Sunday, December 12, 1999

ZooNews Digest 6th December - 12th December 1999 (Zoo News 81)

ZooNews Digest 6th December - 12th December 1999 (Zoo News 81)

Dear Colleagues,

"The Age" ( printed an article on the
29th November entitled
"Melbourne zoos kill surplus animals". Quite interesting, but not too
fantastic a story. This however was picked up by a subscriber to the
alloprimate digest and it was posted there. There were a couple of
negative comments which brought on a flurry of extremely eloquent
defences of culling and zoos. For a day or two it was interesting
awaiting the next development.
Zoo Biology continues to be quite busy. Diverse topics discussed last
week have included Cassowary restraint, Seals & Fish, Giraffes and bat
bands amongst others.
A few coincidences towards the weeks end. George turned up from Malta
on one of his fleeting visits and I had my first (zoo) Xmas
card....this from Michelle at Colchester. Then the next day the latest
edition of "Ratel" arrived and both have papers included in it. Makes
me wonder whats going to happen next. See "Ratel" report a little
further down this page.
Claire from Chester dropped me off a video of "Aspinalls Animals", a
television series I had missed earlier in the year. It was extremely
good viewing for many reasons not the least of which was spotting the
familiar faces. The interspersed archive footing made the whole series
extremely interesting.
The Seal pups continue to do well. Just when I thought we were winning
another came along. So we have eight in house now, four of which need
force feeding. Two are ready to go now, and, all being well may well be
released soon.
Wayne sent me the latest edition of "Browse". Still reading that. I
particularily liked the Toad success story. Well done Toronto and its
cooperative partners in the venture,
I have had a request from a colleague who wishes to arrange a meeting
in September. He is cautious about commiting himself to a date lest it
clashes with other meetings. A sensible approach, as I know that many
meetings have ended in disaster for just this reason. If you are
planning a meeting (and I include local TAG's or Association meetings
here) during the next two years please let me know as soon as possible.
I will include this as soon as I have it. It will allow me to help you.

Revealed: zoo uses electric prods to train elephants
(Blackpool Zoo)

Can't hurry gorilla love, zoo finds
(Philadelphia zoo)

Beavers to get new, elaborate habitat at zoo
(Orange County Zoo)

Big bad tooth for a big bad cat
(Phoenix Zoo)

(Pecs Zoo)

Zoo will do its part to boost population of tree kangaroos
(Minnesota Zoo)

New species of slug at Taronga

Missing 18-month-old wallaby found dead in pond at LR Zoo

Stillborn sea otter pup found in aquarium exhibit
(Seattle Aquarium)

Beached turtles expected to arrive in Florida a day late
(New England Aquarium)

Beaky the turtle arrives home
(Seaworld, Florida)

Aquarium plan floats along
(Pittsburgh Zoo)

Grief in Black and White
(National Zoo)

Animal park idea not so wild,1113,120349,00.html

Haji was born on November 28.
(Dickerson Park Zoo)

Zoo to create ape exhibit
(John Ball Zoo)

Kiss, cuddle for mum's boy
(Melbourne Zoo)

Former zoo chief dies
(Baltimore Zoo)

Little known zoo closing Saturday
(Grand Oak Wildlife Preservation Park)

Zoo, nature center mix considered for Belle Isle


Bit & Pieces

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The SeaWorld Orlando Education Department has two unique Internship
opportunities for college students. The Camp SeaWorld/Adventure Camp
Internship provides an opportunity for students to work with SeaWorld's
summer camp programs and is offered from May to August. The new
Internship which gives students the opportunity to staff various
animal attractions and interact with park guests, is offered as a
twelve-week Internship during the Spring, Summer and Fall semesters.
Contact for information on the Camp
SeaWorld Internship. Contact for
information about the Educator Internship. Check out for more information about either internship.

Articles in the December 1999 edition of Ratel Volume 26 No. 6 Journal
of the Association of British Wild Animal Keepers.


"What's News?"

