookaburras,
Waterfowl and Cranes. The main aim of the Lory Park is to act as an
educational venue for schools, the general public and other bird
enthusiasts. It has been granted zoo by the Department of Agriculture,
Conservation and Environement, South Africa. Eddie van Eck is the founder
of general manager of the Lory Park, with the Antonie Meiring of the
Farmall Parrot Trust as the breeding coordinator. The aviaries have all
been designed to fulfil two major objectives.

- The one purpose is to let the public view the birds from close

- And the other, is to give the birds the opportunity to breed
successfully with feeling threatned by constant observation.

Lory Park is open Tuesday to Friday for schools for educational purposes.
Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays open to public.

If you want to learn more about the Lory Park, South Africa, please do not
hesitate to contact :

Eddy van Eck, phn. 083 679 0584 ,
international phn. +27 83 679 0584
e-mail :

Antonie Meiring, phn. 082 900 1478,
international phn. +27 82 900 1478
e-mail :

Lory Park, S.A.,
181 / 1 Kruger Road,
President Park,
RSA - South Africa.

phn. ( 011 ) 315 7307 international phn. ( +27 ) 11 315 7307

Animal Gene Storage and Resource Centre of Australia (AGSRCA) has
developed an extensive computer data base "Gene Search" for recording the
collection, identification, classification, processing, storage locations,
distribution and use of genetic resources (testis, embryos, oocytes,
sperm, ovaries, cell lines and tissue samples) from wildlife and rare
domestic species. The program " GeneSearch' has been designed for a
national GRB. receiving samples from an extensive network of sources where
the samples are stored at a central location (in the case Monash Institute
) on behalf of the institutes or organizations submitting the samples ,
till they are required for ART, DNA studies, disease investigations, or
further research.The program would also be suitable for an individual
Institute storing a collection of frozen samples for numbers of
researchers. We'd welcome interest to evaluate the program and assess the
criteria we have set for evaluating the samples received and processed, or
anyone interesting in adopting the program. Complete software packages
are available at $US2,000.

Earlier in the week the worlds press was buzzing about a snake escape in
Toronto. Wayne Jackson sent the following report: “busy with media calls.
Someone in Toronto who kept 12+ venomous snakes had one escape last
Friday, but only reported it this morning!!??? He lived in an apartment
building and it was emptied. It was an 18 inch. Saw-scaled viper and we
sent two very competent Keepers to catch it. The only one in Canada, so no
anti venom! Finally around 6:00? after using various methods it was
captured. It was a "virtual media frenzy"! As a producer told me this
afternoon, "it was a quiet media day for stories until it hit the wires"!
Also heard about someone possibly being bitten by a cobra!!?? Not your
average snake day!”

Strange Goings on in Denmark (Not your Norwegian Blue)--Contribution by
Peter Them

Over the past week people on the island of Amager near Copenhagen have had
the opportunity to observe a most unusual bird pairing. A Kestrel ( Falco
tinnunculus ) and a feral Orange-winged Amazon parrot ( Amazona amazonica
) have apparantly paired up. The pair are most often seen flying side by
side in the early morning and late afternoon. They have even been seen in
a nest together. The parrot is believed to have been living wild on Amager
for more than three years.

Peter H. Them,
Parrot Data,
DK - Denmark

(Peter has witnessed these birds himself)

Marwell Zoological Park Student Research Symposium 21 June 2000, start
9.30, finish 16.30 Everybody is welcome. For further information please
contact Tanya Langenhorst, Marwell Zoological Park, Colden Common, Nr
Winchester SO21 1JH. Tel: 01962 777407, Fax: 01962 777511, email:
Elephant Birth on the Web

Zoo Zurich is expecting the birth of an elephant this May. The birth will
be broadcasted live on the internet. With this world first Zoo Zurich
intends to appeal to a large public and will make use of the probable
great interest to inform about the situation of the Asian Elephants in the
wild. At all time the animal’s welfare will be the prime consideration and
will not be affected in any way by the transmission. Already today live
pictures from the elephant house will be shown on the following websites: and and

