Sunday, December 30, 2007

Subscribing to Zoo News Digest

ZooNews Digest is the longest established and widest read zoo related ezine on the internet. It is read more frequently by more zoo personnel than any other similar publication. At the end of February 2010 it is being read each week by thousands of subcribers in close to 700 zoos in over 135 countries.

The list of people who read ZooNews Digest reads like a 'Zoos Who's Who' and includes Zoo Directors (working and retired), Zoo Keepers, Curators, Managers, Vets, Researchers, Dieticians, Police, Field Operatives, Scientists, Trainees, Students and more.

Consider advertising on Zoo News Digest. It actually gets to the people who make the decisions.

The Zoo News Digest is essentially a mail out ezine which started as a hobby some 15 years ago. It has passed through a number of phases till it is what it is today. You are visiting it here in its blog format.

It has always been a free publication (though donations always were accepted). Previously I was in full time employment and had a bit of money put aside. Now I have neither and an annual donation is not only needed but expected too.

Zoo News Digest is my work.  Zoo News Digest is mailed out to subscribers exactly as it is now, once or twice a week every week. I search the news daily sorting out the wheat from the chaff. I keep you updated on the best of the zoo news...that of interest to zoo professionals rather than the general public.

It is easy to subscribe. Here on the Blog Page you will see a Donate button to your right (and just up a bit). Just click on this. Donation is through PayPal. It is quick, easy, efficient and safe. If you have a credit or debit card it can be done in an instance. If you have sent a donation in the last twelve months then don't worry as you will recieve as before. I will periodically send out reminders to those who have donated previously if requested.

Why donate? Because ZooNews Digest works for you. Within the modern zoo many staff find that there are too few hours in the day to keep themselves updated on what is going on in the Zoo World as a whole. Anybody can use a search engine and if they have a few hours to spare they will find just what they are looking for. I work at this a minimum of ten hours every day seven days a week, working for you.

I am a Zoo Professional. I have been working at Zoo News Digest as a hobby for many years and pre-date all others offering something similar. I find the stories the search engines miss. Often Zoo News Digest posts the news first. Check out the archives for the past ten years. I work for you. I save you time. I send you the interesting links rather than those put together for the general public. I also comment and criticise from a corner that I cannot be punched out of. I am honest, will not take bribes and yes... sometimes I am opinionated. As I am not employed by any zoo I can say things the others cannot without risk of losing my job.

So how much? Right now Zoo News Digest is, practically, my only source of income*. I have no home, no pension, no job and all I own in the world can be crammed into my backpack. That said, as guidance I am looking for an annual donation from each subscriber of what they would pay for a subscription to their favourite magazine once a year. You get 52+ Zoo News Digest mailed to your inbox. I will keep you informed and updated. Many Thanks.

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*I do earn a little from writing, my book store and the occassional Zoo consultancy fee but it is very very little.