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not DYSFUNCTIONAL zoos.
A ban on captive
animals could speed up extinction
The recent death of
the last male Northern white rhinoceros — and the imminent extinction of the
vaquita porpoise — is a stark reminder we are not going to win every battle to
save endangered species in the wild. We can rescue some from total extinction —
and have already — but only the help of zoos and aquariums.
are increasingly under stress from human activities and their impact on the
environment. Population growth, habitat destruction and wildlife poaching —
whether for sustenance or profit — are among the largest threats contributing
to their extinction.
Rhino horn, for
example, fetches upwards of US$60,000 per kilogram in countries where it is
prized as a cure and status symbol. But this is bogus. Rhino horn is made of
keratin, like our fingernails, and cannot cure disease.
We need a
planet-wide shift in thinking abo
Opinion | Zoos
Zoos have been a
fond pastime for many people. I remember how fun the zoo was when I was a
child. I’d see all the animals lazily sitting around their habitats, from the
mighty lions to the various birds that had enough different colors to fill a
box of crayons. There were monkeys that couldn’t sit still, and a dimly lit
reptile room where lizards and snakes of various sizes would stare stoically
back at me, as if daring me to try and tap on the glass.
There’s no denying
the fun I had visiting zoos, and I still enjoy the occasional visit now and
then. Sadly, I can no longer enjoy it as I once did due to the negative
controversy that I’ve started to hear surrounding them. Many people have come
to view zoos as little more than prisons, denying animals their freedom and
leaving them to be looked at by thousands. I’ll admit zoos aren’t perfect, but
they aren’t as unethical as one would initially think. In fact, zoos have many
conditions that ensure that animals are treated humanely.
While there are some
who view zoos as cruel institutions, the government has procedures set for any
constructed animal habitat. The A
The mysterious and
tragic story of the Carolina parakeet, America’s only native parrot
It was winter in
Upstate New York in 1780 in a rural town called Schoharie, home to the deeply
religious Palatine Germans. Suddenly, a flock of gregarious red and green birds
flew into town, seemingly upon a whirlwind.
thought the end of the world was upon them. Though the robin-size birds left
quickly, their appearance was forever imprinted on local lore. As author
Benjamin Smith Barton wrote: “The more ignorant Dutch settlers were exceedingly
alarmed. They imagined, in dreadful consternation, that it portended nothing
less calamitous than the destruction of the world.”
You and I know that
the birds weren’t a precursor of mankind’s demise — but in a way, there was
impending doom ahead. These birds were Carolina parakeets, America’s only
native parrot. Exactly 100 years ago, the last captive Carolina parakeet died,
alone in a cage in the Cincinnati Zoo, the same zoo where the last captive
passenger pigeon, named Martha, died four years earlier. The last “
World of Birds: A Conversation with Christine
Sheppard, Retired Curator of Ornithology at the Bronx Zoo
Christine Sheppard was part of the legendary team of zoo professionals at the
Wildlife Conservation Society's Bronx Zoo. She spent most of this time as
Curator of Ornithology, where she was responsible for managing one of the
largest bird collections at any zoo in the world. Sheppard and her staff
accomplished many advancements in bird husbandry, reproduction and research.
Here is her story.
Why I Don’t Tell
People I’m A Zookeeper
Look, being a
zookeeper or aquarist is great. It’s the best job on the planet, we all know
that. In fact, even science knows that. I challenge anyone to find a better
combination of satisfying, dynamic, engaging, mission-driven, and
cute-animal-filled. That type of awesomeness adds up to us being incredibly
passionate about our jobs. Hell, even calling it a job can be a misnomer, since
it’s likely something that we would do for free if we didn’t have expensive
pet, coffee, and beer habits to pay for. Yet despite all of that, I find myself
hesitating to tell people I meet that I’m a zookeeper. Far more often than
College Intern Aspiring To Be A Zookeeper Me would have expected back more than
a decade ago.
