Zoo staff are struggling to keep up morale in the face of
unemployment and controversy over the animals' welfare.
Here, senior keeper PAUL PATERSON hits back at the critics and
defends the work done by him and his colleagues.
ANIMAL welfare groups are jumping for joy over the closure of Glasgow
Zoo because they are against all zoos.
But for the staff who have battled against poor management
structures, insufficient funding and allegations of cruelty to the
animals they look after, there is widespread sadness.
For a long time the zoo has been in a poor state of repair and has
had many financial problems, partly due to Glasgow City Council's
decision three years ago to stop our grant.
We have also suffered from a lack of hands-on, practical ability from
management, and business
Firefighter to Have Hand Surgically Repaired
An investigation into the Bengal tiger at the Crossett Zoo biting a
Crossett firefighter's hand Monday, June 23, continued as of
Wednesday, June 25.
The incident occurred Monday afternoon as firefighter Bo
Higginbotham's right hand was clamped onto by Tigger
New animal species discovered
A team of Bolivian and British students discovered seven previously
unknown species of animals in the rainforests of Bolivia, the group
announced on Tuesday at New York's Central Park Zoo.
Two new species of frog were found along with two new species of
snakes and toads, and one new species of lizard, the group said.
"Yungas 2001", a joint Oxford and Glasgow
How water and curiosity grilled the cat
Curiosity did not quite kill the cats, but it certainly gave Auckland
Zoo's new male lions Lazarus and Ngala a cold, wet shock.
The 1-year-olds had never seen a large body of water in their native
South Africa, but within five minutes of being released from
quarantine into the zoo yesterday the pair had an introduction to the
wet stuff that they will not forget.
First Lazarus went down to the moat
AG takes action halting roving exhibit featuring lions, tigers
Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott has obtained an emergency court
order in Kaufman County, an action taken to prevent harm to the
public from a traveling hands-on exhibit featuring wild jungle cats
and cubs. These include tigers, leopards, lions and cougars, which
nonprofit ZooCats Inc. of Kaufman
Lease the zoo, but get the details right
The Lehigh County Board of Commissioners will have a busy meeting
tonight. It may agree to take county tax collections away from
elected collectors and do it in-house. There will be a first reading
of a proposal to privatize Cedarbrook, the county home for the aged.
And, the board will review a plan to lease the Trexler Game Preserve
zoo to a private nonprofit organization.
All three proposals from County Executive Jane R. Ervin have in
common the goal of reducing county spending. That's a good thing,
taxpayers agree. All three are controversial, and will have some
opposition. However, the most
Let The Zoos Save These Elephants
A nimal rights zealots continue to rail against a plan to bring
African elephants to Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo and the San Diego Zoo.
They act as if blocking the zoos' plans would permit the elephants to
live idyllic lives in the wild.
That's false. Their objective is not to save the elephants, but to
keep the zoos from putting animals on public display, which these
extremists liken to slavery.
The truth is that if the opponents have their way, the animals will
be killed. It is precisely because the outlook is so grim for these
elephants that the zoos have gone to the trouble of seeking to import
them, although elephants are available from other zoos.
The elephants in question come from game preserves in Swaziland that
are badly overpopulated with the massive creatures. Elephants can
quickly wipe out huge swaths of wildlife habitat, threatening the
Elephant calf dies at Vandalur zoo
A three-and-half-month-old elephant calf died at the Arignar Anna
Zoological Park, Vandalur, on Wednesday. The calf, Ramu, was rescued
last month from the forest area in Amirthi near Vellore after his
According to zoo authorities, during the first week of May, Ramu and
his mother sustained injuries in the wild, reportedly when boulders
rolled down from a hill. While Ramu's mother sustained serious
injuries in the leg, the calf had less severe injuries. Later, he
Tigress Promila gives birth to 3 cubs at Dhaka Zoo
The Dhaka Zoo saw the birth of three more tiger cubs to a tigress
named Promila this month, adding to its already stretched line of
Curator Mofizur Rahman said he does not know of any cubs being born,
but this correspondent had a chance to see them at cage No. C/7.
The cubs look healthy, but zoo veterinarians fear that the mother
might kill the babies as she did on previous two occasions.
In the past, Promila gave birth to two cubs,
Mystery shrouds tiger cub's death in zoo
Newsmen barred from gathering report
The death of an 11-month-old Royal Bengal Tiger cub has put the Dhaka
Zoo authorities in a hot spot.
