Saturday, June 25, 2011

Zoo News Digest 22nd - 25th June 2011 (Zoo News 764)

Zoo News Digest 22nd - 25th June 2011 (Zoo News 764)

Peter Dickinson

Dear Colleague,

The internet has been very awkward....and expensive for me this week. Bit of a struggle to pull this together. Not helped by being 'on the road'. I hope you find it of interest.

Last week I made mention of the excellent Channel 4 Documentary 'Conservation's Dirty Secrets'. If you did not see this you should. You can access it by clicking HERE. Even if you don't watch it then read the numerous comments on the same page. It is quite clear that the investigator has touched a raw nerve here. People really do not like to see what is percieved as the truth through anothers eyes. Personally I like to think about other peoples opinions....I may, and sometimes do change my point of view. It would be fun to know who exactly the people are making the critical comments (and avoiding relevant points) on the website. Hiding behind their nom de plumes... perhaps they have their own dirty little secrets.

Don't miss the excellent presentation by Sarah Beck 'Training and foot care in Chester Zoo’s Greater one horned rhinoceros'   see the link below.

I see Dubai Zoo is in the news once again. I was bothered by the mention of 'A Gorilla'. Does that mean there is only one? What happened to the other? This is a bit of news that appears to have passed me by. It is an emotive and biased article but one I may look at from a different angle. The phrase "international standards" makes an appearance once again. Where are these written down?

Lonely Gorillas

Dubai Zoo

I suppose it was not surprising that the Daily Mail that is giving space to Doc Antle and his circus. Mind you I have always said they guy was a genius at getting publicity. Pity it is all the wrong message.

What Is The Point Mr Antle?

So Jeddah Zoo is planning to become a Safari Park. This can only be good news.... I hope, because I have never heard anything good about the place. A 'Drive Through' for Saudi Arabia is probably a good idea as all the women start to get behind the wheel.

I am glad the Emperor Penguin has gone to Wellington Zoo. It would have been sad to let it die on the beach. It can never go home, it would be too risky. A zoo life is the best possible solution.

I wonder about the 'Rhino charge'. Was this a publicity stunt? I thought possibly it was after the family crocodile wrestle of the week before.

Delhi Zoo seems to have given up on visitor education. I am all for having cages and enclosures that restrict 360 degree access. 180 is fine. But restricting it to a single window is a bit much. The vistors need to be taught not to tease. It can be done. It should be done.

"a rare white tigress has given birth to three cubs recently has borne a cub,’".....NOT rare and does "while a Royal Bengal tigress" mean that the zoo is looking on these as a different subspecies?

The article about the three employees of Chhatbir Zoo being suspended I found interesting. Who were they, what exactly did they do? The write up poses more questions than it answers.

Lots of interest today. Enjoy!

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 New arrivals at Sharjah wildlife centre
The tiny black snakes hiss and hide behind their two-metre parents whenever they hear a sudden noise.
There are 16 of these Arabian cobras at the Breeding Centre for Endangered Arabian Wildlife (Bceaw) in Sharjah Desert Park. The largest venomous snake in Arabia, they are the first of their kind to be born in captivity in the UAE.
At barely three weeks old, they have yet to master the cobra’s trademark defence tactic – the expanded neck.
“They are actually quite shy,” said Paul Vercammen, operations manager at the centre.
There are about 45 species of snakes on the Arabian Peninsula and 10 sea snakes in the surrounding waters. The Arabian cobra, Naja Arabica, possess an extremely neurotoxic venom used to catch and kill prey – usually small mammals and birds. A single bite can deliver 175 to 350mg of deadly poison. Until recently they were considered to be a subspecies of the Egyptian cobra, Naja haje, but in 2009 taxonomists proved that the Arabian cobra is a separate species.
“The Arabian cobra is a secretive snake,” said Mr Vercammen. “We don’t know much about their biology and behaviour.”
The staff at the centre have gained valuable information from this batch of newborn cobras. It was back in mid-March when their mother laid 16 eggs that were then transferred to an incubator, where the temperature and humidity levels were monitored and valuable scientific data was collected. After 59 days all 16 of the eggs started to hatch, revealing miniature replicas of the adults.
The baby cobra are just one set of infants born this spring at the centre, which was set up in 1998 under the Environment and Protected Areas Authority (Epaa), Government of Sharjah. Among the babies are two Arabian Tahr, three Arabian wolves, six jackals, two Arabian Leopards, four cheetahs and one Arabian Porcupine.“We have to save and preserve all Arabian wildlife, including the not-so-cute and cuddly ones like the cobras,” said Hana Saif Al Suwaidi, the general manager of Epaa. “They are part of our natural history, and we need to make sure they are around for future generations to


