Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Zoo News Digest 28th - 31st May 2011 (Zoo News 755)

Zoo News Digest 28th - 31st May 2011 (Zoo News 755)

Peter Dickinson


Dear Colleague,

I was lucky enough to have short visit to the new Penguin exhibit in Regent's Park Zoo this morning. In a word 'Fantastic!'. It is well worth seeing.

I am delighted to see the link "A visit to a zoo increases science and environment knowledge in children more than books or classroom teaching alone". Although it is something which those of us in good zoos have always known it is nice to have something else to back it up.

Congratulations to Paignton Zoo for its great achievements with recycling. I hope that more zoos will make the effort. Zoos really should be making an example to the communities they serve and as is shown with zoo visits are in a position to get the message home to children.

The article on Kirkley Hall Zoological Gardens states it is "the only zoo between Edinburgh and Yorkshire". Really? I find that statement quite surprising. The South Lakes Wild Animal Park, Muncaster Castle, Trotters World of Animals and Washington Wildfowl Park immediately spring to mind and that is without pulling my thinking hat on. Or is it because the press is, as usual, making that all to common mistake of believing that if something is not called a zoo then it isn't a zoo? They should read IS IT A ZOO?

Pleased to hear from Al Ain's involvement in repairing the damage done to the lions. Declawing and tooth filing. How bloody horrific. What do people think they are about with such cruelty....and yet it is more common than people think.

I had two emails saying "did you see the link on Edinburgh Zoo panda house". What they wanted to know was what I thought about the "nursery". I think it is a good idea to incorporate a nursery into the planning of any new zoo building as a 'just in case'. Whereas I am 100% in favour of parent reared animals it may well be in the agreement with China that any cubs are hand reared. The Chinese Panda people seem to like that sort of thing.
 
 
 
Worse in a way for me is those collections deliberately hand rearing big cats for handling. I still cannot get to grips with the statement of one individual working in one of these places who argued that he could do a better job of rearing than the mother cat!
 
Some years ago we had a large number of tortoises stolen from our zoo. We figured that the theft was pre-planned and they had all been removed in a couple of pushchairs. We had photographs of every single one of them, top and bottom and some were microchipped. A day later I had an anonymous phone call telling me roughly of the location of the pub on Anglesey where they were held. All the information was passed on to the police. We never saw any (except one) of them again. We did get one back 'donated' by an anonymous individual a year or so later.

I mention this story because the whole incident made me very angry. It was the third such theft and really pissed me off. Now it is someone elses turn and I understand ow they must feel.

Fourteen Tortoises were stolen a couple of days ago from the Sevenoaks area of Kent

3 x adult female Iberas

1 x adult male Ibera

6 x female adult Russians (Horsfields)

1 x male adult Russian

2 x juvenile female Russians (one has only one eye)

1 x juvenile male Russian

Please keep an eye out at Car boot sales (likely to be sold individually) and ring John Heyward on 07802 404929 if you have any information.

The thought that Pachycondyla sennaarensis might in any way be used as a painkiller fills me with surprise. I have had a couple of dozen stings from these tiny ants. Every one of them was more painful than a scorpion.

Sorry to learn of Blackbrooks problems. I do hope they win through.

 

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Study finds zoo visits increase knowledge
A visit to a zoo increases science and environment knowledge in children more than books or classroom teaching alone, a British study found.
In research conducted at the London Zoo, researchers from the University of Warwick tested more than 3,000 school children ages 7 to 14 about to visit the zoo on their knowledge of animals, habitat and conservation, then tested them again after their visit.
The findings showed a 53 percent positive change in educational or conservation-related knowledge areas, personal concern for endangered species or desire to participate in conservation efforts, a university release said Friday.
When zoo visits were augmented by an educational presentation by zoo staff, the increase in learning almost doubled compared with self-guided visits, the study found.
"Globally, more than a tenth of the world's population passes through zoos annually so the potential is there to reach a huge audience," Warwick sociology Professor Eric Jensen said.
"In recent years zoos have come under criticism for failing to demonstrate educational impact with certain lobbying groups arguing that it's cruel to keep animals captive," he said.
"But zoos have been changing for years now to offer more educational and conservation information, 'behind the scenes' access for visitors, learning about habitat conservation work -- all of which culminate in a better engagement experience for the visitor."
Children came away from their zoo visit with an increased understanding of ideas such as conservation, habitat and extinction, the study found.
"The research clearly show
http://www.upi.com/Science_News/2011/05/27/Study-finds-zoo-visits-increase-knowledge/UPI-68581306521178/




Research shows a visit to a zoo boosts science and environment knowledge
Research from the University of Warwick shows a trip to the zoo can boost your child's science and conservation education more than books or classroom teaching alone.
In research conducted at ZSL London Zoo, more than 3,000 school children aged between seven and 14 were asked about their knowledge of animals, habitat and conservation and then tested again after their trip.
The results show that 53% had a positive change in educational or conservation-related knowledge areas, personal concern for endangered species or new empowerment to participate in conservation efforts. The study proves that their trip around the zoo provided a statistically significant increase in scientific learning about animals and habitats. When zoo visits were supplemented by an educational presentation by zoo staff this increase in learning almost doubled against self-guided visits.
Eric Jensen, a Professor of Sociology at the University of Warwick, who produced the report said: "Globally, more than a tenth of the world's population passes through zoos annually so the potential is there to reach a huge audience.
"In recent years zoos have come under criticism for failing to demonstrate educational impact with certain lobbying groups arguing that it's cruel to keep animals captive. But zoos have been changing for years now to offer more educational and conservation information; 'behind the scenes' access for visitors; learning about habitat conservation
http://www.physorg.com/news/2011-05-zoo-boosts-science-environment-knowledge.html





Zoo sets a 'gold standard' with its recycling
PAIGNTON Zoo has become a gold standard recycling champion in recognition of its recycling rates. The zoo recycles three quarters of its rubbish using waste collection firm TQ Recycling, putting it in the top ten per cent of recycling achievers, and saving on the cost of landfill.
Director Stephen Tooke said: "Paignton Zoo has shown that even complicated businesses can recycle a huge amount and save themselves a packet in the process.
"No company wants to waste money, especially in the current economic climate, so it's really worth checking you're recycling everything you can."
Zoo environmental officer Peter Morgan, said: "Under TQ's system almost all the recycling can be kept in the same container so it makes life very simple for visitors and staff. The results can be seen for themselves.
"As an environmental organisation part of our mission
http://www.waste-management-world.com/index/from-the-wires/wire-news-display/1426002069.html




Judges dismisses suit accusing zoo of elephant cruelty
A judge threw out a lawsuit today filed by a group of animal activists accusing the City of Seattle of illegally providing financial support to the Woodland Park Zoo because of its treatment of elephants.
King County Superior Court Judge Michael Heavey ruled that the activist group had no grounds to sue the city and that there was nothing illegal about the city funding the zoo.
"We are very pleased with the ruling," said Woodland Park Zoo President and CEO Dr. Deborah Jensen.
According to a press release from the Woodland Park Zoo, the activists argued that the zoo's care of elephants constituted cruel treatment. The zoo argues that there has never been a finding of inhumane care.
"Our elephants are healthy and thriving," Jensen said. "This was an attempt to get a court to decide issues of elephant care and medicine that have been appropriately delegated to experts - at our zoo and at other
http://greenwoodphinney.komonews.com/news/urban-wildlife/judges-dismisses-suit-accusing-zoo-elephant-cruelty/643879



The jumbo question: For or against Auckland's new elephants?
New elephants are coming to Auckland Zoo - but not everyone is happy about it. We look at the arguments for and against the council's $3.5 million new attractions
Why are we talking about this now?
The Auckland Council this week approved the purchase of two "orphan" elephants for Auckland Zoo.
Two femaleAsian elephants, likely to be aged between eight and 12, are being sought to keep lone elephant Burma company. Elephants are intelligent animals that thrive on social interaction, and since Kashin's death in 2009, 28 year-old Burma has only had a horse named Cherry for company.
The zoo has begun looking for young captive elephants, probably from a sanctuary in Pinnewala, Sri Lanka. Its keepers are seeking females because males are poorer company, as they tend to stray from their mother.
Wasn't the Auckland Zoo going to buy a herd of elephants?
The proposal to expand the zoo into Western Springs park to allow for the breeding of 10 elephants has
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/science/news/article.cfm?c_id=82&objectid=10728522



Marine Life Park
Dive into the aquatic world and get a chance to interact with dolphins, snorkel with rays and come face to face with some of the ocean’s most fascinating creatures.
Set to be the largest oceanarium in the world, the Marine Life Park is where families come for a whale of a time. Venture into a wading pool for some intimate interaction with reef fishes, or learn about the wonderful but depleting coral reefs. You can also join one of the engaging programmes especially tailored to both entertain and educate visitors.
Research, public education and conservation efforts for marine life are the cornerstones of the Marine Life Park. Resorts World aims to educate and enrich the understanding and protection of the oceans, and the Marine Life Park will serve as a showcase for ocean science education, research and stewardship.
Innovative design, engaging programmes and excellence in animal care and husbandry will create magical
http://www.rwsentosa.com/Attractions/MarineLifePark



ZSL London Zoo Keeper tells us about the brand new penguin exhibit




Man's pet tigers, leopards, jaguars under fire
Calcutta, a female Bengal Tiger, doesn't look like a man eater.
Owner-exhibitor Steve Salton obtained her almost two years ago from the Asheville Zoo but stresses Calcutta and the other big cats that live behind his Mayfield, New York home aren't pets.
"They'll kill when they're hungry and they'll kill if they're provoked," Salton said. "They're always locked up."
Neighbor Rich Travis has no affection for the wild animals caged next door. He wants them gone and is doing his best to make that happen.
"No one wants to step up and so we keep pushing the issue and pushing the issue," said Travis.
Salton is inspected regularly by state and federal authorities and issued licenses to have the animals. He's obliged to exhibit them, which he does, by appointment. That hardly satisfies Travis.
"My complaint is with the system that allows something like this to go on", Travis said.
Travis lives in a house built by developer
http://www.9news.com/news/sidetracks/200485/337/Mans-pet-tigers-leopards-jaguars-under-fire?odyssey=mod|newswell|text|FRONTPAGE|t




Rare orangutan bride looks forward its wedding day in E China
Hongbao rests in her cell in Hangzhou Safari Park in Hangzhou, captal of east China's Zhejiang Province, May 27, 2011. Hongbao, a female orangutan from Hangzhou Safari Park, will soon travel to Nanjing Hongshan Forest Zoo in Nanjing, capital of east China's Jiangsu Province, to marry Leshen, a 12-year-old male. With typically reddish-brown hair, orangutans are highly endangered
http://news.xinhuanet.com/english2010/photo/2011-05/28/c_13898229.htm




Zoo official’s suspension revoked
The suspension of Alipore zoo's deputy director Piyali Chatterjee was withdrawn on Friday as mysteriously as it had been ordered, by additional chief secretary (forest) K S Rajendra Kumar after the intervention of forest minister Hiten Burman. The minister said a thorough probe would be conducted to all allegations concerning the zoo that had been brought to his notice.
"I was a bit surprised. How could she be suspended when the model code of conduct was still in force? So, I asked the secretary to maintain was the status quo. I think there were many anomalies. But this suspension and the police complaint by the deputy director were uncalled for," Burman said.
The suspension, Burman said, had been made on the ground that she misbehaved with union leaders. Additional chief secretary K S Rajendra Kumar said: "She was suspended for some definite reasons. Now, the suspension has been withdrawn. I do not want to elaborate on the reasons."
Burman confirmed that allegations on food for the zoo animals, financial misappropriation and financial irregularity had been brought to his notice. "They will be probed. No delinquency will be spared," he said.
Not only does the suspension violates the model code of conduct, she was also not served a show-cause or charge sheet. Later, Piyali Chatterjee lodged an FIR against three zoo staff — head clerk Rabin Mukherjee, storekeeper Rathin Dey and peon Dipankar Sarkar — for their alleged misbehaviour and intimidation.
They apparently went to the house of the deputy director to hand her over two letters signed by the zoo director Raju Das. Later, the zoo authority allegedly restricted her entry into the zoo.
Burman said that he would set up an advisory board soon to guide development work. "The advisory board will look into every aspect of the zoo and prepare
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/kolkata-/Zoo-officials-suspension-revoked/articleshow/8615843.cms