The cub, which was among 14 tigers at the zoo, was found dead in a
cage on Tuesday. How it died remains unknown. The curator repeatedly
declined to comment on it.
However, senior zoo officials told The Daily Star on condition of
anonymity that the cub was sick since last week and was not eating
Initially, the authorities had assumed the cub's weakness was the
result of internal cross breeding. But
Animal welfare underpinned by sound science
Animal welfare underpinned by sound science
Animal welfare decisions must not only be underpinned by sound
science but also good judgement said Professor David Mellor, Chairman
of the advisory committee, which advises the government on animal
Professor David Mellor said in the 2002 Annual Report of the National
Animal Welfare Advisory Committee (NAWAC) that it is through rigorous
scientific application and common sense that an understanding and
measure of animal needs and welfare can be gained.
"It is not only experimental support for animal care and management
practices that is considered, common sense, experience with practical
care and management of animals, clinical observation of their health
and welfare and outcomes from veterinary
Rare Macaws in Peril as Guatemala Jungle Shrinks
LAGUNA DEL TIGRE NATIONAL PARK, Guatemala (Reuters) - Its survival
threatened by illegal settlers and poachers, a rare type of scarlet
macaw living in the Guatemalan jungle has lost some of its few
Biologists working for a Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) have
been pulled out of the colorful bird's main nesting area in fear of
armed men believed to be land settlers who burn the jungle to clear
land for cattle or homes.
On May 29, five men who were probably land invaders, dressed in dark
clothes and armed with shotguns and rifles, tried to set a trap for
two WCS biologists during their rounds. The two escaped by fleeing
through thick bush.
"Not even the law of the jungle applies here," said Rodrigo Morales,
a biologist and macaw specialist with Guatemalan environmental group
Defenders of Nature.
Environmentalists say a rare subspecies of scarlet
If Zoo Closes, Where Will Animals Go?
From the 1,000-pound male bison to the Madagascar hissing cockroach,
more than 400 creatures representing 70 species were brought together
to spend their lives in the naturalistic settings carved out for them
at the Queens Zoo in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park.
So for officials faced with the possible closing of the zoo on July 1
due to city budget cuts, the daunting prospect of finding new homes
for the animals, and the logistics and bureaucracy involved in
transporting them, loom as major challenges.
The 12-acre enclave of trees and shrubbery that opened in 1968 was
4 Monkeys Said to Escape From China Zoo
Four monkeys escaped from a zoo in northeastern China and attacked a
woman and her baby before three of the animals were shot to death by
police, the official Xinhua News Agency said Wednesday.
The three adult monkeys and one baby escaped Monday from a zoo in
Changtu county in Liaoning province, Xinhua said. It did not say what
species they were.
The monkeys took refuge in a grove of trees and resisted attempts to
Following shark deaths, Pittsburgh zoo tries again
A tank at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium where more than a dozen
sharks died now has new tenants.
The aquarium acquired three white-tip reef sharks from the Mirage
Resort in Las Vegas, where they lived for two years, and plans to
display the 4-long fish in the Open Ocean Tank, zoo officials
The aquarium has many shark species, including smaller fish called
leopard sharks, but the
Danish zoo to deploy Bluetooth tracking system
While device manufacturers at the Bluetooth World Congress here last
week debated how to make the wireless technology more user-friendly,
a zoo in Aalborg, Denmark, was actually deploying the technology.
Deploying technology provided by a local startup called BlueTags, the
Aalborg Zoo is preparing to switch on a Bluetooth-based child
tracking system that promisesÑif it worksÑto leave no child lost in
the monkey house.
Among all the ideas floated at the Bluetooth Congress, the zoo
tracker stood out as an exemplary application to showcase the
Rare elephants wait uncertain future
Controversy has erupted over plans by the South Sumatra Tourism and
Cultural Office to ship five endangered wild Sumatran elephants to a
Japanese animal park that has a poor reputation.
Under the plan, the elephants (Elephas maximus sumatranus), which
were captured in the wild two years ago and are now in Sriwijaya zoo
in Palembang, will be sent to the bear park of ASO-Kuma Bokujyo,
Kumamoto in Japan some time this month. There, the elephants, which
will be on loan for a year, will perform for the park's visitors.
According to Alive, a non-governmental organization (NGO) in Japan,
the park does not belong to the government but is a privately owned
park with a poor reputation.
