Sunday, September 26, 1999

ZooNews Digest 20th September - 26th September 1999 (Zoo News 70)

Dear Colleagues,

It would seem that the recent regular coverage of zoos on British TV has
been wider than I had first thought. I heard from Sean Drayton to say that
Flamingoland was getting a regular Thursday night slot on Yorshire
television. I believe we can expect something on Chester too in October.
As I said last week, all good positive stuff. The weather here has been
terrible this past week. Lots of heavy rain creating puddles where we
don`t need them. However the warmth with the damp has created ideal
conditions for fungi. Olivia and I had an excellent meal of delicious
field parasols last night which I found and picked whilst checking out
possible water damage in the lower part of the zoo.
We have had a visit from a rather nasty fox . This is the first problem
of this nature in ten
years or so. The culprit will be apprehended soon.
Another nocturnal visitor bypassed the alarms and got into our education
centre departing with all our carnivore and primate skulls. Such selective
thievery suggests special purpose. Although probably not of great
financial value they will be difficult to replace and a great loss as a
teaching tool. There remains just a few days for you to visit the WILDLIFE
INFORMATION NETWORK website. If you have not already been there take a
look at . I feel sure that you will
find it of interest if not of value. My copy of Zoos’ Print arrived on
Saturday, so I am still reading it. As with previous issues there is much
of interest. I liked in particular the article on Dr.L.N. Acharjyo. What a
fascinating and productive writer. His list of articles appears almost
endless. Also inspiring was N. Krishnakumar’s article on Human Resource
Management In Indian Zoos. This man must be great to work with. Anyhow I
will finish here so I can read the other articles. If you are interested
in subscribing to Zoos’ Print email :

African Virus May Be Culprit
(Bronx Zoo)

Make life bearable: Physical therapist helping Ursula at Folsom Zoo

Germany nab French woman with 1,300 spiders

New director of LR Zoo won't rush accreditation


Zoo needs dough to stay afloat
(The Texas Zoo)

Baby giraffe makes first public appearance at Los Angeles Zoo

Sedgwick County Zoo receives federal grant

Panel backs BREC control of Baton Rouge Zoo

Hatching mating plans for saddleback
(Auckland Zoo)

Book cites zoo’s link with seller of animals

First gorilla born in captivity turns 40
(Basel Zoo)

Wildlife agency seeks zoo for troublesome bear

Bear killed after zoos refuse to take him

Possum earns her stripes
(London Zoo)
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Female tiger mauled after jumping in pen with 8 males at Indian preserve
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Tigress mauled to death at Bannerghatta

Bearded in their new dens
(Bannerghatta National Park)

Tiger disease claims another victim
(Dhaka Zoo)

4 Bengal tigers dead in Dhaka zoo,1249,115010315,00.html?

Fun, frolic and study too
(Vandalur Zoo-Arignar Anna Zoological Park)

Political 'fencing' by U.S., China leave pandas' fate unclear
(Zoo Atlanta)

Elderly visitor helps Woodland Park Zoo celebrate its centennial

Denver Zoo volunteers find outlet for animal instincts

‘Lion-sized’ zoo crowd nears 1,500
(Mesker Park Zoo)

Big Sur wildfires force condor evacuation
(Los Angeles Zoo)

Stricken condor recovered, to be released again
(Phoenix Zoo)

Jumbos to get protection

Red squirrels find safe refuge

Rare newts fail to survive £2m relocation by builders

Zoe the infant chimp needs a lift to L.A.

State drafts plan to save pronghorn

Japan as haven for smugglers of endangered wild animals
(Oji Zoo)


Bit & Pieces

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**** AAZK would like to announce that after 1 October their new address

AAZK, Inc.
3601 S.W. 29th Street, Suite 133,
Topeka, Kansas 66614 U.S.A.