The last of their
kind: how the wild white rhinos died
Much has been
written about the death of a rhino called Sudan. He was the last surviving male
northern white rhino, living out his days under armed guard in a Kenyan
technological miracle involving IVF and surrogates, his species, the northern
white rhino, is destined to die with him. This two-tonne colossus will
disappear on our watch, in full view.
Target Training a
Disease Has Scientists Baffled
When Arthur Muneza
was about to start his master's at Michigan State University in 2014, he faced
a pivotal question: What did he want to study?
He considered many
rock stars of the African animal kingdom: elephants, lions, even hyenas.
But then the
biologist heard that few were studying the little-understood giraffe skin
disease, and he knew he was onto something.
"We said, let's
just go for it. Let's look at giraffe skin disease and see what we can get out
of it," he says.
condition, which is widespread in sub-Saharan Africa, causes grayish, crusty
lesions on giraffe necks and legs. It's unknown what, if any, environmental
factors are to blame, or even if it's a compilation of several diseases that
HOW ZOOS HELPING LFP
LOST US LUSH’S SUPPORT
This week we were
very sad to receive the news that our application to Lush to hold a Charity Pot
party at our local Lush Oxford store was denied because we accept funds from
zoos. We first learned about the Charity Pot fund from our lovely associates at
EAST, who are linked to a zoo (that is also a rescue centre), Monkey World. We
subsequently have attended many conferences run by zoo conservation groups that
have had Lush-funded attendees. It never occurred to us that Lush was anti-zoo,
and indeed, we have always been funded by zoos and during that time, have done
3 Charity Pot parties, ran an event in the opening week of Lush’s flagship shop
in Oxford street, our team members have worked for Lush and wrote articles
about Little Fireface Project for the internal staff newsletter, and our team
has passionately supported the
Armadillos Not: Zoos Seek Affection for Overlooked Species
For $40, a visitor
can spend 30 minutes, one on one, with Willy, a Southern three-banded
armadillo, who runs around in circles in a small fenced enclosure, sniffing and
eating crickets and worms at the National Aviary in Pittsburgh.
On a recent day,
Willy had only one visitor. His neighbor, Vivien, a two-toed sloth, was booked
solid for the day at $150 per half-hour.
The girl with the
poison frog tattoos
A Devon doctor has
anatomically correct tattoos of poision frogs on her arm to mark the first
successful breeding program at a county zoo.
Dr Katy Upton is
marking her team’s first successful breeding of each rare frog species at
Paignton Zoo. She said: “I’m very proud of the work we do with these species
and I love tattoos of the animals I work with. So far I’ve got two on my right
forearm - Raniotmeya summersii - Summers' poison frog - and Ranitomeya sirensis
– the Sira poison frog.”
She got her first
tattoo at 18, but these two frogs are recent additions. They were done by
Claire Jackson at Artium INK in Exeter. They took an hour each, with t
About Our Elephants With Microsoft
25 Best Aquariums in
the United States
Why Are Robin Eggs
Learn Why Wild Bird
Eggs Come in a Rainbow of Colors
Blue is not the only
pretty shade found in wild bird eggs. Eggshells can be a rainbow of hues, from
simple white, cream, buff, and tan shades to lavender, mint green, yellow,
teal, gray, red-orange, pink, and blue-green.
Eggs may be plain,
or they may have markings in different colors, such as red-brown, deep purple,
black, gray, or green. Spots, flecks, specks, splotches, blotches, and
squiggles can all be marked on eggs and add to their color variations.
Furthermore, some eggs may even be stained from nesting material, particularly
in wet areas such as marshes or wetlands where decaying plants can leave
smudges on eggshells.
Scratch: A Conversation with Greg Geise, Retired President/CEO of the Binder
Over the course of
forty years, the Binder Park Zoo in Battle Creek, Michigan has evolved from
land, a group of volunteers and a $15,000 check in the bank to a modern zoo
featuring the worldclass Wild Africa. For the first 35 years of its existence,
the zoo was led by Greg Geise. His leadership, vision and focus on
professionalism helped the zoo grow into what it is today. Here is his story.
