Sunday, June 3, 2018

Zoo News Digest 3rd June 2018 (ZooNews 997)

Zoo News Digest 3rd June 2018  (ZooNews 997)

Peter Dickinson


Dear Colleague,

Once again this week I was accused of being 'Animal Rights'. To add insult to injury they suggested I may be some sort of Peta 'mole'. It is so easy to cast accusation if you disagree with someone (I have done it myself) but far better to do a little bit of research first. So why this latest outburst?
Same old thing....selfies with tigers. Honestly and truly I have no problems at all with anyone who has hand reared a tiger going in with it and playing with it if it is well cared for. I am more aware than most of the tremendous bond of love and affection that can exist....not so different as between any owner and their dog and cat....part of the family. It isn't wrong. It is wrong though if photos or film appears on social media because others want to do it too. Look at the comments that appear under such social media posts. People want and will do it too.
I don't give a damn about whatever good cause the 'person playing with tiger' photo/film is promoting. It may be one which I support or needs extra help....but it isn't helping tigers, it is causing immense harm. I fail to see how some people can't get to grip with understanding this.
Because this posing activity creates a demand for such photos more and more tiger cubs are produced. Their mothers are not given the chance to rear their cubs and are got pregnant again as fast as possible to produce more cubs

There is much more of interest in the links below.

 "good zoos will not gain credibility from their critics until they condemn the bad zoos wherever they are." Peter Dickinson


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If you are a subscriber to the email version then you probably knew this already. You would also know that ZooNews Digest pre-dates any of the others. It was there before FaceBook. It was there shortly after the internet became popular and was a 'Blog' before the word had been invented. ZooNews Digest reaches zoo people.

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German zoo escape: Lions, tigers and jaguar recaptured in Lünebach
Two lions, two tigers and a jaguar that escaped their enclosures at a zoo in western Germany have been recaptured.

The animals were found inside the zoo compound in Lünebach after a search involving a drone, officials told German media. Local residents had earlier been told to stay indoors.

A bear also escaped from the privately owned Eifel zoo, but was shot dead, a local official told AFP.

The animals broke out after flooding from a storm damaged their enclosures.

A massive search was then launched involving police, firefighters and veterinarians.

Local authorities did not give further details of the recapture but a spokesperson told AFP news agency that the animals were "in their cages".

Wild Personalities: Elephant Edition
One characteristic that is really apparent with elephants—and with many other species—is that they can exude a wide variety of personalities. They can be bold or shy, laid-back or short-tempered, curious or afraid, and the list goes on. Behavior is the first line of defense that wildlife use when they face a human threat, so understanding how individuals respond to new situations is quite important when considering how to approach conservation issues. These different personalities can have real-word consequences for wildlife.

As conservation challenges become more complex, we need creative solutions for people who live in areas where human-elephant conflict may occur. Across Asia, elephant habitat overlaps in areas where there is a dense human population and agriculture. Where there are farms, there is food—and raiding crops can spell big trouble for elephants and farmers alike. By knowing which elephants are more likely to be bold and take risks, we can be more targeted in our conservation planning and actions.

We are studying the behavior of elephants who currently work in a logging camp but are potential candidates for future release into the wild. If we can differentiate which animals are more

National aquarium dolphins are learning their biggest trick yet—traveling to a new home
There was something about the big blue mat that on this particular morning Jade just didn't like.

It made no matter that the 18-year-old bottlenose dolphin, one of seven owned by the National Aquarium, had seen this identical pad many times before. Perhaps she was spooked by the photographer at the edge of the pool holding a clicking black box that obscured her face. Or the problem might have been the big green beach umbrella that threw dark and unfamiliar circles of shade over the pool.

Whatever the reason, when trainer April Martin knelt down at one end of the mat and positioned her hand vertically with her fingers pointing skyward (a signal for Jade to propel herself out of the water and land belly-first on the pad) the dolphin was having none of it. She made a half-hearted little hop barely strong enough to push her snout onto the mat and then immediately fell back into the pool.