(This address is also for Animal Keepers' Forum)

The phone/fax number remains the same: (785) 273-1980. The 800 numbers
are also still valid as follows: 1-800-242-4519 (U.S.) and 1-800-468-1966
(Canada). They unfortunately do not have an 800# for overseas.
**** I don’t know how many of you have ever seen a copy of PsittaScene.
This is the excellent publication produced by the World Parrot Trust.
Printed in full colour, it is always full of diverse and interesting news
on the parrot conservation front. Why take my word for it? Why not send
for a copy of the August edition today and see for yourself. Mike
Reynolds, Trust Director has said they will send a gratis copy to any
ZooNews Digest subscriber who sends their postal address to: World Parrot
Trust, Glanmor House, Hayle, Cornwall, TR27 4HY, United Kingdom or email: Articles in the August edition include
those on World Parrot Day, the Cape Parrot, Cockatoos & Peanuts and on the
Echo Parrakeet in the Mauritius.
**** New Enrichment Publication The AAZK Enrichment Notebook, 2nd Edition,
was designed to be user friendly and to provide the kind of information
needed to build a comprehensive enrichment program. The AAZK Enrichment
Notebook, 2nd Edition, is a tabbed, 3-inch binder with 213 pages (many of
them duplexed) of enrichment information (plus an index) which includes an
overview of enrichment, a resources and suppliers list, links to
enrichment information, sample enrichment forms in use at various
institutions, guidelines for enriching various taxa (reptiles, birds,
primates, carnivores, ungulates and bats), risk assessment and safety
issues, a browse plant list, a toxic plant list, cookbook recipes, an
enrichment idea catalog that includes all entries from the original AAZK
Enrichment Notebook plus new submissions, and institutional contacts.

The AAZK Enrichment Committee will be working on a bibliography and a tab
has been provided for this future project. A Table of Contents and Index
make it easier to access the information. You may purchase the entire
binder or just the notebook "guts" to update a previously purchased AAZK
Enrichment Notebook. The AAZK Enrichment Notebook was designed to be a
"living document" with ample space for future AAZK Enrichment Committee
projects and/or other information gathered by you or your institution.
Cost is:

Complete Notebook Guts Only

AAZK Member $45.00 (US) $25.00 (US)
Non-Member $60.00 (US) $40.00 (US)

Overseas shipping and handling should add $15.00 (US) Allow 6 weeks for
delivery by surface post.


AFA Call for Papers 2000

The American Federation of Aviculture (AFA) is soliciting proposals for
papers to be presented at the AFA Convention 2000, one of the foremost
convention on aviculture in the United States. AFA Convention 2000 will be
one of the highlights of the year. The Convention theme will be
"Aviculture,Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow." Convention 2000 will offer a
diverse program of educational presentations and sessions that focus on
aviculture experiences, techniques, regulatory and business issues and
industry changes and challenges of significant impact. A showcase of
avicultural interested exhibitors will demonstrate the latest in products,
techniques, and services.


1. Submit an abstract of no more than 200 words (1 page, single spaced) by
November 1, 1999. Presentations are chosen on the strength of the
submitted abstract. The successful abstract will be substantive, clear,
concise, and stick to experience, facts, and or technical data. It will
focus on avicultural practices or applications that have greatest
practical merit for the audience. Sales pitches will not be accepted.
Abstracts should include a presentation title, author's name, title,
company, complete street address,phone, fax and or e-mail.

Species Specific Experiences, Breeding, Husbandry
Business Aspects of Aviculture
General Aviary Management
Specific Avicultural Techniques
Avicultural Services
Species management as it pertains to
Stud books
History of Aviculture

· Afford you the opportunity to address an international audience of
aviculturists, and others interested in aviculture and birds in general. ·
Publish your presentations in convention proceedings book. · Offer you one
full complimentary convention registration.

· A hard copy AND a disk version of your presentation
· A complete visual presentation
· A brief bio and photograph for introductory purposes
· Give your presentation at the AFA Convention 2000 August 2 - 6th,
2000, Los Angeles, CA.Questions may be addressed to Roland or Ilana
Cristo, . AFA will make every effort to secure
sponsorship for international speakers.

To submit a Paper, contact:

AFA Business Office
PO Box 56218
Phoenix, AZ 85079
(602) 484-0931
fax (602) 484 - 0109

**** Back to School Made Easy!: Funds Available to Attend AZA
Professional Training Schools

Now it is easier than ever to attend the AZA Professional Training
Schools. The Board of Regents provides several awards for zoo and
aquarium personnel to cover the costs of attending the courses. We
strongly encourage the applications for the diversity advancement and
international conservation awards and would welcome your assistance in
seeking qualified candidates. For application information, please contact
Susan Mamakos at the AZA Office at (303) 562-0777 x238. Please note that
you must be enrolled in the course to be eligible for these awards.

Diversity Advancement Award: To support participation in the AZA schools
by ethnic minorities, a $500 award may be given to a qualified applicant.
Full time employees in AZA accredited zoos and aquariums qualify;
preference will be given to AZA members.

