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Zoo News Digest July-August 2008


Python kills intern at Venezuelan zoo
A college student working the night shift at a Venezuelan zoo is dead
after letting a 10-foot python out of its enclosure.
Javier Hernandez manages the small zoo at Caracas' General Francisco
de Miranda Park. He said Monday that 29-year-old Erick Arrieta
violated park rules by letting the Asian python out early Saturday.
The biology major was found strangled to death, with a

Seized animals come to city zoo
The endangered animals recovered by the Special Task Force (STF) in
Meerut have been sent to the city zoo. More than 20 animals that have
been recovered include albino civet cat, peacock chicks, partridges,
riverbirds, hill maina, red munia and koel.
All these animals are protected under different schedules of the
Wildlife Protection Act. "Albino civet cat is a rare animal and we
will try to develop a separate lineage of this albino cat," said zoo
director Renu Singh.
The zoo already has three civet cats but they are not albinos . The
zoo authorities have already started digging into the literature on
the albino variety.
"We will find out if any other zoo has it," added the director .
Civet cat is a nocturnal animal and is omnivorous by its food habits.
The creature,

PETA doc ask movies to end chimpanzee abuse
I generally don't want to be in any club that includes Pamela
Anderson, which is part of the reason I'm often skeptical about PETA
That said, I was horrified when I saw the latest documentary from
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, about great apes in film
and TV. The video was narrated by Anjelica Huston, who recently sent
it to all the studios, along with a letter asking them to stop using
the animals.
We're talking primarily chimps, who have appeared in commercials and
movies such as "Project X," "The Wizard of Oz," "Evan
Almighty," "Planet of the Apes" and,0,1538516.story

Monkeys like to reward friends and relatives: study
For some monkeys, it seems, it's better to both give and receive,
than just to receive.
At least, that's what researchers at the Yerkes National Primate
Research Center at Emory University in Atlanta have found.
Capuchin monkeys were given a choice of receiving a food reward, or
receiving a food reward and also having another monkey receive food.
When paired with relative or "friend" the monkeys primarily went for
the double reward, known as the "prosocial" choice, researchers say.
The research was led by Frans de Waal and reported in Tuesday's
edition of Proceedings of the National

Zoo Atlanta says it has only giant panda cub born in US this year
Zoo Atlanta's giant panda family just got larger.
A cub born Saturday night is the second offspring for Lun Lun (LOON
LOON) and Yang Yang (YAHNG YAHNG).
Zoo spokeswoman Simone Griffin says the cub is the only one born at a
U.S. zoo this year. It comes just a week before the second birthday
of their cub Mei Lan.
Zookeepers are watching to see if Lun Lun will have twins. That

Komodo dragon leaving Chicago's Shedd Aquarium
After more than two years, Faust the Komodo dragon will be leaving
The popular lizard has been on loan from the Fort Worth Zoo to the
Shedd Aquarium since April 2006. His original 11-month stay was
extended because he proved so popular as the centerpiece of the
aquarium's "Lizards and the Komodo King" exhibit.
The 8-foot 3-inch long, 178-pound lizard leaves after Labor Day.
Since he arrived in Chicago, Faust has gained 50 pounds and 5 inches.
He was born in 1993 at the San Diego Zoo. Faust spent most of his
time in Chicago lazing on an artificial boulder.
Fewer than 6,000 Komodo dragons are believed to exist in the

Lowry Park Zoo Calls For Audit To Ferret Out Conflicts
The Lowry Park Zoo's board has called for an independent financial
audit of dealings with Safari Wild to determine whether any zoo money
was used for the private exotic animal park co-owned by zoo President
Lex Salisbury.
The zoo's six-member executive committee voted in June to sever its
cooperative agreement with Safari Wild and conduct an audit to ensure
that no money was spent on the Lakeland animal attraction, zoo
spokeswoman Rachel Nelson said.
Last week, The Tampa Tribune obtained e-mail that showed that two zoo
administrative staffers have done work for Safari Wild, which was
expected to open next year but has been slowed by permitting and
concern about the lack of fire hydrants in the area.
The board realized that some people thought it was a conflict of
interest to have Salisbury running the taxpayer

