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2003 Zoo News Jan-Jun

Zoo News Digest 2003 January-June


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.

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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

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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

mother died.

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

feline population.

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

announced Tuesday.

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

Taman Safari

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

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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,

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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


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

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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,"

he said.

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

survive long.

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 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

wrongly believe

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

Panneer Selvam.

Central Zoo Authority member-secretary P R Sinha said the practice is

widely followed

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

of SARS.

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

to six.

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

to death.

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

30 years

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

announced yesterday.

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

contraceptive pill

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

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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


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