The finding was also confirmed by veterinarian Retno Sudarwati of
Sambar succumbs to tuberculosis in Vadodara zoo
All's not well in this animal kingdom. After the death of a favourite
female leopard here, Sayaji zoo lost a sambar deer on Sunday. The
deaths have brought to light the problem the zoo's facing: the fact
that most animals, especially big cats, here are an ageing lot.
Apart from that, the absence of attractions like the otter, rhino,
chimpanzee and elephants is rankling visitors.
After the death of 16-year-old Gogi, who was a favourite of zoo
keepers and curator Vijaysinh Jadeja, a 12-year-old sambar
No arrests so far in Mystic Islands bird killings
Four weeks after the arrest of three 18-year-olds for killing eight
zoo animals in Lacey, Mystic Islands residents are wondering what is
taking so long for the town's Police Department to solve the case of
two-dozen slain birds found here in the older part of the
development, in and around the lagoons of Spar Court.
At least 24 dead laughing gulls, red wing blackbirds, robins and
ducks were found dead from blow darts and injured legs the weekend of
May 16, according to Spar Court resident Art Norton.
Norton, who moved from outside Philadelphia to his waterfront
property seven years ago, said Monday he was the first to call police
about the birds.
"For four nights, she cried about the birds," he said
MINNESOTA ZOO: A life for the birds
Trainer Staci Becker, who supervises and often emcees the popular
bird show, wouldn't have it any other way.
Fans flock around Staci Becker and her co-star at the end of their
daily performances. Becker jokes and patiently answers questions.
Tempest just screams.
The cantankerous bald eagle is the last act in the Minnesota Zoo's
daily bird show and one of the most popular. Becker and the four
other trainers she supervises emcee the popular shows, directing the
feathered performers and keeping audiences laughing even when the
bird-brained celebrities miss cues or flub their lines.
"She's just a ball of energy," said Kevin Willis, the zoo's director
of biological programs and Becker's supervisor
Mu'azzam making steady recovery
Mu'azzam, the baby elephant, whose leg was badly injured after being
caught in a wild boar trap, has recovered but still has a limp.
Veterinarians at the Malacca Zoo are optimistic that the seven-year-
old jumbo would make a full recovery in a matter of weeks.
Zoo director Ahmad Nawayai Yasak said the elephant was still being
administered antibiotics despite the gangrene having
Indian Vulture Crisis Continues
Game auction nets R15 million
The country's top wildlife auction at Hluhluwe, in northern KwaZulu-
Natal has brought in nearly R15 million. Despite sales being up,
there was great disappointment that the stars of the auction - a
group of six black rhino - were not sold.
Every year Ezemvelo KwaZulu-Natal Wildlife sells excess game. This
year nearly 2 000 animals were up for auction. The endangered black
rhino were the most sought after - the asking price of R500 000 was
perhpas too high for buyers. A white rhino cow and calf sold together
fetched R420 000.
A highlight was the tribute to the pioneers of game capture. Those
who helped save the white and black rhino from extinction were
honoured. The tranquiliser originally developed is still used today -
so is the innovative method of herding antelope between sheets of
plastic. Forty years later these methods although slightly refined
Zoo plans to begin trapping stray cats
Diseased felines jeopardize wildlife
In Toledo, the zoo is no place for cats - at least not the diseased,
stray, or feral kind.
And faced with the possibility of potentially deadly disease that can
be passed from the domestic type to Toledo's exotic collection, the
zoo this week will begin trapping those that stray onto its grounds.
Those that remain unclaimed may be euthanized.
Though the zoo for years has battled feral cats and strays from time
to time, the problem recently has grown, zoo officials said.
"They'll wait for the gates to open, and t
Technology proves tigers are chips off old block
THREE rare tiger cubs born in Scotland have been implanted with a
cutting-edge microchip in a battle to save their species.
The precious Amur tiger cubs - only 400 are left in the wild - were
born at Edinburgh Zoo three months ago.
In an attempt to ensure the future existence
Memphis Zoo works to save unsung animals
Jethro and Ellie Mae. Boss Hog and Daisy. As couples go, they sound
more suited to Southern-fried sitcoms than African jungles.
Their every move is being studied at the Memphis Zoo, and that's good
news for aardvarks everywhere.