Wind turbines endanger migratory bats: study
Wind turbines pose a greater danger to bats than birds as the power
generators produce a sudden drop in air pressure that causes the
nocturnal animal's lungs to burst, a study has found.
While the turbines' blades may endanger birds, Canadian researchers
found that 90 percent of bats found dead at wind farms had suffered
internal hemorrhaging caused by the drop in air pressure, a condition
known as barotrauma.
Only about half of the migratory bats showed any evidence of direct
contact with the blades, said the study published in the August 26
edition of the journal Current Biology.
Bats, which emit a sonar-like sound to detect objects, rarely collide
with man-made structures, the researchers noted.
"An atmospheric-pressure drop at

Zoo fights to save rat species
A PAIR of forest rats, of a species predicted to become extinct in
the wild within the next 25 years, is thriving at the Isle of Wight
Menabe and Kirindy, a breeding pair of the rare Madagascan jumping
rat, have settled in well since they arrived at the Sandown
attraction earlier this month and have become popular with visitors.
The rats, which can live up to 12 years, are two of only 63 of the
critically endangered species in captivity around the globe. They are
found in a small area of deciduous forest in western Madagascar, a
country ravaged by deforestation.
These burrowing animals, which only jump when alarmed, are now as
endangered as some of the island's lemur species, which the Isle of
Wight Zoo also holds under a captive breeding programme.
Menabe, the five-year-old male, and Kirindy, almost aged three, live
in a special enclosure for nocturnal animals and enjoy a varied

Baby panda feted in Japan dies after just three days
A giant panda cub whose rare birth by artificial insemination led to
rejoicing in Japan died on Friday after just three days, zoo
officials said.
The cub was the first panda to be born through artificial
insemination in Japan in two decades, raising hopes of future success
in breeding the crowd-pleasing but notoriously infertile animals.
But Oji Zoo in the western city of Kobe said the cub was confirmed
dead Friday afternoon.
"Zoo officials and veterinarians were monitoring it 24 hours a day,
but it ended with a sad result," the zoo said on its website.
The cub was just 25 centimetres (10 inches) long and weighed 100
grammes (3.5 ounces).
Its sex had not yet been determined, and zoo officials

RM10,000 for Zoo Negara
ZOO Negara received a RM10,000 contribution collected from 1 Utama's
Go Green campaigns "Feed-The Fish" and "Recycle-A-Bottle".
The amount will go towards renewing the adoption of Teriang, a 28-
year-old Malaysian elephant for the third consecutive year.
The cheque was handed over by 1 Utama Shopping Centre advertising and
promotion manager Patrick So and Wespack Waste Management business
development director Sherwyn Chin to Zoo Negara chairman Datuk Ismail
Hutson and director Dr Mohamad

Blackpool Zoo lion set for roaring success
Blackpool Zoo's new lion, Wallace, is set to be a roaring success.
The young male lion is named after one of Stanley Holloway`s most
famous monologues, Albert and The Lion.
The monologue tells how Mr and Mrs Ramsbottom took their son Albert
to Blackpool Zoo where he was swallowed whole by Wallace the lion.
To celebrate their new arrival, the zoo is looking for Albert
Ramsbottom, but instead of feeding him to Wallace, they are going to
offer Albert the first adoption of the two and a half year old lion.
Jude Rothwell, PR and marketing executive at Blackpool Zoo, said: "We
are looking for an

Life and death struggle to protect wildlife
An aggressive, back-door overhaul of America's wildlife protections
is being rammed through by the Bush administration.
Three years ago, a Republican-led House bill reforming the act died
in the Senate. Now, with Congress on August recess, the
administration has sneaked a fast-track proposal into the Federal
Register that will gut the 35-year-old Endangered Species Act by
instituting changes it has been unable to push through Congress.
The administration also has gagged public opinion on the matter,
offering only a 30-day public comment period and no public hearings.
The changes do not require congressional approval and could go into
effect before November's presidential election.
The new rule will eliminate mandatory scientific review of
potentially harmful projects by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
and the National Marine Fisheries Service, agencies charged with
preventing the extinction of 1,353 U.S. plant and

