Thursday, February 17, 2022

THE KIESSLING PRIZE

 


THE KIESSLING PRIZE

As the world’s animals face what scientists call a “Sixth Mass Extinction,” with up to one million species in foreseeable danger of disappearing forever, extraordinary efforts to preserve the creatures of the Earth are more vital than ever – as are the scientists, researchers and advocates who devote their lives to these efforts. 

To award those who achieve significant positive change in the field of conservation practice, theory, and research, American Humane, the country’s first national humane organization, today is proud to launch the Wolfgang Kiessling International Prize for Species Conservation. This award was created in honor of Wolfgang F. Kiessling, the founder of Loro Parque and globally acknowledged leader in the field of conservation and will be awarded annually.

“There is simply no higher purpose than that to protect and preserve our world’s most precious asset – animal life. It brings me great honor and pleasure to bestow this award on those who are leading the way in the field of conservation,” said Wolfgang Kiessling, president and founder of Loro Parque and Loro Parque Foundation.

The Wolfgang Kiessling International Prize committee will be led by Wolfgang Kiessling, Christoph Kiessling, Cybell Kiessling, Dr. Javier Almunia, Dr. Robin Ganzert and Brad Andrews. Additional Kiessling Foundation leaders and family members may be elected to the committee as needed. The committee will screen and vote for applicants, ultimately choosing one who will be awarded the Kiessling Prize and a grant of US $80,000 to further their work to make significant contributions to the practical application, research and theory of species protection.

“Wolfgang Kiessling is a renowned conservationist and founder of Loro Parque, one of the most well-respected zoological institutions in the world for its beauty, the excellence of its facilities and its incredible work to save species on the brink of extinction,” said Dr. Robin Ganzert, president and CEO of American Humane. “We are thrilled to establish this prestigious conservation award in his honor and hope to inspire generations of fellow conservationists to continue his legacy of leadership.”

Founded in 1972 by Kiessling, Loro Parque was initially created as a paradise for parrots and began its journey with only 150 parrots. The park, located on the island of Tenerife in Spain’s Canary Islands, now has more than 4,000 specimens of 350 different species and subspecies of parrots, demonstrating its outstanding success in boosting the parrot population. Loro Parque is also home to flamingos, cranes, penguins and swans, as well as many species of reptiles, mammals and marine life.

As billions of human beings exhaust the world’s resources, Loro Parque plays a critical role in education, science and conservation. In 2017, Loro Parque became the first zoo in Europe to receive American Humane Certification, reinforcing its recognition as a global leader in animal welfare.

Applications will be open from February 15 through April 15, 2022 and a recipient of the Wolfgang Kiessling International Prize for Species Conservation will be named in May 2022. Applicants can learn more about the prize and submit their credentials by visiting https://humaneconservation.org/kiessling/.

About American Humane

American Humane is the country’s first national humane organization. Founded in 1877, American Humane is committed to ensuring the safety, welfare, and well-being of animals, and our leadership programs are first to serve in promoting and nurturing the bonds between animals and people. For more information or to support our work, please visit www.americanhumane.org. Follow us on TwitterFacebookInstagram and YouTube.


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Peter Dickinson
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Thursday, November 18, 2021

World Zoo Toilet Day

 World Zoo Toilet Day


The 19th November is World Toilet Day.

After the zoo restaurant the zoo toilet is amongst the most important amenities you can provide can provide your guests. It is something they remember "it was so clean"...and will remark upon.

So where are the best zoo toilets in the world? For me my favorites have got to be those in Singapore Zoo, Bangkok Safari World and Bali Zoo.

Singapore Zoo

Safari World Bangkok


Bali Zoo



Wednesday, October 13, 2021

UK Zoo Salaries

 


UK Zoo Salaries


From June to October 2021 (inc) there were 115 UK and Ireland zoo related

vacancies advertised on Zoo Jobs.

Of these only 27 indicated salary. Most stated “As per qualifications and experience or Competitive salary.”

Most indicated hours to be worked which varied from 37.5 to 43 hours a week


Although I fully appreciate that all zoos are different as are job titles and that duties

and responsibilities vary, the list below should give you a good indication of the salary

you should expect in various posts.


Trainee Animal Keeper

£19,922.76


Trainee Primate Keeper

£16,640.00 - £18,533.00


Trainee Bird Keeper

£19,922.00


Mammal Keeper

£18,532.81


Animal Keeper

£20,500.00


Elephant Keeper

£19,000.00


Bird Keeper

£20,210.45 - £21,782.15


Primate Keeper

£19,703.00


Primate Keeper

£19,703.00


Gorilla Keeper

£21,000.00


Zoo Keeper

£18,532.80


Seasonal Keeper

£18,138.00


Penguin/Bird Keeper

£20,200.00


Living Collections Keeper

£19,245.00


Animal Keeper - Team Leader

£26,520.00


Experienced Carnivore Keeper

£19,448.00 - £20,280.00


Deputy Section Leader

£22,500.00


Senior Living Collection Keeper

£21,048.00


Qualified Animal Keeper

£17,522.00


Experienced Zookeeper

£20,220.00


Assistant Team Manager

£26,516.71


Animal Presenter/Trainer

£20,411.00


Lead Keeper

£20,163.00


Section Head of Primates

£22,045.00


Experienced Elephant Keeper

£20,411.00


Experienced Bird Keeper

£20,411.00


Director of Operations

£30,000.00



Final Note:

When I started my zoo career back in 1967 my weekly wage was around £9.00

for a basic 6 day 48 hour working week. I was never paid overtime but worked

60+ hours a week more often than not. I loved the work and still do. Zoo work

has never been about salary...but we all need money to get by...don’t we ?