Jairam may give zoo to Delhi govt
Environment minister Jairam Ramesh is seriously contemplating to hand over the management of Delhi zoo to the state government. After an inspection on Thursday, Ramesh said that despite several warnings, civic agencies concerned had been unable to maintain the standards of sanitation.
"There is a major sewage problem in the zoo that, despite repeated efforts to check it, keeps reappearing. Sewage enters the zoo premises and contaminates the water. The death of the second giraffe could have been caused by poor quality water but we still have to confirm that. The ministry has given Rs 5 crore to the Municipal Corporation of Delhi to sort out the problem but they are yet to start work. Most of the civic work in the zoo is being carried out by MCD, Delhi Jal Board and the Public Works Department, and if they are not able to brush up their act
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/delhi/Jairam-may-give-zoo-to-Delhi-govt/articleshow/8609988.cms



Whipnsade animals celebrate the zoo's 80th birthday




Christian the lion, our joy and pride
In 1969, John Rendall and Anthony Bourke bought a lion cub in Harrods and raised him in their Chelsea flat. But what happened to the cub when he grew up?
The grainy film first appeared on YouTube four years ago. Since then, it has melted millions of hearts: a fully grown male lion hugs two young men like an over-enthusiastic kitten.
The moving reunion of the men with their pet took place a year after they had left him in the African bush."It was so humbling the way he ran towards us with such love and excitement in his eyes, and we felt exactly the same way," says John Rendall, of the lion he raised and delivered to Africa through a series of extraordinary coincidences. "We had such a beautiful relationship with him. Christian changed the path of our lives."
In 1969, Rendall and his friend Anthony "Ace" Bourke, came across a lion cub in Harrods, London, which then traded in exotic animals. They fell in love with him and took him home to their Chelsea flat. They named the cub Christian, inspired by a biblical sense of irony. He lived with them in a Kings Road furniture shop, SophistoCat, where he had a giant tray of cat litter and rarely ruined the store's furniture. He played with local children in the walled garden of a churchyard. He was fed steak and taken to restaurants and glamorous parties in the back of their Mercedes cabriolet.
The scratchy homemade film, shot in Kenya 40 years ago, has been seen by more than 100 million people, landing Rendall and Burke on Oprah and triggering the reissue of their 1971 book and a new Hollywood film with Zac Efron as Rendall.
Today, sitting in his African-themed Chelsea flat, Rendall, 65, who is still a laid-back dandy, shows me photographs and bits and pieces from his past. "Christian opened my eyes to
http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2011/may/28/christian-the-lion-rendall-bourke





Video: Bryan Hawn Introduces New Times To His Hyena
You gotta admit, buying a hyena and keeping it as your pet in a South Beach apartment is pretty ballsy. It's even gutsier to turn yourself in to the Florida Wildlife & Game Commission so that your pet hyena can be placed in a proper home.
That's what Bryan Hawn did. Now he can visit his best pal Jake whenever he wants.
We got to see Hawn and his furry fanged friend play inside a chain-linked yard at the Zoological Wildlife Foundation in the Redland.
"Knowing that I would still be a part of his life made it easier to leave him," Hawn says. "The bond I have with this wild animal is absolutely priceless. The
http://blogs.miaminewtimes.com/riptide/2011/05/bryan_hawn_introduces_new_time.php




$15M zoo upgrade unveiled
Have you visited the Emperor Valley Zoo recently? If you have, you would have noticed work being carried out on the facilities there.
This work is part of a restoration programme undertaken to upgrade the Zoo’s infrastructure and enhance visitors’ exploration and learning experience.
Phase one of the upgrade programme at the Zoo has been completed at a cost of $15.6 million. The “new look” facilities were revealed to the public on Wednesday by the Tourism Development Company (TDC).
Speaking at the opening ceremony, Minister of Tourism, Rupert Griffith, said the upgrades at the Zoo, which were officially completed last month, make a substantial contribution to improving the urban environment of Port-of-Spain. He noted that the Zoo upholds this country’s tradition of encounters and dialogue, while preserving the natural heritage, green spaces and ecosystems.
Griffith noted: “The Emperor Valley Zoo will be unrivaled as a conservation centre promoting awareness and education of indigenous and neo tropical wildlife, scientific research and learning; breeding of endangered species and recreational facility catering to those eager to explore and learning about our wildlife species and flora and fauna.”
The Zoo’s upgrade includes a humming bird garden, giant river otter enclosures, butterfly garden, turtle pool, flamingo pool and fish pond as well as public restroom facilities, landscaping
http://www.newsday.co.tt/features/0,141250.html




Kirkley Hall zoo ready to open to the public
A NEW North zoo opens its doors to the public tomorrow – but it’s more than just a public attraction.
For Kirkley Hall Zoological Gardens is also a hands-on learning curve for students at the adjacent college.
Around 10 of the 30 students on agricultural courses at Northumberland College’s campus near Ponteland will work voluntarily with the 100-plus animals on show to further their education and knowledge of the animal kingdom.
They will also act as hosts as well as keepers when the mini-zoo opens for the first time tomorrow morning.
Full-time animal keeper Rachel Chapman, herself a former Kirkley Hall student, said: “It was built by the students for the public, and it’s for the benefit of both.
“There are four relief keepers and half a dozen hosts from the students and they are happy to work voluntary extra hours doing what they love.
“This will give them background experience as well as build their confidence with animals when they get qualifications.”
As the only zoo between Edinburgh and Yorkshire, it will also be a novel attraction for the North East public.
Enclosure animals include meerkats, wallabies, emus, alpacas, pygmy goats and lemurs.
There are also eagle owls, lizards, snakes, chipmunks, marmosets and aquatics.
Qualified keepers will also be on hand to talk to visitors and answer questions about the animals
For children there is also a small funfair – and for the hungry and thirsty, there’s a cafe/bar plus a souvenir shop.
For Rachel, working with animals is a genuine labour of love and she says: “Every morning
http://www.journallive.co.uk/north-east-news/todays-news/2011/05/27/kirkley-hall-zoo-ready-to-open-to-the-public-61634-28775181/





Aquarium worker injured by stingray
A diver at the Melbourne Aquarium has been taken to hospital after being stung by a stingray.
The 37-year-old woman had been working in one of the tanks at the aquarium when the barb struck her right hand.
Paramedic Louise Benson says the woman rated her pain as 10 out of 10 and was very distressed.
"Firstly we reassured her that she'd be OK and calmed her down - she was quite anxious - then we gave her something to breathe on for the pain," Ms Benson said.
"She had her hand in a tub of hot water because that helps relieve the pain, so everything actually looked quite normal apart from the stingray
http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2011/05/27/3229057.htm?section=justin




Al Ain Zoo pulls rescued lions' teeth out
When your lions have toothache, whom do you call?
Al Ain Zoo recently found itself wrestling with this painful question and found the answer in Dr Gerhard Steenkamp, a specialist from South Africa.
A 113kg tawny lion, believed to be less than two years old, and his sister from the same pride were rescued by the Ministry of Water and Environment last month.
The ministry gave the pair to Al Ain Zoo, which quickly realised they were in a bad way. Both had had their claws removed and their upper and lower canines filed down. The pulp of their teeth was exposed, which led to the bone becoming infected.
As no local vet was able to perform the surgery, zoo officials called in Dr Steenkamp from the University of Pretoria.
After an X-ray yesterday morning, Dr Steenkamp went to work on the sedated male, extracting two lower canines and preforming root canal work on the two upper canines.
"It's fortunately not that complicated because the teeth are so young," he said. "If they are well formed, the dental wall is so thick you have to cut it out in pieces."
Dr Steenkamp had hoped to avoid removing any teeth, but the lower ones were beyond repair.
Dr Arshad Toosy, the manager of veterinarian operations at the zoo said the lion was monitored closely during
http://www.thenational.ae/news/uae-news/al-ain-zoo-pulls-rescued-lions-teeth-out



Herpes virus kills elephants in Berlin Zoo
Two-year old female elephant Ko Raya died on Friday, after suffering from a type of elephant herpes. It is the same disease that killed her sister Shaina Pali just eight weeks ago.
Ko Raya had been under the weather for the past few days and on Friday morning she was fell over during a mud bath and died.
“Her mother wanted to get her to stand up,” eyewitness Sigrid H. (75) told mass-circulation paper Bild. “Ko Raya didn’t have any more strength. Suddenly all the elephants started trumpeting together. I think they wanted to call for help.”
Veterinarian Dr. Andreas Ochs explained that although the zookeepers rushed to the elephant, it was too late. “She was already dead.”
The herpes virus can be fatal to Asian elephants and it has already killed two other animals at the zoo over the past few years. “The virus spreads through the blood,” Ochs explained to Bild. “It attacks the internal organs, damaging the liver, intestines and heart muscles.”
Zoo Director Bernhard Blaskiewitz says
http://www.thelocal.de/society/20110528-35319.html





Edinburgh Zoo panda enclosure to have nursery for cubs
It has emerged the new panda enclosure at Edinburgh Zoo is being built with panda cubs in mind.
Two pandas, Tian Tian and Yuang Guang, are due to arrive from China later this year.
About £250,000 is being spent creating a perfect home for the pair. It will have pools, caves, climbing structures and even its own nursery.
Both pandas have successfully bred before and it is hoped they could produce further offspring.
It is expected the pandas will generate huge public interest and the new enclosure has been designed to accommodate 600 spectators per hour.
The zoo's facilities manager, Marty Hall, said: "We have a large expanse of glass to give views into the panda nursery, which is what people want to
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-edinburgh-east-fife-13579326





Cheetah believed to be lost pet captured amid villas in UAE capital Abu Dhabi, activist says
An animal activist says a cheetah has been captured roaming the streets of the Emirati capital Abu Dhabi.
Raghad Auttabashi of the Al Rahma Welfare and Rescue Society told The Associated Press the big cat appeared to be seven or eight months old and had an injured front left paw. It also had a broken metal chain around its neck, suggesting it was being kept as a pet.
She says it was rounded up Sunday by animal control authorities in a residential neighbourhood and has been handed over to a wildlife conservation centre.
Another cheetah was captured on the prowl
http://www.google.com/hostednews/canadianpress/article/ALeqM5jPiVKyFS5UM7VWT_CgYRGxnvsuaw?docId=6990274


Dead polar bear Knut could still make millions
$140 million
That's the amount of money generated worldwide by Knut the polar bear, an animal born in captivity at the Berlin Zoo who became an international celebrity. His image has adorned books, ATM cards and gummy bears, and he drew millions of visitors to the zoo. Then Knut unexpectedly died in March, putting his power as a marketing machine in doubt. Undaunted, moviemakers, publishing companies and plush-toy manufacturers are plowing ahead. "A dead Knut brand could still make millions," says Birgit Clark, a trademark attorney who has studied the Knut phenomenon.
http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/05/28/BU831JM3J9.DTL



Penguins bring Sofia Zoo incomes of about BGN 60,000 in 3 months: director
The incomes in Sofia Zoo have increased by approximately BGN 60,000 in three months thanks to its penguins. This is an average of around BGN 20,000-25,000 a month, Sofia Zoo Director Ivan Ivanov told FOCUS News Agency.
This is to say that the municipality received BGN 60,000 in three months. And this is the money from tickets only and most children visit the zoo free of charge. If you divide BGN 60,000 by BGN 2, which is the price of an adult ticket in the zoo, you get 30,000 visitors who came to see the penguins, he said.
On 2 March 2011 a group of 8 Humboldt Penguins, who were hatched in Berlin Zoo, arrived in Sofia. Now the penguins are in Krasnoyarsk, Russia, and will not return to the zoo in the Bulgarian capital.
“Other penguins will arrive next week from Johannesburg
http://www.focus-fen.net/index.php?id=n250914