The Binturong (Arctictis binturong) - A method for DNA Extraction From
Hair by Paul Juniper


Rags to Enrichment: A Bottle of Fish - Simple Enrichment by George

Breeding Records on the South American Sealions (Otaris flavescens) at
Colchester Zoo by Michelle Pywell

The Use of a Social Primate in Public Demonstrations by Michelle Povada

Applying Conservation Genetics Techniques to Assist Captive Breeding
Programmes - 1: The Fundamental Principles by Paul Juniper

Mate Killing in Clouded Leopards : A Hypothesis By Andrew Kitchener

If you would like to subscribe or wish further details go in the first
place to :


The International Training Centre (ITC) of the Wildlife Preservation
Trusts is based in Jersey, Channel Islands. Here at the Headquarters of
the Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust the ITC offers a unique
opportunity for training in Conservation and Zoo Biology. The ITC runs
a three week Summer School intended as an intensive introduction to
principles of Conservation Biology with an emphasis on the role that
Zoological parks and similar institutions can play in the process.
Group research projects are incorporated in this course but there is no
hands on animal work. 17th July to 4th August 2000 cost £1,145
including Bed and Board. A longer residential course is also offered
running from between 12 to 16 weeks. With more time this longer course
offers an opportunity for practical work within the Jersey Zoo and a
more extensive research project in addition to a more comprehensive
treatment of zoo and conservation biology in the theory sessions. For
further information on these courses please contact us ITC, Durrell
Wildlife Conservation Trust, Les Augres Manor, Trinity, Jersey JE3 5BP
Tel. +44 (0)1534 860037
Fax +44 (0)1534 860002 e mail

The Dallas Zoo presents a WILDLIFE RESEARCH EXPEDITION to study
endangered wildlife in Mexico April 1 -15, 2000
The Dallas Zoo is providing a unique opportunity for volunteers to
participate in ecological studies of endangered wildlife. The primary
focus of the research is a radio-tracking study of ocelot, jaguarundi,
and coatimundi. This will provide information that is vital for
developing a conservation strategy for these endangered carnivores. In
addition, we will also be capturing and banding raptors to understand
aspects of their migration and reproduction. We have previously
banded greater black hawk, common black hawk, grey hawk, harris hawk,
and numerous roadside hawks. The final component of the trip is a
baseline survey of reptiles and amphibians. No systematic survey for
reptiles and amphibians has been done previously.

We are seeking 4-6 volunteers to devote two weeks of time to assist
Mexican biologist Arturo Caso with these studies on this Wildlife
Research Expedition to Tamaulipas, Mexico. The next research
expedition will run from April 1-15, 2000. The cost of $1,600 includes
transportation from
Harlingen, Texas, to the study site, lodging, 3 meals daily, research
training, field supplies, and research equipment. This expedition will
be led by Jeanette Boylan, research technician, and Richard Reams,
Senior Keeper, from the Dallas Zoo. For further information please
contact Wanda Weaver at (214) 670-6833 or e-mail Jeanette Boylan at There is extra time that can be spent bird
watching. A great variety of birds can be seen in this region, and
many migrants will be passing through during the time of this
expedition. Birds seen at the study site include: - 34 raptors,
including the Aplomado falcon, Collared Forest Falcon, and Bat Falcon -
4 species of Parrots/Parakeets, including the Red-crowned Parrot and
Yellow-headed Amazon - Native woodpeckers; Lineated Woodpecker,
Olivaceous Woodpecker - 3 species of Trogons and the
Blue-crowned Motmot - Kingfishers; Amazon Kingfisher and Green
Kingfisher - A large variety of water birds and songbirds

Zoo Educator Training for three Asian Regions

Sally Walker of Zoo Outreach Organisation and Regional Representative
for Asia of International Zoo Educator Association has convened an
Asian Regional Network of Zoo Educators which now has 130 members from
17 Asian countries. Sally is the founder of ZOO which has been a keen
promoter of zoo education in India and now Asia with emphasis on low
cost practical methods, conservation of indigenous species and visitor
behaviour (or animal welfare).

Now, a collaborative activity between ZOO and ARNIZE with different
regions of Asia will result in three zoo educator courses in the year
2000. The first is a Zoo Educator Training for South Asian Zoos (this
is Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Bhutan and India) to take
place in the Central Zoo, Kathmandu Zoo, Nepal in March 2000. Training
will be done by South Asian educators and conservation specialists and
the emphasis of the course will be on each participant developing a Zoo
Education Master Plan to take home to their zoo. Single species
conservation programmes will highlight Fresh water dolphin, Asian
rhinos, Red panda, Snow leopard, Ibex and other species with a range
(either current or historical) in South Asia. Temperate country Zoos
which have simple and effective educational materials and activities
which might be appropriate as models or which could be distributed to
each participant are invited to provide them for this course.