Martin turned and walked a few steps away from the bucket of fish with which the dolphins are rewarded.

"Jade isn't getting positive reinforcement," Kerry Diehl, the Aquarium's assistant curator of the Dolphin Discovery exhibit observed. "But she'll get a chance to try again."

During the next 30 months, Jade will have many opportunities to perform that maneuver—the first in a series of skills that the trainers hope will culminate in the fall of 2020 with the seven dolphins riding in the back of a truck and then on a plane to their new

Caring for corvids – Providing enrichment for the world’s smartest birds
The Corvid’s intelligence has been well documented over the years through many means [1]. Corvidae, or the crow family, consists of over 120 species and includes crows, ravens, rooks, jackdaws, jays, magpies, treepies, choughs, and nutcrackers [2]. However, astonishing as their intelligence may be, it makes the task of providing enrichment for these birds all the more difficult. As an animal care professional, how do you properly provide for all their needs? (For the sake of brevity, I won’t be going over training, social situations, or complete nutritional needs).

Why is enrichment important?
The Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) Behavioural Advisory Group defines ‘enrichment’ as “A process for improving or enhancing animal environments and care within the context of their inhabitants’ behavioural biology and natural history. It is a dynamic process in which changes to structures and husbandry practic

Our guest blogger, Camilla Carstensen, recently visited New Zealand’s Wellington Zoo, and was impressed by the zoo’s sustainability efforts, including its commitment to FSC. In this post, Camilla explains how the zoo’s approach to being green captured her admiration, while the zoo’s lemurs captured her heart.

I am sitting at home, but my thoughts are not here. I can still feel little hands in mine, trying to spread my fingers to get hold of grapes and apples, I smell the nice, warm smell of thick fur, and I hear the fluffy sound, when they jump around me. The lemurs.

I have been to Wellington Zoo.

Explain to me who’s a Koalas Experts: Part-2
The Wollondilly Shire Council is currently mapping and researching areas with known koala populations in the region, as well as throughout the western part of the Sydney catchment area near the Warragamba Dam. I recent wrote an article on a young male koala who had found his way into the community of Silverdale along the catchment area on Marsh road. He had reached his limit, finding himself on the edge of urban development, meeting humans for the first time. I could assess the reasons for this sighting, and the situation he was in. He was the only sighting on the south-west of the Penrith region. On top of this, there has been an increase of koala sightings more from the north west of Penrith around Cranebrook, and a recent roadkill of a koala in Shanes Park area.

Kolkata zoo in a fix over tiger breeding
The Alipore zoo authorities are having a hard time breeding tigers in captivity. In fact, they haven’t tasted success since 2006, with even the last unsuccessful attempt happening around four years ago. The reason, according to the zoo authorities, is the inability, or in most cases, passivity of the male tigers. But while breeding tigers in captivity seems like a tough proposition from what they told us, their counterparts from the Nandankanan zoo in Bhubaneswar deem it a rather easy process. In fact, Nandankanan’s tiger population rose to 26 recently after two Royal Bengal cubs were born to a white tigress mated with a Royal Bengal male. But the litany of failures at the Alipore zoo does have a reason, according to the authorities.
Checking the mate
According to the zoo authorities, they have left no stone unturned since 2015 to successfully breed their tigers. “Mating is a natural need of any biological being and a necessity for their healthy life,” said zoo direct


Tortoise, gibbon and lemur stolen from Ontario zoo, police say
Elmvale zoo has offered a reward for the safe return of the animals
Three animals were stolen during an alleged break-and-enter at a central Ontario zoo, police said Tuesday.

The Elmvale Jungle Zoo said a tortoise, a gibbon and a black-and-white lemur were taken from the facility, which opened for the season just a few weeks ago.

Call to cull dolphin shows
Ban Animal Trading South Africa (BAT) protested outside uShaka Marine World as part of a worldwide protest against marine mammals in captivity recently.
BAT held its sixth Empty the Tanks demonstration to urge members of the public not to attend dolphin shows.