Giant pandas Ya Ya and Le Le are undisputed poster critters for the
zoo's growing focus on saving rare or endangered species, but the
aardvarks are proof that the zoo's interest in wildlife conservation
doesn't end there. The kin of anteaters, along with monkeys,
tarantulas, antelopes and Louisiana pine
Those who handle animals need to be trained
Referring to the letters dated 11.06.03 and 18.06.03, I was wondering
how well the two writers knew Brunei.
In fact, there is already a zoo in Brunei: in the Temburong District,
located near Batang Duri, along the roadside in a lovely setting.
Yes, it does feature exclusively Bruneian animals
Birth of a zoo
FORMER HORSE BREEDING RANCH BECOMES WILDLIFE HAVEN
Whether you make it a full-day adventure or a respite from highway
driving, the Rolling Hills Zoo offers excellent views of more than 80
species of animals set in the rolling prairie of western Saline
County seven miles west of Salina.
"People tell us when they come out here they feel they are leaving
the world behind. The feeling here is serene and peaceful," said
Kathy Tolbert, director of marketing at the zoo.
Ponds, fountains, plants and about 3,000 trees contribute to the 65-
acre wildlife getaway that drew nearly
Lost: large African stork, white/black, loved by zoo
Dear Abby, please come home.
This is the Oregon Zoo's message for Abby, the African abdim stork
that flew the coop during the Saturday afternoon Birds of Prey
demonstration by the zoo's Discover Birds staff.
"She evidently caught a thermal and kept on going," zoo spokesman
Bill LaMarche said. "She follows Clyde the turkey vulture in the
show. He flies
African stork is safely back at zoo
Abby, the African abdim stork who took flight from an Oregon Zoo
demonstration Saturday and kept on going, was captured Monday --
tired and hungry -- on Swan Island and returned to the zoo.
"She enthusiastically jumped into her crate because she's a captive-
born animal which hasn't really forayed out into the wild before,"
said Cathi Wright. Wright, show coordinator of "
African exhibit on hold as Little Rock Zoo awaits funds
Construction on the new African Veldt exhibit at the Little Rock Zoo
is on hold and the zoo is holding onto $250,000 as it awaits state
approval of a matching grant. The money is contingent upon state
approval of a 20-year master plan, to be presented to the state Parks
and Tourism Department this week.
"We're a good zoo, but we're not an outstanding zoo," zoo director
Mike Blakely said Monday
Zoo accreditation comes with strings attached
San Luis Obispo County's only zoo has been reaccredited for one year,
instead of the usual five, by The American Zoo and Aquarium
Association and has been told to resolve 11 concerns by next April.
Losing accreditation makes it more difficult for zoos to attract
quality staff, borrow animals from other zoos and transport animals,
said Denny Lewis, who manages accreditation programs for the
"It's a 'good housekeeping seal of approval' the public can trust,"
The shorter accreditation that the Charles Paddock Zoo in Atascadero
has been given is not uncommon, Lewis said.
"It's certainly a message that
Columbia zoo starts outreach program
Columbia's Riverbanks Zoo has decided to take its educational
programs on the road after cash-strapped schools cut back on field
Other zoos have offered outreach programs for years. Columbia's zoo
is just getting started this year.
"We've got this tremendous investment in animals and exhibits," Satch
Krantz, the zoo's executive director, said. "It just seems not right
to take (the schools) slides of the animals."
Although health restrictions keep most of the zoo's animals at home,
tarantulas and hissing cockroaches can travel, along with pelts and
bones of bigger animals.
The school-based programs
Refuge for exotic animals wins a battle but the war isn't over
Good news for the Bergeron Exotic Animal Sanctuary.
Yesterday it was given the okay to open again, after being ordered
closed for nearly three weeks when three coyotes were seized and
killed and tested for rabies.
Tests proved negative, but the facility was ordered closed until "a
properly qualified expert" on zoos and animal sanctuaries assessed
safety and health improvements.
Dr. Kay Mehren, Veterinarian Emeritus of the Toronto Zoo,
investigated for the Canadian
Atascadero zoo receives temporary reaccreditation
San Luis Obispo County's only zoo has been reaccredited for one year,
instead of the usual five, by The American Zoo and Aquarium
Association and been told to resolve 11 concerns by next April.
Losing accreditation makes it more difficult for zoos to attract
quality staff, loan animals from other zoos and transport animals,
said said Denny Lewis, who manages accreditation programs for the
"It's a good housekeeping seal of approval the public can trust," he
The shorter accreditation
Cookie the cockatoo celebrates 71st birthday
At the Brookfield birdhouse, a birthday bash for cookie the cockatoo.
