Saturday, May 31, 2014

Zoo News Digest 26th April - 31st May 2014 (ZooNews 894)

Zoo News Digest 26th April - 31st May 2014 (ZooNews 894)

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Dear Colleagues,

I was called a liar on Facebook this week. That would be fair enough if the 'lie' could be pointed out to me. The accuser was unable to do so however. I am opinionated that's true, and I freely admit it.. but lie, no I won't do it…at least not intentionally. The links to the stories I post on Facebook and here are just that, links, mainly to stories written by other people. Some of these are beyond lies and they are frequently bullshit. I include them because the remit of Zoo News Digest is, and always has been, to point Zoo Staff towards those news items which would be discussed by zoo staff in staffrooms around the world. I like to know what is going on and I know most zoo professionals do too. The massive readership of Zoo News Digest shows that is the case.

Congratulations to Bengt Holst on winning Copenhagen's 'Politiken' award.

'I am very pleased and honored with the award and see it as a big pat on the back to the Zoo from the guests. I see it as a clear indication that the Danes are very positive about the open and honest way we talk about Zoo's work' says Bengt Holst.

My surface mail mail box is just not working out. Mail is going astray. Even lost my last but one passport for a while. So for now please send all paper mail, books for review etc to :

Peter Dickinson
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Bear in mind it is NOT where I live. My mail will be forwarded to me to wherever I am from there. My contact phone number remains the same:

00971 (0)50 4787 122


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Why Defenders of Killer Whales Are Worried About China.

Feds issued halt to rehabbing stranded dolphins in November
Virus killing scores of marine mammals behind the decision

Oregon Zoo firings: What we know and (more importantly) what we don't

Oregon Zoo firings: Vet techs say Metro's investigation was 'skewed,' 'incomplete'

Little penguins at National Zoo massacred by a fox

Goodall is being influenced by the ‘activist community’: Vancouver Aquarium CEO
Responds to letter from the renowned researcher regarding its keeping of whales, dolphin

Lion Man’s daring tales will be told
Big cat fans will not have to travel to deepest Africa to hear stories of wild animals on Saturday when Lion Man Craig Busch comes to North Walsham.

re the above 
Craig Busch and Zion Wildlife Gardens

Prisoners help rehabilitate black cockatoos at Kaarakin Conservation Centre

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South African helps keep animals alive in Ukraine's zoos

100th Arabian tahr, and twin tahrs welcomed in Al Ain

Knowsley Safari Park to highlight threat of extinction to vultures

The zoo world owes so very much to this man....a sad loss. My very sincere condolences.
Sacramento Zoo Mourns Loss of “Father of Zoological Medicine”

The Hunt for the Golden Mole

Gallery: The zoo that Molly built

Safe sex and zoos

A Centre for Conservation

Barbary Macaque Awareness and Conservation needs your help to finish building a conservation, education and community centre in the Rif mountains, Morocco.

Penguin Malaria Workshop

From Oklahoma to Dubai
"The Prince’s private zoo consists of 44 giant Nile crocodiles, lions, tigers, orangutans, giraffes, and many more"

Panda-monium at Zoo Negara but what about the tapirs?

Baby sloth born at London Zoo after parents ‘secret’ rendezvous

First ever OMR7.5 million aquarium to be built in Oman

This is what it is all about....Management of species. This is also why all US zoos should be AZA members.

They were lucky, it could have ended so much differently. Not the worst I have seen though. I recollect being shown photos of visitors actually inside a lion enclosure and a bear enclosure in zoos I have worked in.
Video shot at edge of polar bear pen prompts zoo probe

Iconic Jamaican iguana under threat from $1.5bn Chinese port project
Development will destroy Jamaica's biggest nature reserve and fragile coastal areas, conservationists warn

Wake-up Call: As Monarch Butterfly Numbers Plummet, will their Migration become Extinct?
More alarming news from the Monarch butterfly roosting sites in Michoacán last week: the 2013 season will surpass 2012 as the all time worst year for Monarch butterflies since records have been kept.