Illegal hunters shoot endangered birds
Illegal hunters have shot and killed at least three houbara bustards, an endangered species threatened with extinction.
The birds had been bred in captivity and released in a protected area as part of efforts to re-establish the species after it was wiped out in the UAE. Hunters shot them after they flew out of the fenced-in zone.
The houbara were among nearly 200 released last year at the Dubai Desert Conservation Reserve (DDCR), and were fitted with satellite tracking devices. When scientists realised they had died and went to recover the bodies, they discovered the birds had been shot.
The houbara is the traditional prey used by generations of Arab falconers. "I would have expected falconry to be the threat, but they were shot," said Greg Simkins, the reserve's conservation manager.
"It's illegal to hunt any bird or animal species in the country and it's very

ZOO'S PRINT Magazine - June 2011
June 2011 Vol. XXVI No. 6


No more habitat for elephants in Malaysia. That Why They Entered The Village.
Department of Wildlife and National Parks (Wildlife) today arrested one more wild elephants destroying crops population reported in several villages in Mukim Baka and Cherang Hangus village near Machang, Kelantan.
Wildlife director, Rahmat Topani said, female elephant aged 25 years with estimated to weigh 1.5 tonnes was arrested at about 11.30 am by a team of fire department using sedatives in Bukit Lepan Rambai.
He said, it is one of a group of eight elephants are said to roam in that area since last month.
"In the middle of last month, we caught a 15-year-old male elephant, weighing two tons in the nearby area. After that, (Last week) we drove a group of males after they damage the crops of the villagers.
"The males elephants were believed to separate from the group," he said.
Rahmat said, the female elephants arrested

Aquarium in Penang reopens
There is a new tourist attraction in town -- the research-cum-public aquarium belonging to the Fisheries Research Institute (FRI) in Batu Maung.
The aquarium recently opened its doors to the public after being closed for almost two years.
The aquarium has separate areas for freshwater fish, and ornamental marine fish and corals, all of which are found locally.
There is a touch pool which has been given a makeover and a tank which can fill up to 200 tonnes of water for the bigger species of marine animals.
Rosly Hassan, who stood in for the FRI director, said the research aquarium is believed to be the first of its kind in the country.
He said unlike the more commercialised aquariums, the aquarium in Batu Maung showcases research and development work carried out by FRI.
"Our main purpose is to educate and create awareness of our research work. There is always a commercial value to it.
"We have carried out numerous research in the breeding

First Short-tailed Albatross Born In U.S. Fledges
Short-tailed Albatross chick has successfully fledged on an island in the Hawaiian archipelago, marking the first time this endangered species has ever been known to breed successfully outside of Japan.
The hatchling broke through its shell in January on Eastern Island, one of three small, flat, coral islands that comprise Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge over 1,300 miles northwest of Honolulu. The parents of the Midway chick first paired up on the refuge four years ago. During that 2007-8 breeding season, they were observed spending only a little time together, but the following season, their time together increased. By the third season, they arrived at the Eastern Island breeding colony together and built a nest, but did not lay eggs. This breeding season, one of the pair was observed incubating a freshly laid egg on November 16, 2010. The

Zoo debts total $24 million after panda enclosure fails to attract sponsorship
ZOOS South Australia needs public and private sponsors to help it dig out of a $24 million financial black hole.
Zoo chief executive Professor Chris West said sponsors had shied away from new commitments during the global financial crisis and he issued a plea for South Australians to rally behind the zoo.
"If you want us to continue to have one of the best zoo-based conservation organisations in the world, then come in, visit, support us, become part of our programs," Prof West said.
"And of course, in the run up to a possible indeed likely baby panda, clearly there is a real opportunity for a corporate partner to scoop an enormous amount of public interest, warmth and media profile, because then they could be associated with panda babies."
The not-for-profit conservation organisation's huge debt includes