His friends and admirers gathered Friday morning to wish him well and
to remind him of that day he came out of his shell.
"Cookie is our Major Mitchell Cockatoo and he's the last remaining
original zoo resident. So he was here when the zoo opened in 1934 and
we feel that when he arrived here he was perhaps a year old so we're
4 Rehabilitated Manatees Released Into Gulf Waters
Four manatees rescued in Southwest Florida and rehabilitated in Tampa
were released back into the wild.
The endangered species were loaded into two U-Haul trucks at the
Lowry Park Zoo's manatee hospital, covered in ice to stay cool and
driven to a boat ramp at the Koreshan State Historic Site for release
Three of the manatees
Alligator 'in canal'
An alligator is living in the Gloucester-Sharpness canal, says
Richard Lacy, a bridge keeper. Andy Webb, of Gloucester Reptile Zoo,
said he suspected its owner had dumped the creature which would not
Research funding to keep track of wallaby colony has been cut
Question: What ever happened to the state's effort to track the
population of wild wallabies living in Kalihi Valley?
Answer: Wildlife biologists used to keep close tabs on the 100
wallabies living on the cliffs of the valley, but research funding
was cut 10 years ago and officials have focused their attention on
other invasive animals.
Officials believe the
Owls pay the price for tantriks' flights of fancy
These owls are paying the price for man's superstitions. Ten owls
seized, from tantriks and those involved in black magic, from
different parts of the State have presently been housed at Sakarbaug
zoo in Junagadh.
Though they are ready to be freed, they have to live in captivity
till the legal cases against those, who have been arrested for
possessing them, are not over.
Sakarbaug Zoo Superintendent R D Katara said, ``The owls were handed
over to the zoo for safe custody. Now, all the 10 owls are healthy
and ready to fly. We have sent a report to the concerned authorities
THE inhabitants and the authorities at the Deer Park have a reason to
cheer and celebrate. The park has been successful in having bred in
captivity nine new grey partridges. Born about a fortnight back and
presently in good health, these nine are the offsprings of three
pairs of partridges which the park had acquired in September last.
As visitors flock daily to the Deer Park to welcome the new arrivals,
the park incharge Surinder Singh, said breeding of grey spotted
partridges in captivity was not very common. Here, he added, the park
provided a natural habitat to the grey partridges in their separate
Initially, the park had just three partridges but there was no
reproduction for several years. One pair of the partridges was
brought from Chhatbir zoo, Chandigarh in September last on the eve of
the visit of local
AMC plans to extend Kankaria Zoo limits
Finally, animals of the city's Kankaria zoo will get an additional
land of two acres and a pollution-free surrounding. As a part of
Ahmedabad Municipal Corporation's ambitious Rs 1.40 crore Kankaria
development project, all the heavy traffic will be diverted directly
to the highway in order to enhance the recreational character of the
inner ring of the area.
In the process, parts of the road and Dedki garden will be merged
with the zoo premises so that more space is created for the animals.
At present, traffic on the road near
Celebrations at zoo after endangered monkeys give birth
THERE was monkey business at Edinburgh Zoo yesterday as two sets of
proud parents showed off the latest additions to the family.
The two rare baby monkeys, who were born only five days apart, clung
tightly to their mothers as they made their debut at the zoo in front
of the cameras.
The new arrivals have delighted keepers because both breeds are
endangered in the wild because of poachers hunting them for bushmeat.
But yesterday, the only people hunting them were visitors eager to
catch a glimpse of the cute "clown-faced" babies.
Zimi, who is a baby Diana monkey and
Leaving their burrows, one webbed foot at a time
At S.F. Zoo, 9 penguin progeny begin journey from chick to adult bird
After swimming more than 6,200 miles all winter, the San Francisco
Zoo's Magellanic marathoners are setting more records this spring.
They've produced a bumper crop of penguin chicks, who met their
public -- and each other -- Thursday morning.
It was a messy debut.
"They have not had human hands on them yet," said keeper Jane
Tollini, just before she began the process of extracting nine 5-week-
old chicks from their rank, dank burrows and transferring them to the
zoo's bird re-education camp. Four younger ones will follow in early
At the Avian Conservation
Getting zoo animals to take their meds can get wild
After checking on a big lizard with an amputated toe, Paige Wilhoit
pulled applesauce out of the refrigerator, slopped some into a big
bowl of grain meal, then dumped powder on top. While her summer
intern practiced shooting a cardboard target outside, Wilhoit mixed
in the dusty medicine as though stirring cake batter. She had already
tried - and rejected - molasses in the recipe; the injured impala
didn't want to eat it.