Ever since 1994, scientists have measured the hectares occupied by the migrating insects in the high altitude forests west of Mexico City to get an idea of their numbers.  That information typically works as a key indicat

The May 2014 issue of ZOO’s PRINT Magazine (Vol. 29, No. 5) is online at <> in a format that permits you to turn pages like a regular magazine.
If you wish to download the full magazine or certain articles click on <>
ISSN 0973-2543 (online)
May 2014 | Vol. 29 | No. 5 | Date of Publication 26 May 2014
CBSG South Asia and Zoo Outreach Organization joins “Wild Face of Climate Change” climate change movement
-- R. Marimuthu, Pp. 1-4
Report of the Invertebrate Conservation Sub-committee meeting: 11-12 April 2014
-- B.A. Daniel, Pp. 5-6
Awareness Campaign Against Ritual Hunting - Sumansa v/v Vishu Sendra, Participation of Tata Steel Zoological Park, Jamshedpur in association with Forest Department, Government of Jharkhand against ritual hunting (Vishu Sendra) at Dalma Wildlife Sanctuary by NGO Sumansa
-- Seema Rani, Pp. 7-10
Workplace Safety - Part I (from Zookeeping An Introduction to the Science and Technology)
-- Ed Hansen, Pp. 11-13
Addition of Orchid Eulophia pratensis Lindl. To the Flora of Nashik district, Maharashtra, India
-- Jatin J. Shrivastava, G.S.Chaudhari and Tanveer A. Khan, Pp. 14-15
Rescue, Rearing & Rehabilitation of Alexandrine Parakeets - success story of Indira Gandhi Zoological Park, Visakhapatnam, Andhra Pradesh
-- G. Ramalingam, Pp. 16-19
Some Death Incidents of Spectacled Cobra (Naja naja) at Jahangirnagar University Campus, Savar, Dhaka, Bangladesh
-- Ashis Kumar Datta, Pp. 20-21
Monkey Management in Kanpur Zoological Park
-- U.C. Srivastava, R.K. Singh and Swati Gupta, Pp. 22-25
Announcement: International Species Information System - Vacancies
P. 25
Treatment of Traumatic Myiasis of Indian Lion (Panthera leo) at Chittagong Zoo
-- Md. M.M. Chowdhury, M.S.H. Suvo, M.S.I. Khan and M.R. Begum, Pp. 26-27
Teaching Biodiversity in Freshwater wetlands - A field based teaching strategy for school students
-- R. Alexandar and G. Poyyamoli, Pp. 28-33
My Volunteering experience at Jamshedpur Zoological Park
-- Jayashree Ram Mohan, Pp. 34-35
BOOK REVIEW: Butterflies on the roof of the world: A memoir, Reviewed by Milind D. Patil
P. 36
Announcement: The 41st Annual AAZK National Conference, Orlando, FL, September 8-12, 2014

Chester Zoo use scouring pads help rear rare chicks
Two rare chicks are being hand-reared by keepers at Chester Zoo - with the help of scouring pads.

The white-naped pheasant pigeons named Kola and Wokam were rejected by their parents so the zoo has been using the bristly pads to help them thrive.

Keeper Gareth Evans said the pads stop them slipping away and help their feet and legs develop, as they mimic a nest.

The exotic birds were named afte

Campaigners' fury as court says move of Morgan the whale to zoo was legal
Animal rights campaigners have vowed to continue fighting to free Morgan the killer whale from a Spanish tourist centre despite ­losing a legal battle, writes Patrick Hill in the Sunday People.

They are furious over a Dutch court’s ruling that the creature, also known as an orca, was legally moved to the zoo in Tenerife.

The campaigners believe they have found the rescued sea mammal’s family “pod” off the coast of Norway – and if possible want to reunite her with them.

But in a blow to the campaign, Holland’s Council of State has ruled that an official acted lawfully in granting permission for Morgan to be transferred from the Netherlands to the Spanish holiday island.