Texas law protects the volunteer who offers assistance
I recently came upon an automobile accident. The car had run into a ditch, and the driver was stuck inside. I was able to help her get out of the car, cover her cuts and move to the side where she lay down. I reported the accident to the police, who quickly arrived with an ambulance and took her away. When I told a friend this story, he told me I was dumb to help out because I could get sued. Is this correct?
In my opinion, your friend's concerns are misplaced. Texas law encourages people to assist others in an emergency situation.
Under the law, a person providing emergency assistance is not liable unless the person acts "willfully or wantonly" negligent. In other words, as long as you are acting in good faith and provide the care or assistance you believe is reasonable, you have no liability if you worsen the situation or cause additional injuries.
My son was bitten by an animal at a petting zoo. The zoo has refused to pay his medical expenses. Can I sue in small claims court?
Assuming your medical bills are less than $10,000 you may bring a claim in small claims court. The real question, however, is whether the zoo has any liability for the bite.
For the zoo to be liable, you must show more than just the injury. Animals are animals, and when we go to a petting zoo, we always assume the risk that one of them might bite. For the zoo to be responsible, you must show some fault on its part that caused the incident.
For example, if the zoo knew that this animal has bitten children in the past and did not post notices or remove the animal, it could be considered "negligent," and responsible for your child's injury. On the other hand, if this was just an accident and the first time this animal had bitten a child, you probably have no basis
http://www.victoriaadvocate.com/news/2011/may/28/ym_richard_alderman_052211_140151/?business&local-business



Author becomes 'biographer' of traumatized animals rescued from zoos and medical research
Author Andrew Westoll spent a summer with 13 chimpanzees who found refuge at the Fauna Sanctuary in Quebec.Photograph by: Brett Gundlock, National Post, Postmedia News, National Post; Postmedia NewsWhen Andrew Westoll walked in his front door after spending a summer living with a group of chimpanzees at a sanctuary on the outskirts of Montreal, he was greeted by his dog, a wheaten terrier named Max.
"I saw my dog, who I'd lived with for four years, and he was completely new," Westoll recalls. "I'd never noticed the nuance of his existence -of what he was doing, what he was telling me -in the way he was greeting me at the door. I was now suddenly sensitive to a much deeper level of consciousness in animals, because I'd just spent 10 weeks living with the most intelligent, gestural species. Everything they were doing with their bodies was telling me something. And I'd been tuned in to that vibe, that kind of energy."
Fauna Sanctuary was founded by Gloria Grow and her partner, Dr. Richard Allan, as a home for neglected, abused and abandoned animals, and welcomed its first 15 chimpanzees in 1997. Westoll was studying biology at Queen's University at the time, and wrote to the sanctuary, offering his services as a volunteer. "I was probably one of 100,000 people who did that," he says. Shortly thereafter, however, Westoll got a job in Suriname and headed to South America.
After stumbling after Eden in the jungles of Suriname, to borrow the subtitle of his 2008 debut, The Riverbones, which chronicles his time studying monkeys in the largest tract of pristine rainforest in the world, Westoll was in search of another subject when he remembered Fauna. "I've always just been following my nose, and my nose just led me to this sanctuary."
He sold an article about the residents
http://www.edmontonjournal.com/travel/Champion+chimps/4858333/story.html




Crocolandia: Park with mini-zoo
A turtle farm converted into a park with a mini-zoo might not be an idea of a profitable business venture.
But the investment not only gave job opportunities to the park’s 13 staff members but also helped educate visiting students about wild animals in our country.
The park investment called Crocolandia, has also proved that a community social responsibility done through a formal organization and operated to fit its operational needs could actually work in Cebu.
Crocolandia, founded and run by the Crocolandia Foundation Inc., is a one-hectare property in Biasong, Talisay City, south of Cebu.
Crocolandia Foundation Inc. was founded in November 2000 by Go Ching Hai, whose daughter Janet Nelly Chiu now sits as the president of the foundation.
“It’s because of their love for nature and their passion to pursue and practice their calling that brought the founder and their partners together to create the foundation and open Crocolandia in January 6, 2001,” said Crocolandia manager Reah Bacordo.
The park with a mini-zoo property opened after their female seawater crocodile named Magellan started laying eggs.
“At present we have 79 crocodile species and have at least two kinds of each, which we got from donations from organizations and private individuals,” Bacorbo said.
Bacordo said visitors often told them that they not only enjoy watching the 17 reptiles — saltwater crocodiles, the Philippine freshwater crocodiles, spectacled caiman, turtles, tortoise, pythons, boa, lizard and iguana — in the farm but also they found their trips
http://newsinfo.inquirer.net/10487/crocolandia-park-with-mini-zoo



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Zoo’s snake house closed as Red Sand Boa is stolen
A security lapse has led to the theft of a snake from the Veer Jijamata Udyan in Central Mumbai, popularly known as the Byculla Zoo. Officials at the zoo were taken by surprise when they found a Red Sand Boa, a non-poisonous snake measuring about two feet, missing from its cage on Saturday morning.
“This is first theft of any animal in the zoo’s history,” said zoo director Anil Anjankar. “The lock was broken between late Friday night and early Saturday morning. When our cleaner went to clean the snake cage, he found that someone had stolen the snake,” said Anjankar.
Officials are ruling out money as a motive for the theft as the snake is very common in many parts of India. “There is a superstition that this snake helps bring riches to a person and that might be a probable reason for the theft,” added Anjankar.
While officials claim there is enough security to guard the cages, they admit
http://www.indianexpress.com/news/zoos-snake-house-closed-as-red-sand-boa-is-stolen/796926/0



Tigers can survive with humans, says a new study
Tigers can survive with humans, debunking the popular conception that the big cats like solitary space inside the forests, says a new study published in Journal of Applied Ecology, which can help India in better management of its tiger population. India in this March had declared that there were 1,7 06 tigers in India, as against 1411 in 2006, stirring a debate whether tigers and humans can survive together with the wildlife areas shrinking around the country.
The study conducted in 38,000 square kms of tiger reserves in Karnataka comes at the time when the environment ministry has released new draft guidelines to relocate 10,000 people from 41 tiger reserves in India and says the tigers can survive even in human-dominated landscapes through effective protection of the source populations.
“Our results re-enforce earlier findings that prey depletion and human disturbance are key drivers of local tiger extinctions and tigers can persist even in human dominated landscapes through effective protection of source populations,” said Ullas K Karanth, Director of Bangalore based Centre for Wildlife Studies.
The study was conducted in Malenad-Mysore Tiger Landscape (MMTL) in Western Ghats found that presence of livestock and human presence proved to be a negative influence on local tiger presence but the tigers managed to overcome these influences. “Good tiger numbers showed that they can live with humans,” Karanth said.
The study also demystifies the government claim that the tigers
http://www.hindustantimes.com/Tigers-can-survive-with-humans-says-a-new-study/Article1-703655.aspx




Firms asked to back panda deal
SCOTTISH financial services firms have been called upon to stump up £2 million to sponsor the giant pandas due to arrive at Edinburgh Zoo.
Sir David Brewer, chairman of the China-Britain Business Council (CBBC), said firms that put up the cash would have "quite a card to play" in their efforts to win business there.
The Royal Zoological Society of Scotland, which runs the zoo, announced that the Chinese government was "gifting" a rare breeding pair of pandas to Scotland in December. The charitable body has since run into trouble, after a number of the board's executives were sacked and the chairman was asked to step down.
Brewer said the zoo had maintained a "wonderful reputation" with China, despite its "issues".
He said the pandas, Tian Tian and Yang Guang, were the "biggest good-will gesture the Chinese could give", adding that it was a boost for relations between Scotland and Chinese vice-premier
http://business.scotsman.com/business/Firms-asked-to-back-panda.6776460.jp




New attraction to spread its wings at Rainbow Landings
THE new chief executive of Edinburgh Zoo today pledged to turn the defunct Rainbow Landings site into a major new attraction to boost visitor numbers at the ailing institution.
Hugh Roberts, interim chief executive of the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland, which owns the zoo, aims to revamp the enclosure.
He said the site could see a return of the hugely popular lorikeets, which have since been given to other zoos, but that it was likely that it would become home to a new star feature.
The £350,000 site, which let visitors feed the parrots pots of nectar, was the zoo's biggest visitor draw, but was shut down in October after operating costs overran.
Its closure featured heavily at the stormy RZSS annual general meeting last week when society members were told income had fallen by £1.1 million and expenditure had increased by £600,000.
Mr Roberts was brought in a fortnight ago to deal with a dramatic slump in visitors.
He told the Evening News the attraction would be brought back in some form, whether it was birds or animals.
He said: "The Rainbow Landings facility will be brought back to life, but how we bring it back to life, seven days into the job, I can't say."
Mr Roberts met RZSS members at Murrayfield for the first time on Wednesday, and heard from some that their children had been left sorely disappointed when they arrived to find the attraction had closed.
Mr Roberts said: "I'm going to be looking at the best way of using the space, as it's in such an important location.
"I'd like to say I can bring
http://www.scotsman.com/news/New-attraction-to-spread-its.6776728.jp




Koalas left up a gumtree in fight to survive
In one corner, a heavyweight tag team of ecologists, environmentalists, researchers and animal rights activists.
In the other, an equally muscled powerhouse of regulators, lawmakers and developers.
In the middle, weighing in at up to 14kg, munching on eucalypt leaves, nodding off for 16 hours a day and blissfully unaware of the rumpus around them, Australia's koala.
The future of the unique arboreal marsupial is again under fierce scrutiny in an inquiry by the Senate environment committee, and through a decision federal Environment Minister Tony Burke will make by November on whether to declare the koala a threatened species.
In this process the koala's greatest problem may be uncertainty: Burke's department has advised against a "threatened
http://www.nzherald.co.nz/environment/news/article.cfm?c_id=39&objectid=10728495









Bred from African wildcats, the two-stone mega-moggies taking over living rooms across Britain
Hundreds of British cat lovers are no longer satisfied stroking the traditional moggy atop their lap.
A growing trend is emerging for 'mega moggies' bred by crossing a domestic feline with a species of African wildcat to create Savannah cats.
Only owners with deep pockets and space can provide homes for the felines which cost up to £10,000 and can grow to three times the size of the traditional household
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Cheetah reintroduction programme genetically flawed
An esteemed international journal, Molecular Ecology, has kicked off a debate on the ambitious `300-crore Cheetah reintroduction programme of the Ministry of Environment and Forest (MoEF) to revive these gravely endangered Asiatic grassland predators.
A paper published in the latest issue of the journal states that African Cheetahs are genetically very different from their Asian counterpart. The findings of the report have raised questions about the success of the Cheetah reintroduction programme.
“Is it to increase the population of exotic Cheetahs in Indian grasslands (which already exists in abundance) or is it aimed at rejuvenating their Asiatic counterparts to which India was once a home?” asks an expert.
The article, “Phylogeography, genetic structure and population divergence time of cheetahs in Africa and Asia: evidence for long-term geographic isolates”, based on genetic studies of both the species of the cheetahs has been written by Pauline Charruau. It states, “Asiatic cheetahs are unambiguously separated from African subspecies “divergence time estimates… place the split… at 32,000-67,000 years ago”.
Cheetahs are critically endangered in their Asiatic range, where the last 70-110 individuals survive only in Iran. We demonstrate that these extant Iranian cheetahs are the last representatives of the Asiatic subspecies, the report said.
“The basic objective of the much-hyped project was to revive this last surviving Asiatic subspecies and in the process our grassland ecology,” pointed out Dr Pramod Patil, grassland conservationist. After the publication of the paper and proven genetic dissimilarity between the two sub-species, it is baffling why the MOEF is still pushing for the Cheetah reintroduction programme.
The African sub-species are not threatened; they exist in good numbers, what is the point in “importing” 18 of these exotic animals and raise them on Indian grasslands? he questioned. He further pointed out that the Asiatic sub-species are not known to breed in captivity, and if the same holds good for African species then the programme is not likely to be successful.
To add to it, as per the article Cheetahs are genetically weak species. One cannot rule out the possibilities of inbreeding among the 18 South African Cheetahs, which would lead to further weakening of species.
“The objective is certainly not clear, what purpose would it solve,” shot back conservation biologist Dharmendra Khandal. He further pointed out that as per the claims of Pakistan there are chances of the presence of Cheetah there. It is said that till 1997-98, Asiatic Cheetahs from Iran and Afghanistan must have crossed as far as Pakistan border.
The proposed site at Shahgarh in Jaisalmer (Rajasthan) is not very far away considering that these animals are prone to crossing territories. “This would definitely cause ‘genetic pollution’ of these endangered Asiatic sub species,” he pointed out.
Dr Patil further pointed out that even if Cheetahs are brought to the country “where is the conservation policy for grasslands”. India has the highest livestock population in the world, one can thus imagine the tremendous grazing pressure on the grassland. The Ministry should come up with a National Grazing policy if the grasslands are to be protected, he added.
Further, there is already protest amongst local people in Madhya Pradesh against the decision, hence reintroduction of Cheetahs could open a new chapter on human-wild life conflict. Without local support it is not possible to release cheetah into the wild.
Harping on similar lines, former PCCF MP, PM Lad, said, “The prospects of survival of genetically alien cheetahs here is very bleak, what is the ultimate purpose, I fail to understand.” In fact a senior forest officer declined to accept the
http://www.dailypioneer.com/342173/Cheetah-reintroduction-programme-genetically-flawed.html