ZOOS’ PRINT, Volume XV, Number 5, May 2000

Mating Behaviour of Ratel (Honey Badger) Mellivora capensis in Nehru
Zoological Park, Hyderbad By K. Chanrasekara Pillai

Breeding of Rainbow Lory Trichoglossus haematodus in Nehru Zoological
Park, Hyderbad By K.N. Benerji & K. Chandrasekara Pillai

What ails Captive Breeding Programmes in India – Lion-tailed Macaque – A
Case Study By N. Krishnakumar & A. Manimozhi

Releasing Birds: Killing with Kindness?
By Abrar Ahmed

Reproductive Behaviour of Hippopotamus Hippopatumus amphibious in Nehru
Zoological Park By K.N. Benerji & K. Chandrasekara Pillai

Central Zoo Authority: Important Activities, 199-2000

Agenda and Programme for Indian Zoo Directors’ Conference/Workshop:
Alipore Zoological Garden – 28th-30th April 2000

Indian ZooNews/Announcements

Interspecific Interaction of Langur with Spotted Deer & Chinkara : A case
study By C. Subhash, P.S. Bhatnagar & R. Mathur


ZOOS’ PRINT JOURNAL Vol. XV, Number 5 May 2000

Status of Indian Wild Ass Equus hemionus khur in the Little Rann of Kutch
By H.S.Singh

A survey of gastro-intestinal parasites of wild animals in captivity in
the V.O.C. and Mini Zoo, Coimbatore By A. Varadharajan & A. Kandasamy

Musth in Elephants
By Deepa Ananth

Supplementary Note on Herpetofauna of Gir Forest
By Raju Vyas

Butterfly Diversity of Assam State Zoo-Cum-Botanical Garden
By Imdad Ali & Sudip Kanta Basistha

Butterfly Predation by an Insectivorus Plant Drosera indica
By Md. Jafer Palot & K.M. Khaleel

A Snake-Parakeet Incident
By Md. Jafer Palot, S.S. Kamble, S.V.A Chandrasekhar & V.P. Soniya

Mortality in Gharial Gavialis gangeticus in Hatchlings at Jaipur Zoo
By P.K. Mehrotra, B.B.L. Mathur, Sudhir Bharagava and S. Choudary

Surgical Excision of Granuloma in an Indian Star Tortoise Geochelone
elegans By P.V. Parikh, D.B. Patil, D.R. Barvalia, N.H. Kelawala & R.R.


A Special Centre Feature BACK WHEN……& THEN
Newsletter of the Society for Promotion of History of Zoos

Special Feature celebrating the 125th Anniverary of the Calcutta
Zoological Gardens

To Subscribe to or learn more about ZOOS’ PRINT please send an email to :

Important Research on Captive European Otters

(If you are in a position to help, please do as it will sort out once and
for all the questions which have been bothering otter keepers in Europe
for many a year—Peter Dickinson)

Att.: Molecular genetic research concerning Lutra lutra lutra and Lutra
lutra barang.

First let us introduce ourselves. We are Edwin Leander and Pieter
Levelink, fourth year Animal Management students on the Van Hall Institute
in Leeuwarden, the Netherlands.

We are being supervised on this Institute by dr. T.H.M. Meijer and
drs.A.C. Meiners.

We have begun our final research regarding our course. This final
assessment, a molecular genetic research concerning Lutra lutra, is being
conducted on the Biological Centre in Haren, part of the University of

We are being technically supervised on this Centre by the geneticists
dr.R. Bijlsma and dr. L. van de Zande.

This research is being conducted for the EEP otter studbook of which
drs.A. Melissen is the coordinator, working at Aqualutra in the
Netherlands. Also the president of Aqualutra, drs. A. de Jongh, is fully
supporting our research. The otter studbook of the EEP is being divided in
an A- and a B-line. The A-line consists out of the circa 100 homogene
Lutra lutra lutra. The content of the B-line are roughly 200 otters from
which the pedigree and the relationship are not known. There is also an
assumption that the B-line is an interbreed from Lutra Lutra Lutra and
Lutra lutra Barang. With your help, by giving blood or/ and tissue
samples, we can start a good research with promising results which would
finally give an answer or a solution regarding to the stud-book problems.
Hopefully, this way, the A- and the B-line will be put together. Creating
an easier management and by clearing the ban on breeding the B-line
otters, higher welfare on all fronts can be accomplished.