Santa Rosa to give zoo $125,000
Santa Rosa County commissioners voted today to give The Zoo Northwest
Florida $125,000 from electric franchise fees.
In a 4-1 vote, commissioners said it is a one-time commitment.
Commissioner Gordon Goodin voted no.
The money will get the cash-strapped nonprofit comfortably to the end
of November, said Danyelle Lantz, the zoo's executive director. By
that time, she believes they will have a match for the money.
Before the vote, Commissioner Tom Stewart said they are bound to
serve the needs of the entire county. He said commissioners

Visitor figures setback for zooDudley Zoo's failure to attract
predicted visitor numbers has been blamed for throwing a multi-
million pound revamp into jeopardy.
St Modwen, the company behind the £10 million scheme, today said the
current economic climate meant the site would not rake in the profits
it had hoped for when a deal was struck seven years ago.
Bosses have not ruled out the possibility they may have to pull out
of the plan to turn the site into a world- class visitor attraction.
It leaves a question mark hanging over the whole Castle Hill
development which includes a garden centre, hotel and housing and

Disease-free devils bred at SA zoo
Five tasmanian devils have been born disease-free at a zoo in South
Monarto Zoo, south-east of Adelaide, is taking part in a mainland
breeding program aimed at helping the devil population recover from
the effects of facial tumour disease.
The five joeys will have their first health check this week.
Facial tumour disease was detected in 1996 and has halved the
tasmanian devil population.
There are hopes the mainland population will be able to boost devil
numbers in the wild, once the risk of the disease has been reduced.
"Tasmanian devils are at risk of becoming extinct due to the spread
of the DFTD [devil facial tumour disease] and have recently been
classified as endangered," Monarto Zoo's director of conservation
Kevin Evans

Rare Chinese tiger gives birth in South Africa
A group devoted to saving rare Chinese tigers is marking a milestone
birth in the wild.
The mother was born in captivity in China. She was brought to South
Africa in 2004 by Save China's Tigers to learn to survive in the
wild. The group said Friday she gave birth to two cubs earlier this
month without human help.
The mother showed "the usual tiger instincts," hiding the male and
female cubs in the bush, the group's statement said.
Li Quan, who founded Save China's Tigers, had expected the birth
around Aug. 18. She saw signs of the birth that day, but the cubs
weren't spotted for another 10 days.
The cubs' father also had been born in

Baby elephant born at Oregon Zoo
Rose-Tu has given birth to her first baby, the 28th elephant born in
the history of the Oregon Zoo.
The 14-year-old Asian elephant delivered the 286-pound male calf
Saturday afternoon and immediately kicked it, a common way mother
elephants encourage infants to stand. Zookeepers, however, rushed in
when the kicking became too violent.
Mike Keele, the zoo's deputy director, believes

Tortoise on wheels finds love at Israeli zoo
Arava the tortoise may never walk again, but a makeshift wheelchair
has given the 10-year-old reptile wings by helping her to find a mate
at an Israeli zoo, her keepers said on Tuesday.
"Arava came to us a few months ago," Shmulik Yedvad, a spokesman for
the Jerusalem Biblical Zoo, told reporters. "She was paralysed in her
hind legs, and we had to equip her with a metallic cart with two
wheels in order for her to be able to move."
He said the 25-kilo (55 pound) African spurred tortoise

Zoo development nears completion
Development work is in progress on the monkey and chimpanzee cages;
the lion house; the duck pond; and the cafeteria at the Lahore Zoo.
A Building Department spokesman, while talking to APP on Friday, said
that the department had been given the target of completing the work
by October 31 at a high level meeting in June. The designs for the
uplift scheme had been approved, and the work would be completed
within the stipulated period, he said, adding that