Staff pay delays at Cairns Wildlife Safari Reserve
A FRESH claim that staff at the Cairns Wildlife Safari Reserve have not been paid for more than five weeks was rejected by owner Jenny Jattke.
Two people, who asked not to be named, made the claim in an email to The Cairns Post.
Mrs Jattke said yesterday there were delays but not of five weeks, and all staff would get what they were owed.
"We’ve had difficulties in the past but our staff always get paid," she said.
"The staff here are well aware that the animals come first … you can’t not feed the animals.
Last year, the Fair Work Ombudsman investigated the zoo’s failure to pay staff in May because of low visitor numbers and the financial crisis.
At the time, Mrs Jattke said staff were willing to work without pay until the park was back on its feet, and were paid when money was available.
"We thank our staff every day for what they do," she said yesterday.
The zoo also has local support, she said, from supermarkets, food suppliers and
http://www.cairns.com.au/article/2011/05/24/165615_local-news.html





Census puts leopards at 1,150, sloth bears at 280
The recently concluded wildlife census has pegged the leopards' population at about 1,150 and that of sloth bears at about 280. A sneak peek into the census data from 17 districts in the state showed a rise by nearly 70 to 80 leopards and 30 sloth bears as compared to the 2006 census.
The highest increase in the number of leopards is 10% to 12% in Gir Sanctuary and the nearby Saurashtra region. Officials said there were 310 leopards
http://articles.timesofindia.indiatimes.com/2011-05-28/ahmedabad/29597263_1_leopard-population-prey-base-senior-forest-official




Purebred pups help dingo bloodline
PERTH Zoo's newest arrivals don't just look cute and cuddly they're also leading the fight to preserve the bloodline of Australia's purebred dingoes.
The two 11-week-old dingo pups, in quarantine but due to go on show soon, are the only dingoes at the zoo after a pair of adults died of old age.
The new brother and sister are genetically complete alpine dingoes from one of the last strongholds for their kind in the New South Wales highlands.Perth Zoo Australian fauna keeper Belinda Turner said the animals arrived at the zoo from the Australian Dingo Conservation Association in NSW last month.
"Their personalities are evolving before our eyes," she said. "The male is a bit smaller than his sister, but he's catching up quickly. He's very food-motivated, and he's a very people-focused dingo.
"There's a little bit of sibling rivalry. His sister is calm and a
http://www.perthnow.com.au/news/western-australia/purebred-pups-help-dingo-bloodline/story-e6frg13u-1226064670907




Singapore theme park urged to free dolphins
A Singapore animal welfare group on Friday launched a campaign to urge a casino and leisure complex to free 25 dolphins destined for a new marine park attraction.
Resorts World Sentosa (RWS) bought the mammals for an "interactive dolphin spa programme" at its Marine Life Park attraction, where visitors can interact with the animals.
"We hope that RWS will make a socially responsible decision and free the dolphins," said Louis Ng, executive director of the Animal Concerns Research and Education Society (ACRES).
He issued the appeal at the launch of a campaign called "Save the World's Saddest Dolphins" to raise public awareness through songs and videos on the website www.saddestdolphins.com.
RWS, which runs Singapore's first casino as well as the adjacent Universal Studios theme park, had no immediate reaction, saying it was studying the campaign's allegations in detail.
ACRES invited the public to participate in the campaign by filming themselves making "save the dolphins" speeches or holding placards that will be sent to RWS via email, as well as uploaded on Facebook and YouTube.
"Using social media and by approaching this issue
http://news.asiaone.com/News/AsiaOne+News/Singapore/Story/A1Story20110527-281084.html





New England seal turning 40 with grace
Turning 40 seems like a breeze for Smoke the seal.
She's not sulking about her glaucoma, or the cataracts that have turned her eyes a cloudy blue-white and forced her to navigate her tank essentially from memory.
She'll pull out a wiggle dance if you want it (still smooth). She waves, practices a newly learned rolling maneuver and even plants a grandmotherly peck on a visitor's cheek.
As long as she gets a special birthday squid for lunch, folks at the New England Aquarium anticipate her milestone birthday Wednesday will pass without any moments of moody reflection.
"She's just got a super-sweet disposition," said Paul Bradley, the aquarium's lead marine mammal trainer.
Smoke just isn't letting age get to her, even though she's believed to be the second oldest seal in captivity in North America, behind one a year older in Wisconsin. Harbor seals normally live to their mid-20s.
This New England seal with the long life came to aquarium just after that life was nearly cut abysmally short. She was abandoned as a pup on a rocky Maine beach in May 1971.
But that misfortune turned out to be good luck. She was rescued and eventually put in the aquarium's care, without which she'd never be nearing her ripe old age.
One of the obvious reasons harbor seals survive longer in captivity is the absence of predators. They also don't have to worry about food scarcity, which can weaken the animal and make it more vulnerable to disease, said Tony LaCasse, the aquarium's spokesman.
Smoke has also benefited from "boutique care," as LaCasse puts. She has monthly blood tests, a managed diet, and trainers and veterinarians to make sure any problems are quickly treated.
Still, as much attention as the aquarium give its seals, Smoke's longevity stands out. In his 22 years working there, Bradley says no other seal has even broken 30.
Just last year, the oldest seal in captivity in the world, a 44-year-old male gray seal, died at the New York Aquarium. LaCasse said the only seal older than Smoke in captivity is a 41-year-old female harbor seal at Henry Vilas Zoo in Madison, Wis.
The aquarium doesn't know the specific day in May that Smoke was born but has traditionally celebrated her birthday on the last Wednesday of the month.
Smoke's disposition hasn't changed much over those decades. She's always had the friendly, even temperament that LaCasse theorizes has contributed
http://www.seattlepi.com/news/article/New-England-seal-turning-40-with-grace-1391293.php



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Microchipping of snake charmer’s cobras a sign of the times in Delhi

Pali Nath believes his cobras are 1,000 years old. This may be a slight overstatement, but it speaks to his sense that his trade – snake charmer – is an ancient, integral part of Indian culture. He plies it at weddings and other auspicious occasions, and sometimes on the pavement at busy crossroads in Delhi.
Then he squats on his haunches and begins to plays his flute, then lifts the lid off a wicker basket of coiled snakes, the music and the swaying of the serpents has an other-worldly quality. He draws a crowd that, for a few minutes, falls still in this cacophonous city.
This is also, however, a modernizing city, and ancient though the practice of snake charming may be, it must keep up with the times.
Thus the municipal government of Delhi recently summoned Mr. Nath and a number of his confederates to have their snakes microchipped.
Yes. Microchipped.
Back in 2003, Delhi’s wildlife department ordered all city residents with wild animals to register their beasts. Dancing bears, auspicious-occasion elephants, festive camels, performing monkeys, parrots who tell fortunes and rats that predict the future – this
http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/world/asia-pacific/microchipping-of-snake-charmers-cobras-a-sign-of-the-times-in-delhi/article2036677/singlepage/#articlecontent



10 Things Zoos Won't Tell You
It's not just the animals that are wild.
When Patti Clark took over as executive director of the Austin Zoo and Animal Sanctuary in 2007, she inherited financial records stuffed into plastic bags, $60,000 in credit card debt and mounting maintenance costs. Her staff later found a storage unit filled with more records, as well as un-cashed donation checks. "It was pretty disheartening," says Clark, who has since managed to pay off the zoo's debt, hire an outside bookkeeper and boost revenue by 27%.
Such financial horror stories aren't uncommon among zoos, say experts. And the licensing and accrediting organizations offer little financial oversight. "If you're caring for your animals and upholding the standards, that's as far as we go," says Dave Sacks, a spokesman for the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service's Animal Care Program, which issues zoo licenses and conducts regular inspections for compliance with the Animal Welfare Act. State Fish and Game departments issuing state licenses don't generally check either, he says.
The Association of Zoos and Aquariums says it requires proof of financial stability, including insurance coverage, evidence of financial support than outpaces expenses, and a backup plan in case funding is reduced, says spokesman Steve Feldman, a spokesman for accrediting group Association of Zoos and Aquariums, but reviews are made once every five years and membership in the organization is optional. In mid-May, the organization stripped ZooMontana of its accreditation. In March, the zoo's board president disclosed in a public letter that the facility had $140,000 in debt; and in early May, the zoo told local media outlets it would close for several days because its liability insurance policy had been cancelled and the zoo needed to hunt for a new one. ZooMontana did not respond to requests for comment. Feldman says the zoo had several
http://www.smartmoney.com/spend/travel/10-things-zoos-wont-tell-you-1306528026434/?link=SM_hp_ls4e



Ant venom holds promise as painkiller
A deadly ant that is dominant across the Arabian Peninsula could soon be put to a surprising use as a powerful painkiller.
Scientists in Saudi Arabia believe that venom from the Samsun ant could be harvested and used to make a cheap alternative to anti-inflammatory drugs currently on the market.
The ant species, which is known as Pachycondyla sennaarensis, has been linked with several deaths in the UAE in recent years.
However, zoologists at King Saud University in Riyadh found that the venom could reduce swelling in mice by the same level as diclofenac, a painkiller commonly used to treat chronic conditions such as rheumatism and arthritis.
"This could be a cheaper alternative to other anti-inflammatory drugs," said Abdel-Azeem Abdel-Baki, one of the researchers, whose work was published in the African Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology in March last year.
"These ants are very common in the region and the venom can be easily extracted. One day there could be a use for it in medicine."
The researchers injected xylene, an irritant, into the ears of mice. They found that the ant venom could reduce swelling by 33.3 per cent, while diclofenac caused a reduction of only slightly more, 34.8 per cent.
Mr Abdel-Baki said the team were currently
http://www.thenational.ae/news/uae-news/science/ant-venom-holds-promise-as-painkiller



Were zoo elephants abused?
It's not the Rodney King police beating video. But it sure isn't the elephant dance in "Fantasia" either.
A video has surfaced in recent weeks showing what animal rights groups call elephant abuse.
The images hit particularly close to home because the elephants are the same ones offered for rides at the Santa Ana Zoo and will soon be at the OC Fair.
Yes, I defended elephant rides several months ago after riding 7,000-pound Becky during a protest outside the zoo's gates.
After being contacted by Animal Defenders International, I've watched the often shaky, sometimes grainy video repeatedly to dissect their claims. It's disturbing.
Some might find it shocking
http://www.ocregister.com/articles/elephant-302566-video-elephants.html



Staffordshire's Blackbrook Zoo struggles to stay afloat
Blackbrook Zoological Park - the only zoo in Staffordshire - is struggling to stay afloat and could soon be forced to close.
The attraction in Winkhill, near Leek, celebrated its 20th anniversary this year, but has seen its takings fall during the economic downturn and is now appealing for business backing and public donations.
The 30-acre site is home to the largest bird park in the UK and the largest collection of waterfowl in the world. It also features meerkats
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-stoke-staffordshire-13603430



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Friday, May 27, 2011

Zoo News Digest 24th - 27th May 2011 (Zoo News 754)

Zoo News Digest 24th - 27th May 2011 (Zoo News 754)

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There have been a great deal more interesting links this past few days. Not always good news of course. I was sad to learn of the death of the Binturongs especially as I had been watching these same animals just a couple of weeks ago. It is just one of the facts of life....these things happen. We learn by them all the time. My sympathies to all at Chessington Zoo because I know they will be upset. I am aware that some of them thought that was the best exhibit in the zoo at the moment.