The second course is to be held in Singapore in September 2000 for
South East Asian Zoos (this is Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand,
Philippines, Vietnam, Brunei, Myanmar, Cambodia). Singapore Zoo and
other 4 other animal and nature viewing facilities in Singapore will
provide resource persons for the course and participants will visit
each facility to hear a presentation about some special aspect of
education there and a tour of the facility with emphasis on education.

The third course is being organised by the Taipei Zoo on its own but
ARNIZE is helping to fund this unique course. The course will be
primarily for the zoos of Taiwan and will be held in Chinese. It
features TQM, Total Quality Management, a tool applied by commercial
business for improving the quality of their products and service and is
useful or any organization as long as they provide service for their
users. Practical methods evolved from TQM were applied to increase the
quota and quality of summer education campaign at Taipei Zoo.
Attendance was 1600, which was more than twice of past campaigns. More
activities were designed for the campaign. Taipei Zoo may be a pioneer
is using this innovative management strategy for zoo education. The
month for this course has not been fixed but it will be before October

Funds have to be raised for three courses. Sally will appreciate any
zoo with a conservation fund or means of raising funds for any of these
courses to send her a form or instruction for applying. A standard
proposal is ready and can be sent as attached file if you email her at
She requests not to send funds to her or ZOO as the greater part of
funds should go directly to the host zoo.
Zoo Outreach Organisation/CBSG, India; Box 1683,79 BharatiColony,
Peelamedu, Coimbatore, T.N. 641 004 India / Phones 91 422 563159
087 (office) Fax 91 422 563 269 Our Websites below 1. CBSG BCPP CAMP
Results-- 2. ZOOS'PRINT, -- 3. History of Indian Zoos


The Daily Mail of November 29th had a full page article and colour
photographs of what they described an albino chimp. Actually the photos
showed it to be mainly white but also to have some dark pigmentation
and to have one brown and one blue eye. This interesting little
creature is being hand reared at a chimp sanctuary in Sierra Leone.

Oxford Brookes University is planning a Masters Course in Primate
Conservation to begin in September 2000 (see Outline below). If you
have an interest in such a programme, or you would like to receive
further information, please contact Prof. Simon Bearder (below) or
reply direct to email:

Simon Bearder BSc MSc PhD
Professor of Anthropology
School of Social Sciences and Law
Oxford Brookes University
Oxford OX3 0BP
Tel. 01865 483760 (work), 01869 252082
Fax. 01869 483937 (work), 01869 247050 (home)

MSc in Primate Conservation
Brief course overview:
The approaching extinction of many of our closest living relatives,
monkeys, apes and prosimians, and the destruction and loss of their
habitats, highlights the issues of what must be done to offset the
effects of the current decline in natural resources. This one-year
Master of Science course combines the expertise of anthropologists and
biologists to examine primate conservation biology in a broad context,
with particular emphasis on the interrelationships between humans and
wildlife in forest and woodland environments. The destruction of
forests often brings irreversible loss of soil, fresh water and
renewable reserves of food and fuel, as well as the loss of innumerable
species of animals and plants. Changes to the local climate and global
effects of forest clearance are becoming increasingly apparent. But
what can be done to alter these trends? The course provides an
international and multidisciplinary forum to help understand the issues
and promote effective action. Topics include:
* Primate diversity and biogeography
* Socio-political aspects of conservation
* Conservation education
* Primate conservation genetics
* Habitat protection and sustainable use
* Fieldwork training and methodology
* Museum studies
* Primates in captivity

A colleague was kind enough to send me a scanned copy of the
Hattiesburg American for November the 14th. This cleared up, for me at
least, the rumours coming from that direction. There does appear to be
problems. A clash of staff personalities complicated by an ambitious
building programme which has been further hampered by internal strife
and the death of a wallaby. I will watch for further developments with
great interest. If you want the full story I suggest you contact your
local newspaper archives.


WILDLIFE INFORMATION NETWORK is still open for review. If you have
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problems go to This is your chance
to review WILDProâ Multimedia v. 1.0 When you have, don`t forget to
add your comments before you exit.
Well worth having a look whilst the opportunity is there.

Just recieved my latest copy of Zoos' Print. It comes by surface mail
so this is Volume XIV, Number 8, August 1999
As always an interesting read. This edition is bound in a surplus stock
list for the Zoological Gardens of Singapore

Selections from Souvenir : National Zoo Directors Workshop on National
Zoo Policy 1998. Kanpur Zoological Park, Kanpur, U.P.