Dubai Zoo debate heats up
Miles away from the climes where they should have made their homes, hundreds of birds, bears and cats appear to be struggling beneath the desert sun.
In Dubai Zoo, dozens of animals are crammed into small cages, share space with other species or have inadequate access to water.
The conditions in the government-owned zoo in Jumeirah have been a lightning rod for animal activists and online bloggers.
However, officials charged with running the park say that space is a problem but the animals are treated as humanely as possible.
On Monday, when temperatures reached 41°C, several animals were clearly struggling in the heat.
A brown bear paced in a central enclosure, its fur matted with sweat. The cage resembled a prison cell with a concrete floor and rusted jail bars.
The story was the same across the public zoo, which is thought to be about 20,000 square metres. In one pen, a gorilla sat in the centre of a dusty exhibit; in another, a lioness gulped hard with what looked to be dehydration; and in a small cage an Arabian fox walked in circles.
One visitor, a 31-year-old Indian shop worker who gave his name as Shiraj, said he was disturbed by the conditions.
"Some of the animals are doing OK but some of them are too hot," he said. "They look very sad."
All over the zoo animals appeared to be crowded into small enclosures. In one small cage, about 20 baboons fought for space. In another, as many as 30 flamingos huddled together next to a puddle of brown water.
The lack of space is evident throughout the zoo. Several ostriches in the collection are scattered throughout enclosures populated by other animals. One was placed with a herd of Barbary sheep, another with a large community of tortoises.
The pattern was repeated elsewhere - flamingos with a wallaby and a goldfish tank inside a lizard exhibit.
The zoo was almost deserted late morning on Monday. The majority of people were keepers charged with feeding the animals.
"There's nothing to be concerned about when it comes to feeding and taking care of these animals," said Ahmed Abdul Karim, the director of the Public Parks and Horticulture Department at Dubai Municipality, the authority that manages the zoo.
"That's up to international standards. The only issue is a lack of space. We have given a proposal to the concerned authorities about what's needed."
It would not be the first time officials have touted the idea of moving the animals to a new facility. The location has constantly been changing, from early plans in 2003 to relocate to Mushrif Park, to an ambitious scheme announced two years ago for a sprawling nature reserve in Dubailand.
Mr Abdul Karim declined to say what the new plans for expansion were or when they were likely to be ready.
The park opened in 1967 with several dozen animals. But that number has grown exponentially in recent years owing to the growth of a

Elk rescues marmot from drowning at Pocatello Zoo .

PU adopts two tigers in an attempt to save near-extinction species
In a crowded ceremony held at the Lahore Zoo on Tuesday, the Punjab University (PU) Department of Zoology adopted two tigers, namely Sam and Mohni, for a period of one year. PU Vice Chancellor (VC) Dr Mujahid Kamran was the chief guest of the event while PU Registrar Professor Dr Muhammad Akhter, PUCAD Principal Professor Dr Rahat Naveed Masood, External Linkages Director Maria Maldonodo, RO-1 Javed Sami, General Wildlife and Parks Director Dr Zafar Nasrullah and Lahore Zoo Director Dr Zahid Iqbal Bhatti were also present on the occasion. Talking to media, Kamran said that adopting animals promoted human sentiments among the people. “Looking after animals could help eliminate torture from society,” he said, adding that the university had taken the step keeping this very idea in mind. He said that beauty was the worst enemy of the tigers and the man was recklessly killing this beautiful creature, to the point of their extinction. He said that the university would try to create an endowment fund for saving such creatures. He said that if the expected HEC grant continued, the varsity would also be willing to prolong the project. Separately, Akhter thanked the VC and DG for taking the initiative which, he said, would provide an opportunity\06\22\story_22-6-2011_pg13_6

Stop hounding me you big ape! The unlikely friendship between an orangutan and a dog
They make an unlikely duo. But after meeting at a reserve for endangered animals, Suryia the orangutan and Roscoe the Bluetick hound have become inseparable.
And now the pals have released a picture book capturing their unorthodox friendship.
The best friends were besieged by young fans as they held their own signing for the new release at a bookstore in Georgetown, South Car