There are several links with reference to Craig Busch and Zion Wildlife Park. They make interesting reading.

A snow leopard killing 68 goats in a single night! Amazing....it must have thought it was Christmas. It is not going to make itself very popular though. I can fully understand the feelings of the local people.

I see poor old Polo gets a mention for the first time in a while. What is it with single captive Gorillas? Within the UK under zoo legislation this would not be allowed....nor should it anywhere. I am not blaming any of the countries which keep single Gorillas, I can understand their wish and need to keep them but... but... but... something could be done and should be done.

 
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Kids see a lion eat cuddly zoo animal
FAMILIES watched in horror as two lions tore apart a baby animal that escaped from its enclosure.
The cute binturong - also called a bearcat - was one of a pair to climb a tree before dropping into the big cat den at Chessington World of Adventure.
Jason Harcombe, visiting with his two-year-old son Oscar, said: "The poor animal didn't stand a chance. The lions jumped on it straight away and
http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/3603754/Kids-see-a-lion-eat-cuddly-zoo-animal-at-Chessington-World-of-Adventure.html




Beast of a show: A bear who fished in the Thames and a thieving leopard ruled the 13th century menagerie at the Tower of London
Helping a polar bear find fish in the Thames and stopping a leopard from stealing umbrellas are not the conventional skills you'd see on a CV. But these are exactly what menagerie keepers at the Tower of London had to do.
At the 13th century zoo, which housed an array of animals given to the royals, one keeper spent his days preventing a polar bear from escaping while it fished for food in the Thames.
The bear was a gift from the King of Norway to Henry III in 1252 and The Times report records of expenses submitted at the Tower for 'muzzle and an iron chain to hold the bear when out of the water and a long and strong cord
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1391257/Beast-A-bear-fished-Thames-thieving-leopard-ruled-13th-century-menagerie-Tower.html



Environment minister: Azerbaijan has not a zoo, it has a menagerie
The Ministry of Environment & Natural Resources of Azerbaijan has embarked on a project to create a zoo in Gobu settlement.
Today, Huseyn Bagirov, minister of environment & natural resources, has said that talks and consultations on the occasion are underway with 70 specialists of international level.
"Azerbaijan is lacking today a zoo – there is a wild beast show in which animals are kept not in the best way. In accord with the relevant presidential order, it was allotted 55 hectares of land and 2.8 million manat for a zoo project conforming to international standards. To date, we’ve outlined a scheme of zoo facilities for keeping animals relating to different climatic zones and creation of natural conditions for them,” Bagirov noted.
He added that the main purpose of zoo creation was not in providing services on demonstration of animals.
"In this zoo we intend to deal with restoration, reproduction of animals in their natural environment and, thus, prevention of the extinction of endangered animal species. To this end, appropriate flora will be planted
http://abc.az/eng/news/main/54563.html




Zoo smear campaign got bosses suspended
EDINBURGH Zoo executives Gary Wilson and Iain Valentine were suspended after a malicious employee compiled a "dirty dossier" making the worst allegations Scotland's most senior employment lawyers had ever seen, it emerged last night.
In a stormy annual general meeting of the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland, which runs the zoo, board members revealed details of a malicious smear campaign.
The event, at Murrayfield Stadium, followed the emergency meeting held two weeks ago that saw zoo chairman Donald Emslie forced to resign.
Board trustees bowed to pressure from society members and confirmed that the pair had been suspended over allegations of "serious financial concern".
However, they were cut off mid-speech by Mr Valentine's wife, who broke her silence to berate the society for the way it had carried out the investigation into her husband.
As Dr Tom Mitchell, chair of the audit and risk committee, and a RZSS board trustee, told the AGM that the "allegations in relation to Gary and Iain contained elements of serious financial concern", Mrs Valentine shouted "point of order", before taking the microphone.
Mrs Valentine told hundreds of society members: "I have kept my silence for seven-and a-half weeks in this enforced purdah, but I feel compelled to say I am still waiting to hear why my husband has been suspended.
"And it's completely out of order, at a meeting like this, where the man is not here to defend himself, for you (speaking to Dr Mitchell] to stand there and say that the reason he has been suspended is an actual allegation of . . . I know that that is not the case, otherwise we would have surely been told by now."
Afterwards, speaking through tears, she told the Evening News: "I just wish he (Dr Mitchell] had spoken to me before tonight. We haven't even been told what these allegations are over. You can't understand how difficult this is for us."
Just before the outburst, Jane Green, RZSS trustee and convenor of the Law Society of Scotland's Employment Law Specialisation Panel, who is closely involved in the investigations, said the "malicious" anonymous employee had compiled a "dirty dossier".
She added: "I have been an
http://www.scotsman.com/news/Zoo-smear-campaign-got-bosses.6774645.jp



Knut, the $140 Million Polar Bear
The perils of the high-stakes celebrity animal business
As the world's first celebrity polar bear, Knut used to spend his days feasting on raw meat, swimming in a black-bottom pool, and gazing at the hundreds—if not thousands—of visitors who flocked to see him every day at the Berlin Zoo. During his prime, candymaker Haribo churned out 1 million raspberry-flavored Knut gummy bears daily, and Berliner Volksbank issued tens of thousands of ATM cards featuring his furry face. There was also the 2007 book, Knut: How One Little Polar Bear Captivated the World, and the 2008 film, Knut & Friends. Along with Leonardo DiCaprio, he graced the cover of Vanity Fair.
Knut (pronounced Kuh-noot in German) achieved international fame hitherto unknown in the animal kingdom on account of his irresistible story. He was born into captivity in 2006, rejected by his mother, and raised by a zookeeper. To environmentalists, Knut was an emblem of the anti-global-warming movement; to business, he was a cuddly money machine. In its 167-year history, the Berlin Zoo—which is subsidized by the city and listed on the Berlin Stock Exchange—has been profitable for only three years, says Heiner Klös, its animal curator. Those were 2007 to 2009, the Years of Knut, when yearly attendance rocketed from 2.5 million to 3.5 million visitors, and the zoo made more than $30 million. In all, Gerald Uhlich, a former chief executive of the zoo and the architect of Brand Knut, estimates that the polar bear generated more than $140 million in global business.
In 2010, however, Knut grew up and became less cute, and attendance waned. Then in March, he unexpectedly died. Zoo-dwelling polar bears usually live well into their thirties—Debby of Winnipeg made it to 42—but an autopsy revealed Knut had suffered from encephalitis, an inflammation of the brain that caused him to lose consciousness, tumble into the water, and drown in front of several hundred horrified fans.
Now the fate of Brand Knut—unprecedented in the history of brands and animals—is up for grabs. Scores of book publishers, moviemakers, marketers, advertisers, and manufacturers of stuffed animals, lunchboxes, and coffee cups hope to profit before the public's memory of the cuddly cub is replaced with that of a large, dead polar bear. There are already plans for a television documentary in Germany. The chinamaker KPM is issuing $315 commemorative Knuts that have Zur Erinnerung ("in memoriam") inscribed on them. Uhlich is writing a book about the untold story behind the rise of "der Icebear." And for good reason. "A dead Knut brand could still make millions," says Birgit Clark, a London-based trademark attorney who has studied the Knut phenomenon. What happens to Brand Knut in the next few months will determine if it stays profitable or, like Knut, dies too.
However, the greatest threat to the brand—and potential Knut profiteers—is actually its owner, the Berlin Zoo, which is reluctant to
http://www.businessweek.com/magazine/content/11_23/b4231085935993.htm



Do Some Circus and Zoo Animals Dream of Freedom and Revenge Against Their Masters?
One Author Says Yes
Translating the revolutionary consciousness of voiceless animals is no more silly than doing the same for human beings.
http://www.alternet.org/environment/151118/do_some_circus_and_zoo_animals_dream_of_freedom_and_revenge_against_their_masters_one_author_says_yes




Hatchlings insure future of tortoises
Perth Zoo has added 44 Western Swamp Tortoise hatchlings to its population as part of a program to boost numbers of the critically endangered species.
Tortoise keeper Bradie Durell said the animals were found only in WA in the Swan Valley but there was also an "insurance population" in the Adelaide Zoo.
"Their total population is between 400 and 500 and of those about half are in the wild," Mr Durell said.
He said the zoo had bred more than 770 Western Swamp Tortoises since 1989 and released 500 into the wild.
"Captive breeding programs are very important because they help to get the populations back up," Mr Durell said.
The tortoises, which grow up to 14cm or 400g, are preyed upon by foxes, feral cats, rats and ravens.
The babies weighed between 5g to 7g.
Mr Durell said a lot of their habitat had
http://au.news.yahoo.com/thewest/a/-/breaking/9531925/hatchlings-insure-future-of-tortoises/



Oldest Indian Lioness is no more
Twenty-year-old Rani, a lion placed at the Van Vihar National Park, died here today due to old age, park officials said. They claimed that it was the oldest lion in the country.
The lion was born on July 12, 1991 at Indore’s Kamla Nehru Zoo and was shifted to Bhopal’s Van Vihar on February 12, 1992. The park was home to the lion for over 19 years. The lone lioness at the civic-run Kamla Nehru Zoo here died today due to Parkinson’s disease, officials said.
Rani, 22, had also suffered a paralytic attack on her hind limbs, they said, adding usually the life span of the lion was 15 to 18 years in Indian zoos.
Veterinarians said Parkinson’s is a disease of the nervous system that gets worse over a period of time and causes the muscles to become weak. The lioness was born in the zoo, managed by the Indore Municipal Corporation, itself, officials said.
A team of five veterinarians conducted the post-mortem on the lioness, after which the body was disposed of, they added.
“Normally, the average age of lion is 14 years, but this animal was an exception and survived for nearly 20 years due to proper care and better wildlife management. Inder was the oldest lion of the country,” they said.
Inder did not have any serious ailment, but int
http://truthdive.com/2011/05/27/oldest-indian-lioness-is-no-more.html




Red tape lengthened deer’s suffering by 3 hrs
Activists claim zoo staff didn’t attend to the animal’s injuries stating that they need permission from superiors; staff says they don’t have space for protected animals
The world may be zipping past us with the help of constantly evolving technology, but when it comes to the Pune Municipal Corporation (PMC), the proverbial red tape is still making us trip. Take for instance the PMC-run Rajiv Gandhi Zoological Park and Wildlife Research Centre. Two youths, who had rescued a wounded deer, were kept waiting by the zoo staff on Wednesday for three hours before the animal was admitted for treatment, stating that there was no space for it on their premises.
Being stonewalled, the youths from Daund — Sagar Bhosale and Navanath Ghodake — sought help of a few animal activists. The activists confronted the staff. The staff then called up their seniors and got permission for taking the deer into custody. The deer was brought in at 7.30 pm and admitted for treatment at 10.30 pm.
Manoj Oswal, animal welfare officer, Animal Welfare Board of India, said, “The animal rescue centre, the only one of its kind across 15 districts, is facing constraints. That said, the matter still could have been handled better if a system for such emergencies was in place. I examined the deer at the rescue centre today (Thursday) and found that the animal was in shock from its injuries. I hope it gets
http://www.punemirror.in/article/2/20110527201105270625356714b800234/Red-tape-lengthened-deer%E2%80%99s-suffering-by-3-hrs.html