Utilisation of Resources by Zoo, Pushap Kumar

Role of Friends of Zoos in Public Awareness for Wildlife Conservation,
P.C. Mishra

Indian Zoo News

Special on Civets and Mongooses
PartIII - Endemic and Non-Endemic Mammals in Indian Zoos - Central Zoo
Authority Data Base 1998 and ZOO/CBSG, India BCPP CAMP Workshop Report,
S. Walker

Minimum Standards for Keeping Selected Ciets and Mongooses in John Carnio

Seventh World Conference on Breeding Endangered Species: Linking Zoos
and Field Research to Advance Conservation
Overview of Conference and Summaries of Some Keynote papers.
Closing Remarks on 7th International Conference on Breeding Endangered
Species in Captivity by U.S. Seal

Linking Zoo and Field, and Keeping Promises to Dodos by Bill Conway

Zoos, Aquariums and Wildlife Conservation: Future Trends and Current
Challenges by Michael Hutchins

Nepal Zoo News

Short Notes and News:
-Oldest Yew Tree at Jelum, District Chamoli by V.P. Bhat
-Behaviour of Indian Pangolin (Manis crassicaudata) in Captivity and
its Releases by S.K. Sharma
-Mini course on Dolphin by R.S. Lal Mohan
-Freshwater Fishes of Indian Region by K.C. Jayram (forthcoming book)

As per usual Zoos' Print Journal is included with reports and papers
which include land snail feeding behaviour, pasteurellosis in a Sloth
Bear, Haematology of the Indian Wolf, the Ganges River Dolphin oil bait
fishery and much more.

If you are interested in subscribing please send an e-mail to :

The 2000 ARAZPA Conference will be held at Sea World on the Gold Coast,
Queensland, Australia from the 20 - 24 March 2000. We are about to
send out the last call for registrations, if you are interested in
receiving any further information please send your request to:
and the conference co-ordinator will send you further details.


Mark Meirering is a teacher Animal care. During this course his
students have to fulfill certain practical goals in the field of animal
care. A number of these students would like to obtain those goals in a
zoo. Regrettably there aren't enough zoos in the Netherlands to go
around. Mark is appealing for practical training places in foreign
zoos. He already one student who would like to go to Australia. If you
are interested, in a position to help or would like more information
please send an email to : "M.Meijering"

The following seminars are now available in the United States for those
interested in pursuing animal careers.

Postcards and flyers suitable for duplication by zoos and related
organizations are available by sending a self-addressed-stamped-envelop
e to: ARKANIMALS.COM Po Box 1154, Escondido, CA 92033-1154 USA. For
group bookings (20 or more) call (800)818-7387; for California
inquiries call (760)599-3697; for national or international inquiries
contact us via email address at

Free updates can be requested via our email list (UAC 2000) or gathered
by visiting our website. (Taming It Down section of Catalogs and mailing updates are no longer
free of charge but can be obtained for (US only) US $12 per year.

UAC 101ABC is the prerequisite for all other UAC classes.
UAC 200 Series: Wild Animals;
UAC 300 Series: Domestic Animals;
UAC 400/500 Weekend/Other programming

Topics covered include: Overview of considerations and roles; 4 steps
to take; 10 traits needed to be successful in animal work; Beginning to
research career possibilities; A sampling of different types of
organizations and publications to contact; Etiquette rules before you
contact an organization or person; Tips on contacts; Getting practical
experience in domestic animal work; Getting practical experience in
exotic animal work; Prerequisite: None Duration: 4 hours
total Fee:

UAC 101A (See above) Duration: 2 hours
UAC 101B Closer look at some job possibilities for exotics and
Prerequisite: UAC 101A Duration: 1 hour (Offered same day following
UAC 101C Discussion Prerequisite: UAC101AB Duration: 1 hour (optional)

If you have ever wondered about wild or domestic animal behavior and
training this is the class for you! Learn the secrets of animal
training. Trod through the territory of the wild side of exotics and
then get into taming it down with domestics. This course includes a
slide show and history into training, behavior, and the different
animal groups. Join animal expert and author, Diana Guerrero for a fun
filled afternoon.
Prerequisite: None Duration: 2 hours Fee: $50

Come TAME your curiosity about animal communication and behavior while
unlocking the secrets of wild and domestic animals. Join animal expert
Diana Guerrero on a safari of information unavailable elsewhere! Take
this fascinating journey through the jungles of animal awareness,
emotions, body language and more! You might even meet an unusual animal

Prerequisite: None Duration: 2 hours Fee: $50

(This is also Ms. Guerrero's book tour program. Animal arrangements
require an additional animal and handler fee. Please call the office
for details.)