Nature reserve surrendered to rising seas
A major nature reserve is to become one of the first casualties of
the rising seas around Britain.
Part of Titchwell Marsh, a favourite spot for birdwatchers on the
north Norfolk coast, is to be sacrificed to the waves to save the
rest of the site from destruction.
The site, owned by the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds, has
seen its sea defences starting to give way after years of coastal
erosion, exacerbated

Rare lizard found at Khaliq Dina Hall
A rare species of lizard along with at least its four hatchlings
found in the jurisdiction of historical building of Khaliq Dina hall,
which came under the administrative control of CDGK, located at the
Karachi's busiest street M A Jinnah Road, The Nation has learnt on
The historical building Khaliq Dina hall, came under the
administrative control of Community Development Department (CDD) of
CDGK, where staffers of the department saw time


Elephant from Dallas zoo won't go to Mexico
Jenny the elephant isn't going anywhere.
The Dallas Zoo announced Wednesday that the 9,000-pound (4,082-
kilogram) pachyderm will remain at her home of 22 years following an
intense controversy over plans to send the animal to a wildlife park
in Mexico.
The decision to keep the elephant in Dallas "serves Jenny's best
interests," said Greg Hudson, the zoo's executive director.
Dallas Zoo officials had planned to ship Jenny to Mexico after her
companion died in May. African elephants become unhappy when left
But activists ripped the plan, saying Jenny is a nervous elephant who
fears cars and would be miserable at the drive-through park in
Mexico. Protests

Wedding 'gift' by zoo couple's boss
STAFF at Flamingo Land zoo will be celebrating next week when two of
them tie the knot – exactly two years after they first met.
The zoo keeper and the former circus acrobat met while they were both
working at the theme park, near Malton, and the bride will be driven
to Tuesday's ceremony in her boss's Bentley.
Christina Whittle, 28, is a primate keeper and her fiance, 31-year-
old Attila Fischer, comes from Budapest in Hungary and previously
travelled the world as a circus acrobat before working at the zoo as
a security guard and doorman at the park.
Gordon Gibb, the 32-year-old Flamingo Land boss, agreed to loan his
Bentley to the bride and drive her with her father to the wedding

Taronga Zoo vets to help rescue of Colin whale stranded in Sydney's
VETERINARIANS from Taronga Zoo have been called in to assess the
health of Colin, the baby humpback whale stranded in Sydney waters,
in the latest frantic effort to save his life.
A NSW National Parks and Wildelife Service spokeswoman announced the
move after the latest attempts to lure the whale back from the waters
of the Pittwater, north of Sydney, back into the sea failed this
The plight of Colin has attracted worldwide attention as NSW
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It's all change at the top for Chester Zoo keepers
CHESTER Zoo staff are moving on up and taking on new roles.
It's all change in the animal division with new team leaders for both
the giraffe and elephant sections.
Former giraffe team leader Tim Rowlands, known to many due to the
Chester Zoo tv series 'Zoo Days', has taken up the post of assistant
curator of mammals. Belinda Porter has taken over as giraffe team
leader, the fourth person to hold that position in 74-years.
Tim has been at the zoo for 24 years and was team leader of giraffes
for 10 years. Belinda has been with the zoo for nine years.
There is also a new face at the elephants where

Turtle on wheels finds love at zoo
Arava the turtle may never walk again, but a makeshift wheelchair has
given the 10-year-old reptile wings by helping her to find a mate at
an Israeli zoo, her keepers said.
"Arava came to us a few months ago," Shmulik Yedvad, a spokesman for
the Jerusalem Biblical Zoo, told reporters.
"She was paralysed in her hind legs, and we had to equip her with a
metallic cart with two wheels in order for her to be able to move."
He said the 25-kilo African spurred tortoise has, since