Aim of the research

1.. To get a decisive answer concerning the interbreed of Lutra lutra
lutra and Lutra lutra barang in line-B.

2.. To measure the homozygosity of the B-line related to line A and a
wild population, if line- B is homogene Lutra lutra lutra.

What we need:

To conduct this research we need, as soon as possible, blood or tissue
(e.g. liver) samples from the A- and the B-line otters.

Please contact drs. A Melissen for the possible mailing of the samples, by
e-mail or fax. Could you send us an e-mail in which you state your reply
regarding this matter. E. Leander & P. Levelink, drs. A.

Students Animal Management EEP Coordinator


Over the past couple of weeks I have advertised : “A Bibliography of
References to Husbandry and Veterinary Guidelines for Animals in
Zoological Collections” by Alastair A. Macdonald and Nicola Charlton (and
many others). First published 2000 Published and printed by The Federation
of Zoological Gardens of Great Britain and Ireland, Zoological Gardens,
Regent's Park, London NW1 4RY, United Kingdom. ISSN 1470-7322 Copies are
available at a cost of £10.00 (exclusive of postage and packing). For one
copy the postage and packing rates are: £2.00 United Kingdom £2.50
Europe £4.00 Worldwide zone 1 (United States of America etc.)
£4.50 Worldwide zone 2 (Australia etc.) For copies, please contact: The
Conservation Coordinator The Federation of Zoological Gardens of Great
Britain and Ireland Zoological Gardens Regent's Park London NW1 4RY United
Kingdom General telephone: 020 7586 0230 Direct telephone: 020 7449 6350
General e-mail: Direct
e-mail: Facsimile: 020 7722 4427



Call for all information on:
Bubo ascalaphus (Savigny's Eagle Owl)

As many people are aware, there has been a marked decline in the breeding
of Savigny's Eagle Owl (Bubo ascalaphus) in recent years.

An independent research project is underway to determine the cause of this
decline, operating from the hypothesis that lack of genetic fitness is the
primary factor.

To examine the genetics of the historical and current population, it is
necessary to analyse as much information as possible. To this end, all
current and historical information would be very much appreciated,
especially with regard to: - Historical stock information - Breeding birds
(origin, parent information) - Breeding records (Clutch sizes, infertile
eggs, chicks hatched, chicks not surviving, chicks fledged) - Destination
of fledged chicks - Anecdotal information (history of the species,
sources, breeding)

A primary aim of the project is to contribute towards the successful
keeping of all owl species now and in the future, through a greater
understanding of population dynamics.

If requested, any or all information will be kept strictly confidential.
With permission, full acknowledgement and thanks will be made in the final
report to all groups and individuals assisting with the project.

If you are able to assist with information for this project, please
contact: Campbell Murn. Conservation Coordinator, The Hawk Conservancy,
Andover, Hampshire, SP11 8DY Tel: (01264) 773850 Fax: (01264) 773772

Staff Personals Looking for work? Someone to travel with? Somewhere to
stay? Let me know and I will post it here.

Situations Vacant (Please mention you saw the advertisement in ZooNews
Digest should you apply for any of these posts, many thanks) Do you have a
vacancy to advertise? Please email me.