Times: All San Diego classes start at 1:00PM unless noted with addendum
in packet. See course outlines for duration.

The following locations are for national programming. Each weekend
session will offer a variety of programs. Pending indicates that we
still need a coordinator in the area to schedule the state. If you
would like to assist in setting up a program in your area please email
Cheryl at

501 Los Angeles, CA February 5 & 6
502 SF Bay Area, CA March 4 & 5
503 Dallas, TX April 1 & 2
504 Hartford, CT June 3 & 4
505 Boston, MASS August 5 & 6
506 New York, NY September 9 & 10
507 Chicago, ILL October 7& 8
508 Wisconsin Pending
509 Philadelphia, PA Pending
510 Indiana Pending
511 New Hampshire Pending
512 Tennessee Pending
513 Utah Pending
514 Georgia Pending
515 Maine Pending
516 Maryland Pending
517 Florida Pending
518 Oregon Pending
519 Kentucky Pending
520 West Virginia Pending
521 Michigan Pending
522 Minnesota Pending

600 Series
We have had inquiries from Puerto Rico, Canada, China, Borneo, and
England. To schedule these courses we need a coordinator in the area.
If you are interested please contact the office.

Enrollment requires submission of all required information and fees
fourteen days or more before the date of the class you are interested
in. Items needed include:
a. enrollment form with signature &
requested contact information
b. completed questionnaire (2 sides)
c. other relevant information
d. fees for classes you are enrolling in
e. material fees as noted

2000 DATES
UAC 101 INTRODUCTION (San Diego Location)
January 9
February 12
March 11
April 8
May 6
June 10
August 12
September 16
October 14
November 11

January 16 June 11
February 13 August 13
April 9 October 15
March 12 September 17
May 7 November 12
February 13 September 17
April 9 October 15

May 7 November 12
January 16 June 11
March 12 August 13
October 15
February 13
January 16 June 11
March 12 August 13
April 9 September 17
May 7 November 12

Zoo Staff Personals

Looking for work? Someone to travel with? Somewhere to stay? Let me
know and I will post it here.

Juan Cornejo has recently arrived from India and Philippines where he
spent the last 7 months
working as volunteer in the Conservation Projects. He is now back in
Madrid looking for work, in Europe or outside it. He would appreciate
very much if anyone out there could suggest a Conservation
Organisation or Zoological Garden where he can be helpful. Juan will
send you his lengthy and excellent CV if you email him at : "JUAN


Situations Vacant
(please mention you saw the advertisement in ZooNews Digest should you
apply for any of these posts, many thanks) Do you have a vacancy to
advertise? Please email me.
Woburn Safari Park is looking for a Sealion Keeper/Presenter to join
their small, committed and professional team working with Sealions,
Parrots and Squirrel Monkeys.
Although experience would be advantageous, full training will be given.
The qualities required for the post are a deep committment for animal
welfare and longer committment to Woburn. The candidate will be
expected to be self confident and have good communication skills. A
sense of humour is essential.
If you believe you can fufill the expected criteria and have a passion
to work with animals, please telephone 01525 290407 and ask for an
application form. All applications should be returned by the 23rd
December to the Animal Manager, Woburn Safari Park, Woburn Park,
Bedfordshire MK 17 9QN.


Department Animal Care, Position Keeper, National Aviary in Pittsburgh
Type Full-time, Hourly
Pay Range $16,480 - $22,660, plus benefits
Start Date Immediate
Deadline Open until filled
Responsibilities Responsible for day to day care of animal collection,
exhibits and off-exhibit areas. Take an active part in the direction of
the animal collection and its exhibition. Participate in related
education and conservation activities.
Prepare and deliver food; observe feeding activities. Clean and service
exhibits and exhibit support areas. Create and maintain a safe and
healthy environment for the animals, staff and guests. Perform
necessary maintenance in areas concerning, and on equipment related to,
animal care. Record all observations in appropriate areas. Design,
create and implement behavioral enrichment and breeding support
activities. Assist and interact with the Aviary's guests. Support all
other departments as required.
High school diploma or equivalent required College degree in Natural
Sciences preferred. Must be able to work weekends and holidays; ov

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