Tours reveal workings of modern zoo
Ever wonder what zoo animals do for fun?
The zoo keepers at ZooMontana are constantly looking for ways to keep
the animals there amused, because good health and happiness go, well,
paw in paw.
On Monday, local media folks were invited to a behind-the-scenes look
at enrichment activities for animals at ZooMontana in an effort to
promote "Zooper Tours."
The three-hour tours are being offered to community organizations and
businesses in an effort to educate and inform people about the
workings of a modern

Mourned after being rejected: baby gorilla at heart of zoo row
A mother gorilla clutches the lifeless body of her three-month-old
child in an extraordinary, almost human display of emotion.
The moving photograph of 11-year-old Gana carrying her infant's
corpse and trying desperately to come to terms with his death
captivated Germany, when the images were released yesterday. Staff at
the zoo in Münster discovered the baby gorilla, named Claudio, early
on Saturday evening. He was lying dead on the floor of the cage he
shared with his mother.
Pictures of Gana carrying Claudio on her back and holding him up in
her hands were splashed across newspapers and broadcast on television
Jörg Adler, 61, the director of the zoo, said: "On Wednesday last
week, keepers noticed that Claudio was very lethargic. He hardly had
anything to drink on Friday and simply grew weaker and weaker. He
died on Saturday." Münster zookeepers said Claudio's death was almost
certainly the result of Gana neglecting and mistreating the infant.
But they said they would not be able to confirm the cause until Gana
relinquished Claudio's body and allowed a post-mortem examination to
be carried out on it.
It emerged yesterday that Gana had a history of rejecting and
mistreating her offspring. Last year, she gave birth to her first
baby, a female

Learning from a mother's grief
The baby gorilla's death wasn't the fault of its mother, but of the
system that confined them both for our entertainment
UK newspapers reported on the grieving of a gorilla at Münster Zoo
over the death of her three-month-old old baby on 16 August with
headlines such as "We are not alone in experiencing grief", "A
mother's grief" and "Ape's agony as baby dies".
The accompanying photographs show 11-year-old Gana holding Claudio's
lifeless little body, at times carrying him on her back. Zoo visitors
were reduced to tears at the sight.
Press reports have shown sympathy for the zoo that such a sad event
should happen and suggest that the death of the infant, and Gana's
rejection of a previous offspring last year, is somehow a mystery.
There is actually little mystery. Deaths and rejection of young
happen at zoos worldwide every day. The mystery is, perhaps, that the
media rarely take an interest – unless it involves an iconic mammal
such as a gorilla or polar bear.
Why is it that animals in zoos commonly fail to raise their young?
Some zoos deliberately remove young and hand-rear them to use in
displays or other publicity. But many animals simply lack the skills
to raise offspring because they have been denied the

If animals have feelings, can we justify ogling them in zoos?
As Gana's loss of Claudio went round the world, the director of
Münster zoo hailed the episode as "one of the greatest gifts that a
zoo can bestow – to show `animals' are very much like ourselves, and
feel elation and pain. Gana lost a child, but I think in that loss
she taught people here so much".
Others think that the story has opened a fresh line of attack on the
existence of zoos and their breeding programmes in particular. "What
in the world was the zoo doing allowing a female to breed?" asked
Marc Bekoff, the ethologist.
"A baby in the wild is born into a large social group. What kind of
life is the baby animal going to have in the zoo – sentenced to a
lifetime in captivity? Zoos say it's about repopulating wild
populations but that's a lot of bull. They're going to make a lot of
money, selling cute toys and candy."
Berlin zoo intervened 18 months ago to save the life of the now
internationally renowned polar bear cub Knut after he was rejected by
his mother at

Terence Blacker: Zoos show us little more than our own cruelty
There was a time when potentates travelling the world would shoot an
animal – a tiger or a lion perhaps – as an expression of diplomatic
friendship towards their hosts. The modern equivalent is to trade in
endangered animals.
Playing this deeply unattractive game, Gordon Brown will shortly
travel to Beijing where, as part of a determined schmooze-the-Chinese
offensive, he is expected to finalise a deal to bring two giant
pandas to Edinburgh zoo. The negotiations have been going on for some
months. The Scottish Royal Zoological Society offered the Chinese
government £2m for a 10-year loan of the animals.
Supporting the bid, the Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond wrote to
the Chinese foreign minister, citing the "warm relationship" between
their two countries. He urged David Miliband to lobby for the loan,
arguing that "this is primarily a commercial transaction which the