Frozen sperm won’t
save the rhino — but stopping poachers might
Sudan died this week in Kenya, the world lost a rhino but not a species. It’s
true that Sudan was the last male white northern rhino on Earth. (Two females
remain). But the northern white is a subspecies, not a full species, and it had
already been functionally extinct for at least a decade.
The rest of the
rhino species, however, given safe havens and adequate numbers of breeding
individuals, can rebound. Unlike the northern white rhino, the southern white
rhino — another subspecies and Sudan’s close kin — is a conservation success
story: In the early 1900s there were fewer than 200 animals; today there are
more than 20,000, primarily in South Africa.
Why are the stories
of these two closely related rhino populations so different?
Was the Death of the
Last Male Northern White Rhino the End of a Hoax?
Sudan, the last male
of his kind, died on March 19, 2018, in Kenya. It’s now curtains for northern
white rhinoceroses. His survivors are his daughter Najin and Najin’s daughter,
media chronicled the poignancy of the 45-year-old’s death at Ol Pejeta
Conservancy, a private reserve owned and operated by a Kenyan NGO in a
long-term agreement with another NGO, Flora and Fauna International, UK.
In ancient Egypt,
the penalty for killing a ‘bin chicken’ was death
In a time long
before the term "bin chicken" existed, ibises were the subject of
reverence rather than divisive debate.
Sally Wasef has dedicated her research to studying ibis DNA from ancient Egypt,
where the birds were respected because of their representation of the god
KNOWING ABOUT BIRD FLU STRAIN SINCE AUGUST
departments on Monday admitted to dozens of mammals dying in Isaan for the past
seven months due to a strain of avian flu – a day after a disease specialist
chided them for concealing the information.
The Department of
Livestock Development in Surin said it knew about dozens of small carnivorous
mammals infected with bird flu in 10 Isan provinces since August – which led 15
of them to die. The acknowledgment came a day after an expert said avian flu in
Thailand was not being publicized enough.
“It’s not shared a
lot on social media, but bird flu is still very important. If citizens are not
aware, after birds die they could still prepare them as food,” said Teerawat
Hemachuta of the Center of Emerging and Re-emerging Infectious Diseases at the Faculty
of Veterinary Science, Chulalongkorn University.
Teerawat said on
Sunday that public health officials are not publicizing the issue because
responsible disease control, livesto
The journal of the
IUCN Vulture Specialist Group
Baton Rouge Zoo
loses accreditation; inspectors cite animal escapes, outdated facilities
The Baton Rouge Zoo
has lost its 40-year-old accreditation from the national Association of Zoos
and Aquariums, an honor that zoo officials have touted in the past to defend
their history of maintaining the zoo and providing quality care for the
decision came over the weekend and the Baton Rouge Zoo announced it Monday, on
the heels of a vote last week to keep the Baton Rouge Zoo at Greenwood Park in
north Baton Rouge. BREC Superintendent Carolyn McKnight and Zoo Director Phil Frost
pushed for a relocation to Airline Highway Park, but they met fierce backlash
from residents who argued the zoo had been neglected and questioned why the zoo
could not be revitalized at its longtime home.
Conservation Council' Is a Nightmare of Trophy Hunters and Gun Industry
Contrary to its
name, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s newly-created “International Wildlife
Conservation Council” is filled almost entirely with people who enjoy shooting
animals for sport.
The Associated Press
reports that one member, Peter Horn, co-owns a private hunting preserve in
upstate New York with Eric Trump and Donald Trump, Jr.; Horn is also an ex-vice
president of the Safari Club International Conservation Fund and a vice president
for gun-maker Beretta, and folks, it just gets more fucked up from here. We’ve
got Erica Rhoad, the NRA’s director of hunting policy; Steven Chancellor, a GOP
money man who has killed six elephants (and 18 lions, 13 leopards, and two
rhinos, at least); and Cameron Hanes, a hunting TV show host and friend of Don
Jr. who recently said that killing animals like elephants gives them “value.”