“We feel that keeping marine mammals in captivity is cruel and unethical,” said Prathna Singh of BAT.

Empty the Tanks started in January 2013 after its founder, Rachel Carbary, witnessed dolphin captures and slaughters in Taiji, Japan.

The organisation creates awareness and educates the public about animal exploitation, and is calling for an end to animal exploitation.

Soaring Success for Wassenaar Zoo Library Sale at Bonhams
Highlights of the sale included:

A world record of £102,500 for a first edition of the five volume Birds of New Guinea and the Adjacent Papuan Islands by John Gould and Richard Sharpe.  This was Gould final work completed after his death in 1881 by Sharpe and published between 1875-1888. 
A first edition of the seven-volume Birds of Australia (1840-1869), by John Gould. The result of his own tour of the continent during which he named 30

Chester Zoo celebrates its 100,000th member
Chester Zoo is celebrating a momentous milestone – its 100,000th member.

This is an all-time high for the zoo’s membership scheme, which provides vital funding for the zoo’s conservation, science and education projects around the world.

In return, members receive fabulous benefits including unlimited entry, invitations to special talks and events, as well as added discounts in the zoo’s shops and cafes.

Memberships and adoptions manager Karolyn Curwell said: “We’re absolutely delighted at the success of our membership scheme.

“It reflects the huge efforts of ev

Ugandan Elected to Head Africa Zoo Body
The Executive Director of Uganda Wildlife Conservation Education Centre James Musinguzi, has been elected the next Chairperson of the Pan African Association of Zoos and Aquaria (PAAZA).

This was during the just concluded PAAZA conference 2018 in Cape Town, South Africa which was running under the theme "Good Business for Good Conservation".

Speaking to Daily monitor from South Africa, Mr Musinguzi confirmed the development saying, "I have just be

How to Impregnate a Rhino
Besides the usual way
When Parker Pennington first saw the embryo, she gasped—but very quietly.

At the time, as is often the case for her these days, she had her arm fully inside the rectum of a white rhino, and she didn’t want to alarm the animal by yelping excitedly.

In her immersed hand, she held an ultrasound probe, which revealed that the rhino, who goes by Victoria, had a tiny marble in her uterus. She was pregnant. If everything goes well, the marble will grow into a baby, who will greet the world in the summer of 2019, and eventually become a two-ton, two-horned behemoth. But even as a small, grainy orb on a black-and-white screen, its very existence felt miraculous. It meant that Pennington’s very first attempt to artificially inseminate Victoria, just 18 days earlier, had worked.


Chimpanzees on the loose cause chaos at Sapporo zoo
Two chimpanzees that had escaped from their enclosure forced Sapporo Maruyama Zoo to temporarily close on the afternoon of May 28.

Female chimpanzee Gacha, 52, and male chimpanzee Akki, 9, escaped from their enclosure into a walkway area for workers through a door which a zookeeper forgot to lock, according to the facility.

As the two chimpanzees also broke a window and could have entered the area for visitors, officials decided to have guests take shelter inside buildings for their safety and locked down the zoo before 3 p.m.

An employee guided the two chimpanzees back to their enclosure using apples and locked them up about 25 minutes after they wen

UAE wildlife conservation efforts make a difference around the globe
 The UAE’s wildlife conservation efforts to conserve species such as gazelles, houbara bustards, turtles and even some rare plants and other living organisms are incredible and made a great difference around the globe, a senior official said yesterday.
The late Shaikh Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan, Founding Father of the UAE, was one of the world’s greatest conservationists. His foresight and vision long preceded the present-day global conservationists’ movement, Razan Khalifa Al Mubarak, secretary-general of the Environment Agency – Abu Dhabi, told a packed house at the majlis of His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces..

“The Environment Agency–Abu Dhabi (EAD), which takes care of more than 50,000 animals throughout the country, the Emirates Wildlife Society and other environmental organisations are committed to helping our society to red


Captive Dolphins Look Forward To Interacting With Caretakers, New Study Suggests
new study exploring the behavior of captive dolphins has revealed the marine animals look forward to interacting and playing with their caretakers more than with toys or among themselves.