Gana, gorilla who guarded dead baby, finally parts with her son
The gorilla pictured poignantly holding her dead baby has finally
parted with her offspring.
Gorilla Gana, 11, looked consumed with grief as she held her three-
month-old baby Claudio in her arms in her compound at the zoo in
Muenster in nothern Germany.
The zoo keepers had been unable to retrieve the body of Claudio, as
Gana was fiercely guarding him, until now.
The zoo was finally able to dispose of the body.
Joerg Adler, the zoo's director had said a gorilla in the wild can
keep hold of a dead baby for weeks.
The death of Claudio is a double tragedy for Gana; for reasons
unknown to scientists she rejected her six-week-old daughter Mary Zwo
last year.
She was moved to a zoo in Stuttgart where she healthy and one of the
star attractions.
This time the zoo had rejected the idea of stepping in to save
Herr Adler had said: "There was no point in intervening again. We
cannot keep on taking away children from a mother."
The zoo was expected to carry out an aut

Captive animals to be shifted to new zoo
The imprisonment of the sambar and spotted deer at the animal rescue
centre, Kodanad near Kochi, may end soon. It is the proposal to shift
the centre to a more spacious location at Kaprikad, a few kilometres
away from the centre that may eventually open the doors of freedom
for the animals. The foundation stone for the new zoo will be laid on
September 1 and the work on a deer enclosure will begin in the first
phase. Forest Minister Binoy Viswom will lay the foundation stone for
the new zoo. Though the idea of releasing a few deer from the centre
to the adjacent forest has been in the air for quite some time, no
one has dared to make a move in this direction. The possible injury
and death that the animals may suffer in the process of shifting and
the public anger it may trigger have

Landowner damns beaver plan
Mr Jamie Williamson, of Alvie Estate, fears the introduction of the
rodent, long extinct in Britain, could cause environmental damage to
his woodland and that the creature's dams could lead to serious
flooding problems.
Conservationists believe that the RSPB's Insh Marshes reserve, near
Ruthven Barracks, would be the perfect spot for the next stage of a
move to reintroduce beavers into Scotland following on from their
return planned for Knapdale in Argyll next year.
While the Knapdale peninsula was selected as the best initial study
site due to its distance from human activity, ecologists believe the
next step towards reintroducing beavers will be to study them at a
spot closer to human habitation.
Studies going back more than a decade have identified the suitability
of the Spey between Newtonmore and Grantown as a habitat for beavers.
The Scottish Wildlife Trust has already held talks with the RSPB,
which operates a wetland reserve at Insh Marshes

Les Whitt eulogized -- 'Alexandria lost its heart'
Hundreds gathered today at the Alexandria Riverfront Center to bid
farewell to one of Central Louisiana's brightest lights – Alexandria
Zoo Director Les Whitt.
Whitt, 56, died Saturday in New Orleans from heart complications
after living 14 years with a transplanted heart. He was remembered
Wednesday at his funeral as a man with a love for people, music and
the Alexandria Zoo.
"Alexandria lost its heart – the organ that pumps life-giving blood
to the community," Mayor Jacques Roy said. "Les was given three
hearts, not two. One God gave him, one that mankind allowed him to
have, and there was the zoo."
Whitt's years working to cultivate the Alexandria Zoo into one of the
finest of its size in the nation wa

Times are a-changing for Vietnam's elephants
He used to be an elephant owner, able to ride into the wild as far as
he liked.
But now he has to work for a tourist company, taking tourists on
journeys he says are very boring.
However, the 50-year-old has still advised his son, now 16, to follow
in his footsteps.
"Although we are not used to it, it does make money," he said.
Elephant drivers working for tour companies can earn VND900,000 to
VND1.8 million (US$54-$108) a month.
About 18 years ago when traveling on elephants was still new,
tourists had to go to Krong Na Commune in the