So, who are the
other ladies on this council? Let’s check ‘em out!
Different: A Conversation with Karen Fifield, Chief Executive of Wellington Zoo
Since 2012, Karen
Fifield has served as Chief Executive of the Wellington Zoo in New Zealand.
Since that time, the zoo has evolved from a relatively antiquated zoo into one
striving for creativity and optimal animal welfare. Some of Fifield's
initiatives have included adding a major exhibit on New Zealand wildlife,
building a state-of-the-art veterinary hospital where guests can observe the
medical care animals receive, installing an animal welfare committee and
forming conservation partnerships. She also serves on the Australasia Zoo and
Aquarium Board and the Animal Welfare Committee of the World Association of
Zoos and Aquariums. Here is her story.
What Aardvark Milk
Reveals about the Evolution of Lactation
or decades, cow’s
milk has reigned as America’s milk of choice. Even as alternative, plant-based
milks made from almonds, soy or oats increasingly challenge the familiar
frosted plastic jugs for space in refrigerators across the country, the bovine
beverage remains ubiquitous—virtually everywhere, that is, except the Exotic
Animal Milk Repository at the Smithsonian National Zoo’s Conservation Biology
“I have 400 or 500
samples of gorilla and orangutan milk in my freezer right now,” Mike Power
says, without a hint of irony. Power heads up the milk repository, an
assortment of milk collected at zoos across the country from more than 180
different species of mammals, more samples from more species than anywhere else
in the world. And the collection is growing quickly. Just ten years ago, Power
says, the scientific community knew virtually nothing about ape milk, let alone
the milk of dozens of other exotic mammals whose samples now dominate the
repository freezer. The newest addition? Weekly samples from Ali the aardvark,
a proud new mother at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden.
repository’s collection allows scientists to study the nutritiona
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This is 1 of the
most important training steps you need!
In 2005 I started to
work at Ouwehands Zoo in the Netherlands. I worked under a great supervisor who
taught me a lot over the years to come. One of his key points I never forget is
to train animals to be used for anything and everything. He explained me that
you should overdo it all the time. I was wondering what he meant by this and
asked further. He said to me you know when I throw a brush all over the place,
when would that happen? With another surprised look I answered, Never? He said
a brush could just fall on the ground and if the animals are ok with the
throwing they will for sure be oke with it just falling. He had a point but I
got to wonder if this really works this way. While working In Ouwehands Zoo he
showed me this technique many times. From then on I took this idea everywhere
over the course of my career.
process of using time or experience to change an animal’s perception of a
stimulus from a value, either reinforcing or punishing, to neutral or no value.
If reinforcement is not used, this is refer
T cell responses
against elephant herpesvirus identified
Why are young Asian
elephants more susceptible to elephant endotheliotropic herpesvirus (EEHV)?
Some believe it is because juvenile elephants have not yet been able to mount
an effective T cell response; however, little is known about the T cell
response in either young or adult elephants who latently carry the virus. Now,
for the first time, researchers at Baylor College of Medicine have been able to
identify T cell immune responses directed against EEHV.
published in the current edition of the Journal of Virology, could be the first
steps in developing an effective vaccine for this deadly disease.
elephants in the wild and in captivity. It can be latent in adults but in young
elephants it can be lethal. By the time symptoms are observed, the disease has
often progressed to a point where treatments are not effective. Working with
the Houston Zoo, Dr. Paul Ling, associate professor of virology and
microbiology at Baylor, has played a role in regular testing of blood for the
virus. When detected, treatment can begin immediately.