Linton Zoo are looking for Experienced Keepers. They are looking for
people with a minimum of five years experience with mammals, in particular
ungulates and large cats or birds and reptiles. Having an interest in
gardening would be advantageous. Please send a full CV for application
form to: Kim Simmons, Linton Zoological Gardens, Hadstock Road, Linton,
Cambridgeshire. CB1 6NT

The Welsh Hawking Centre are looking for a school leaver and a trainee to
all aspects of the captive management of Birds of Prey. A willingness to
learn and commitment are essential. Accommodation is available. Please
send a letter and full CV to: The Welsh Hawking Centre, Weycock Road,
Barry, South Glamorgan. CF62 3AA


The Zoological Parks Board of New South Wales (ZPB) operates Taronga Zoo
in Sydney and Western Plains Zoo in Dubbo, catering for local, interstate
and international visitors. The ZPB is constituted under the zoological
Parks Board Act, 1973, as a statutory corporation owned by the people of
New South Wales and comes within the administration of the Minister for
the Environment. Taronga Zoos collection includes 2,000 animals from 394
species/sub species. The Bird Department is managed by 19 full time staff.
A vacancy exists for suitably qualified and motivated individual on the
BIRD DEPARTMENT (Animal Presentation Unit) TARONGA ZOO. Pos No. 00/17
Salary range $32,112- $37,519 per annum - penalty rates for weekend and
public holiday duties are additional to this base rate wage. Duties:
Animal conditioning and avian husbandry duties related to the effective
and efficient management of the Zoo's bird collection and the Animal
Presentation Unit. Essential: Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of
avian conditioning techniques. Demonstrated ability to deliver animal
presentations. Extensive experience in captive husbandry and management of
native and exotic birds. Excellent communication skills including
experience in public presentations and public relations. Possession of, or
willingness to complete Zookeepers Certificate, or equivalent.
Demonstrated commitment to a high level of customer service. Knowledge of
EAPA legislation, EEO and OH&S principles. Current drivers license.
Applications accepted only from candidates with Australian permanent
resident visa status. Desirable: Experience in free flight bird
presentations. Experience in research or captive breeding projects.
Computing skills including knowledge of the applications of SPARKS, ARKS,
and REGASP. Possession of, or ability to obtain Class 2 Firearms license.

General: Applicants selected for interview who are able to attend
interviews in person will be required to demonstrate their competencies
against the criteria by undertaking a practical test. For candidates
unable to attend in person they will be required to submit Video evidence
, demonstrating their compliance with the essential and desirable criteria
in addition to a telephone interview. Inquiries: Kevin Evans, Manager,
Bird Division - Ph: 0011 61 02 9978 4617 Email:

Applications can be obtained from the contact officer mentioned above and
should be forwarded to the Personnel Officer, Taronga Zoo, PO Box 20,
Mosman NSW Australia 2088; Email: ; Fax: 0015 61
02 99697515 by 12th May 2000.


Working in a project that rescues orphan lowland gorillas and aims to
reintroduce them into a natural habitat. Someone of robust physique with
good/fluent French and a minimum of 2 years Africa experience. Must have
good organisational and accounting skills, plus it is essential to have a
strong interest in primates and wildlife. Field accommodation – 2 year
minimum contract plus benefits. Apply in writing to Howletts & Port Lympne
Foundation, 64 Sloane St, London SW1X 9SH. Fax 020 7235 4701


AVICULTURE INTERNS WANTED for the Hawaii Endangered Bird Conservation
Program at the Maui Bird Conservation Center on the island of Maui and
Keauhou Bird Conservation Center on the Big Island. Daily tasks include
husbandry duties such as: diet preparation, aviary and facility
maintenance, behavioral observations of breeding birds, grounds keeping,
predator control. Applicant must be able to live with several roommates in
a remote area and should show enthusiasm for work with captive endangered
Hawaiian birds. Driver’s license and proof of health insurance are
required. Internships last for three-month periods. Interns receive
$15/day stipend plus housing.

For more information, please send a resume, cover letter (with location
preference) and the names and contacts of three references to: Tracey
Powers P.O. Box 39 Volcano, Hawaii 96785 or fax: 808-985-7034.



The Bioparco (Rome Zoo) in Italy currently has a vacancy for the position
of Curator of Mammals.

The mammal collection at Rome is predominantly primates, large carnivores,
and ungulates, and candidates must have proven experience with these
mammalian groups. The mammal department is divided into seven individual
animal sections, each with a head keeper and between two and four keeping
staff. The current total mammal keeper compliment is 29. There are 56
species and 364 specimens currently in the collection.