International Conservation Training Award: This award promotes
professional training for our foreign zoological colleagues. Preference
will be given to candidates who are currently involved in cooperative
efforts with AZA member institutions or participating in TAGs, CAPs, or
SSPs. Tuition, accommodations, transportation (up to $500) and meals are
provided for the recipient to attend any AZA school. Employees of any zoo
or aquarium outside the United States and Canada may apply.

Dinamation's Applied Biology School Award: To support students committed
to improving their knowledge of applied biology, a $500 cash award may be
given to a qualified applicant for this school. Qualifications include
AZA membership and full-time employment in a zoo or aquarium.

Robert O. Wagner Professional Development Award: To encourage the
development of zoo professionals, this award may be applied toward any AZA
school. Tuition, accommodations, transportation, meals and a $200 stipend
are provided to the recipient. AZA members employed full time in a zoo or
aquarium qualify.

Bruce Carr
Director, Conservation Education
8403 Colesville Road-Suite 710
Silver Spring, MD 20910-3314
Phone (301) 562-0777 x251
Fax (301) 562-0888

**** During September you have the opportunity to review WILDProâ
Multimedia v. 1.0 at the WILDLIFE INFORMATION NETWORK website. Go to it is well worth taking a look. When
you have, don`t forget to add your comments before you exit.

**** Nicola Field, Animal Keeper at Woburn Safari Park is building up a
register of keepers who may be interested in a keeper exchange programme.
If this is of interest to you please write to Nicola at : Woburn Safari
Park, Woburn Park, Bedfordshire, MK17 9QN


AAZK's newest publication, Resources for Crisis Management in Zoos and
Other Animal Care Facilities, is now available. This reference work is an
anthology of articles by 56 authors, from zoo keepers and veterinarians to
zoo directors and public relations specialists.

The 424-page volume brings together information and resources for planning
a crisis management program or for augmenting an existing program.

The book's chapters are arranged by the following subject topics:
Factors That Influence Crisis Management in a Zoological Setting
Developing An Emergency Preparedness Plan
Emergency Response and Crisis Management Teams
Public Relations and the Crisis Situation
Animal Restraint and Animal Identification Techniques
Dealing with A Crisis Situation (Zoological Crisis, Natural Disasters, and
Manmade Disasters) Injury and Death at the Zoo Taxon-Specific Crisis
Management Protocols.

It also includes an extensive appendix and a listing of suppliers and
equipment vendors.

Other materials covered include:
Zoonotic Disease: Risk Appreciation and Biosafety
Meterological Aspects of Disaster Planning
The Weapons Response to a Zoological Crisis Situation
The Process of Exhibit Design and Construction: How It Affects Crisis

The book includes the results of a North American Crisis Management Survey
as well as case studies showing how zoos reacted in various crisis
situations and what was learned from their experiences.

The cost is $45.00 for AAZK members and $60.00 for nonmembers with an
additional $10 postage for orders outside the continental United States.
Call Susan Chan at 1-800-242-4519, or send in your order *after October 1*
to: AAZK Inc., 3601 S.W. 29th Street, Suite 133, Topeka, KS 66614.