The court made clear that its ­deliberations concerned only the legality of the November 2011 transfer.

The council – similar to the House of Lords – said there was no alternative for Morgan at the time. But it did not consider a claim by the Born Free Foundation that it has now located the family pod.

And it ruled that concerns about Morgan’s living ­conditions and health in Spain were outside its jurisdiction.

Campaigners, including the Free Morga

How to milk a naked mole-rat
For the sake of science, Olav Oftedal has milked bats, bears and a lot of other mammals. But a naked mole-rat was something new.

“The thin, hairless skin is so translucent that you can see the milk accumulating in the mammary glands,” says Oftedal, of the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center in Edgewater, Md. For once he could tell exactly which glands were full.

“In most small mammals,” he says, “the big problem is you have hair that can wick the milk away. You have a capillary tube, and you’re trying to catch the milk so it can’t touch any hair.” Naked mole-rats, though, are helpfully hairless.

Oftedal collected milk from the queens of Heterocephalus glaber colonies at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo. In colonies of dozens or hundreds of mole-rats, only the qu

Man who tended to Lucy the elephant dies
A man who fought vigorously against animal rights activists who wanted to see Lucy the Elephant moved to an animal sanctuary, has died.

Doctor Milton Ness, a chief veterinarian at the Edmonton Valley Zoo, passed away last week.

The Valley Zoo Development Society confirmed Ness’ passing on Facebook Saturday afternoon.

“We would like to acknowledge the loss of an important member of our Edmonton Valley Zoo family. Dr. Milton Ness, a passionate and dedicated friend to all animals,” the statement read.

“Our thoughts are with his family and all of his co-workers at this difficult time. He will be greatly missed.”

But like some of his endeavours, that post attracted some negative comments, primarily linked to his fight to keep Lucy in Edmonton.

Ness has been a vocal proponent of keeping the pachyderm in our city -- she’s been here for most of her 37-years -- as he says the move to a sanctuary in the Southern United States would likely kill her.

The Society quickly put a stop to the negativity, saying “using this post to further you personal agenda, cause grief to the family and friends of a man who was respected, loved and dedicated his life to animals is unacceptable.”