The work, conducted by researchers from University of Paris’ animal behavior lab, looked at the anticipatory nature of bottlenose dolphins in French theme park Parc Astérix.

Dolphin 'happiness' measured by scientists in France
Scientists working with dolphins at a marine park near Paris have attempted to measure how the animals feel about aspects of their lives in captivity.

In what researchers say is the first project to examine captivity "from the animals' perspective", the team assessed what activities dolphins looked forward to most.

They found that the marine mammals most keenly anticipated interacting with a familiar human.

The results, they say, show that "better human-animal bonds equals better welfare".

The study, published in the journal Applied Animal Behaviour Science, was part of a three-year project to measure dolphin welfare in a captive setting.

Lead researcher Dr Isabella Clegg worked at Parc Astérix, a theme park with one of France's largest dolphinariums.

With colleagues at the University of Paris animal behaviour lab, she designed experiments to decode dolphin behaviour - essentially looking for physical postures that indicate how the animals were feeling.

There are organisations and people out there that want you to believe there are 100’s of #crush #phajaan #torture #training videos representing the #cruel way in which ALL #elephants are trained in Thailand (wild and domesticated). I spent 3 days actually viewing many of them (it was difficult) but what I found was the SAME footage used in ALL those different videos. The footage is filmed in the remote highlands of northern Thailand, west of the village Mae Jaem. Journos, filmmakers, photographers and possibly PeTA, WFFT and other interested parties were invited to witness this so called brutal centuries old ritual called ‘crush’ or ‘phajaan’. This was organised by ENP (named Elephant Heaven at the time) early 2002. How this was organised and planned in the first place should make one wonder. PeTA state they obtained the video in June 2002 and released it publicly in October 2002. Around the same time Jennifer Hile’s Vanishing Giants documentary was released.

A young female and a young male captured from the wild were put through this inhumane practice on separate days while the Westerners looked on documenting, photographing, and filming it – ENP & PeTA’s emotive campaign to s

Dolphin liberation in Korea
"Dolphin liberation in South Korea has raised awareness towards the welfare of marine animals and has resulted in the strengthening of animal protection policies and the level of welfare."

An engineering student, affiliated with UNIST has recently carried out a scientific investigation on dolphin liberation in South Korea. The paper presents the overall analysis of the social impact of the first case of dolphin rehabilitation in Asia, which occurred in 2013.

This study has been carried out by Sejoon Kim in the School of Energy and Chemical Engineering in collaboration wit Professor Bradley Tatar in the Division of General Studies at UNIST. Their findings have been published in the April issue of the journal, Coastal Management and will be published online, this month.

"After the release of captive dolphins from South Korean marine parks, there has been a growing environmental movement towards the conservation and management of marine and coastal ecosystems," says Sejoon. "Although such movement relies on a single-species conservation focus an

Tasmania Zoo founder, Dick Warren, dies
Founder of Tasmania Zoo, Dick Warren, has died.

Tasmania Zoo paid tribute to Mr Warren on its Facebook page.

“Dick was a passionate wildlife conservationist who dedicated his life and his love to create a place where he could share and educate the community,” the post said.

“He will be remembered f

What a difference a year makes: Zoo workforce's delight following hugely-positive inspection report
STAFF at South Lakes Safari Zoo are calling on the public to visit to the attraction after inspectors gave the attraction a bill of clean health since new bosses took over.

A team of three council-appointed inspectors, two of which visited the zoo a year ago when the new company was first awarded a licence to run the attraction, carried out a comprehensive audit last month.

As well as inspecting every aspect of the zoo, including a full day spent visiting all areas, talking to staff and observing visitors, the inspectors examined all the paperwork, feeding regimes and administrative processes.