The following letter was posted on the alloprimate listserve by Jonathon

Rio de Janeiro Primate Center is in immediate need of support

We are writing concerning an urgent situation in Brazil. The Primate
Center in Rio de Janeiro (Centro de Primatologia de Rio de Janeiro or
CPRJ), an institution dedicated to conservation and the breeding of the
primate species of Brazil, may have to close down. This large primate
center is a truly unique and valuable resource. It was founded by Dr.
Adelmar Coimbra-Filho and is run now by an extremely dedicated individual,
Dr. Alcides Pissinatti. The Primate Center currently has over 240
primates in 23 species including many endangered species. There are eight
CITES Appendix I species including lion tamarins, pied tamarins, Goeldii's
monkeys, uakaris and woolly spider monkeys. Thirteen species are listed
as Appendix II under CITES including marmosets, tamarins, capuchins and
titis. Many of the animals are genetically valuable since animals that
have been illegally captured from the wild and then confiscated by the
government are often placed in CPRJ. CPRJ has played an important role in
the golden lion tamarin reintroduction program and the black lion tamarin
metapopulation project. In addition to lion tamarins, CPRJ has supplied
the buffy-headed tufted capuchin and the pied tamarin to the international
zoo community, resulting in the establishment of genetically viable
populations of these two threatened/endangered species in zoos worldwide.
Unfortunately, a long-term major donor of CPRJ has ceased its support and
the Rio de Janeiro state government does not give CPRJ sufficient
resources. All conservation research projects have stopped and the staff
has been reduced. Due to the severe lack of funding, CPRJ is not able to
provide proper nutrition for their animals and they are now mainly feeding
their primates large quantities of bananas. Also, there is no money for
medical treatment. Many animals are being lost to pneumonia since it is
winter in Brazil since there is very little medicine left for treatment.
On average it only costs about 85 cents a day (about US$24.50 a month) for
the food and medicine for each primate. CPRJ is trying to move animals to
other zoos but many of the zoos in Brazil are small and do not concentrate
on primates, so only a small number of animals can be transferred within
country. Also, many of the Brazilian zoos do not have the quality of
animal care and expertise exhibited by CPRJ. There are plans to send some
animals from Brazil to zoos in other countries but the permitting process
takes time, time that these animals don't have. The International
Management Committee for Lion Tamarins is trying to organize as much
emergency funding and supplies as we can, but it will not be enough.
Together with several other international conservation organizations, we
are trying to come up with a permanent long-term solution for the Primate
Center but right now CPRJ needs the immediate support of the international
community. Without your help CPRJ may have to close permanently and the
lives of many primates will be lost. Without CPRJ, the conservation
activities will not be able to resume once funding becomes available and
the valuable endangered primates will be lost to conservation. Any size
donation would be extremely helpful. As you can see from the food and
medicine cost estimates, even a small donation will have a large impact on
the life of one primate. Please send checks payable to "Lion Tamarins of
Brazil Fund" and write CPRJ on the bottom as a note and we will send the
funds directly to Dr. Pissinatti at CPRJ.

The address for donations is:

Lion Tamarins of Brazil Fund
Department of Zoological Research
National Zoological Park
Smithsonian Institution
Washington, DC 20008


Primate Training and Enrichment Workshop

The workshop will begin at 9:00 am on Wednesday, November 17, 1999 and
will end with a banquet/party on the evening of Saturday, November 20,
1999. A registration fee of $550.00 per participant, includes all workshop
materials, all meals, motel accommodations for five nights (Tues. - Sat.,
double occupancy), and shuttle service between the Austin airport, the
motel, and the DVS. Registration will be limited to 30 participants. A
second workshop, to accommodate anticipated over enrollment, is
tentatively scheduled for February 16-19, 2000. Workshop instructors
include: Mollie Bloomsmith, Ph.D. Zoo Atlanta . Yerkes Reg. Prim. Res.
Ctr. , Steve Schapiro, Ph.D. UTMDACC, Gail Laule, M.A. Active
Environments, Adam Stone, B.S., LATg Active Environments, Reserve a
spot for you and/or your colleagues right away. Space is limited and we
have a long list of interested facilities and people. For additional
information contact: Steve Schapiro Department of Veterinary Sciences
UTMDACC Rt. 2, Box 151-B I Bastrop, TX 78602 512-321-3991 512-332-5208

**** Zoo Staff Personals

Looking for work? Someone to travel with? Somwhere 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.

Elephant/Chimpanzee Keeper Vacancy

There is a vacancy for a Qualified or Trainee Keeper at Whipsnade Wild
Animal Park to work on the Activities Region with the elephants and
chimpanzees. The position is for one of five staff that work on the
section. Whipsnade has a hands-on management strategy but there is good
experience on the section for handling the young bull in protected
contact. Plans are underway to develop a new facility for the bull.
Applicants ahould have some experience with either elephants or
chimpanzees. Salary will be related to qualifications and experience.
Applications should be in writing to The Curator, Whipsnade Wild Animal
Park, Dunstable LU6 2LF. Closing date: October 11th 1999.

**** Twycross Zoo require a Primate Keeper. Some experience is preferred.
Accommodation is available. Please contact : Twycross Zoo, Atherstone,
Warwickshire, CV9 3PX Tel : 01827 880 250

**** Zoo Dresden has a vacancy for a hoofstock keeper. The zoo is
undergoing a rapid development and a complete reconstruction. We are
looking for a animal keeper. Knowledge of German language is desirable,
but not imperative. Salary commensurates according to age and experience.
Contact: Director Dr. Luecker, Zoo Dresden, fax: ++49 351 4718625 or

**** Position Vacancy - Pittsburgh Zoo Position: ANIMAL KEEPER Department:
Elephant/Unqulate Department Position Status: Collective Bargaining Unit

Prior Animal Keeper experience preferred. Must have a valid PA drivers
license, and a negative TB test.