availability of sensitive tests and protocols for treating EEHV illness, these
measures are not always effective,” said Ling, who also is a member of the Dan
L Duncan Comprehensive Cancer Center. “The best line of defense would be a
vaccine. By understanding how the adult elephant immune system is able to
protect against EEHV, we are closer to developing a vaccine for juvenile
In the current
study, researchers followed the Houston Zoo herd, where several elephants are
known to latently carry the virus. Using data from a past study that sequenced
the genome of EEHV1A, the species of EEHV associated with the largest
percentage of deaths, Ling and his colleagues focused on areas in the genome
that are common to all herpesviruses, even those found
The Hard Truth about
the Rhino Horn “Aphrodisiac” Market
The brazen slaying
and dehorning of an endangered white rhino in a wildlife preserve near Paris
last month spurred widespread outrage. Mainstream media coverage blamed its
usual suspects: Asian men who supposedly buy rhino horn as a crude form of
Viagra. But this prurient tidbit overlooks the main factors driving the illegal
rhino horn trade—and may even be reinforcing false beliefs about the
The reality behind
the demand is far more complex. Historically rhino populations were decimated
by uncontrolled trophy hunting during the European colonial era. These days the
main threat to the surviving rhinos comes from the illegal rhino horn trade between
Africa and Asia. Certain buyers in Vietnam and China—the largest and
second-largest black market destinations respectively—covet rhino horn products
for different reasons. Some purchase horn chunks or powder for traditional
medicinal purposes, to ingest or to give others as an impressive gift. Wealthy
buyers bid for antique rhino horn carvings such as cups or figurines to display
or as investments. A modern market for rhino horn necklaces, bracelets and
beads has also sprung up.
Most of the desire
for rhino horn seems unrelated to any wish for a raging hard-on, experts say.
There is one group of buyers in Vietnam that may partially reflect the
stereotype of horny Asians seeking a rhino horn fix. A 2012 report by TRAFFIC
International, the World Wildlife Fund's trade monitoring program, described
how wealthy Vietnamese and Asian expatriate business elites in Vietnam would
“routinely mix rhino horn powder with water or alcohol as a general health and
hangover-curing tonic”—an extravagant version of a detox routine. That group
also included some men who also apparently believed rhino horn could cure
impotence and enhance sexual performance.
This example stands
out because it is rare, however. Overall, conservationists say there is no
sweeping aphrodisiac craze driving lust for rhino horn. “I would never say that
(aphrodisiac) is never a use, because I’m sure people buy into the myth,” says Leigh
Henry, senior policy advisor on species conservation and advocacy at the WWF.
"But it’s not the widespread demand driving the rhino horn trade.”
The Vietnamese black
market exemplifies how “urban myth and dubious hype” can encourage demand for
rhino horn products—as both medicinal and status-boosting luxury products—the
TRAFFIC report says. Black market dealers have also pushed the idea—supposedly
sparked by local media gossip—that rhino horn can cure cancer and other
life-threatening diseases. Popular Vietnamese Web sites mix unproved medical
claims with luxury sales pitches. Slogans compare rhino horn with “a luxury
car,” tout its ability to “improve concentration and cure hangovers,” and
trumpet “rhino horn with wine is the alcoholic drink of millionaires.”
world of polar bears unveiled in Sapporo
A new underwater
tunnel to observe polar bears swimming has been opened to the public at
Maruyama Zoo here as part of a facility dedicated to polar bears.
From the transparent
tunnel set up at the bottom of a pool, the large mammals can be viewed bombing
through the water.
Lala, 23, and her
3-year-old daughter, Lila, seemed happy in their new home when the media were
allowed in for a preview of the facility on March 9.
When Lala spotted a
seal in the pool separated by a clear wall, she kept chasing the potential
meal. Lila, on the other hand, paid no notice to the seal that might be a tasty
snack out in nature and instead played with a tree branch.
The new two-story
facility that cost 2.3 billion yen ($21.6 million) is one
Zookeeper bitten by
gorilla at Tokyo zoo
A female zookeeper
at Ueno Zoological Gardens in Tokyo sustained injuries Tuesday after a gorilla
bit her right arm, police said.