When Cumbria Zoo Company was awarded its licence last May licensing bosses at Barrow Borough Council imposed a raft of strict conditions after an inspe

The Books That Made Us Who We Are!
Going through the social media sites many questions come in regarding what books others have or read to extend their behavioural knowledge. I concider myself an animal training addict and have read quite some books. Lately my focus slowly goes to further psychology in people because a lot of that we can reflect to animals. Over my career I did read quite some articles and books and I still don’t feel I read enough. I love the training stories that people have on the internet with their great successes. Here is a list of my so far all-time favourites:

Nipah scare : Kolkata zoo authorities caution visitors against
In the wake of the Nipah virus (NiV) scare in different corners of the country, the city zoo authority has cautioned visitors against feeding animals by plucking leaves and fruits from trees in its garden.

"We have many visitors who pick leaves and fruits from the garden and feed the animals. With the Nipah virus alert, we are not willing to take any chances and have hence issued this notification. This is basically a precautionary measure," Alipore Zoo director Ashish Samanta said.

The city zoo has good number of fruit bats, considered one of the carriers of the Nipah virus, he added.

Several boards displaying the notice against feeding animals have been put up at different points of the zoo to attract the visitors' att

Humans fail to escape from ape enclosure
The phone rang at the Edge Rock Gym on Philips Highway.

It was someone from the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens with an unusual request: Would some of the gym’s best climbers try to escape from a new ape enclosure?

The zoo is replacing the popular but outdated Great Apes Loop with the African Forest exhibit. The $9 million project covering about 3 acres is scheduled to open about Labor Day. Right now it’s under construction. Workers in hard hats — some who built Volcano Bay at Universal Orlando — are busy with their latest project, highlighted by a 48-foot concrete tree.

But on a recent morning, a few workers stopped what they were doing to check out what was happening in the area that will be home to gorillas, colobus monkeys and possibly mandrills.

Peter Dyszel, a 28-year-old male human, and Hunter Geer, a 30-year-old male human, were trying to find a way out of a large enclosure surrounded by walls of 12 feet and higher. No ropes. Just hands and chalk, feet and climbing shoes, plus a couple of mats to cushion the falls.

“It’s become pretty much a zoo standard, es

5 Giant Salamander Species Identified—And They're All in Danger
A new study shows that there are more species of Chinese giant salamander than previously thought, but most of those could go extinct in the near future.
The Chinese giant salamander does not fit the traditional definition of “cute.” Growing to nearly six feet long and weighing roughly 140 pounds, the flabby creatures are the largest amphibians in the world. Their beady, lidless eyes peer out from broad, flat heads with blunt snouts, and their mud-colored bodies have short limbs and long tails. The species’ slimy skin is not pleasant to pet, either.

With these characteristics, the amphibians are certainly not as charismatic as pandas and other fluffy mammals, but they’re just as crucial to a healthy ecosystem. In two studies published last week, scientists found that instead of one species—as previously thought—there are actually roughly half a dozen species of Chinese giant salamander.

“We weren’t surprised to find two or three [species],” says Bob Murphy, senior curator of herpetology at the Royal Ontario Museum’s Centre for Biodiversity and Conservation Biology, and corresponding a

Iriomote Cat killed in traffic accident on Iriomote island for third time this year
An Iriomote cat, one of Japan’s protected species, was found dead on prefectural route 215 in Taketomi town on Iriomote Island around 6:00 AM on May 4. The cause of death is thought to be by traffic accident, and it is the third case its kind reported this since April 26 this year.

 According to the Ministry of the Environment’s Iriomote Wildlife Conservation Center, the Iriomote cat was female. The body was 77 centimeters long and weighed 3.2 kilograms. The cat was found on a road with multiple wounds and broken bones. The ranger at the center, Shota Sugimoto, commented, “The damage could have only been

1899 turtles seized, 4 held
Turtles in crates being ferried along with fish were seized from a truck and two men arrested near Dhulagarh early on Saturday.

Forest officials said the crates had 1,799 turtles, the highest rescued so far in a single day in the past five years.