Others however noted how much Ness ha

Journal of Threatened Taxa
The International Journal on Conservation & Taxonomy
ISSN 0974-7907 (online) | 0974-7893 (print)
May 2014 | Vol. 6 | No. 5 | Pages 5677-5796
Date of Publication 26 May 2014 (online & print)
DOI: 10.11609/JoTT.26may14.5677-5796
Species and habitat conservation through small locally recognised and community managed Special Conservation Sites
-- Hem Sagar Baral, Bittu Sahgal, Samiul Mohsanin, Kuenga Namgay & Aleem Ahmed Khan, Pp. 5677–5685
Distribution, threats and conservation status of the Wayanad Mahseer, Neolissochilus wynaadensis (Day, 1873) (Teleostei: Cyprinidae): an endemic large barb of the Western Ghats, India
-- Anvar Ali, Neelesh Dahanukar, Siby Philip, K. Krishnakumar & Rajeev Raghavan, Pp. 5686–5699
A review of the genus Bornargiolestes Kimmins, 1936 (Odonata: Zygoptera) with a description of two new species from Sarawak, Malaysia
-- Rory A. Dow, Pp. 5700–5711
Subspecies identification of Chimpanzees Pan troglodytes (Primates: Hominidae) from the National Zoo of the Metropolitan Park of Santiago, Chile, using mitochondrial DNA sequences
-- Javier Andrés Vega, José Suazo, Susan Valerie Smalley, Luis Rodrigo Cataldo, Guillermo Cubillos & José Luis Santos, Pp. 5712–5717
Species diversity and conservation of avifauna in three different habitat types within the Mihintale Sanctuary, Sri Lanka
-- Chathurabhani Wimalasekara & Sriyani Wickramasinghe, Pp. 5718–5725
Conservation of the threatened Sarus Crane Grus antigone (Linnaeus, 1758) around Alwara Lake in Kaushambi District, Uttar Pradesh, India
-- Shri Prakash, Shubh Narain & Sunil Kumar, Pp. 5726–5730
Freshwater ichthyofauna in the Mullegama-Habarakada area, Colombo District, Sri Lanka
-- B.S.A.T. Hiranya Sudasinghe, P.W.D. Thisara Nilupul & Sudeera P.J Bandara, Pp. 5731–5737
Additional record of Batasio merianiensis (Chaudhuri 1913), a catfish (Teleostei: Bagridae) in upper Brahmaputra River drainage in Arunachal Pradesh, India
-- Lakpa Tamang & Bikramjit Sinha, Pp. 5738–5743
New records of dragonflies and damselflies (Insecta: Odonata) from the Western Ghats of Maharashtra, India
-- Pankaj Koparde, Prachi Mhaske & Ankur Patwardhan, Pp. 5744–5754
A preliminary checklist of butterflies (Lepidoptera: Rhophalocera) of Mendrelgang, Tsirang District, Bhutan
-- Irungbam Jatishwor Singh & Meenakshi Chib, Pp. 5755–5768
Record of the genus Arrhenophagoidea Girault (Hymenoptera: Chalcidoidea: Encyrtidae) from India, description of a new species from the Andaman Islands
-- Mohammad Hayat & K. Veenakumari, Pp. 5769–5773
A taxonomic account of Amischotolype (Commelinaceae) and notes on the occurrence of Porandra in India
-- Mayur D. Nandikar & Rajaram V. Gurav, Pp. 5774–5780
‘Broken wing display’ in an unfledged Indian Eagle Owl Bubo bengalensis
-- M. Eric Ramanujam, Pp. 5781–5783
Lichens of the Mahabaleshwar Panchgani Ecosensitive zone (MPESZ), Maharashtra, India
-- Gargee S. Pandit, Pp. 5784–5791
Mind the map: an atlas of amphibians of the Western Ghats
Atlas of Endemic Amphibians of the Western Ghats - K.A. Subramanian, K.P. Dinesh and C. Radhakrishnan
-- Book Review by Neelesh Dahanukar, Pp. 5792–5794
A compact amphibian field guide for Kerala
Common Amphibians of Kerala (Frogs and Toads) - P. S. Sivaprasad
-- Book Review by Unmesh Katwate, Pp. 5795–5796

Largest project in zoo history announced
The Omaha Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium has announced plans for the largest project in its history.
On Friday, zoo officials said the $70 million project, called African Grasslands, will enter the first phase of construction this summer.

"African Grasslands will be a full immersion outdoor habitat featuring breathtaking panoramic views and long vistas of grasslands teeming with African wildlife," the zoo said.

The zoo said it will use grasses, acacia-like trees, rock kopjes and minimal barriers to provide unobstructed views of the animals.  New restrooms, food service and visitor activities will be carefully planned along the path.

The project will provide exhibits for elephant, giraffe, white rhino, cheetah, impala, zebra and more, including mixed species habitats, pools for animals and interactive demonstration areas.