Jeddah zoo to become safari park on relocation
The Beautiful Creatures Zoo and Museum is to be relocated and expanded into a safari park.
The zoo needs to move as it is on land earmarked for the Haramain Railway project connecting Jeddah with the holy cities. The zoo was opened in 1985 by Wesmi Al-Wesmi.
“I have been managing this zoo for 25 years, and I have practically lived here. I’ve seen how it has grown, and I have added a museum to make it more exciting for visitors,” he said. Al-Wesmi is searching for land in north Jeddah to relocate the zoo.
“I’m looking for a bigger plot of land to transform the zoo into a safari park in northeast Jeddah but I cannot find a suitable place. All the land available is for rental, which is not suitable,” he said. “I want to own the land to ensure no one kicks me out later.”
Al-Wesmi also wants to add a horse stable, swimming pools and tennis courts.
Al-Wesmi is waiting for compensation from the government to start the relocation.
“It will be a long process to find land, hire engineering consultants and build it. You're talking about a huge space for animals, not buildings for people,” he said.
“Moving the animals from one place to another is a long process in itself. People working on this project might need to work round-the

Egypt: These protests are for animals!
Peaceful protests and the cooperation of animal welfare groups get results
At a time when Egypt is doing its best to establish a just and humane society for all of its inhabitants, so the animal welfare activists in that country are trying to do the same for animals, whether domesticated, working animals, or those in captivity.
The Giza Zoo in Cairo, in particular, was singled out for a demonstration on April 16th outside its main gate. Dina Zulfikar, one of Egypt’s most staunch animal welfare advocates, organized the demonstration to protest some of the conditions inside the zoo and to demand investigations into conflict of interest in management of the facility, with the same person heading up both the zoo and CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species) Wildlife unit.
Dina explained that “a zoo is a breeding and exhibition operation, while CITES deals with wildlife and other animals that travel between countries.” This can create a conflict when it comes to issuing permits for the entry and exit of animals.
Among the organizations participating in the protest were ESMA (Egyptian Society for Mercy to Animals), ESAF (Egyptian Society of Animal Friends), and AWAR (Animal Welfare Awareness Research group), along with many individual animal rights activists, supporters and other concerned Egyptians.
The protesters also called for the adoption of more humane animal population control policies such as TNVR (Trap-Neuter-Vaccinate-Release) programs for dogs and cats, regulations and guidelines for pet breeders and pet shops, and an end to the illegal trade in primates, reptiles and other exotic animals sold on the black market.
In short, the protesters were asking for the passage of animal welfare legislation which will provide legal standards for the humane treatment of working animals, domesticated animals, zoo animals and wildlife, animals at breeders and pet shops, and humane standards for the slaughter of livestock. Without such laws being passed, there are no legal consequences for animal cruelty and mistreatment.
The protests had their desired impact, as later in the day a meeting lasting almost two hours was held with no less than 17 in attendance, including the Minister of Agriculture, the Central Zoos Director and other government officials, along with many animal welfare representatives.
A follow-up meeting held the next day addressed several issues, first of all the need to separate the managerial authority and budget of CITES Wildlife from Central Zoos so they become two distinct and separate entities. Zulfikar said they were successful in this endeavor and two posts have been created to abide by the law. This move was to be submitted to the Minister of Agriculture and GOVS (General Organization for Veterinary Services) for approval.
The Egyptian Animal Welfare Union decided to elect two representatives to act as its official spokespersons for all official cooperation between it and the Ministry: Dr. Shehab Abdel Hammed, Egyptian Federation of Animal Welfare Chairperson, and Mona Khalil of ESMA.
Also discussed were complaints about various facilities which illegally hold wild animals. Unfortunately, due to the general unrest in Egypt and the resultant lack of availability of officials needed to police and investigate these complaints, this issue will take more time to accomplish than hoped for.
Dr. Ragi Thoma, general manager of CITES Wildlife Unit, suggested a good idea would be to start holding workshops for interested society and encourage all to join awareness campaigns for protecting wild animals.
A third meeting was held on April 20th with Central Zoos director, Dr. Fatma Tammam, to discuss specific issues, among them a proposed new exhibit for the two resident orangutans, whose current enclosure is adjacent to the big cats, which may be causing the orangutans stress.
Once that new enclosure is complete, the three zoo chimps currently being housed in non-complying conditions in Fayoum and Alexandria can then be brought back to the Cairo Zoo. Zulfikar explained that a blueprint for a bigger living area for the chimps had been submitted to and accepted by the zoo administration, but was never implemented due to the global economic recession.
Another complaint was the fact that the cooling system in the bears’ enclosure has not worked