Earlier in the day, forest officials seized 100 turtles from Birati and arrested two men.

Turtle meat is a delicacy and many people eat it despite a legal ban on killing the animal, a forest official said.

A turtle is sold at Rs 700-1,500 depending on the demand.

"The rescued turtles were Indian softshell turtles that are protected under Schedule I of the wildlife protection act," Subhendu Sinha, a range officer of the state forest department, said.

Sinha was part of the team that raided the truck. "Killing, hunting or selling turtles is illegal. Those found guilty of doing so can be jailed for a minimum of five years," he said.

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) lists Indian softshell turtle as "vulnerable" in its Red

Yerevan Zoo opens doors after renovation
After major renovations all parts of the Yerevan Zoo are again open to visitors.  The event was attended by Mayor Taron Margaryan with his family.

As the Yerevan municipality reports, this year one of the most beloved recreation zones of townspeople meets its visitors in completely new, comfortable and modern conditions and facilities.

Accompanied by the director Yerevan Mayor walked in the park, familiarized himself with the activities carried out in the zoo within the frames of the second stage of improvement and development program which was already completed.

It should be noted that as a result of the work carried out in 2016-2018 two new cages with passages for wolves and bears were put into operation Total area of the cages is 5550 sq m which is 5 times bigger than previously. 2 observation decks were constructed which can place 30 visitors at the same time. The program also involved construction of a new cage for lions with the surface of 2950 sq m, 400 sq m of which are winter shelters for the animals. 2 more observation decks were constructed here which can give a place for 80 people at the same time. A zone for direct communication with animals which is of 1200 sq m was constructed too.

Besides, animals quarantine zone was constru

Looking to reduce their usage of plastics in day-to-day operations, zoos and aquariums across Australia have been assessing how they have been using plastics - finding biodegradable alternatives or removed the items altogether.

Taronga Zoo in Sydney have paid particular attention to their hospitality services, removing over 320,000 single-use sauce packets per year, along with 350,000 single-use food trays. In addition they have an innovative initiative in which compostable coffee cups, cutlery and food packaging is diverted for composting and turned into electricity and fertiliser pellets.

New maroon bins around the Zoo indicate a waste stream for compostables.

Zoos Victoria has also already started the changeover of plastic cutlery at Melbourne Zoo to compostable wares. These are composted on site in their in-vessel composter, greatly minimising greenhouse gas emissions.

Healesville Sanctuary and Werribee Open Range Zoo will follow this initiative by July 2019.

Plan to give Bangkok’s monkeys new home, instead of evacuating them
The Bang Khun Thian district in Bangkok has drawn up ambitious plans to turn a 13-rai landlocked plot into a paradise for 600 to 700 long-tailed macaques instead of evacuating them to Phuket.

Prasert Chawee-in, director of the Bang Khun Thian district authority, said they did not agree with the proposal by a committee of the National Legislative Assembly to catch the monkeys and release them to Phuket’s uninhabited islands. Prasert said his was the only district in Bangkok that had five groups of monkeys of long-tailed macaques. He said the largest group lived near the Khun Kala Monument, which is known as “Monkey Monument” on the frontage road on the southern part of the western ring road in Tha Kham subdistrict.
Prasert said the district already owned a land-locked plot of 13 rai near Klong Chalermchai Pattana, just 500 metres from the monument and the district adm

Cockroach milk is packed full of nutrients, tastes like cow's milk, experts say
The latest superfood trend?

Cockroach milk.

Yes, you read that right!

Experts say a rare milk crystal produced by cockroaches contains human health benefits and boasts four times as much protein as cow's milk, according to the Institute for Stem Cell Biology and Regenerative Medicine in India.

But what does it taste like?

A researcher told NPR he tried the milk and it tasted similar to cow's milk.

According to 2016 research, milk found from the Australian native Pacific beetle cockroach was found to contain protein sequences packed with essential amino acids, proteins, fats, and sugars.

Where can you get your hands on this special beverage?