The elephant herd room will be the

Hanging around at the zoo
Animal management used to be all about suppression and violence, according to a second generation keeper at Dublin Zoo. Now, it’s about caring and a bit of pampering
The zoo’s other aim was to provide easy access to animal corpses for doctors not mad on grave-robbing. Once animals – specially the primates – had outlived their usefulness as spectacles, their cadavers were much sought after for research purposes.
Paul O’Donoghue is the assistant director of the zoo and I disturb him in his office. He is staring intently at a computer screen. “Here, have a look at this,” he half whispers in an Australian accent. It is a map of England on which a little orange dot is flashing. The dot is a hippo who has just been transferred out of the zoo and is on her way to a new home in Rotterdam. A pan-European stud book – kind of like Tinder for exotic animals – found her to be an ideal genetic match for a Dutch hippo so she’s going over to make friends. And maybe more.
The animal traffic is two-way and recent arrivals in Dublin include some red capped mangabeys from Barcelona. The zoo wants these primates to share its “rain forest” with the gorillas. It can’t happen overnight and the mangabeys are now living in a compound next door. The two species have met but through a metal grill and only when the zoo is happy the two groups won’t tear strips off each other will they be allowed come together.
“I don’t know if it will work but this is the perfect habitat to try it,” O’Donoghue says. “And I think the company will be good for the gorillas.” So far the gentle introductions are going well and the Don of the gorillas, known as the Silverback, has shown little interest in his new neighbours, while his children are more interested “but seem very relaxed, very chilled.” The mangabeys haven’t hit any of the gorillas in the face with fruit either. And that can only help.
As we walk through the zoo checking that all is well with the 700 animals under his care, I ask O’Donoghue what is the main purpose of the zoo? “Conservation,” he says without a pause. “That is why we exist.” He shows me an App on his phone, similar to a baby monitor. It streams live footage from all the cameras dotted around the zoo. “If I wake up in the middle of the night I pick up the phone and check on them. It is very reassuring.”
His impossible-to-miss love of the animals here should be reassuring for anyone who has ever wondered about the role

Fruit bats, the eco-friendly creatures
Bats are remarkable for their high diversity and broad geographic distribution representing over 20% of all the living species of mammals distributed over all continents except Arctic, Antarctic and some isolated Oceanic islands. They are unique in the sense, they are only mammals capable of true flight and can cross the barriers other mammals cannot. Large fruit eating bats are represented by 176 species worldwide and 4 of them are present in Pakistan. These include short-nosed fruit bat (Cynopterus sphinx), the Indian flying fox (Pteropus giganteus) the fulvous fruit bat (Rousettus leschenaulti) and the Egyptian fruit bat (R. aegyptiacus). Large colonies of the Indian flying fox, the largest fruit bat of South India is reported from the Baag-i-Jinnah and Lalazar garden, Lahore and is usually seen with fear and as a superstitious creature.
Tayiba Latif Gulraiz, a PhD Scholar in the Department of Wildlife and Ecology, University of Veterinary and Animal Sciences, Lahore conducted studies on Indian flying fox under supervision of Dr. Arshad Javid and concluded that these fruit bats should not  be considered as pests as the ecosystem services provided by them out weight the losses caused by them. Perhaps, they served mankind with number of services as a pollinators, seed dispersers, bio-indicators and afforest agents can commute up to a distance of 50km. Fruit bats transport pollens and disperse seeds of many economically important and edible commercial tree species such as banana, avocado, date palm, fig, peach and mango. These fruits contribute a sizeable portion of the annual GDP of Pakistan. The economic importance of these flying foxes as p

Rescued Jumbos a Burden for Bannerghatta Zoo
The Forest Department has temporarily put on hold the request made by the authorities of Bannerghatta Zoo to release a dozen elephants back to the forests because of huge cost of feeding them.

Recently, the zoo authorities wrote to Principal Chief Conservator of Forests (wildlife) to shift around 12 rescued elephants which are presently housed in the zoo’s elephant rescue centre.

Sources told Express that the Forest Department had not kept its promise to release more money towards feeding those pachyderms and the additional burden has fallen on the zoo. The zoo required just three to four elephants for display purposes, but it has 15 elephants. Maintaining them has become a big problem.

Sources said despite shortage of staff, the zoo has managed to put 30 people to look after the 15 elephants. Each jumbo is taken care of by two people — a mahout and a kavadi — and they need to stay with them day and night to prevent them from mingling with visiting wild elephants from nearby forests. Feeding of each elephant costs around `1.25 lakh-1.5 lakh per month and the zoo was not in a position to spend that much. “We can manage if the Forest Department gives us additional funds,” sources said.

Two days ago, an elephant calf, which separated from its herd near Kanakpura, was brought to the zoo. “If the Forest Department goes on adding elephants where is the money to feed them. Even the request to provide the services of veterinary doctor has not been fulfilled,” sources alleged.