The Curator will work with an Assistant Curator of Mammals for whom he/she
will also be responsible for training. Weekend work will also be expected
on a flexible three way rota system with the Assistant Curator of Mammals
and the Curator of Birds and Reptiles. The Curator of Mammals will be
responsible for the co-ordination and quality of animal husbandry and
welfare on the individual mammal sections, working with the individual
head keepers and under the Zoological Director.

As part of the senior animal department team, he/she will assist in staff
training, monitoring of diets, assisting the resident and locum veterinary
staff, provide input on new animal enclosure design and help oversee
construction of new animal facilities, liase with other zoological
collections and species co-ordinators for the movement of animals in and
out of the collection, co-ordinate equipment acquisition and repairs with
the technical/maintenance department, co- ordinate staff in emergency
situations, and deputise as the senior member of the Zoo’s staff on some
weekends and holidays.

The successful candidate must have first-hand experience in the management
of mammals in a recognised zoological collection, and have been
responsible for staff management for a period of no less than five years,
ideally ten. The candidate must be able to speak Italian and English, and
have reasonable writing skills in one or the other language; candidates
who can speak Spanish, as opposed to Italian, will be considered, but
they must also be prepared to learn Italian.

Interested candidates should provide contact details for three referees
with their letter of application and comprehensive C.V. Application
material and enquiries should be sent to the Zoological Director and to
the Director of Administration, preferably by email.

Douglas M Richardson Sergio Scaramella
Zoological Director Director of Administration

Bioparco S.p.A.(Rome Zoo)
Viale del Giardino Zoologico, 20
00197 Roma

Tel: +39 06 360 8211
Fax: +39 06 320 7389


Cotswold Wildlife Park are looking for an Experienced Relief Keeper.
Applicants will be expected to be enthusiastic team workers who have at
least five years experience working with a wide range of with exotic
mammals and birds. Having a driving licence would be advantageous as would
the ability to converse with visitors. The working week is 40 hours plus
overtime and a centrally heated bed sit is available rent free for a
single person. If interested please send CV and hand written letter to the
General Manager, Cotswold Wildlife Park, Burford, Oxfordshire, OX18 4JW


The Philadelphia Zoo currently has positions available for mammal keepers.
1 year keeper experience required; degree valued. Interest in
conservation education and ability to interact in a positive, friendly
manner with the public. $14.13/hr plus benefits package. Send resume to
Human Resources, THE PHILADELPHIA ZOO, 3400 W. Girard Ave., Phila., PA
19104. PH: (215) 243-5350. Visit our Web site at

Specific positions are:
Small Mammal House Keeper: This is one of two line positions in the
building. Collection for this line is a combination of nocturnal and
diurnal species, including vampire bats, lorises, mouse lemurs, African
dormice, Malagasy giant jumping rats, mouse deer, tree shrews, pygmy
marmosets, and elephant shrews. Exhibits and work are exclusively indoors.
Interest in small mammal husbandry and creative exhibitry, some previous
experience in same required. Days off would be consistent, but most likely

Assigned Relief Keeper: This position is in the "Rare Animal House",
relieving for three line positions on some of the line keepers' regular
days off. The collection consists mostly of primates, including lemurs (2
species), marmosets and tamarins (4 species), spider monkeys, mangabeys,
and langurs. Other species include naked mole rats, Rodrigues and Egyptian
fruit bats, dwarf mongoose, armadillos, acouchi, and tree kangaroos. Most
exhibits/work indoors. Interest and some experience in primate husbandry
required; experience, ability in exhibit furnishing a plus. Days off would
be consistent, but most likely weekdays.

For questions, contact Andy Baker,,
215-243-5245, or Heidi Hellmuth,,



Conservation and Science program assistant sought by the American Zoo and
Aquarium Association, a non-profit association based in Silver Spring, MD.
Reports to the Director of Conservation and Science. Responsibilities
include: preparing and editing reports for publication, assisting with the
distribution of information, communicating with members, and general
clerical duties.