Wilhoit, a veterinary technician at the North Carolina Zoo, tastes
just about everything she prepares, adding and sampling like a chef.
A chef with a huge freezer stacked full of dead rats.
Food is the best way to administer medicine, she said, and the impala
liked this mix, but it also needed another antibiotic, which had to
be delivered by air-powered dart gun. So she climbed on a chair to
peer in the window at the animal and help
Accidents forces euthanizing of elephant
Zookeepers are mourning the loss of a popular elephant at Brookfield
Zoo after 34-year-old Mame suffered injuries so severe she had to be
euthanized. The 9,000-pound African elephant was euthanized after
keepers found her sprawled on the floor Tuesday, her front legs and
internal organs seriously injured, said Ann Petric, mammal curator.
''I guess she fell or lost her footing,'' Petric said. The first part
of a two-part necropsy, animal autopsy, showed a broken and
dislocated right front elbow and extensive muscle and tissue damage.
Mame, who lived at the zoo for all but two of her 34 years, had been
in a stall with another elephant when zookeepers in a nearby stall
heard a loud noise. Petric believes
Woman ordered to give up pine marten
An animal rescuer and the government are in a tug-of-war over a baby
pine marten named Gretel.
Hope Swinimer saved the critter in April, but was told last week she
must stop showing the 10-week-old animal to schoolchildren and
surrender it to the province. But Swinimer said she's only raising
awareness about endangered species by showing a marten
Accra Zoo In Danger
....GOVERNMENT TO RELOCATE IT TO SHAI HILLS
Government intends to remove the Accra zoo to the Shai Hills.
This decision has not only incurred the displeasure of experts in the
tourism industry but would destroy one of the legacies of Dr. Kwame
Nkrumah, the first President of Ghana.
The first President used the zoo as a recreational center where he
entertains visitors, however, persistent neglects by previous
government after the overthrow of Nkrumah had resulted in the
depletion of animal stock at the zoo.
To save the situation, foreign embassies and individuals have
contributed funds to undertake
Nostalgia spared from extinction
For anyone who grew up here, Valley Zoo will forever be Storyland
Valley Zoo for two
With a double scoop of maple walnut ice cream and a train ride, $23
- - -
In the Kurt Vonnegut novel Slaughterhouse Five, aliens capture the
protagonist and install him in their interplanetary zoo. The
Tralfamadorians feel sorry for Billy and his female cellmate, because
humans are pathetic creatures who can only perceive linear time and
All animals in Delhi Zoo keep fast once a week
There is a new health fad in town. Fast once a week for good health,
but only if you are not an elephant or a rhino. The diet is not the
latest on waif-like supermodels' agendas but at the Delhi Zoo. The
zoo recently started the practice of making its animals fast on
``It is very good for the health of the animals as it improves their
digestive system. Even rhinos and elephants get a little quantity of
tree fodder on the fasting day,'' said Delhi Zoo veterinarian Dr
Central Zoo Authority member-secretary P R Sinha said the practice is
Chimp dies after primate attack at N.C. Zoo
A new chimpanzee at the North Carolina Zoo died Friday after it was
severely beaten earlier this month by a group of female chimps.
Zookeepers had been slowly introducing the new chimp to the existing
troop over a period of months. The four-year-old adolescent male was
attacked while being introduced to a group of 10 females.
"One female started it, then the gang mentality took over," zoo
spokesman Rod Hackney said. "Soon, even the males he had been getting
along with joined
Pretoria Zoo puts an end to Charlie's strolls
Management has been quick to take the necessary precautions to ensure
there isn't a repeat of an episode earlier this week.
Charlie, one of four African elephants at the zoo, managed to escape
on Monday evening for a stroll around his enclosure before being
darted and transferred back safely into his pen.
Zoo director Willie Labuschagne said the outer wall of the dry moat
into which Charlie fell would be raised by half a metre.
Monkey business in Kalupur, Dariapur
IT'S definitely more than just monkeying around. A rogue langur has
bitten 15 persons living in Kalupur and Dariapur in the last 10 days,
creating panic among residents.