When contacted, PCCF (wildlife) Vinay Luthra said the Central Zoo Authority has set guidelines within which all the zoos have to function. “Shifting of elephants from one zoo to another or from zoo to forests require the CZA’s permission.  Till they get the permission, the elephants are the property of the zoo and they will stay there. I am not aware of the number of elephants which were housed at Bannerghatta Zoo. Once the permission comes, we will take steps to shift them.”

Luthra said it has been the practice to house rescued jumbos in nearby elephant camps. Since all the five elephant camps are full, some of them have been kept in the Zoo. “I am optimistic of finding an early solution to this problem,” he said.


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Zoo parting ways with celebrated animal care director
The Calgary Zoo’s animal care director is leaving the top spot for work in Europe, capping off a more than three-year stint as the city’s zookeeper who led an overhaul of welfare practices and received widespread acclaim for heroism when he rescued animals from flood water.

Dr. Jake Veasey, a respected conservation biologist, will leave the zoo after its elephants are shipped to the Smithsonian National Zoo in Washington, D.C., later this month. The zoo released few details about the departure of its high-profile director, simply posting on its Facebook page that Veasey has decided to split with the zoo to “begin the next phase of his career back in Europe.”

“Since joining the zoo in November 2010, Jake has had a remarkable impact on both the Calgary Zoo and our city,” the post states. “His leadership and scientific expertise in animal welfare and conservation helped shape a world-class animal care department.”

Veasey could not be reached for an interview Monday.

Born in London, England, Veasey is a recognized leader in managing animals, both in the wild and in zoos, having worked in North America, Africa and Europe. He also designs animal enclosures for zoos worldwide and advises officials on managing their facilities and assessing animal welfare.

The founder of Veasey Zoo Design & Management, he has worked on $600-million zoo master plans — blueprints t

New enclosures: Safari Park makes room for elephants
Four juvenile elephants were brought from Tanzania in 2009 to the park but two of the females were handed over to the Karachi Zoological Gardens in 2010.
The new enclosures
“The pair needs the enclosed space and we hope the visitors like it,” said Safari Park director Salman Shamsi, adding that they are expecting an increase in visitors during the summer holidays.

Red-billed chough escapes Jersey's Durrell wildlife park
A rare bird has escaped from Durrell wildlife park and keepers are appealing for help in finding it.

The red-billed chough, a member of the crow family, is a small black bird with a bright red beak.

Named Arthur, it is a breeding male on the Birds on the Edge project, which aims to repopulate Jersey with rare native birds.

Keepers believe a rat may have chewed through netting in the bird's aviary.

Other choughs hav

Dubai’s Safari Park is on course to open next year
The Dh150m zoo will cover 120 hectares and will house more than 1,000 animals
Tucked away behind a large security fence on Al Aweer Road opposite Dragonmart, workers are diligently building and landscaping the desert to shape Dubai’s new Safari Park zoo in time for a 2015 opening, say officials.
Plans to relocate Dubai Zoo, currently located on Jumeirah Road, have been on the cards for nearly 10 years as the project has been scrutinised, reworked and revised to come up with a feasible method of relocating roughly 1,000 animals from their existing cramped quarters.
The development of the new zoo is being carried out by Dubai Municipality and will see one of the most modern facilities in the world rise from the sand in the Al Warqa area.
“The project is smoothly running on track and will be completed by the end of 2015,” said an official at Dubai Municipality who is working closely with the project. “The project consists of 12 phases, and wi

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS --- Deadline June 30, 2014
The first part of the Tapir Symposium will consist of talks by KEYNOTE SPEAKERS, PAPER and POSTER SESSIONS addressing tapir biology, research and conservation. 

The Symposium Planning Committee will review all abstracts and determine which ones will be presented orally and which ones will be presented as posters. 