Floods pose threat to zoo inmates in Bihar
Heavy rains in Patna have caused flooding at a local zoo posing a
serious threat to the animals residing there with fears of their
drowning if water level rises further.
Rhinoceros in the zoo are into trouble due the continuously rising
level of water in their enclosures. The zoo authorities are trying
their best to drain out the water but due to incessant rains there is
no decrease in the level of water.
The condition of the zoo is quite serious and it is worsening every
day. Water is still entering the zoo. The flow of water entering the
zoo is more than what

New tropical home for Philippine crocodiles at zoo
THE song says never smile at a crocodile but Chester Zoo visitors
will not be able to stop themselves when they come face-to-face with
the latest new residents.
Two 10-year-old Philippine Crocodiles, one of the rarest of
crocodilian species, are making their home in the zoo's Tropical
Richard Gibson, Curator of Lower Vertebrates and Invertebrates, said:
"Philippine Crocodiles are surprisingly agile and are noted for their
acrobatic ability.
"They can also be extremely aggressive

Gibbon Gets Away At Zoo; Bites Louisville Man
A gibbon that got away from the Cincinnati Zoo for a few minutes and
bit a visitor in a parking lot is being held in quarantine.
Zoo officials said the 3-foot-tall member of the ape family will be
kept inside from now on so there won't be another escape.
The 37-year-old male gibbon named Euell has lived at the zoo since

Man breaks into closed zoo in search of childhood
Police say a man told them he broke into a closed zoo in Cambria
County because he was looking to relive his childhood.
Authorities say 27-year-old David Michael Snyder of Altoona told them
he had visited the Forest Zoo as a child and was curious to see it
Mr. Snyder was charged Wednesday night with burglary, criminal
trespass and drunken driving after authorities

Fay uncages wild animals from Florida zoo
Tropical storm Fay, battering the US state of Florida, may have
sprung a lion and a Bengal tiger from their cages at a private zoo in
Palm Beach, where they were caught on Wednesday without incident,
officials said.
"The adult tiger and lion escaped sometime late on Tuesday or early
on Wednesday. Officers captured both animals by Wednesday morning and
returned them to secure cages," the Florida Fish and Wildlife
Conservation Commission (FWC) said in a statement.
It said it was investigating how the big cats escaped from McCarthy's
Wildlife Sanctuary in Palm

Visit zoo and save rainforest monkeys
BUY an acre of rainforest and help Dalton zoo save Colombia's
endangered tamarins.
For as little as 50p per square metre, visitors to the zoo can help
preserve the habitat of 126 species of animals and 412 types of
plants and fruit. The appeal could bring the cotton topped tamarins
back from the brink of extinction.
With as few as 1,000 left in the wild, they live exclusively in the
tropical forests of north west Colombia. In the last

What its like to work with large animals
For most people, animals like elephants and rhinoceroses are always
safely behind a thick wall of glass. For Andrew Stallard, the only
thing separating him from these massive creatures is a few meters of
open plain.
Stallard is a senior mammal keeper at the San Diego Wild Animal Park.
He spends his days feeding, caring for and cleaning up after animals
such as giraffes, elephants and black rhinos. The park is "free
contact," which means there is nothing separating Stallard from these
Stallard says two things he watches carefully are

Monkey Leads Officials On Merry Chase Through Crowded Tokyo Train
Getting through a busy train depot at rush hour can be like a zoo at
the best of times, but for passengers and police at one station in
Tokyo, it really was on Wednesday.
A rogue monkey somehow got into one of the crowded city's busy hubs
and created quite a mess for officials who tried to track him down.
The animal was first seen scampering near the ticket gates at Shibuya
Station around 9:40am. It dashed down a set of stairs, climbed up and
down a pillar, ran around a ticket dispensing machine and finally
climbed on top of a train information sign.
The brown monkey, about 60 centimetres tall, then sat there for two
hours, watching the world and amused passengers go by, as net bearing
officials repeatedly tried - and