Those living in the area say an aging monkey is responsible for these
attacks. "The monkey usually attacks between 7 and 8 in the morning.
In one incident, however, the monkey attacked at 3 am," said Sayeed
Illyas Ahmed, a resident of Falaka pol in Kalupur.
Said Shirin, the mother of 22-year-old Shamshuddin of Haji Ahmed ni
Pol who was bitten last Thursday while he was asleep on the
terrace, "It must have been about 7 am when I heard Shamshuddin scream
Fewer visitors mean lower budgets, reduced diets for China's zoo
China's zoo animals are experiencing a meager diet at the moment due
to the sharp decline in the number of zoo visitors since the outbreak
ÁÁÁÁStatistics show that the number of zoo visitors in Beijing and
Tianjin in north China fell 97 percent for the period from April to
ÁÁÁÁThe public remains reticent about visiting
Zoo-ming in on the fatalities
The last twenty day period has arguably been the saddest one for
Lucknow zoo in a long time. The unfortunate demise of a spotted deer,
which died trying to escape from the sludge it had fallen into, took
the total death toll in this "jinxed" period at the zoological garden
Most of the animals were either diseased or old. So in most cases we
knew what was coming," says Eva Sharma, zoo director. While a flying
squirrel, which was brought in from Shravasti died on May 28, a
female wolf lost its struggle for existence on the following day.
"The flying squirrel was still in quarantine and hadn't been
Wildlife gene pool to protect animal species
The Uttar Pradesh forest department has come up with an innovative
solution to tackle the depleting populations of endangered species Ñ
setting up a 'wildlife gene pool'.
A proposal to this effect was submitted by the department, to the
Centre for Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB) Hyderabad, earlier
this year, and has finally been cleared by the institute. The project
is expected to begin shortly, with the creation of a gene pool for
Confirming these reports, the chief conservator of forests RL Singh
said that inbreeding among wild animals
New laws over licensing for zoos
NEW legislation relating to the keeping of wildlife for display has
forced three Ulster groups to apply for zoo licences.
The adoption of the Zoos Licensing Northern Ireland Regulations 2003
recently brings Ulster into line with an EU Directive.
A spokeswoman for the Department of the Environment said the
definition of zoo in the legislation affected
Zoo duo dart to rescue
Two Dudley Zoo animal experts have won police awards for using their
skills to tackle a vicious dog which would not leave her dead
master's side at a murder scene.
Zookeeper Peter Stewart and senior curator Derek Grove picked up the
accolades for the important role they played when they were called to
the Royal Oak, Pelsall, where landlord Mick Hughes was found battered
Drawing on experience of sedating big cats, they used a blowpipe to
aim a dart loaded with drugs into the agitated Rottweiler bitch.
Police phoned the zoo for help after failing to control the animal,
which may have witnessed
EU bans imports of prairie dogs after U.S. monkeypox outbreak
European Union banned imports of prairie dogs from the United States
on Monday following an outbreak of monkeypox there that has spread to
The EU also banned imports of squirrels and other non-domestic
rodents from sub-Saharan Africa, where the disease originated. In the
United States, 12 human cases have been confirmed in Wisconsin,
Indiana and Illinois, along with 71 suspected infections. Prairie
dogs are believed to have become infected in a pet shop through a
Gambian rat imported from Africa.
The disease, which is related
From awards for its enclosures to accusations of squalid conditions
THE notion of a zoo for Glasgow ran into trouble from the start.
The city's zoological society, founded in 1936, had a grand design to
dedicate four acres of Bellahouston Park to "Animals of the British
Empire" as part of the 1938 Empire Exhibition, and expand when the
event was finished.
However, the proposal was rejected by the exhibition organisers, and
the hunt for another location ended at Calderpark estate. The second
world war delayed the opening of the attraction further and it was
not until July 9, 1947, that the gates were finally opened.
Since then, there have been many high moments. The zoo won awards for
its animal enclosures and it received a gold medal at the 1988
Glasgow Garden Festival.
However, recent years have brought darker
`We will build animal park on same site'
THE owners of Glasgow Zoo last night held out the prospect of
building a new animal attraction in its place and hit back at the
animal rights groups which had pilloried the zoo as a cruel
The West of Scotland Zoological Society said it hoped to use its
remaining funds to carry out a feasibility study into building a
modern all-weather animal attraction on the site at Calderpark in the
east end of the city.