How to Submit a Paper/Poster Abstract

Abstract Guidelines

•Electronic Format: Abstracts should be prepared in Word

•All abstracts should be submitted in ENGLISH

•Margins: Should be set at 2.54 cm (1 inch), top, bottom and sides

•Length: Abstracts should be no longer than 500 words

•Fonts: Use Tahoma at a size of 10 points

•Title: Type title in upper and lower case, standard title format (e.g. Emerging Diseases in Tapirs)

•List Authors: Presenting author first (In Bold)

•Group authors by affiliation

•Type affiliation immediately below authors lines

•Include complete mailing address, e-mail address, phone, and fax for the main presenting author

•Body of abstract: Type body without any indents or tabs

•Double space between paragraphs

•Apply emboldment, italics, underlining, superscripts and subscripts in your main text as you want it to appear in the book of abstracts

•Additional information: Provide us with a list of any technical equipment you will need for your presentation. Keep in mind that you need to think about two different forms of presentation, oral or poster

Submission of Abstract (Deadline June 30, 2014)

E-mail abstract as an attached file to:
Planning Committee
International Tapir Symposium

By July 30, 2014, the notification of the acceptance of the abstract(s) submitted and final decision on whether it will be presented orally or as a poster will be sent to the author(s). Abstracts will be reviewed for their innovative, unique, or thought-provoking subject, topic, or strategy or relevance to current and future needs and challenges of tapir conservation. Abstracts submitted are accepted on the understanding that the presenting author will register for the symposium by August 15, 2014. We are still working on our online registration system and we will soon be ready to OPEN FOR REGISTRATIONS.

Important Dates for Paper/Poster Presenters

---June 30, 2014
Deadline for submitting abstracts. Submitted abstracts will then be reviewed by the Symposium Planning Committee.

---July 30, 2014
The Symposium Planning Committee will notify the author(s) of accepted abstracts and whether they will be presented orally or as a poster.

---August 15, 2014
The presenting author for each accepted abstract must register for the symposium by this date or presentation/poster is subject to cancellation.

Paper Session Guidelines

Authors giving oral presentations should be aware of the date and time of their presentations and be available at the session room 30 minutes prior to it starting. The chair of your paper session will introduce you, as well as monitor timing, and preside over the question periods. Speakers will have 15 minutes for their presentations. In the end of each paper session we will have 15 minutes for questions and discussions including all presenters in that session. At some point, the chair of your paper session will contact you for your BIOGRAPHY so that you can be introduced properly.

Poster Session Guidelines

If the Planning Committee decides that your abstract should be presented as a poster, you have to take into account the following information and guidelines:

Authors presenting posters must have their posters set up on Monday, November 17, anytime between 8:00AM and 2:00PM

Posters will be exhibited in the coffee break area throughout the conference and presenters must be available by their posters during the coffee breaks

Posters must be removed on Wednesday, November 19, in the end of the day

At least one presenter (co-author) nominated for each poster must be a registered attendee at the symposium

Advertisements will not be accepted as posters

Poster Guidelines

The main goal of our poster session is to offer symposium participants a chance to interact with the authors and to establish contacts for further correspondence. For this reason, it is important to feature the following PROMINENTLY on your poster and on any handouts you distribute:

1. The title of your poster
2. The name(s) and institution(s) of the author(s)
3. The e-mail address of at least one author
4. The mailing address, phone, and fax numbers of at least one author

Posters should be readable from a distance of 5 feet. The smallest readable type font at this distance is 20-25 point. If you have to resort to a smaller font size, you are using too much text. Artwork, photos, charts, and graphs typically make up the bulk of a good poster. Detailed information is more effectively conveyed in printed handouts that can be read outside the charged atmosphere of a symposium. You might prepare a short (5-10 minute) verbal presentation which you can give to people who want to be "talked" through your project.

Technical Demonstrations

If you believe that multimedia equipment would greatly enhance your audience's comprehension of your poster, a VERY LIMITED number of technical demonstrations will be possible, based on the number and location of electrical outlets in the poster display room. Additionally, while we will be supplying multimedia equipment for the oral paper presentations, you must supply and maintain your own multimedia equipment if you feel that it is needed for your poster presentation.