Tuna banned from wildlife park café
DALTON zoo boss David Gill has moved to ban tuna from his restaurant.
South Lakes Wild Animal Park used to go through two tonnes of the fish a year.
But then an inspirational pep talk from his nine-year-old son, Hari, brought about a sudden change of heart.
Mr Gill said: “We’ve decided to go tuna-free.
“My son prompted the move. He has a real passion for whales and dolphins. He did a three-mile sponsored walk last year to raise money for the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society.
“When Hari said to me: ‘I’ve found out about this problem and I don’t want dolphins to die, I’m going to do a sponsored walk to try and raise money to save them’, I thought raising money is brilliant but one thing we have to do is make people aware of the situation because education is everything.
“It is a wonderful thing that a young boy can have such an influence on his dad.”
And with tuna being banned from the menu, Mr Gill has sought a host of replacements.
He said: “We’re trying to be ethically correct and it’s no good us preaching about conservation then doing something that is going to be harmful to animals.
“We’re reviewing everything and this one is a big one.
“Now, instead of having tuna on a jacket potato, for instance, we’re using chilli.
“We feed nearly quarter of a million

Ailing Emperor penguin moves to zoo
The ailing Emperor penguin on the Kapiti Coast beach is being moved to Wellington Zoo where it will receive a full health check.
The juvenile penguin, which stands about a metre tall and weighs about 10 kilograms, was first spotted on Peka Peka Beach on Monday afternoon after swimming 7000 kilometres from Antarctica.
Vets have examined the penguin at Peka Peka Beach and confirmed that it is showing signs of deterioration in health, although they say it is not clear at this stage why.
To avoid unnecessary stress the bird is being moved as soon as possible in a large chilled container, the Department of Conservation said

Twelve arrivals at Port Lympne Wild Animal Park
Port Lympne and Howletts wild animal parks have welcomed many new additions to their ever-growing family of animals. At the beginning of May, Port Lympne wild animal and safari park greeted the birth of 12 Blue Wildebeest infants.
Most of the Blue Wildebeests, also known as Brindled Gnu, live within Port Lympne's new African Experience safari. The 100-acre area is already home to giraffes and zebras, and now welcomes more of the Blue Wildebeest.
Bob Savill, Head Hoofstock Keeper, said: "Because the African Experience is such a great open area, it allows us to replicate the natural herd life of the wildebeest."
The Blue Wildebeest arrived in Port Lympne wild Animal Park in 2004 after an Austrian zoo closed down. The 12 infants were born within a couple of weeks of each other, something that is not uncommon due to seasonal breeding.
Port Lympne offers visitors the opportunity to experience the safari park while aboard a special safari truck. As part of a 1 million-pound investment, the new African Experience aims to inform visitors about the great conservation projects they are involved in. The redevelopment also includes three new play areas and two restaurants that offer breathtaking views.
Managing Director Bob O'Connor said: "After extensive customer research, we re-imagined the park and have delivered a new format that not only overcomes the problems of scale and topography at our vast attraction

Rhino charges Irwin family at Qld zoo
A rhino has charged at Terri Irwin and her two children, forcing them to scatter as they promoted the hefty mum's new calf.
Ms Irwin, Bindi and Robert were sitting on a log inside the rhino enclosure at Australia Zoo, on Queensland's Sunshine Coast, when the protective mum became upset.
She charged to within a metre of the late Crocodile Hunter's family, after her curious calf Savannah wandered a little too close to the Irwin trio.
"Who's got a muddy nose?" Ms Irwin