Snow leopard kills 68 goats in a single night in Gilgit
A lone snow leopard wrecked havoc in a remote valley of Gilgit one night, killing 68 goats in six separate incidents, officials said on Thursday. The attacks also left six goats critically injured.
The animal broke into the corrals at Dhee Village, Gojal near the Pak-China border before killing the goats, Rehman Posh, a conservationist working with the Khunjerab Village Organisation, told The Express Tribune on Thursday.
“Bodies of the animals were scattered all over the place after the incident,” said Posh, adding that the people got enraged over the depredation that inflicted a huge financial loss on them.
Giving the breakdown, Rehman Posh said that 23 of the goats belonged to Mirza Mohammad, 13 to Ali Baig, 12 to Bahadur, nine to Aslam, seven to Ghulam Rasool and four to Qalandar Shah.
Talking about the different organisations that are trying to protect the endangered species, a group of villagers said they were not satisfied with their “mere lip services”.
“We have submitted our complaints. But they just come to tell us the importance of the snow leopards
http://tribune.com.pk/story/176829/snow-leopard-kills-68-goats-in-a-single-night-in-gilgit/





It's the city that is treading into leopard territory, says Ravi Chellam
Leopard sightings in the city are making headlines almost every other day. DNA spoke to Ravi Chellam, country director, Wildlife Conservation Society – India, to find out why the big cats are seen prowling about in the IT city.
There is news that leopards are being spotted in the city. Is there any reason why leopards are moving towards Bangalore?
It is not a rare to spot leopards in Bangalore, considering the city is bordered by the Bannerghatta National Park, which houses several wildlife species. Also, keeping in mind that the city has seen a widespread property development, we have to understand that it is not the leopards that are moving close to the city, it’s us who are moving close to the leopard habitat. The city’s growth is not planned; it hasn’t taken into consideration the impact the development may have on wildlife.
There is more news on leopard spottings now than earlier. Why?
The population is large in the city suburbs. So more people are now able to spot leopards. For example, if there were only very few people and no electricity, chances of sighting a leopard at night is very low. Because more people have seen leopards, the media has also startedcreating awareness in the city about this animal.
What would be the impact on a roadwhere leopards are known to be spotted?
It depends on the size of the road, how it is constructed, and the density and speed of traffic using this road.In general, roads are killers for wildlife, especially the smaller ones.Large roads with lot of fast-moving traffic can be barriers for animal movement and act as death traps for wildlife animals. The highways are proving to be ‘death traps’ for leopards at night.
Bangalore south has seen cases of road-kill of leopards (on Nice Road) and leopard cubs being ‘abandoned’. How can Bangaloreans co-exist with leopards?
When Nice Road was planned and constructed, the needs of the wildlife were not taken into account. As a result, we are seeing leopards being killed on this road, particularly at nights.Wildlife crossings and measures to control speed of vehicles in sections where wildlife occur, should have been a part of the design. I feel it is not too late now to incorporate wildlife crossings, which will enable the animals to safely cross the road.If there is a will to reduce impact
http://www.dnaindia.com/bangalore/interview_its-the-city-that-is-treading-into-leopard-territory-says-ravi-chellam_1546498




Wild Asses Pushed Toward Extinction - the Latest Research Says
Fences and railway lines in Mongolia are cutting endangered wild asses off from their habitat, pushing the animals toward extinction, a new study finds.
Wild asses, which are related to donkeys, once ranged across Mongolia, Russia and into the Middle East.
Today, they’re found only in small pockets in these areas, with the largest group living in the Gobi Desert of Mongolia. Despite protected areas set aside for wildlife in Mongolia, the asses are in trouble, researchers reported last February in the journal, Biological Conservation.
Both manmade and natural barriers (mountains) keep the asses separated from one another and cut off from their migratory routes, a fact illustrated by one wild ass observed walking almost 40 miles (62 kilometers) alongside a railroad fence.
Researchers knew the wild asses face challenges in their Gobi desert habitat. Local ranchers see the asses as competition for their livestock, so they chase away or illegally kill the animals. The International Union for Conservation of Nature lists Asiatic wild asses as “endangered.”
Using GPS data from 19 asses fitted with radio collars, along with historical range data and a genetic analysis of 80 asses, a team of European, Mongolian and Chinese scientists found that the protected areas set aside for the asses aren’t enough.
DNA analysis showed that two ass subpopulations are separated by the mountain ranges crisscrossing Mongolia. However, the researchers found, even though the two subpopulations can’t interbreed, they still show high levels of genetic diversity, meaning they’ve yet to lose their evolutionary resilience to disease and environmental change.
But while the asses’ genetic diversity is heartening, the other news isn’t as good. Humans have restricted the wild asses’ habitat and food supply, especially in the southeastern Gobi, where protected areas aren’t enough to support the asses with grass and water.
The asses are cut off from China by border fences, and in the east, the Ulaanbaatar-Beijing railway line cuts off more than 10,500 square miles (17,000 square km) of habitat. There are under- and overpasses across the railway fences designed for use by herders and livestock, the researchers wrote, but wild gazelles and asses seem unable to find these crossings.
Saving the wild asses will be a matter of international cooperation, the researchers wrote.
Wildlife crossing points should be built over or under
http://ubpost.mongolnews.mn/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=6179&Itemid=41






It's ape time
Children visiting the century-old Mysore zoo never a visit to see Polo, a western lowland gorilla. He is the only gorilla exhibited in any zoo in India. The 46-year-old male gorilla, gifted by the Dublin Zoo, in Ireland on May 12, 1995, is a star attraction. The primate has been without a companion for the last 10 years.
Most visited Polo has been the most-watched exhibit. He has been zoo for 19 years now. The first gorillas of the zoo — Sumati and Sugriva — were brought to Mysore in 1977 and they hogged the limelight until Polo arrived. Sugriva died within a year of its stay. The zoo managed to get a companion for Sumati when Israel gifted Bobo, a male gorilla, in the 80s. Sadly, it (Bobo) too did not live long.
All alone
Sumathi once again became lonely and was without a companion until Polo arrived. Somehow, Sumati did not find him (Polo) a “perfect” companion. Sumati died of a cardiac arrest on October 4, 2000. Thereafter, Polo has been single. Most of the time Polo remains confined to a corner of its enclosure. He beats his chest, claps and, sometimes, makes
http://www.thehindu.com/life-and-style/kids/article2042384.ece



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Iconic zoo relocating to Loganholme
LOGAN will experience a population boom next year - of about 240 animals.
After more than 30 years at Dakabin, Brisbane's iconic Alma Park Zoo is packing its bags and heading to Loganholme.
In what has been hailed as the most exciting venture in the city's 30-year history, the zoo will relocate to Logan after being squeezed out of its current site due to nearby housing developments.
After more than 12 months of discussions, it was agreed the zoo will be set up on the Pacific Motorway at Loganholme on council owned land.
“Alma Park Zoo is one of Queensland's most loved and well-known tourist attractions and for the owners to select Logan as the place to start another chapter in the zoo's successful history is an enormous coup for the city,” Logan Mayor Pam Parker said.
“It will draw more people to the city and discover the true Logan and residents and I can see.”
While he was sad to see it moving from
http://www.thereporter.com.au/story/2011/05/24/zoo-on-the-move-iconic-zoo-relocating-to-loganholm/




Apocalypse Meow: Free-ranging Cats and the Destruction of American Wildlife
http://www.warnell.uga.edu/news/index.php/2009/03/apocalypse-meow-free-ranging-cats-and-the-destruction-of-american-wildlife/




London Zoo to open England’s biggest penguin pool this week
The world famous zoo’s new Penguin Beach will house a 1,200 square metre pool – four times the size of the old one and three times deeper.
It will include a new underwater viewing area where visitors can see the birds diving for their food at twice-daily feeds.
Zoological director David Field said: “ZSL London Zoo’s penguin feeds are a wonderful tradition that has been delighting visitors since our first penguin arrived in 1865.
“Penguin Beach takes the zoo’s penguin tradition into a new era, allowing us to breed large colonies of threatened penguins in an amazing new habitat. Hopefully by witnessing how breathtaking these birds are, we can encourage ZSL London Zoo’s visitors to help protect them.”
The zoo, in Regent’s Park, will initially be home to 80 of the flightless birds, but the colony is set to grow to 200 in the future.
Four species of penguins will be bred – known as Humboldt, macaroni, black-footed and rockhopper – and there will be a special penguin nursery, with a chick incubation unit and
http://www.camdengazette.co.uk/news/london_zoo_to_open_england_s_biggest_penguin_pool_this_week_1_901062




Dolphinarium to be built in Zavodskoi District of Minsk.
It will appear on the territory of the Minsk zoo. Its construction will be finished in 2013 and its opening will coincide with the World Hockey Championship. As it was communicated in the district administration to the investors the preparation works are already being realized and the construction will begin very soon.
Oleg Rezanovich reports: The Zavodskoi District among other districts of Minsk places last as for the attractiveness
http://www.tvr.by/eng/society.asp?id=48569



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Supporters rally for Lion Man return
Lion man Craig Busch and his supporters believe there could be a chance for him to return to his park, with rumours circulating that it may be sold.
Busch's supporters are trying to raise $3 million to pay the debt which they say has been building since he was fired as the operator at Zion Wildlife Gardens in Whangarei in 2008.
The park would not return ONE News calls but its website says it is seeking investors.
Busch was dismissed as operator of the park after an ongoing dispute with his mother Patricia, who also owns a share of the park.
The park was closed for a period in 2009 after two separate incidents of staff being attacked by tigers. The second attack was fatal.
A website has been set up which calls on people to make donations.
"In order to ensure that the cats and park will definitely be saved for Craig, he has to come up with the money to pay off the huge debt that has been built up over the time since he was thrown out of his own park," the website states.
Zion spokeswoman Sara
http://tvnz.co.nz/national-news/supporters-rally-lion-man-return-4186497




Behind the Siamese Smile




Online support for Lion Man's return
The jungle drums are beating after changes at Zion Wildlife Gardens have meant two staff members have lost their jobs.
But claims are also being drummed up that the big cat park's founding owner Craig Busch could make a triumphant return - but only if a global campaign to raise $3 million is successful.
Zion spokeswoman Sara Reid said the two jobs were disestablished weeks ago as part of rationalising staffing at the lion park on the outskirts of Whangarei. Ms Reid said there is no truth to rumours other jobs will soon follow or that the park could close.
"There are still 10 staff employed there," she said.
Zion Wildlife Gardens is subject to a ramped-up online campaign to see Mr Busch reinstated as owner and manager.
The campaign, which has southern African and United
http://www.northernadvocate.co.nz/local/news/online-support-for-lion-mans-return/3953020/