South African company Gourmet Grubb reportedly sells Entomilk, a milk that comes from sustainably farmed insects.

They also make ice cream with insect milk in case you're looking for something a little more sweet.

Recently, Canada's largest grocer, Loblaw Companies Ltd., started picking up cricket powder at local grocery stores.

Jarrod Goldin, president of Entomo Farms in Ontario, told Global News his business can't keep up with demand, calling the ingredients "versatile."

According to Global News, Goldin ventured into the insect market after the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nation announ

Couple take pride in Brunei
A Thai team of animal trainers at the private zoo of the Sultan of Brunei have made a name for themselves as well as for their home country and are happy and proud of their job there. Chawallak Sathansap,...

Rhiannon Bolton, student from the University of Liverpool, tells us more about her work at Chester Zoo below:

“The only thing I thought I was ever going to do was work in animal wellbeing and conservation.  I completed a Masters degree in conservation related veterinary science and endocrinology (the study of hormones) and I was then lucky enough to become a Chester Zoo Conservation Scholar.  My PhD combines all my favourite things which are animal wellbeing, conservation and endocrinology; and will hopefully enable me to make a difference!

“My main focus is on cooperatively breeding mammals, a breeding system whereby other individuals in addition to the parents help to raise the offspring.  Often, only one alpha female and one alpha male will reproduce but other family members are expected and needed to help with raising the next generation.  This phenomenon only occurs in about 3% of mammal species, making them absolutely fascinating.  Unfortunately, many of these incredible mammal species are t

Critics blast outsourcing federal animal inspections
Federal officials came here to get public feedback on an idea to outsource some inspections of zoos, animal breeders and research laboratories.

The response from the majority of those who showed up to Thursday’s meeting at the Renaissance Tampa International Plaza Hotel: Don’t do it.

A parade of speakers stepped up to the lectern and said using information from private, third-party groups to confirm facilities are complying with federal law would effectively allow foxes to guard the henhouses.

"This misguided proposal is not the answer," said Michigan State University College of Law professor Carney Anne Nasser, who is director of the Animal Welfare Clinic there.

Monkey News: Rare monkeys airlifted to Britain after being rescued from smugglers
TWO rare monkeys have been airlifted to Britain after being rescued from the horrors of the black market trade in endangered creatures. The white-throated guenons were seized as they were being smuggled out of Africa to the Middle East where they would likely have become fashionable pets.

Dolphin Echolocation Discovery Could Improve Ultrasound Technology
The recent discovery that when using echolocation, dolphins actually emit two intertwined ultrasound beams at different frequencies at slightly different times, could allow scientists to develop new ultrasound and sonar equipment.

Researchers from Lund University used a mathematical algorithm to successfully disentangled and read the overlapping signals, a discovery that could inspire sharper image quality on ultrasound technology to measure the thickness of organ membranes deeper inside the body than is currently possible.

“It works almost like a magic formula! Suddenly we can see things that remained hidden with traditional methods,” Josefin Starkhammar, a researcher in biomedical engineering at Lund University, said in a statement.


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After more than 50 years working in private, commercial and National zoos in the capacity of keeper, head keeper and curator Peter Dickinson started to travel. He sold house and all his possessions and hit the road. He has traveled extensively in Turkey, Southern India and much of South East Asia before settling in Thailand. In his travels he has visited well over 200 zoos and many more before 'hitting the road' and writes about these in his blog

Peter earns his living as an independent international zoo consultant, critic and writer. Currently working as Curator of Penguins in Ski Dubai. United Arab Emirates. He describes himself as an itinerant zoo keeper, one time zoo inspector, a dreamer, a traveler, an introvert, a people watcher, a lover, a thinker, a cosmopolitan, a writer, a hedonist, an explorer, a pantheist, a gastronome, sometime fool, a good friend to some and a pain in the butt to others.

"These are the best days of my life"

Peter Dickinson
Independent International Zoo Consultant
+971 50 4787 122 | | Skype: peter.dickinson48

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