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Tukkies vets launch plan to save rhinos
The University of Pretoria has joined the country's wildlife parks in the fight against poaching with a massive project to profile the DNA of all Southern Africa's rhinos.
In what will be a world first, the university's department of veterinary science and SANparks, which manages all South Africa's national parks, will compile a database of the DNA profiles of all the country's 22000 black and white rhinos, as well as of rhinos in Zimbabwe, Namibia and Botswana.
The database will enable investigators to match rhinos that have been killed by poachers to horns found in their possession.
It is likely to lead to a larger number of poaching convictions and tougher sentencing.
The project began informally in 2009 with fewer than 100 DNA samples but the database now contains more than 2000.
Cindy Harper, head of veterinary science at the University of Pretoria, said: "In the last month the project received about 1000 DNA profiles from rhino populations in national parks and the private sector. They were from poached animals, from stock piles and from hunting trophies."
She said the primary intention in the compilation of the database was to support poaching investigations. She said the university was supplying SANparks with DNA sampling kits.
The kits were developed by SANparks' environmental crime investigation unit, the police forensics laboratory and the university's veterinary genetics laboratory.
Harper said the university has produced and distributed the first 1000 kits with the support of a R100000 grant from SA Breweries.
SANparks CEO David Mabunda said the project would make it more likely that poachers will be charged not only with possession of rhino horn but also with illegal hunting and theft.
"This will go a long way towards changing the trend of suspects found in possession of rhino horn being charged only with possession because the horns in their

Zoos must 'walk the talk' in their commitment to conservation
The world has changed immeasurably in the past decade and so must zoos, wildlife parks and aquariums.
In many countries historical and social perceptions of zoos, wildlife parks and aquariums as places purely for entertainment still persist and in some cases they are justified.
If zoos, wildlife parks and aquariums are to play an important role in conservation, they must face any opposition head on, by understanding criticism, adapting where necessary and explaining what they do in ways that gain community support.
They must be clear to their communities that their mission is conservation, which is carried out in unison with the highest animal care standards and best practice visitor experience.
The global vision for zoos and aquariums, as stated in the World Zoo and Aquarium Conservation Strategy 2005, is to operate across the whole spectrum of conservation activities, including off-site breeding of threatened species to sustain biological diversity within the collection or for breed-to- release programmes.
It also involves collaborative research projects, conservation partnerships, community engagement, training conservation specialists and advocacy for wildlife to support species survival, home range populations and wild habitats.
Zoos and aquariums now seek to be models of integrated conservation - educators, conservators, scientists and powerful agents for change.
Zoos, wildlife parks and aquariums in the 21st century bear a tremendous responsibility for the animals in their care and in helping to conserve biodiversity.
At the same time, if zoos and wildlife parks and aquariums are to remain relevant in today's society they must constantly challenge the way they respond to their responsibilities. They must "walk the talk" in areas of sustainability, conservation, animal ethics and advocacy.
Many zoos integrate sustainable practices throughout the whole organisation, and this is particularly true of Wellington Zoo.
The general success of zoos, wildlife parks and aquariums as conservation organisations that strive to meet the highest standards of animal welfare is a story still largely untold and not sufficiently celebrated.
Zoos and aquariums have a massive global audience (10 per cent of the world's population visit zoos each year) and are perfectly placed to advocate for species and change community attitudes and

Uggah: Zoo given ample warning before animal seizure
The Saleng Zoo management was given ample warning before its animals were seized by wildlife authorities.
Disproving the management's earlier claims, Natural Resources and Environment Minister Datuk Seri Douglas Uggah Embas said the zoo was issued notices of wrongdoings and given advice on how to improve the welfare of the animals.
“We took all the necessary steps. We could have done it much earlier, but we had to follow procedures,” said Uggah.
He said he told the Wildlife and National Parks Department (Perhi-litan) on June 8 to take action against the zoo under the Wildlife Conser-vation Act 2010.
“There was a lot of planning involved leading up to the operation,” said Uggah after opening the 11th South-East Asian Survey and 13th International Surveyors' Cong-ress here yesterday.
Some 80 Perhilitan personnel were involved in the animal rescue mission on Monday.
The department said as of 12.30pm on the

From now on, only one window to view zoo lions
UPSET with vistors who hurl objects and tease animals, Delhi Zoo authorities have put up bamboo and iron mesh curtains on three sides of the lion cage located at the centre of the zoo. The lions, shifted elsewhere earlier, have been brought back to the enclosure and visitors will now be able to see them only from a viewing area situated at a safe distance.
Zoo authorities say that in future, the enclosures of big animals will have a safe viewing area instead of having openings on three sides. Amitabh Agnihotri, Director of Delhi Zoo, said they reacted because visitors did not stop teasing animals. “Cages are meant to have just one viewing area. So we have put up the bamboo wall around the cage,” he said.
The lion cage, which required repairing, has a fresh stone boundary. “It was built years ago and was in need of repairs. So we repaired the place and brought back four lions