Because of Covid and travel restrictions I have been without any salary for

two years now, Times are hard... for us all.




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Tuesday, September 28, 2021

WORLDWIDE ZOO and AQUARIUM CONSULTANTS

 



WORLDWIDE ZOO and AQUARIUM CONSULTANTS


Aaron Morgan Jupp - Public Aquarium Specialist

http://linkedin.com/in/aaron-morgan-jupp

amorgan-jupp@hotmail.co.uk


Annette Pedersen

https://www.linkedin.com/in/annettepedersen2/




Animal Behaviour Matters  www.animalbehaviourmatters.com.au


Animal Training Academy

http://www.animaltrainingacademy.com/


ANIMAL TRAINING FUNDAMENTALS

https://animaltrainingfundamentals.com/


Animal Welfare Expertise

www.animalwelfareexpertise.com




Animalis Nutrition Consulting, LLC.

https://animalisnutrition.com

mbrooks@animalisnutrition.com



AquaBioTech Group

www.abtaquatics.com



AquaZoo Vision

https://www.facebook.com/aquazoovision/



Banggai Consulting Limited 

Aquarium Design and Consultancy

www.banggaiconsulting.com




BEHAVIOR WORKS

http://www.behaviorworks.org/



BRIGGS ZOOLOGICAL CONSULTANCY

www.briggszoologicalconsultancy.com  baament@earthlink.net

Phone; 630-730-6045


CARE FOR THE RARE

https://www.carefortherare.com/




Chapman Zoo Consultancy

Dr Sarah Chapman and Mr Julian Chapman

Sarah 00447811448183 Julian 00447851864034

chapmanzooconsultancy@gmail.com

www.chapmanzooconsultancy.com

Online CPD for Zoo Keepers Chapman Zoo Consultancy (thinkific.com)



CREATIVE ANIMAL SOLUTIONS

https://www.creativeanimalsolutions.com/




ELSS Group

OCEANARIUM & AQUARIUM SPECIALISTS

https://www.elssengineering.com/




Fox Consulting

Zoological and zootechnical expertise

http://www.fox-zooconsulting.com/en/


George Rodgers

Zoological Consultant specialising in operations management, animal behaviour and welfare

https://www.linkedin.com/in/rodgers-george-0238ba17/


Grant Leisure

www.grant-leisure.com


Great Ape Consultancy 

http://greatapeconsultancy.com/


Independent Consultant on CITES, wildlife trade & wildlife conservation

Jonathan Barzdo

https://www.linkedin.com/in/jonathan-barzdo-2b469413/





Independent International Zoo Consultant

Peter Dickinson

https://iizc.org/

https://www.linkedin.com/in/dickinsonpeter/


Independent Veterinarian, Zoo and Wildlife Management Consultant

linkedin.com/in/john-knight-2733a423 



JONES and JONES Architects

https://www.jonesandjones.com/


Madelon (Maddie) Rusman

Consultant on Illegal Wildlife Trade and Animal Welfare in Lao P.D.R

https://www.linkedin.com/in/wildlife-consultant-laos/



Maguari-One Zoo and Wildlife Consultants S.L.

Koen Brouwer

https://www.linkedin.com/in/koen-brouwer-2a8a7a9/




OceanikZOOgroup

wildlife project planning and design

http://oceanikzoogroup.com/es/



One zoo PLUS

Three companies One spirit

https://onezooplus.com/

 



Operant Animal Training

www.operantanimaltraining.com


Peter Giljam

 international animal training and behaviour consultancy


Zoospensefull.com


Precision Behavior

https://www.precisionbehavior.com/


Professional Zoo/Aquarium Advocate

Jim Hudson

https://www.linkedin.com/in/jimohudson/


VETDENT SA cc

Veterinary Dentist

http://vetdentsa.co.za/



WILD DESIGN

https://www.wildedesign.org/


WILD ENRICHMENT

https://wildenrichment.com/




Worldwide Zoo Consultants

https://worldwidezoo.com/ 




Zoo and Wildlife Solutions Ltd 

Zoo and Wildlife Research, Conservation and Consultancy

www.zooandwildlifesolutions.com

matt@zooandwildlifesolutions.com  



Zoological Consultancy Ltd.

Douglas M Richardson

Tel: +44 (0)7530 843661

douglas_richardson@hotmail.com

Based in the UK, available globally.

Vaccinated against Covid-19

 With over 40 years’ of experience in zoo and conservation design and best practice, having worked in institutions and on projects in Africa, Asia, Europe and North America.  Able to provide expertise in new enclosure design, repurposing existing facilities, review of proposed designs and plans, safety and security reviews, husbandry training and refinement, ethical animal acquisition and disposition, and enhancing conservation output.


Zooconsultant.com

Sofieke Bouwman

www.zooconsultant.com 



ZOOCRAFT LTD

iainvalentine@zoocraft.ltd and iainvalentine@hotmail.com

https://www.linkedin.com/in/iain-valentine-44543017/

My home phone number is +44 1337842909

Mobile number is +44 7920745935


Zooworks

Tim Husband

https://www.linkedin.com/in/tim-husband-26413b22/




The Zoological Lighting Institute

https://zoolighting.org/



ZOOSTEPHEN.COM

www.zoostephen.com 



Zoo Advisors

www.ZooAdvisors.com.





Wezooit

Animal Training Consultancy.

Training and Animal Welfare 

www.wezooit.eu


Whistling Soul

Developing Innovative Solutions

https://www.whistling-soul.com/