The zookeeper was
guiding the gorilla from an exhibition space to its living space when she was
bitten, the police said. The zoo reported the incident to the police around
The zoo is
investigating how t
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Plants are woven into the fabric of all creatures’ lives, but perhaps none so much as insects. March’s news at www.zooplantman.com(NEWS/Botanical News) reveals some of these intricate tapestries:
· A plant is being attacked simultaneously by both aphids and caterpillars! What is a plant to do??? Where to use its chemical defenses?
· Our passion for helping Monarch butterflies has led to the planting of milkweed anywhere and everywhere. But from the butterfly’s perspective not all milkweed plantings are equally helpful.
· Seeds ae dispersed by mammals, birds, reptiles and even fish. Now scientists have discovered a specialized seed dispersal relationship between certain plants and crickets.
· Many tropical trees have adopted ant colonies for their defense. Sadly, not all ant colonies are equally courageous defenders.
· A plant species that has been among the most popular house plants since Victorian times is native to the dark understory of Japanese forests. Until recently no one knew how they were pollinated.
Please share these stories with associates, staff, docents and – most importantly – visitors!
Avian Flu outbreak
confirmed at Cape Town's Boulders penguin colony
The Table Mountain
National Park has confirmed there is an outbreak of avian flu (bird flu) at the
Boulders penguin colony in Simons Town.
management would like to alert the public that several cases of bird flu in the
penguin colony at Boulders have been confirmed by state veterinary
services," TMNP spokesperson Merle Collins said.
reiterated that this virus is a very low risk to humans, but is a real threat
to domestic poultry. This strain of avian influenza virus (H5N8 strain) has
been detected in a range of wild seabirds e.g. swift, sandwich and common
terns, African penguins and gannets.
"The park is
monitoring the situation closely and has now implemented the following
* With the exception
of visitors on Boulders Beach boardwalk, nobody may access the main breeding
* In instances where
staff need to go off boardwalks to collect injured birds or hats, camera lens,
caps etc dropped by visitors they
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The Bay of the Rays at Zlín Zoo and Lešná Chateau in the Czech Republic
is the result of remodeling a building for an attraction that keeps up
with the attractiveness of the previously exhibited primates. Visitors
are now invited to touch and feed Oman cownose rays with instructions
from a video above the pool and under supervision of a keeper.
Thanks to Eduardo Díaz García we are able to offer the Spanish
translation of the previously published presentation of "Yucatan
Tropical Hall" at Zlin Zoo in the Czech Republic.
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Mysuru Zoo worker, devours two of his toes
In a macabre
incident at Sri Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens on Tuesday, a crocodile
attacked a zoo worker and swallowed two of his toes, leaving the zoo officials
The Green Planet –
how zoOceanarium and Meraas are creating a tropical rainforest in Dubai
zoOceanarium have created a tropical rainforest in the very heart of Dubai –
and visitors love it
The Green Planet has
achieved the miraculous – bringing a rainforest to the desert. The tropical
ecosystem in a bio-dome has been created and operated by zoOceanarium for
Meraas in Dubai.
New report links
South African government to commercial lion body part trade
A new report has
revealed shocking insights into the development of South Africa’s controversial
captive lion breeding industry.
international condemnation, South Africa’s controversial lion breeding industry
has grown year-on-year and has links to wildlife trafficking, according to a
new report Cash Before Conservation: An Overview of the Breeding of Lions for Hunting
and Bone Trade, published today by international wildlife charity Born Free.
President and Co-Founder, Will Travers OBE, said: “As many as 8,000 lions
languish in more than 200 captive breeding facilities across South Africa.
What is biodiversity
and why does it matter to us?
It is the variety of
life on Earth, in all its forms and all its interactions. If that sounds
bewilderingly broad, that’s because it is. Biodiversity is the most complex
feature of our planet and it is the most vital. “Without biodiversity, there is
no future for humanity,” says Prof David Macdonald, at Oxford University.