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Zoo staff 'felt unsafe' around Lion Man
Staff at Zion Wildlife Gardens felt so "unsafe" around former big-cat handler Craig "Lion Man" Busch that new management spent almost $100,000 upgrading internal security.
The revelation has been made in a ruling by Employment Relations Authority member Yvonne Oldfield, ordering Mr Busch to pay those running his former wildlife park near Whangarei more than $25,000 to cover the costs of damaged and missing equipment and the proceeds of a photoshoot at the reserve.
Mr Busch is in a long-running battle with his mother, Patricia, for control of Zion Wildlife Gardens Ltd (ZWGL) after being dismissed from the park in November 2008.
In statements from the legal team representing Zion Wildlife Gardens, Ms Oldfield was told that "Mr Busch behaved in ways that intimidated and threatened park staff, including Mrs Busch". Witnesses had said "he was prone to irrational, unpredictable and aggressive behaviour".
Ms Oldfield was told that in May 2008, Mr Busch entered the office area and "despite protests from the administrative worker present", removed files and animal records, which he later refused to return.
A security guard was later hired and stationed outside Mrs Busch's home on Zion land to "protect her when she was sleeping". During the day, the guard "was stationed outside the enclosure where materials were stored to ensure that items there were not removed".
ZWGL told the authority it had spent $96,378.50 on upgrading security; a figure that included security guard hire, new locks and the installation of security cameras.
Ms Oldfield wrote: "I am satisfied that some staff at the park genuinely felt unsafe in Mr Busch's presence.
"However, some witnesses who had worked with him for some time had long held the view that he was volatile and aggressive." But despite ruling that Mr Busch must cover the costs for a range of equipment at the park, Ms Oldfield said he should not be responsible for the security costs because she was "not satisfied" they were related to any breach of an employment agreement.
Neither did she find Mr Busch liable for costs related to the cancelling of interactive tours at the park in May 2008.
His decision to do that followed an approach to Mrs Busch for funds to declaw some young cubs so they could be used for interactive tours.
Three staff members told Mrs Busch that her son had made the decision "with the intention of damaging the business".
But Ms Oldfield said in her ruling: "Mr Busch says that he had ultimate responsibility for the safe running of the park and the decision he took was reasonable in light of concerns he held in relation to health and safety issues at the time.
"Mr Busch said his concerns were vindicated, at about the time he cancelled the tours, when a volunteer was bitten by one of the animals."
The interactive tours were restarted after Mr Busch's dismissal, but
http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/5062161/Zoo-staff-felt-unsafe-around-Lion-Man



Lion Man to pay $25,000 for park losses

Lion Man Craig Busch has been ordered to pay $25,000 as the bitter battle for control of Northland's Zion Wildlife Gardens continues.
The order has been made by Employment Relations Authority member Yvonne Oldfield, who found that Busch, made famous with his reality TV show, was guilty of "serious breaches of his employment obligations".
The orders, which total $25,109.43, plus 8.4 per cent interest, include $10,657 for damages to a bandsaw, $10,742 for the loss of use of equipment critical for the upkeep of the park and $3712 in damages covering a fee charged to photographers, which he did not pass on to park management.
On the issue of the bandsaw, Oldfield's ruling stated that the machinery was damaged and park management lodged an insurance claim to replace it.
Credit was provided by a retailer near Zion, just north of Whangarei.
Busch used the credit to gain a
http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/5058285/Lion-Man-to-pay-25-000-for-park-losses



Palm oil products and the weekly shop
In researching Dying for a Biscuit, Panorama asked the makers of the top selling products containing palm oil and the major supermarket chains about their palm oil use. We also requested information on how they sourced their palm oil and whether or not they participate in the GreenPalm trading scheme, aimed at encouraging growers to produce more sustainable oil.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/panorama/hi/front_page/newsid_8517000/8517093.stm



Miami Science Museum’s New Hands-on Stingray Sea Lab Exhibit To Give Up Close View Of Sea Life
Miami Science Museum announces the opening of its newest exhibit: Stingray Sea Lab on Saturday, May 28, 2011, as part of the inaugural Miami Underwater Festival. Stingray Sea Lab, open to all ages, will include a 3,000-gallon stingray touch tank, a small invertebrate touch tank, a sea grass tank and an algae refugium. Hands-on exhibits, including a video microscope station and dissection lab, are interspersed throughout the exhibit. Stingray Sea Lab will serve as a prototype for the new Miami Science Museum’s aquarium, scheduled to open in Museum Park in 2014 (Patricia and Phillip Frost Museum of Science).
“This new exhibit is designed to give visitors a very personal experience with local sea life. Visitors will get to touch live stingrays at this new 3,000 gallon touch tank then discover what is found in Miami’s amazing and diverse sea grass beds, from crabs and seahorses, to the many baby fish that start their lives there,” said Frank Steslow, Miami Science Museum COO. “The Stingray Sea Lab will allow us to test different technologies and prototype the exhibit so that we can build an efficient, educational and visually stunning aquarium at the new Museum.”
The Stingray Touch Tank will feature four different species of stingrays native to South Florida, including cow nose, southern, Atlantic and yellow stingrays, housed in a 3,000-gallon saltwater touch tank. The 200 square foot touch tank is 3 feet deep and features approximately 30 feet of viewing window space, allowing guests of all ages to gain access and touch the stingrays while still providing a center area where the animals can rest. Visitors are encouraged to dip their hands into the water and allow the stingrays to touch them. Stingrays are incredible creatures and they make for a fun, hands-on, educational family experience. To ensure the safety of visitors, caretakers who carefully monitor the stingray exhibit also trim the
http://www.prlog.org/11509807-miami-science-museums-new-hands-on-stingray-sea-lab-exhibit-to-give-up-close-view-of-sea-life.html




Auckland Zoo allowed to import Kashin replacements
The Auckland Council has voted in favour of getting two elephants from Asia for Auckland Zoo.
The idea to expand the herd was because of fears about the wellbeing of Burma after her companion, Kashin, died in August 2009. The zoo brought in a horse called Cherry to keep Burma company while plans for elephant companions were made.
However the zoo's website said: ''the bond and the relationship that was hoped for didn't really progress between Burma and Cherry, so we have decided not to continue having Cherry here at the Zoo''.
Today's decision, which has caused controversy with animal experts who say the elephant programme in Auckland should be stopped, was made at the a meeting of the Strategy and Finance Committee.
If the decision meets all other council processes, two juvenile elephants would be brought from an orphanage in Sri Lanka.
The cost of bringing the elephants would be borrowed from the council and repaid over three years.
The two female elephants would provide friendship for sole remaining elephant Burma.
Auckland Council spokeswoman Glyn Jones said the vote came only after reassurances ratepayers would not have to pay for the elephants, and animal welfare and conservation
http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/5055085/Auckland-Zoo-allowed-to-import-Kashin-replacements



D.C. Zoo Employee Denies Charge She Tried to Poison Feral Cats
Several residents caring for feral cats in the Washington, D.C., neighborhood of Columbia Heights noticed a strange substance in the cats' food. The caretakers reported the substance to the Washington Humane Society, which tested the substance last month and determined that it was rat poison.
Officials have since arrested Nico Dauphine, a National Zoo employee, for allegedly attempting to poison the feral cats. Dauphine, a postdoctoral fellow with the Smithsonian Migratory Bird Center at the National Zoo, was charged with attempted cruelty to animals and faces up to 180 days in jail and a fine of $1,000, if convicted.
The Humane Society conducted a month-long investigation monitoring video surveillance and matching card swipes in and out of an apartment complex near the scene of the alleged crime. The agency, which has the authority to enforce the laws of the District, obtained a warrant for Dauphine's arrest. Dauphine turned herself in but has denied the allegations.
"She's a suspect," Scott Giacoppo, a vice president and chief programs officer with the Washington Humane
http://abcnews.go.com/US/dc-zoo-employee-denies-charge-poison-feral-cats/story?id=13674962





Paraguay zoo seeks mate for lonely Hyacinth Macaw
The Asuncion zoo is desperately seeking a mate for Coco, the last known male of his species left in Paraguay.
Coco is an endangered Hyacinth Macaw, known in Paraguayan Spanish as a "papagayo azul." Scientists estimated several years ago that only 6,500 were left in the wild, mostly in Brazil.
It took a DNA test to show Coco is male, and zoo veterinarian Cristiane Rainner says they've kept him apart from other kinds of Macaws for now, even though
http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2011/05/24/ap/latinamerica/main20065957.shtml




‘Lucky’ Santa Barbara Zoo Penguin Gets Happy Feet with New Boot
Shoe company Teva creates a custom protective boot to cushion the animal's impaired webbed foot
There are 18 Humboldt penguins at the Santa Barbara Zoo, but only one of them is named Lucky — and for good reason.
He was born in a nest box on April 15, 2010, but after initial checkups with the zoo veterinarian, the seabird appeared hobbled by an impaired foot. Another examination and X-rays revealed no broken bones but did conclude that the gregarious penguin’s webbed foot wasn’t
http://www.noozhawk.com/article/052411_lucky_santa_barbara_zoo_penguin/



Welcome the White Tigers
The China Post news staff--Two white tigers from Guangzhou Xiangjiang Safari Park(廣州香江野生動物園), named ZhouHai(昭海) and HuangLo(歡樂), will arrive in Kaohsiung on May 26th. The Kaohsiung City Council will hold a welcoming ceremony at Kaohsiung International Airport before the animals go to their new home at Shoushan Zoo (壽山動物園).
“We will make them happy and get them accustomed to new life here,” said zoo administration chief Zhang Bo-yu (張博宇). In 2010, Shoushan Zoo sent two experts to Xiangjiang Safari Park to learn the white tigers' living habits, hoping to make the rare cats comfortable in Taiwan's environment. “We will treat them well, feed them well and make them feel at
http://www.chinapost.com.tw/taiwan/china-taiwan-relations/2011/05/25/303630/Welcome-the.htm





No need to panic over zoo deaths: Experts
The expert committee that was constituted to examine the recent deaths of animals in the Thiruvananthapuram zoo has concluded that the deaths can only be considered as isolated incidents in the respective species and hence not of concern.
The expert committee report has been submitted to Minister for Zoos and Museums P K Jayalakshmi as well as Culture Secretary K Venu. Jayalakshmi also visited the zoo on Wednesday soon after receiving the report of the expert committee.
The committee came to the conclusion that there is no immediate cause of worry after a detailed study of the post-mortem reports, revisiting into the previous deaths, examining the feed store and feed ingredients and also after consultations with the zoo director, zoo superintendent and the zoo keepers.
However, the committee has urged the zoo officials to implement the recommendations on the health-related aspects. The most important of the recommendations is the establishment of an in-house laboratory to carry out routine medical procedures and the purchase of rapid antigen and antibody detection kits for detecting infectious diseases without any time delay.
Regular testing of water samples, periodic analysis of feed
http://ibnlive.in.com/news/no-need-to-panic-over-zoo-deaths-experts/154445-60-123.html




RARE FLAMINGO BORN IN CAPTIVITY IN THE BAHAMAS
The new chick in town can barely stand on legs that one day will carry her far. She's full of spunk, dressed in grey down, capturing hearts and stealing attention from the few who get to peek at her -- she's the first baby Caribbean flamingo chick born in captivity this year at Ardastra Gardens, Zoo & Conservation Centre in Nassau and one of the few to survive birth in captivity around the world.
"This is an exciting time for us," said Richard Roswell, director of animal care at Ardastra, Nassau's charming home to rare birds, reptiles and animals. "Cases of flamingos being born in captivity and surviving are rare internationally. When one was born in the U.K. in Gloucestershire, it was the first time in the 60 years of the zoo's history that it happened and the live birth made the lead story on the BBC and international headlines. Our first live birth occurred in 2001
http://www.anguillanews.com/enews/index.php/permalink/3895.html




Who knew? I am a domestic terrorist for taking pictures of farms
“Have you heard about the Slow Food campaign? The movement is urging supporters to send in pictures of farms to protest against bills in Florida, Iowa and Minnesota that would make it illegal to take a picture or a video of a farm. Slow Food members are calling it the farmarazzi campaign."
Two weeks ago, I was sharing this news with a fellow breakfast diner at a noisy table at Selma Cafe.
“I don’t like to hear the word Nazi — that word upsets me.”
"Nazi?" How did we get to Nazi? I am talking about a photo campaign to protest bills, not gassing trainloads of children and systemic fear mongering by the state.
“Oh no, you misheard, I don’t like that word either.” I slow down and raise my voice: “Fffaaarrrmarazzi. Like paparazzi, but farm-a-razzi.”
Two weeks later, Slow Food USA has collected more than 33,000 signatures for its campaign, and 450 pictures of farms. The legislation has been “indefinitely postponed” in Florida, and Slow Food continues to collect pictures and
http://www.annarbor.com/entertainment/food-drink/who-knew-i-am-a-domestic-terrorist-for-taking-pictures-of-farms/