Working Conditions:
Heavy lifting up to 80 pounds, repetitive movement, bending, lifting,
walking and standing extended periods of time. The ability to work in all
weather conditions. Must be available to work all shifts, weekends and

Supervisor: Lee Nesler-General Curator/Curator of Mammals

Contact: Send Resumes to the Human Resources Department
One Wild Place
Pittsburgh, Pa
Lee Nesler, General
Pittsburgh Zoo
One Wild Place
Pittsburgh, PA 15026

**** Vice President of Biological Programs: The Minnesota Zoo is currently
seeking a dynamic and passionate individual to lead the Biological
Programs division of the Minnesota Zoo. The VP of Biological Programs
will be responsible for the daily operation of animal management, animal
health and conservation programming. With a division budget of
approximately four million dollars and 75 employees, this position
provides vision and direction to, and is an advocate for the development,
care and presentation of the living collection. This position reports to
the Deputy Director/Chief Operating Officer. The successful candidate must
have excellent interpersonal and organizational skills, appropriate
education, a minimum of five years experience directing animal management
or animal health programs and direct experience supervising staff and
programs at a zoo. Salary range $58,000 - $83,000. Posting will remain
open until a successful candidate is found. Please send resume and cover
letter to: Connie J. Braziel, Acting Director and Chief Operating Officer
Minnesota Zoo 13000 Zoo Boulevard Apple Valley, MN 55124 FAX (612)


Fjord & Belt Centre in Kerteminde, Denmark.
Applications are invited to a position as dolphin trainer at the Fjord &
Belt Centre in Kerteminde, Funen, Denmark. Working environment - The Fjord
& Belt Centre is a marine activity centre created to combine research (in
co-operation with the University of Southern Denmark), public exhibition,
aquariums and education on marine issues. The centre opened in 1997 and
300,000 visitors have until now visited the centre. The Kerteminde Fjord
and the Danish Belts and their marine life are the common denominators for
all the activities. As such, the harbour porpoise is the main topic of
research and one of the main attractions. The purpose is to enhance
research into behaviour and ways of reducing by-catch as well as informing
the public and creating more awareness. For that, the centre has
permission to hold four harbour porpoises in captivity for a period of
three years. The porpoise project is led by a team composed of a
supervisor (a French whale biologist) and an American senior trainer and
advised by a German veterinarian. Danish and foreign interns assist in the
daily care. International research co- operation is currently carried out
with Danish, Swedish, German and English institutions. Type of employment
- Duties will be mainly to participate in the daily care and training of
the harbour porpoises held outdoors and to the maintenance of the porpoise
facilities. Duties consist furthermore in participating in research
projects and other centre activities. Applicants should preferably have
previous experience with husbandry and training of marine mammals.
Training for experimental research as well as active participation in
research projects will also be considered as additional qualifications.
Expectations from the applicant - The successful applicant is expected to
show a good deal of personal involvement, responsibility and creativity.
Ability to work harmoniously in a team of an international context is
essential. There is an obligation of residence in the town of Kerteminde.
Applicants have to be able to speak and write English fluently. If a
working knowledge of Danish is not present at the time of appointment,
sufficient knowledge of Danish for participation in meetings and extension
to the public must be acquired within a year. Salary/Working
hours/Vacation - Salary and other conditions of appointment will be based
on Danish regulations. The salary is subject to Danish incomes taxes and
social expenses and is based on the Danish system of working flexible
hours. The salary will be negotiated at around US$ 2200. Working hours are
37 hours per week, variable hours. Overtime will be compensated for.
Accrual per month of work accomplished is 2,5 days, equivalent to 5 weeks
vacation per year. Application - The application should include a C.V., a
statement of interests, a description of research involvement and reprints
of publications if any, and a minimum of two reference letters from
previous aquarium curators and head trainers. Three copies of the
application must be mailed to the Fjord & Belt Centre, Margrethes Plads 1,
DK-5300 Kerteminde, Denmark. The application must be received not later
than September 30, 1999 in order to be considered. Further Information on
the Fjord & Belt Centre can be found on Further
information about the position may be obtained from the leader of the
porpoise project, Dr. Genevive Desportes and the
senior trainer Kirstin Anderson, Fjord & Belt
Centre, Fax: +45 65 32 42 64.