Requires a Bachelor's degree; excellent writing and computer skills,
including proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, and related
software programs. Degree in biological sciences and interest in wildlife
conservation a plus. Starting salary in the low to mid-$20's, depending
on experience. Full benefits. Please submit resume and one writing sample
to American Zoo and Aquarium Association- C&S Search, 8403 Colesville
Road, Suite 710, Silver Spring, MD 20910 or fax to: (301) 562-0888. EOE. No phone calls please.


JobPosting National Aviary
Posted March 31, 2000
Position Keeper/Veterinary Technician
Type Full-time Exempt
Pay Range $16,974 - $23,340
Start Date As soon as possible
Deadline Open until filled

Coordinate the activities of the Medical Lab, Quarantine, Incubation and
Chick Rearing Areas.
Perform medical treatments and diagnostics. Primary liaison with
veterinary staff.
Perform all daily treatments and routine diagnostics. Conduct Vet Round
with the veterinarians. Perform inventory and purchasing for the medical
facility. Primary responsibility for the quarantine, incubation, and
chick rearing facilities. Participate in formulation and monitoring of
nutritional programs. Participate in related education and conservation
activities. Perform keeper duties as required. Assist and interact with
the Aviary’s guests. Support all other departments as required.
Requirements High school diploma or equivalent required – College degree
in natural Sciences preferred. Previous vet tech/lab experience highly
desired. Must be able to work weekends and holidays; overtime mandatory
on an as needed basis. Able to stand for extended periods of time and be
able to lift and carry up to 40lbs. Vision corrected to 20/20. Valid PA
Drivers License and proof of employment eligibility required. Please
submit a resume with cover letter to: JamesMejeur, Curator of Birds
NationalAviary AlleghenyCommons West Pittsburgh,PA 15212

Position Available: Chimpanzee Caregiver at the Wildlife Waystation, CA

Job Description: You will be working with 31 chimps (age 3-11 yeas) in 9
social groups

Your duties include cleaning cages, raking, feeding, and enrichment. 95%
of your job is CLEANING.

Qualification: You must be healthy, fit and ready to work outside for
hours, and be able to lift and carry 35 lbs. Must be flexible and
resourceful. We need someone who can work both as a team and
independently. Working experience with any animal is a plus but not
required. Please have a reference from your current/former employer or
from your teacher if you've just finished school. High school diploma

This is an On-Ranch Volunteer position. The position consists of
on-facility trailer style living with housing and utilities paid, and
there is a food give-away once a week. Compensation for this position is a
non-taxable volunteer reimbursement and expense of $258.00 every two
weeks. A minimum six- month stay required.

If interested, please send your resume and a reference to Dean Seymour,
The Wildlife Waystation, 14831 Little Tujunga Canyon RD, San Fernando, CA

For further information, please contact Dean Seymour at or Asami Kabasawa at


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The 2nd International Colloquium on the Ecology of Tree Squirrels
5 – 11 May
Salem, Oregon
If you are interested in attending, please send your email and
mailing/post address to : John Koprowski, Department of Biology,
Willamette University, Salem, or 97301 Email

BearCare for the Next Millenium:
AnAnimal Care Workshop on Husbandry, Training and Enrichment
7- 8 May 7 2000
Forfurther info contact D. Weinhardt, email : beartagsow@aol

“GeneticResources for the New Century.”
May8-12, 2000
SanDiego Wild Animal Park
Formore information, contact conference organizers, Oliver Ryder, Ph.D.,
oryder@ucsd.eduor Kurt Benirschke, M.D.
Speakers,tentative program, brochure and registration information are
postedat: http://

PAAZABAnnual General Meeting and Conference
(PanAfrican Association of Zoological Gardens, Aquaria and Botanic
10- 12 May 2000.
Hostedby the National Zoological Gardens of South Africa
Pretoria,South Africa.
Pleasedirect enquiries to: The PAAZAB Secretariat via email

Consciousness, Cognition and Animal Welfare - The UFAW Symposium
11-12 May 2000, London
If you are interested in attending or contributing to the Symposium and
wish to register, please contact Dr Stephen Wickens, UFAW. Email:

BritishVeterinary Zoological Society Spring Meeting 2000
13-14thMay 2000
CotswoldWildlife Park, England.
Anyonewishing to present a paper should contact Michael Waters
(, Pathology and Infectious Diseases, Royal Veterinary
College, Hawkshead Lane North Mymms, Hatfield Herts AL9 7TA, United
Kingdom. Fax: +44(1707)661464. Student papers, reviews and original
research are all very welcome. The meeting is being
held in a very beautiful area of England so why not combine continuing
education with a short break in the Cotswolds. For registration details,
please contact Derek Lyon (, 4 Butts Hill Court, Chester
Road, Gresford, Wrexham LL12 8NH, United Kingdom. Fax: +44(1978)852065
Tel: +44(1978)852866

“TheApes: Challenges for the 21st Century”
May10 -13 2000
Thisunique conference will focus on the apes of the world and will bring
togetherresearchers, zoological park personnel, and field biologists to
shareand disseminate the most current information on husbandry,
conservation,and emergent issues pertaining to captive and wild
populationsof apes. For information on registration and submissionof
abstracts contact the Brookfield Zoo Ape Conference Planning Committeeat
(708) 485-0263 ext 604, FAX (708) 485-3140 or e-mail

Consciousness, Cognition and Animal Welfare
TheUFAW Symposium
11-12May 2000
For further info contact:
Dr Stephen Wickens, UFAW. Email:

12-13May 2000
Furtherdetails E-mail:

First conference of the African Zoo and Reserve Educators Network
(AZOREN) 12 - 18 May 2000 Pretoria Zoo, South Africa Theme of this
training conference is “Effective & Efficient AZOREN; Starting the
Conservation Educators Network”. For further information please contact:
Cherylene Odendaal or Dina Roos of Pretoria Zoo. Telephone :
0027-12-3283265 / 3206020 Fax : 0027-12-3234540 E-mail :

AnnualConference of the Federation of Zoological Gardens of Great Britain
andIreland 19- 21 May 2000 hostedby Thrigby Hall Wildlife Gardens at the
Maidshead Hotel, Norwich. The principal focus of this year’s conference
will be nutrition.

TheUnion of the Czech and Slovak Zoological Gardens Annual Conference 25-
27 May 2000 ZooChomutov, Czech Republic Forfurther information please
contact: fax: +420-66-7302839

FifthInternational Elephant Research Symposium
1-3June 2000

June 11, 12 & 13, 2000
Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden
To get a registration form or for more information, please
Email: or

Course of Environmental Enrichment for Wild Animals in Captivity.
The Zoological National the Aurora of Guatemala, and El Zoo Conservation
Outreach Group (ZCOG), presents/displays: 21-24 June 2000 Zoological
National “The Aurora” City of Guatemala, Guatemala C.A Further
INFORMATION: Maria Jose Iturbide, Zoological Technical Department Aurora
Tel. (502) 4720507 4720885, Fax (502) 4715286.

The2nd Zoo Research Symposium
6- 7 July 2000

Symposiumon Asian Raptors
25-27July 2000
Forfurther info email :

Fourth International Penguin Conference
September4 - 8 2000
ForFurther info :

The Fourth European Elephant Handlers School
September 4-17 2000
Woburn Safari Park and Blackpool Zoo
Further details and a full course programme can be obtained from
Woburn Safari Park-tele-01525 290407or e-mail

11th International Zoo Collectors Meeting
Munster Zoo, Germany
9-10 September 2000
Registration and questions: Klaus Schüling -

ZooFederation Plant Group Conference
September13th - 15th 2000
CotswoldWildlife Park
For further info:
“Colin Wren”

InternationalWhite-tailed Sea Eagle Conference
13-17September 2000

17thEAZA/EEP Annual Conference
19- 24 September 2000
Allmatters with regard to registration etc :
Anythingrelated to conference programmes, meetings etc :

InternationalSymposium on Galliformes
23September to 1st October 2000
Forfurther information contact the World Pheasant Association on email:

15th International Zoo Educators’ Conference
1- 6 October 2000
For more information contact Maria Eugenia Martinez Arizmendi,
headof the Education Department.
Telephone: 0052-3-6744104
Fax : 0052-3-674-4488
E-mail :

2000 AAZK Conference
8– 12 October 2000
Checkout information on this conference by accessing its

ElephantManagers International Conference
6- 9 October 2000
Syracuse,New York
Formore information please contact
AdrienneWhiteley on :

Panda 2000 International Conference
An international conference on the giant panda will be held in San Diego,
California (USA) October 16-19, 2000. The Zoological Society of San Diego
and the World Wildlife Fund are co- hosts. A program consisting primarily
of work-shops, panel discussions and poster sessions is planned. Topics
in conservation, education, training, research, health, reproduction, and
captive management will be co covered. Persons interested in attending
thismeeting are encouraged to contact the Local Arrangements Chair:
HelenaFitch-Snyder, Zool. Soc. of San Diego, PO Box 120551, San Diego, CA
92112.Phone: (619) 557-3954, FAX: (619) 557-3959; E-mail

Reproductionand integrated conservation science.
9thand 10th November, 2000
AZoological Society of London Symposium
TheMeeting Rooms, Zoological Society of London
To register your interest in attending this symposium please contact: D.
Body, Scientific Meetings Co-ordinator, Zoological Society of London,
Regent’s Park, London NW1 4RY, UK or email: If you
would be interested in submitting a poster presentation, please indicate

5thInternational Aquarium Congress
20- 25th November 2000
Organisedby the Oceanographic Institute of Oceanography
Forfurther information email:
or write to : Secretariat of the 5th IAC 2000, Oceanographic Institute,
Av.St.Martin, MC 98000 Monaco Tel.: +377-93-25.36.00, Fax :

European Squirrel Workshop
The next WORKSHOP is planned for the year 2001 in Turin, Italy
For further details contact : Kathy Hodder, Institute of Terrestrial
Ecology, Wareham,Dorset, BH20 4LN Tel. +44 (0) 1929 551518 Fax. 551087,

Ecologyand Conservation of Mini-antelope
Aninternational symposium on duiker and dwarf antelope in Africa
Hostedby the Marwell Zimbabwe Trust
12th-17thFebruary 2001
Bulawayo,Zimbabwe for further info

Second European Zoo Nutrition Conference
6- 9th April 2001
More detailed information about the programme and registration/abstract
submission deadlines will be available commencing 1st May 2000 at To join the conference mailing list, send your
contact details (after the above-mentioned date) by email to: or by post/fax to: Zoo Nutrition 2001, Marwell
Zoological Park, Owslebury, Winchester, Hampshire, SO21 1JH, United
Kingdom. Fax: (0) 1962 777511.

FourthWorld Congress of Herpetology
1-8August 2001
Colombo,Sri Lanka
Pleasepre-register at website:

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Carlos Boix is a Spanish Veterinary student (in his fourth year) who´s
very interested in doing field work with marine mammals of any kind. If
it´s student practice, volunteer work, any other kind of work, he doesn´t
care. He is available in the summer, is very motivated is an advanced
diver (PADI).

Contact Carlos on :

Dear Zoologists,

The Wildlife Conservation Research Unit, University of Oxford, and the
Laboratory of
Genomic Diversity, NCI-FCRF, USA, are together initiating a project in the
conservation and phylogeography of the wildcat (Felis silvestris ssp.) .
This project will develop a suite of diagnostic genetic markers useful in
distinguishing wildcats from domestic cats or hybrids, define
phylogeographic boundaries in wildcats, and determine the origin of
domestication of the domestic cat.
A collection of reliably provenanced samples is critically important to
the success of this
project. We are therefore seeking collaborators either having wildcat
samples, wildcats in their collection or those who are doing fieldwork on
them. If you have access to wildcats, or wildcat samples of known
provenance from anywhere in the world, and would like to help, your
assistance in this important conservation project would be tremendously
appreciated. Please contact Carlos Driscoll with questions and for further
information on the project.

Wildlife Conservation Research Unit
Department of Zoology
University of Oxford
South Parks Road
Oxford, England


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