The term was coined
in 1985 – a contraction of “biological diversity” – but the huge global
biodiversity losses now becoming apparent represent a crisis equalling – or
quite possibly surpassing – climate change.
biodiversity is comprised of several levels, starting with genes, then
individual species, then communities of creatures and finally entire
ecosystems, such as forests or coral reefs, where life interplays with the
physical environment. These myriad interactions have made E
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The need for
As our members
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Where are South
Africa’s missing rhinos?
Hundreds of rhinos
have been shipped from South Africa to disreputable zoos and breeding
facilities across the world, despite losing more than 1000 rhinos a year to
Between 2006 and
2017, amid the onslaught of a national poaching crises, South Africa shipped
about 900 live white rhinos overseas. These animals are now destined to live
out their lives in the zoos and breeding facilities of China, North Korea,
Singapore, Bangladesh, the US, Mauritius, Russia and Vietnam.
According to the
Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) Draft Biodiversity Management Plan
for White Rhinoceros, a receiving rhino facility abroad should only be deemed
acceptable to acquire South African rhinos if it can show a high standard of
husbandry and veterinary care.
The facility should
also be able to maintain animal record systems, have written conservation
action plans in place, contribute to scientific studies, promote education and
demonstrate a risk management plan.
Ecuador Bird Banding Volunteer(s)
Want to learn more about tropical birds? Dr. Dusti Becker is recruiting volunteers to assist with a long-term avian monitoring and conservation project in the Andes of western Ecuador.
Summer Team: June 17-30, 2018 (5 positions available)
Winter Team: December 3-16, 2018 (3 positions remaining)
Life Net Nature banding assistants help with mist-netting of birds at several banding stations in different habitats and help conduct bird surveys at the Las Tangaras Reserve, Mindo, Ecuador. We collect data to describe cloud forest bird communities and try to detect species responses to habitat variation, regional landuse and climate changes. Your participation helps sustain a unique protected area in a tropical biodiveristy hotspot - the Andes of Ecuador.
Reserva Las Tangaras, a 50-hectare nature preserve, boasts more than 25 species of hummingbirds, the largest regional Andean cock-of-the-rock display lek, and over 300 bird species, many of which are Choco and Andean endemics. The reserve is also home to endangered capuchin monkeys, spectacled bear, cougar, and myriads of other wildlife species.
Volunteers set up and monitor mist nets, extract birds from nets, carry birds from nets to a banding station, and record basic ecological data in the field. Training in handling, measuring and banding is included, but some previous experience is desirable, such as birding or skill with binoculars. Volunteers will have some time off to explore the Mindo area, and we will make a birding visit to higher-elevation Bellavista Reserve at the end of the monitoring project.
Accommodation is in a large research cabin where you will have a simple bed with mosquito netting, showers, & indoor flush toilet. Meals are delicious home-style Ecuadorian prepared by experienced local cooks.
The cost-share donation of $1650 to Life Net Nature covers transportation in Ecuador, meals, and lodging during the conservation research program, reserve fees, salaries for Ecuadorian cooks and para-biologists, and entrance and lunch at Bellavista Reserve on the final day of the project. Airfare to and from Ecuador and expenses in Quito before and after the project are not included. The cost-share donation helps to cover costs associated with hosting the volunteer team and contributes to annual upkeep of the Las Tangaras Reserve supporting educational programs about cloud forest wildlife, providing a stipend to volunteer stewards, maintaining trails and signs, making repairs, and preventing damage to the local ecosystem. Cost share donations provide over 60% of the funds to sustain the protected area.
The conservation expedition begins and ends in Quito, Ecuador. Contact Dr. Dusti Becker at firstname.lastname@example.org for further details. Experience with mist-netting is desirable, but not required. Students, recent graduates and others looking for hands-on training and resume building experience will benefit greatly from this project.
Visit https://lastangaras.wordpress.com/who-are-we/for more details about Life Net Nature and Reserva Las Tangaras.
To apply, send a brief e-mail to Dr. Dusti Becker, email@example.com stating your experience and interest in participating on a given team. (Resume is optional, and helpful). Dr. Becker will send you more information and an official Life Net Nature volunteer application form.
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