Paignton Zoological & Botanical Gardens are looking for a Executive
Director to take up the post in September 2000 on the retirement of the
current Director. The postholder will be responsible to the Board of
Trustees and responsible for fulfilling the objectives of Paignton zoo in
the fields of wildlife conservation and education. For further
information and a full job description please send a stamped addressed A4
size envelope to : The Chairman, Whitley Wildlife Conservation Trust,
Totnes Road, Paignton, Devon. TQ4 7EU, UK The closing date for
applications is the 30th Sepember 1999

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



The 4th International Conference for the Management of Wildlife in
Amazonia and Latin America October 4th-8th of 1999 Asuncion, Paraguay
Centro Cultural del Banco Central del Paraguay. For further information
about the Conference visit the Web Site:

VI International Symposium on the Preservation of the Przewalski Horse 5 -
7 October 1999 Kyiv, Askania-Nova For further details contact :

1999 Zoo Registrars Association Conference
8-10 October 1999
San Antonio, Texas
For more information, please contact: Terrence L. Fisher, San Antonio
Zoological Society, 3903 N. St. Mary's Street, San Antonio, Texas 78212
phone (210) 734-7184 ext. 162; fax (210) 734-7291 e-mail:

AAZV Conference
10th October 1999
The 1999 annual meeting of the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians
(AAZV) will be held in Columbus, Ohio hosted by The Columbus Zoological
Gardens. This year features four master classes, help concurrently on
Wednesday afternoon, instead of the regular sessions. Taught by experts in
their fields, these classes are designed as an indepth review of
antibacterial use, acid base balance, wound management, and fish medicine
(See descriptions within the Scientific Program schedule.) Two all-day
workshops are planned pre- and post- conference, with ten additional
workshops/wetlabs being offered on Sunday, October 10. The opening Ice
Breaker will take place on Sunday evening, and our traditional zoo trip on
Tuesday afternoon will end with the ever popular auction. Conference
topics: Advanced Physical and Chemical Restraint of Zoo and Wild Animals,
Surgical Techniques Utilizing Magnification, Chelonian Techniques and
Surgery, Animal Nutrition Topics, Reptilian and Amphibian Medicine, Small
Mammals/Carnivores, Gerontology, Reproductive Technologies and
Contraception, Case Reports, Ethics, Primates, Infectious Diseases, Avian
Medicine, Nutrition. For detailed information and registration, call Patti
Ackerman (614-645-3422; fax 614-645-3564; email, Dr.
Wilbur Amand (610-892-4812; fax 610-892-4813; email or the American Association of Zoo Veterinarians
web page at

ABWAK is planning a 'Sustainability workshop' to be held at Blackpool Zoo
on Tuesday 12 October 1999. Topics will cover ways in which zoos can be
pro-active in recycling, environmentally friendly products, use of the
correct suppliers, educating our visitors and generally how zoos can use
state of the art techniques in environmental management. This event is
being co-ordinated by ABWAK Council member Nan Swannie, Education Officer
at Blackpool Zoo. Nan can be contacted on 01253 765027 or by fax on 01253

AZA Nutrition Advisory Group
3rd Conference
14-17 October 1999
Columbus, OH, USA.
If interested please contact Mike Maslanka, MS
Nutritionist & Commissary Supervisor
Memphis Zoo
2000 Galloway Ave
Memphis, TN 38112
ph: 901-725-3400, ext 3361
fax: 901-725-9305
or email : Mike Maslanka

CBSG Annual Meeting
15 - 17 October 1999
Warmbaths, South Africa
For further details contact : or

World Zoo Organisation Annual Conference
18 - 21 October 1999
Pretoria, South Africa
For further details contact :
Sarita Cronje, National Zoo, P.O.Box 754, Pretoria 0001, South Africa.
(Fax 27-12-323-4540)

ChimpanZoo Conference:
"Approaching a More Human Public Ethic Toward Captive Chimpanzees Through
ChimpanZoo" 19-23 October - 1999 Sunset Zoological Park, Manhattan, KS.
For Conference information consult the ChimpanZoo at:
http://u.arizona.ed/~vlandau/HOME.HTM or write to: ChimpanZoo Geronimo
Bldg #308, 800 E. University Blvd, Tucson, AZ 85721; Phone at (520)
-621-4785, FAX (520)-621-2230 or email to:
ChimpanZoo is a sponsored program of the Jane Goodall Institute.