Bond with the beast at new abode
There will be a new address for animals lodged at the Jaipur Zoo. In an attempt to house them in a larger enclosure, most of the animals would be relocated at a new enclosure to be prepared at the Nahargarh Biological Park (NBP). The move to shift the zoo recently got a boost after a MoU with a Japanese organisation recently got through. The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) since 1990 has been supporting 11 Indian states to protect and develop forests and environment--- out of which Rajasthan is one.
"There were problems of funds and water. But now that has been solved. We have arranged water from the Bagwara village under the Daulatpura panchayat through two deep tubewells and the MoU with Japan will give us the money. The move will follow soon," says R N Mehrotra, Head of Forest Forces and (HoFF) and Principal Chief Conservator of Forest (PCCF).
"Every cage in the new site will be prepared in accordance to the Central Zoo Authority norms. Enclosures that have a thick vegetation inside will be smaller in comparison to those that do not have much vegetation. The whole idea is to ensure visibility. We have already shifted at least six Sambhars and deer," says assistant conservator of forest Devendra Bhardwaj.
The new site for the zoo will be at the northern end of the NBP and there will be a separate enclosure for birds, water holes and a park with various facilities for tourists. "Except for the birds and the reptiles all the animals will be removed from the present zoo site and housed here. This will serve as a satellite zoo," he adds.
At the Nahargarh Biological Park, so far some work like road construction, building construction, construction of some enclosures, fencing of the boundary have been completed and the rest of the work is expected to be done soon. Officials revealed that for the development of the NBP, a plan having an outlay of Rs 10 crore has been prepared by the depar

Animal Rescue Rewards Worth Risks for Zoo Staff
Local animal shelter and wildlife preserve rescues possum and small dog within the last two months
John Bergmann joined the Associated Humane Society out of high school and 37 years later still has the same passion for rescuing animals.
Bergmann, the director of Popcorn Park Zoo, rescued a mother possum stranded on the top of a pilling in Barnegat Bay in late April. He took his own kayak to paddle out to the animal 20 feet out in the bay.
Saving stranded creatures is just one of many daily tasks for employees at Popcorn Park. The organization, established in 1977, provides safety and care for injured, abandoned and abused wildlife.
Spanning several acres

Zoo volunteers share amazing animal tales (Interesting read... just the sort of thing kids and adults like to hear)
How far can a tiger jump? How long can a python go with out eating? What is the most valuable substance on Earth?
From how a kangaroo got its pouch to how the tiger got its stripes, children heard folk tales and learned interesting facts about animals around the world, as told by Rolling Hills Zoo volunteers at the Clay Center Library's "One World, Many Animals" program Tuesday. Children also got to see up close some live animals, a rhino's horn, an elephants tusk and a python's hide.
Animals make great characters in stories, said Rolling Hills volunteer Cynthia Hoffman, and she recommended children pick up books about animals at the library, including a new book. "Armadillo Chilli."
An Australian folk tale on how kangaroos got their pouches starts with a mother kangaroo helping a cranky wombat find food and water.
"A long time ago kangaroos didn't have pouches," Hoffman said. "This one mother kangaroo, she had this joey that was unbelievable -- he was here, he was there, he was all over the place. She had a terrible time trying to keep track of this joey, and on that of that, she had this cranky, whiny joey to deal with."
When kangaroos and the wombat stumble across a hunter while grazing in a meadow, the mother kangaroo saves them by grabbing a hold of her joey, letting the wombat grab her tail and running to safety. The wombat, who's actually Mother Nature in disguise rewards the mother kangaroo by giving her a pouch, so she can always keep her joey close and safe, Hoffman said.
Baby kangaroos when they are born are only about the size of bumblebee, doesn't have eyes or back legs, and barely has forearms to hang on as it rides inside its mothers pouch, the children learned. They grow up to be six-feet tall as adults.
In Australia, kangaroos are like whitetail deer in Kansas in that they can be a nuisance, they destroy crops and cause car accidents, Hoffman said. Australia actually has a hunting season on the animals to control their numbers, and people