However, insiders conceded such a project would
It's hard to bear
Closure of zoo means animals will have to be rehoused, writes TOM
HE has been beating cancer for three years but the announcement that
Glasgow Zoo is to close could be the battle Bongo, the Asiatic black
bear, cannot win.
As animal rights campaigners called for an all-out effort to save the
zoo's five Asiatic black bears, it emerged yesterday that the animals
are seen as too old to find a ready home and may have to be put down,
with Bongo the most vulnerable. The group consists of two unnamed
females rescued from Loch Lomond Bear Park in 1985; two females
called Greta and Droopy, taken from Dudley Zoo in 1998; and Bongo,
who was rescued from a doomed Italian zoo in 2000.
Although their details will be circulated to zoos throughout Europe,
Bongo is likely to prove particularly difficult to place. More than
Home hunt for animals as zoo faces closure
Glasgow Zoo, which has been plagued by financial problems and
allegations of poor animal welfare, will close in September, it was
Mike Flynn, of the Scottish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to
Animals, which is working with staff to relocate the zoo's 68
species, said it would take a long time to find new homes for
Activists welcome zoo closure
Campaigners have urged the managers of Glasgow Zoo to abandon plans
to create a new animal-based visitor attraction.
Advocates for Animals welcomed the announcement that the zoo is to
close in September after years of financial problems.
However, campaigns director Ross Minett was opposed to plans to open
a new attraction
End of an era as axe falls on zoo
It's the end of a Glasgow institution. Debt-ridden Glasgow Zoo has
been forced to close after 56 years because of a spiralling financial
Bosses have told the 19 staff the zoo can no longer stay open and
they are now facing redundancy.
Staff arrived at the zoo this morning anxious to find out more about
the imminent closure.
One worker said: "We're all affected by what has happened and we
still have to speak to bosses further."
Glasgow Zoo, which had been under threat of closure since 1998, was
losing around £500,000 a year.
It has only 40,000 visitors a year, compared with more than 400,000
at Edinburgh Zoo.
And it could not sustain a £3.65million overdraft or afford to carry
out vital repairs to the rundown Calderpark
Zoo boasts rare wild dog litter
The Bloemfontein Zoo is boasting one of only a few litters of African
wild dogs ever born in captivity, after six were recently born.
Curator Sarel van der Merwe said the six young ones were spotted only
recently in the cage where a single pair of adults was being kept.
Wild dogs do not breed easily in zoos, especially if they are kept in
Crowded zoos must give animals contraceptives
A German vet says zoos will increasingly have to give their animals
Klaus Eulenberger from Leipzig Zoo says zoo animals now live longer
leaving no room for their offspring.
"Hardly any zoo still has room for young tigers, bears and hippos,"
he told Zeit weekly.
"The pill, injections or hormone implants are the only way out."
Mr Eulenberger gives a female hippo called Brandy a 120-gram
Japanese vet studies methods used here to save black bears
Thousands of miles from his Japanese home, Gosuke Yamamoto has turned
to East Tennessee for help with a mission that's dear to his heart.
The 35-year-old veterinarian from Saitama, Japan, wants to conserve
his country's dwindling population of Asiatic black bears, so he has
spent the past week getting pointers from Lisa Stewart, the curator
of the Appalachian Bear Center.
Pregnant Sumatran rhino at the Cincinnati Zoo gives hope to species'
A pregnant Sumatran rhino at the Cincinnati Zoo is providing hope for
the survival of her endangered species.
Emi was the first Sumatran rhino in 112 years to give birth to a calf
in captivity when she delivered 72-pound Andalas on Sept. 13, 2001.
She is now 70 days into her second pregnancy at the zoo.
With only about 300 Sumatran rhinos left, they are the most
endangered of the five rhino species and among
Zoo's Jaguar Cove is worthy of a noble cat
New accommodations a naturalistic exhibit, the first use of the
Known throughout Mexico and much of Central America as "el tigre,"
the jaguar has long been a symbol of power and nobility. The Mayans
believed the cats to be rulers of the underworld. The Aztecs formed
jaguar societies to represent the elite warrior class.
The only jaguar at Seattle's Woodland Park Zoo isn't exactly making
history. But his accommodations may be.
The first zoo in the world to employ the concept of the naturalistic
exhibit will be opening its doors to the long-awaited Jaguar Cove --
a simulation of the tropical rainforests of Central
Taiping Zoo can do withou