Research and Captive Propagation in Birds
21st October – 23rd October 1999 at Antwerp Zoo
Deadline for submission of talks and posters is 30 June 1999; The
deadline for the abstracts is 15 July 1999. For more information please
contact PD Dr. U. Gansloßer FAX (+49-911-97 95 800 or Dr. C.
Mettke-Hofmann +49-8152-373 133 , e-mail (

International Conference: "Biology of Insectivorous Mammals"
25-28 October 1999
Kemerovo, Russia
Tel: (3842) 230166, 230746.

29th North American Symposium on Bat Research
October 27-30 1999
Maddison Wisconsin USA
Tom Griffiths
Dept of Biology, Illinois Weslean University, Bloomington IL 61702
Ph 309-536-3230
fax 309-536-3411

Introduction/Re-Introductions Seminar
6th November 1999
The Boldrewood Conference Centre, University of Southampton
This is a one day seminar organised jointly by Marwell Preservation Trust
and the University of Southampton. Chaired by Chris Packham it will
address some of practical problems of restoring endangered species to the
wild. There are several speakers talking on a range of topics which
include Beaver, Desert Antelope, Red Kite, White-Tailed Eagle amongst
others. For further details and booking contact : Marwell Zoological Park,
Winchester, Hampshire, SO21 1JH or telephone 01962 777407

Histology and Histopathology Workshop
6th and 7th of November 1999
Greendale Laboratories Limited, Surrey, UK.
The two tutors will be Professor Fredric Frye, DVM from the U.S.A. and
Professor John E Cooper FRCVS, from the U.K. and East Africa. The cost of
the Workshop will be £260 (Plus VAT); this will include luncheon and
refreshments. Information on local hotels is available upon request.
Contact Greendale Laboratories,Knaphill, Woking, Surrey GU21 2EW, UK -
`phone 44-(0)1483-797707,fax 797552 or email --

Marine Ornamentals 99 Conference
Kona, Hawaii
16th - 19th November 1999
Plans are now well underway and there are only a few weeks left in which
to take advantage of the early registration discount. And for those of you
that might want to present a paper - either orally or as a poster - the
deadline for abstracts (July 31) is rapidly approaching. The meeting is
designed to bring together in one venue those interested in the
Collecting, Culture and Conservation of marine ornamental species
including fishes, corals, live rock, as well as those that are worrying
about the regulatory regime in which these species are traded, transported
and marketed. Thus there is an opportunity for everyone from researchers,
to businessmen, to hobbyists to participate and contribute to the meeting.
For details of the meeting, registration forms, etc. See

British and Irish Zoo Educators Conference (BIZE)
Fota Wildlife Park, Co. Cork, Ireland
18-21 November 1999
The conference organiser is Lynda McSweeney
tel 00353 21 812 678 or fax 00353 21 812 744

Zoo and Exotic Animal Anaesthesia and Surgery
20-21 November 1999 at the Meeting Rooms, Zoological Society of London.
This 2 days meeting will concentrate on the modern approach and advances
within the field of anaesthesia and surgery in birds, reptiles, small
mammals, zoo animals, fish, etc etc etc. For registration details please
contact Derek Lyon ( Brackenwood, 67 Wynnstay Lane,
Marford, Wrexham LL12 8LH, UK. Fax: 44 (0)1978 852065 Anyone wishing to
present a paper should contact Steve Divers ( Exotic
Animal Centre, 12 Fitzilian Avenue, Harold Wood, Romford, Essex RM3 0QS,
UK. Fax: 44 (0)1708 344318. You don't have to be an academic high
roller, super specialist or all round action packed super hero. Student
papers, reviews, new techniques and procedures, as well as original
research are all very welcome.

Nov. 30 - Dec2 1999
Co-sponsored by The San Diego Zoo and SOS Care will be held at the
Imperial Palace Hotel in Las Vegas Nevada. For further details contact : FAX: (760) 749 1324 ADDRESS: SOS Care, 15453 Woods
Valley Rd, Valley Center, CA 92082 USA

18th Annual Australasian Primate Society Conference
3 - 5 December 1999
Taronga Zoo, Sydney, Australia.
Theme: "Primate Conservation: The Role of Australasia in In-situ Programs.
Guest Speaker: Dr Russell Mitermeier
Contact: Maria Finnigan

