Sunday, December 31, 2000

ZooNews Digest 26th - 31st December 2000 (Zoo News 135)

Dear Colleague,

Happy New Year to all. Apologies for the delay.

After 32 years, zoo's Maruska steps down
(Cincinnati Zoo)

Carlos moving to Zoo Atlanta
(North Carolina Zoo)

Fear for Koalas' Safety
2 rare marsupials snatched from S.F. Zoo

Jawing with the `Crocodile Hunter'

Police recover missing koalas for zoo
(San Francisco)

Dolphins are flourishing at National Aquarium

Coral theft devastates Orange County college aquarium program

The Swiss Keep the Big Top

Plan to introduce private security at zoo
(Arignar Anna Zoological Park)

Panels probing tigress killing, says Baalu
(Nehru Zoological Park)

Tigress killed for tantric rites?
(Nehru Zoological Park)

If you know a story I have missed this week do drop me a line with the
full web address and I will try and include it next week.

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


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.



Carnivores and rodents
Due to maternity, a full-time, permanent keeping position will be
available within our carnivore and rodent section. The position
involves acting in the absence of the Head Keeper, working with a
small team and will include cross-over with other sections. Minimum
2 - 3 years experience with small carnivores and rodents required.

An exciting opportunity for an invertebrate specialist/enthusiast has
also become available within our presentations section. A senior
keeper, minimum 2 - 3 years experience, is required to develop the
new invertebrate exhibit. Good working knowledge of zoos and animals
necessary as position will include cross-over with other sections.
Additional responsibilities include acting in the absence of the Head
Keeper and public animal encounters sessions.

Plus ?
Newly created seasonal cover keeper position, April 1st - 31st

The successful candidates will ideally have the C & G Animal
qualification. Benefits for all positions include a competitive wage
rate and alternate weekends off (no accommodation provided). For
further information, a job description and application form, please
phone Rebecca Burroughs on 01323 874106


Colchester Zoo are looking for a sincere and motivated individual
with an outgoing personality and a genuine interest in animal
management to commence as a Trainee Keeper. Good conditions and
renumeration are offered.
Interested parties should apply in writing enclosing a full CV and a
recent passport photo to The Directors, Colchester Zoo, Maldon Road,
Colchester, Essex CO3 SSL

Kangaroo Conservation Center

ANIMAL KEEPER: full-time position open, to be filled ASAP. We are
looking for an enthusiastic, mature and responsible individual to
work with the largest collection of kangaroos outside of Australia.
Bachelor's degree and zoological experience preferred; nonsmokers
only. Position involves working in all aspects of a zoological park,
including habitat cleaning and maintenance, diet preparation and
feeding, landscaping and exhibit construction, assisting with
veterinary care, record-keeping, and giving guided, educational tours
to visitors. Most animals are exhibited on large acreage, therefore
most work will be performed outdoors year-round.
Requires work on weekends, holidays, and flexible schedule hours.
Ability to operate and maintain heavy equipment, trucks, tractor,
etc., is necessary. Competitive salary will be commensurate with
Fax resume to 706-265-6261, e-mail to: or mail to:
Kangaroo Conservation Center, 222 Bailey-Waters Rd., Dawsonville, GA
30534 (USA). Visit our website at for
more information on the Center



For the most up to date links to sites advertising Zoo work go to:


18th Congress of the International Primatological Society
7 - 12 January 2001
South Australia
For further info visit:

9th SEAZA Conference
South Eastern Zoo Association
7 - 10 January 2001
For further info contact:

Valdivia, Chile
20 – 26 January 2001
For further info contact:
or visit:
or write/phone/fax
Dr. Gonzalo Medina Vogel
Instituto de Ecología y Evolución
Universidad Austral de Chile
Casilla 567
Valdivia, Chile
Phone: +56/63 293061(office)
Fax: +56/637221344
Cell: +56/09/4688932

Little Owl Symposium
27th January 2001
Muncaster Castle
For further info e-mail:

Ecology and Conservation of Mini-antelope
Hosted by the Marwell Zimbabwe Trust
12 - 17 February 2001
For further info contact:

Environmental Management Conference
Aalborg Zoo
1 - 4 March 2001
For further info e-mail:

9th Annual International Association of Avian Trainers and Educators
Orlando, Florida
1 - 4 March 2001
For further information e-mail:
Or visit:

International Congress on Testudo
7 – 10 March 2001
For further info contact:
Or visit

The Dallas Zoo presents a
to study endangered wildlife in Mexico
March 10-23, 2001
For further information please contact Wanda Weaver at (214) 670-6833
or e-mail Leanne at

Seminar on keeping otters in captivity
14th - 16th March 2001
German Otter Centre
For further details please contact Aktion Fischotterschutz, OTTER-
ZENTRUM,29386 Hankensbüttel, Germany, Fax +49-5832-980851, e-mail:

2001 Annual ASZK/ARAZPA Conference
"Zoos as Ecotourism Destinations"
26th - 30th March 2001
Western Plains Zoo
Dubbo, New South Wales
For further information
or visit:

Riddle's Second Elephant Ultrasound Workshop
28 March - 1st April 2001
For further info please e-mail:

Second European Zoo Nutrition Conference
6 - 9th April 2001
United Kingdom
For further information contact:
or visit:
or by post/fax to: Zoo Nutrition 2001,
Marwell Zoological Park, Owslebury, Winchester, Hampshire, SO21 1JH,
United Kingdom. Fax: (0) 1962 777511.

Annual Conference and General Meeting of the Federation of Zoological
Gardens of Great Britain and Ireland
London Zoo
United Kingdom
10th - 13th May 2001
For further info contact:

Thirteenth International Conference on Bear Management and Research
Jackson Hole, Wyoming, USA
21 - 25 May 2001
For further info visit:

2001 International Conference on Exotics (ICE2001)
31 May - 3 June 2001
Lago Mar Resort
Ft. Lauderdale, Florida
For further info contact:
or visit:

Attached to the above meeting on May 30th there be a wetlab on
Ultrasound Interpretation in Exotic Species. Contact: for further info.
And a TWO day exotic species endoscopy lab preceding the conference
program. For further info contact

3rd Regional Conference on Marketing in Zoos
Loro Parque
1 – 2 June 2001
For further info contact:

International Elephant and Rhino Research Symposium
Vienna Zoo Schoenbrunn
7 – 11 June 2001
For further info contact:
Or visit

Riddle's Third Elephant Ultrasound Workshop
20 June - 24 June 2001
For further info please e-mail:

Endangered Species Conservation and Zoos
Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust Summer School
16 July - 3 August 2001
For further info contact:

The 8th International Waterfowl and Wetlands Symposium
Hyatt Regency, Washington
in Washington D. C.,
20 - 22 July 2001
For further info contact:
or visit: (after January 15, 2001).
or write to:
Brenda Carlson
Ducks Unlimited
One Waterfowl Way
Memphis, Tennessee 38120
(901) 758-3707
(A Latin American and Caribbean Waterfowl Conference Workshop will be
held on the day prior to the symposium

European Zoo Educators Congress 2001
Marwell Zoological Park
6 - 10 September 2001
For further info contact:

Amazon Ungulate Workshop
Cartagena de Indias
10 - 14 September 2001
For further info visit:

Zoo Collectors Meeting
15 - 16 September 2001
London, UK
(Details when I have them)

Elasmobranch Husbandry Symposium
3 - 7th October 2001
For further info visit:

5th International Conference on Environmental Enrichment
Taronga Zoo
4 - 9 November 2001
For further info contact:
Or visit

First International Tapir Symposium
4th - 8th November 2001
San Jose
Costa Rica
For further info visit:

Fourth World Congress of Herpetology
2 - 9 December 2001
Sri Lanka
Please pre-register at website:

23 International Ornithological Congress
11 - 17 August 2002
For further info contact:
or visit:
or write/phone/fax
Mr. LIU Feng, IOC2002/CICCST, 86 Xueyuan Nan Road, Beijing 100081,
Fax: (86-10) 6218 0142 Tel. (86-10) 6217 4952

Vth International Parrot Convention
19 – 22 September 2002
Puerto de la Cruz
Tenerife, Spain
For further info visit:

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