Polar bear cub was reviewed for return to Arctic
A rescued polar bear cub is thriving at the Alaska Zoo but federal wildlife officials said Wednesday they briefly considered trying to reunite the wild tyke with its mother after the adult bear was spotted on sea ice of the state's northern coast.
U.S. Fish and Wildlife officials ultimately concluded it was unclear whether the mother bear would re-accept the small cub after walking more than 30 miles away onto sea ice.
"The odds of being able to get this cub back to the family group were really, really low," said Rosa Meehan, the USFWS marine mammals manager in Alaska.
Meehan spoke Wednesday as zoo officials gave the young female cub the chance to expand her surroundings — a romp in an outdoor pen as reporters and photographers looked on.
The cub, now weighing 30 pounds, moved tentatively when its cage door was opened, but as an hour went by, it started to romp, climbing
http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5gJOb-6rfb73_ZBUIjqlaxOAh6EUA?docId=f99724c9a4be42179c42a51799acccf4




Tracking Whale Sharks With Astronomical Algorithms
With the help of algorithms designed to guide the Hubble telescope’s starscape surveys, conservation-minded coders have designed software that helps biologists identify whale sharks by their spots. The program enlists the help of citizens with cameras, and lets researchers track Earth’s biggest fish across time and oceans.
At the ECOCEAN Whale Shark Photo-Identification Library, people can upload photographs to the database, where they’re analyzed and classified. Photographers can then learn about their individual animal and receive emails each time it’s spotted. In the meantime, researchers will use the records to study population trends and the histories of individual whale sharks.
“If you put a tag in skin, it wears off or falls away. But we can recognize these animals for the rest of their lives,” said whale shark expert Al Dove of the Georgia Aquarium, a participant in the ECOCEAN project. “It lets you recognize and track animals without marking them, and it’s permanent.”
The program began when Jason Holmberg, then an English teacher in Cairo with a passion for scuba diving, saw his first whale shark during a trip
http://www.wired.com/wiredscience/2011/05/whale-shark-tracking/




Zoo director’s home to be museum to righteous couple
The house where the Warsaw Zoo’s World War II-era director Jan Zabinski and his wife, Antonina, sheltered Jews from the Nazis is to become a small museum dedicated to their heroism.
The museum dedicated to the couple will open this fall, according to a report Wednesday on Polish Radio.
Yad Vashem recognized the Zabinskis as Righteous Among the Nations in 1965.
Zabinski, who was allowed to enter the Warsaw Ghetto as a municipal official, helped get Jews "over to the Aryan side, provided them with indispensable personal documents, looked for accommodations, and when necessary hid them at his villa or on the zoo’s grounds,” according to the Yad Vashem website.
With the Zabinskis' help, according to the website, many Jews found temporary shelter in the zoo’s abandoned animal cells, "until they were able to relocate to permanent
http://www.jta.org/news/article/2011/05/25/3087874/zoo-directors-house-to-be-museum-to-righteous-gentiles




Zoo helping to cut risk of skin cancer
The Living Desert is taking part in the third annual “Don’t Fry Day” campaign to reduce the risk of skin cancer.
Throughout the day Saturday, the zoo will offer activities, information and tips for protecting your skin while outside.
Each year, there are more new cases of skin cancer in the U.S. than new cases of breast, prostate, lung and colon cancers combined, according to the National Council on Skin Cancer Prevention.
Overexposure to UV radiation is the primary risk factor for skin cancer, according to the council.
Risk of skin cancer can be reduced
http://www.mydesert.com/article/20110525/LIFESTYLES03/110525007/Zoo-helping-cut-risk-skin-cancer?odyssey=mod|newswell|text|Frontpage|s




Merlin Entertainments to Open Sealife Aquarium in Rome
SEA LIFE will be located in their lakeside Acquario di Roma retail and leisure development. This new attraction will be complementary to a planned 4D theatre and Mediterraneum exposition, both of which will also feature marine based elements. Construction of the complex is well under way and it is planned that SEA LIFE will open during Spring 2012.
“Merlin Entertainments is Europe’s leading visitor attraction operator, and we have been looking to find the right development in Rome for some time. Our experience shows that the combination of quality family attractions such as SEA LIFE, together with retail and restaurant facilities provide a major driver for repeat visits. We believe that SEA LIFE will greatly enhance the shopping and entertainment experience, and are confident that both local and visiting families will revel in the deep sea wonders that the aquarium will bring,’ said Nick Mackenzie, Managing Director of Merlin Entertainments’ Property & Development Group.
‘Over recent months we have also developed an excellent working relationship with the Mare Nostrum Romae S.r.l team, and this was also a key factor in our decision. Our commitment to build a SEA LIFE aquarium underlines our belief that Rome, and particularly the Acquario di Roma, is a perfect location for what we hope will just be our first attraction here, and we are delighted to be able to move our plans forward.”
SEA LIFE is the world’s biggest aquarium brand with more than 10 million visitors a year and over 30 superb attractions in Europe, USA and Asia Pacific. The SEA LIFE focus is also always on quality of experience rather than scale, taking visitors on a seamless journey under the sea which entertains, inspires and teaches both young and old. The attractions offer everything from viewing windows giving a glimpse into the ocean itself; to enlightening talks, feeding demonstrations, as well as involvement in the brand’s global environmental and conservation marine campaigning. As with its other ‘midway’ attractions, Merlin calls the SEA LIFE experience ‘fun learning’.
The Rome attraction will highlight all of the qualities which have gained the brand the support and endorsement of marine experts worldwide
http://www.linkedin.com/news?viewArticle=&articleID=541148610&gid=1875480&type=member&item=55354331&articleURL=http://www.blooloop.com/ViewNews.aspx?ID=15955&urlhash=TXGR&goback=.gde_1875480_member_55354331





Georgia Aquarium starts new program letting visitors wade into water with beluga whales
The world's largest aquarium is letting guests get an up-close view of its beluga whales.
A new program at the Georgia Aquarium gives visitors a chance to wade in the water with the giant white mammals. Visitors get a behind-the-scene tour of the whales and the harbor seal exhibits and an opportunity to interact with the whales alongside animal training staff at the aquarium.
The program costs $224.95.
Experts estimate there are
http://www.therepublic.com/view/story/7abd89b52666443c9e7f7fa6a64206ad/GA--Beluga-Whales/




New parasites found in frogs
University of Sydney researchers have identified two new parasite species causing disease among endangered Australian frogs. They say they are most likely native, overturning a commonly held view they were introduced with cane toads in 1935.
The parasites have so far been found in 10 frog species, including the iconic Green and Golden Bell Frog, the Southern Bell Frog and even the Yellow Spotted Bell Frog - a species presumed extinct for 30 years until recently.
These singled-celled myxosporean parasites have been identified in bell frog populations since 1997, says Ashlie Hartigan, a PhD student leading the research with Dr Jan Šlapeta from the Faculty of Veterinary Science, David Phalen, Director of the University of Sydney's Wildlife Health and Conservation Centre, and Karrie Rose from the Australian Registry of Wildlife Health.
"Infected frogs lose weight, are lethargic
http://www.sciencealert.com.au/news/20112605-22192.html




Clouded leopards spring one on keepers
It was an unplanned pregnancy.
Keepers at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium thought Chai Li and Nah Fun, a pair of 20-month-old clouded leopards, were too young to breed.
But the elusive cats mated without their handlers noticing, and now Chai Li is expecting a litter in mid-June. The zoo is one of only three places in the United States where the endangered species is being bred.
“They certainly are paired for breeding, but we thought it wouldn’t be until next year,” curator Karen Goodrowe Beck said. “It’s an unexpected but very delightful and happy surprise.”
Chai Li and Nah Fun were paired at the Khao Kheow Open Zoo in Thailand when they were 5 days old. It’s hard to pair adult clouded leopards, so the spotted cats usually are put together at an early age so they grow up and are comfortable with each other.
Because Chai Li and Nah Fun are so close and get along so well, keepers allow them to
http://www.thenewstribune.com/2011/05/26/1680702/clouded-leopards-spring-one-on.html




Dakota Zoo closed, animals being evacuated
Dakota Zoo closed indefinitely at 4 p.m. Wednesday after consulting with local and state emergency planners, a release from the zoo said.
Most of the animals will be evacuated to other facilities in North Dakota and South Dakota. The release said the zoo anticipates being closed for several weeks.
A few animals will remain on site unless the water goes higher than currently forecast.
Volunteers are needed to sandbag the zoo
http://www.bismarcktribune.com/news/local/article_60be0600-8717-11e0-b3f4-001cc4c03286.html




CZA lifts six-year ban on breeding in Byculla zoo
The central zoo authority has decided to allow animal breeding in the 150-year-old Veermata Jijabai Udyan and Zoo. There had been a stop on breeding since six years.
The high court in 2005 had ordered the zoo to put a stop on reproduction amongst animals. However, the CZA directed the zoo to maintain such conditions which can ensure planned animal breeding in the zoo premises.
The CZA has issued guidelines to the zoo officials to maintain a sex ratio of 2:5 amongst all species. “The CZA direction will help us uplift the zoo’s condition. Breeding amongst animals will lead to a healthier animal count,” said Anil Anjankar, zoo director. This will help us keep the new species intact, he added.
Due to the six-year ban, a majority of animals have no progeny and are bordering their life expectancy. With a limited number of younger breed of animals and 80% turning old, the zoo had been heading towards extinction.
“The ban on breeding was affecting the zoo. There is also a ban on buying animals in India. We can only exchange animals with other zoos. But with most aging, we could not even exercise this option,” said
http://www.dnaindia.com/mumbai/report_cza-lifts-six-year-ban-on-breeding-in-byculla-zoo_1547542



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This is a call out to all enthusiastic wildlife photographers and zoo keepers out there!

Animals on Film is about to begin editing the Ratite & Macropod DVD programs if you have any photographic/Video/DVD footage that you think we could use in this series.
Please contact Jo Gosatti at jo@animalsonfilm.com

Both programs will cover capture and trapping procedures/equipment (Field and captive environments) ,safety equipment, animal husbandry and veterinary procedures specific for both Ratite & Macropod species. We will also be including a section on zoonoses too! If you have any photographs of injuries to yourself that demonstrates how potentially dangerous these animals can be, I think this would be also useful.

Each individual will be recognized in the credits and receive a copy of the program for their personal use. Please don't forget to get approvals from your organization that you work for prior to sending the footage in.

I would also like to give a big thank you to everyone who has been involved in developing this series as it could not have been done without you all.

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The “Best Practice” Capture Handling and Restraint Programs are now been used in these existing course units:-

Universities

TV1200 Veterinary Professional Life 2.
NH002 Veterinary Science
VET631 Wildlife Medicine
VET530 Clinical Rotations (undergraduate program)


TAFES

RUV3410A “Capture, restrain and assist in moving animals
S441 Certificate III in Companion Animals Studies
Certificate II Animal Studies
RUV2103A Assist with general animal care
RUV3501A Provide advice on companion animal selection and care
RUV3506A Capture, handle and transport companion animals
RUV30304 Certificate III in Companion Animal Services
RUV30204 Certificate III in Captive Animals Management
39132QLD Native Animal Rehabilitation Certificate III
ACM20110 Certificate II in Animal Studies
RUV30204 Certificate III in Animal Studies
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Wildlife Rescue Training Courses (Zoonoses Vol 9)


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This award is open to individual members of ASZK or institutions for outstanding achievement in the Zoo industry. This can be either within the past year or for individuals who have contributed to the industry over a long period of time. Examples of achievements include developing husbandry techniques, training, breeding programs, educational programs, facility development.

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