African hunting cheetah cubs at Mysore Zoo
The cubs of African hunting cheetah will now be available for public viewing at the Mysore Zoo.
The zoo will host them in an enclosure on Wednesday. In all, three cubs, including two females, were born to Brinda at the zoo on April 27. Brinda was brought

Four tiger cubs born in Chhattisgarh zoo
In welcome news for wildlife lovers, two tigresses have between them given birth to four cubs at Maitri Bagh zoo in Chhattisgarh’s steel city Bhilai.
‘We are thrilled to announce that Maitri Bagh zoo has four new guests, a rare white tigress has given birth to three cubs recently while a Royal Bengal tigress has borne a cub,’ a statement said Wednesday.
The zoo is located 30 km west of state capital Raipur. It is managed by the Bhilai Steel Plant, the flagship unit of the public sector Steel Authority of India Ltd (SAIL).
With birth of the three white tiger cubs, the number of white tigers in the zoo has gone up to 10 while the number of Royal Bengal tigers

Zoo and Aquarium Association Uses IBM Cloud Technology to Support Endangered Species Program
IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced that the Zoo and Aquarium Association of Australia is using IBM cloud-based social collaboration services to help the organization accelerate its endangered species program. IBM is helping to speed up knowledge transfer and encouraging collaboration on priority projects across 90 zoos and aquariums in Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific.
The cloud solution was donated though the IBM Trailblazer program which was established in 2010 to provide software, services and consulting grants to respond directly to the needs of local non-profit organizations to improve their effectiveness. Association members, such as keepers and planners, are using the software to help support the longevity of endangered species through breeding programs, which are amongst the largest in the world.
'LotusLive™ Engage is an integrated suite of social collaboration tools that combine a company's business social network with capabilities such as file storing and sharing, instant messaging, Web conferencing and activity management. This seamless, security-rich integration allows users to share

Srinagar zoo on cards
The summer Capital of Srinagar is all set to have a Zoo as the Central Zoo Authority has given a go ahead for the proposal, Minister of State for Forests and Environment, Shabir Ahmed Khan Thursday said during his visit to Dachigam National Park where he took stock of Wild Life conservation projects under execution.
The Minister said for the purpose two locations have already been identified in Srinagar, adding that formulation of concept plan is under process and would be forwarded soon to the Centre for release of funds.
The Minister during his extensive field visit of the park was satisfied by the measures taken by functionaries of wild life department for safeguarding wild animals besides eco-system and forest areas .
Wild Life Warden Central Division, Rashid

Darjeeling to get new off display breeding center endangered Himalayan animals
The Padmaja Naidu Himalayan Zoological Park (PNHZP) Darjeeling, is all set to start an off display breeding centre for rare and endangered Himalayan species, specially snow leopards and red pandas at Tobgay Danra on the way to Peshok around 20 km from Darjeeling town. The forest department has allott ed 5 hectares of forest land for this.
The PNHZP was founded in 1958 and specializes in the captive breeding of endangered Himalayan species including Snow Leopard, Red Panda, Tibetan Wolf; Blue Sheep, Himalayan Tahr and Satyr tragopan (crimson horned pheasant.) At present all these animals are being bred in enclosures at the PNHZP premises in Darjeeling.
The PNHZP is the coordinating zoo for the red panda breeding programme (Project Red Panda) in India. Under this programme red pandas are bred in captivity at PNHZP, Gangtok zoo in Sikkim and Itanagar zoo. The first breeding success

Three employees of Chhatbir Zoo suspended for negligence
The Forest and Wild Life Protection Minister Arunesh Shakar today issued a show cause notices to three officers of Chattbir Zoo besides suspending a class four employee on the charge of negligence in duty.
According to an official spokesman, the action has been taken after publication of a photograph where some unidentified youth were seen making drink liquid substance mixed with cold drink to Jaguar lodged in Chattbir Zoo.
He said that the Minister has designated Gurbaz Singh Chief Wild Life Warden to hold an enquiry into the issue while Zoo Keeper Dharampal has been suspended. He said that show cause notices have been issued to

Training and foot care in Chester Zoo’s Greater one horned rhinoceros
Sarah Beck, Chester Zoo


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