The 13th Biennial Conference on the Biology of Marine Mammals,
organised by the Society for Marine Mammalogy, will be held from 29
November to 3 December 1999 in Kihei, Hawaiian Islands. The deadline for
abstracts is 1 June and for workshop proposals 1 March. For further
information contact Gene Nitta, Conference Chair, at
+1-808-973-2987> or Paul Nachtigall, Scientific Program Chair, at, +1-808-247-5297>, or visit

Committing to Conservation Conference
*Making a Difference*
The San Diego Zoo
December 9-12, 1999
For further details or if you are interested in presenting a paper or
poster which supports one
of the conference themes, please mail, fax or e-mail a draft of your
300-word (or less) abstract to: Valerie Thompson, Conference Co-Chair,
P.O. Box 120551, San Diego, CA 92112-0551. Fax: (619) 232- 4117; e-mail: Paper and Poster abstracts and accompanying
information are due by September 15, 1999.

"Zoo-Kunft 2000"
18 - 20 February 2000
Allwetterzoo Münster
The main theme will be "The Human (and) Apes in zoos and the wild".
Speakers are not yet fixed. Registration and further information (when
available) is at the web site at :

Third International Asian Hornbill Workshop
The Third International Asian Hornbill Workshop will be held in April/May
2000 in Singapore, with a post-workshop excursion to the Budo & Hala-Bala
Research Site, south Thailand. If you are interested in attending, please
write to either: Ms Ng Bee Choo, c/o Nature's Niche, Bukit Timah Nature
Reserve Visitor Centre, 177 Hindhede Drive, Singapore 589333. Tel, +65
4636571, fax +65 4636572, e.mail or Dr Pilai
Poonswad, Hornbill Project Thailand, c/o Department of Microbiology,
Faculty of Science, Mahidol Unversity, Rama 6 Road, Bangkok 10400,
Thailand. Fax +66 26445411, e.mail

“Genetic Resources for the New Century.”
May 8-12, 2000
San Diego Wild Animal Park
For more information, contact conference organizers, Oliver Ryder, Ph.D., or Kurt Benirschke, M.D.

“The Apes: Challenges for the 21st Century”
May 10 -13 2000
Hilton, Lisle/Naperville
This unique conference will focus on the apes of the world and will bring
together researchers, zoological park personnel, and field biologists to
share and disseminate the most current information on husbandry,
conservation, and emergent issues pertaining to captive and wild
populations of apes. This conference will serve as a starting point for
defining the challenges likely to face apes in the twenty-first century.
Keynote speakers include Dr. David Chivers for lesser apes, Dr. Carel van
Schaik for orangutans, Dr. Gay Reinartz for bonobos, Dr. Claudia
Olejniczak for gorillas and Dr. Toshisada Nishida for chimpanzees. Our
plenary speaker is Dr. Russell Mittermeier, president of Conservation
International. The conference will include several days of presentations
as well as an icebreaker, round table discussions, and a day at Brookfield
Zoo including a silent auction, a raffle and a banquet. Immediately
following the conference Lincoln Park Zoo in Chicago will host the North
American Ape Taxon Advisory Group meetings. The Brookfield Zoo Conference
Planning Committee invites you to present papers, posters, or videos
pertaining to husbandry, medicine, nutrition, behavior, taxonomy,
reproduction, fieldwork, or conservation matters. Deadline for abstract
submission is February 15, 2000. For information on registration and
submission of abstracts contact the Brookfield Zoo Ape Conference Planning
Committee at (708) 485-0263 ext 604, FAX (708) 485-3140 or e-mail

Fourth International Penguin Conference
Coquimbo, Chile
September 4 - 8 2000
For Further info :

Panda 2000 International Conference
An international conference on the giant panda will be held in San Diego,
California (USA) October 16-19, 2000. The Zoological Society of San Diego
and the World Wildlife Fund are co- hosts. A program consisting primarily
of work-shops, panel discussions and poster sessions is planned. Topics
in conservation, education, training, research, health, reproduction, and
captive management will be co covered. Persons interested in attending
this meeting are encouraged to contact the Local Arrangements Chair:
Helena Fitch-Snyder, Zool. Soc. of San Diego, PO Box 120551, San Diego, CA
92112. Phone: (619) 557-3954, FAX: (619) 557-3959; E-mail

5th International Aquarium Congress
Organised by the Oceanographic Institute of Oceanography
20 - 25th November 2000
For further information email:
or write to : Secretariat of the 5th IAC 2000, Oceanographic Institute,
Av.St.Martin, MC 98000 Monaco Tel.: +377-93-25.36.00, Fax :

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