In order to give you timely notification of whether we can meet your technical requirements, the Planning Committee must know at the time of your application what technical set-up you would like to bring.

Be aware that no Internet connection will be supported.

Presenters should also be aware that there is no secure place to store technical components such as multimedia units or laptop computers when the poster display rooms are being used for other symposium activities.

The symposium organizers and the hotel assume no responsibility for loss, theft, or damage to these materials.

Important Reminders

Technical wizardry should be a supplement to a quality poster, not a substitute for a quality poster. Do not assume that your multimedia demonstration will make things so obvious to your audience that they will require no additional textual information. Your poster and handouts should clearly outline your important points, and your demonstration should illustrate them.

Posters are a tried-and-true method of communicating to milling groups of people. Laptop computers, on the other hand, have repeatedly proven ineffective for this type of setting. They use tiny font sizes; "disappear" if not viewed from a particular angle, are usually displayed on a tabletop well below the audience's field of vision, and often require the undivided attention of the presenter while the audience waits to ask questions. So, be sure to have plenty of interesting material on hand to entertain the crowd while they wait to get a closer look at your equipment.

Oregon Zoo firings and mystery of orangutan's death show, once again, that a zoo is unlike any other government service
The executives and elected officials at Metro, the Portland area’s regional government, oversee a strange and sometimes incongruous collection of public services: golf courses and garbage pickup, pioneer-era cemeteries and planning and convention center hotels.

Recent events suggest none is as fundamentally challenging as the Oregon Zoo.

Metro officials thought they had solved the zoo’s public relation problems after agency auditors examined construction spending and found something near chaos. But this week, the zoo became a public punching bag again as two of its top managers – director Kimberly Smith and senior veterinarian Mitch Finnegan – were fired. The dismissals were tied to the January death of a 20-year-old orangutan after surgery, a Metro statement said, but beyond that Metro leaders have offered few additional details.

Activists hoping to free zoo elephants and stop the zoo’s nationally renowned -- and, in some circles, vilified -- breeding program claimed some credit for the firings and used the opportunity to promote their cause. They’ve called on Portland-area voters to write in Packy, a 52-year-old elephant suffering from tuberculosis, against three Metro Coun

More than 40 people testify at Metro Council about elephant program
Holding signs and chanting "Free Packy!", a crowd of more than 40 people packed the Metro Council chamber Thursday, calling for changes to the Oregon Zoo's elephant program.

Many expressed frustration with the zoo's implementation of its 2008 bond program, which called for upgrades to the zoo's elephant habitat. Others said the Oregon Zoo should end its elephant program, as some other zoos in North America have done, and send the herd to a sanctuary.

"Packy has paid his dues," said Portlander Will Windham, referring to the elder elephant born at the Oregon Zoo in 1962. "He deserves a peaceful retirement."

"How would you like to be in house arrest for 52 years?" asked Portlander Bob Bernstein. "Do you think you could endure it? I doubt it. You'd all punk out compared to Packy."

Vancouver resident Ann Radley said she's watched videos of elephants in a sanctuary.

"It's beautiful to watch them step out. I watched elephants have their first swim in a pond, their first swim in a lake, their first roll in the mud. Elephants love to play in the mud," she said. "Their first time dusting with dust, foraging on a hill, foraging through trees, lying down to sleep on a hill baking in the hot sun."

Zoo officials say they're moving closer to that vision as construction moves forward on the zoo's $53 million Elephant Lands exhibit. The new six-acre area, four times the size of the current exhibit, will include ponds, sand and both indoor and outdoor areas.

In an e-mail to Metro News, interim zoo director Teri Dresler addressed the calls to send Packy to a sanctuary.

"There are no plans to send Packy away from his family members at the zoo, where he receives expert care by experienced keepers and vet staff," she said.

Many of the "Packtivists" Thursday called for Metro to expedite its plans for an off-site elephant habitat, and to end the breeding of in May 2014

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