Drunk is ripped to shreds by crocs
A drunk was ripped to pieces by crocodiles in front of horrified
Eight crocs tore at the man at wildlife park, the Lake Carpintero
sanctuary near Tampico, Mexico, The Sun reported.
The man was dragged into the water by one of the crocs after he
leaned over a rail to stroke it.
The others then tore him to pieces in the attack. He

Curator starts work with LR zoo's hoofed stock, birds
The elephants almost seemed to be eavesdropping.
They'd seen Little Rock Zoo's new curator for hoof stock and birds,
Joseph Darcangelo, passing their enclosure. He was explaining
renovations of the elephant house, expected to double in size by
spring 2009.
As if they knew he was talking about them and their home — the
renovation also includes a new pool, kitchen and corral area to keep
the elephants from moving around during examinations — the two female
Asian elephants, named Ellen and Mary, moved to the farthest corner
of their yard, as close to Darcangelo as they could get.
They watched him intently.
"I'm someone new in their life right now," Darcangelo said. "Whenever
I walk by, they're checking me out. They're very intelligent. They
pay very, very close attention to me." Darcangelo said he visits all
the animals under his care daily, starting his rounds between 7 and 8
Besides the birds and elephants, he oversees rhinos, giraffes, kudu,
black buck, and other hoofed animals.
He arrived at the zoo with 12 years of experience, having worked at
such other zoos as the Miami Metro Zoo, Chehaw Wild Animal Park in
Georgia, and Disney's Animal Kingdom

Orchid Group to save Thai tigers
The Orchid Group is to launch a new eco-campaign to help tigers in
The `Buy a Tiger – help a tiger!' promotion will runs in its Dragon
pubs, and will donate 10p from every sale of Tiger beer bottles to
the Save The Tiger Fund in Thailand.
The group estimates the campaign, which will run across Orchid's 15
dragon sites from September, will help to raise approximately £10,000
per year to support the conservation of Thailand's remaining
population of around 500 tigers.
Head of Operations Jackie Knell said: "This is

Zoo to attract a million visitors this year
The booming Dublin attraction plans new features, with its gorillas
set to have their own rainforest.
Leo Oosterweghel still remembers the day the ``little guy in a little
white coat and a little white hat'' came to visit Dublin Zoo.
After looking around the zoo's restaurant, he delivered the bad
news. ``Our restaurant was condemned," said Oosterweghel, director of
Dublin Zoo. ``He said there was a leaking roof, and mice, and he
closed it down, so we were without a restaurant."
There was only one solution, according to Oosterweghel, a native of
the Netherlands - ``we had to build a new one''. That approach

Clouded leopard caught on camera
Rare felid spotted in national park in Indonesian Borneo
A rare clouded leopard has been photographed in a part of Borneo
where the animals have never been sighted before.
Motion-activated remote cameras captured the leopard in Sebangua
National Park in the province of Kalimantan in the Indonesian part of
the island.
There are estimated to be around 10,000 mature clouded leopards left
in the wild.
Professor David Macdonald, of the University of Oxford's Wildlife
Conservation Research Unit and

Death of almost all 30 varieties of snakes at park is worrisome
EARLIER this year the Kuala Pilah Python Park made headlines with the
birth of 13 anaconda offspring in captivity.
Barely three months later almost all 30 species of snakes brought in
from various parts of the world had died.
The latest snake death at the farm is cause for concern as it results
in wastage of public funds as well as loss of wildlife.
Sahabat Alam Malaysia (SAM) has all along been critical of zoos and
all other animal establishments – be they reptile farms, wildlife
parks, bird parks and mini zoos – as many lack concern for, and
knowledge about, the welfare of individual animals.
SAM is also opposed to the unnatural and unjustified confinement of
wildlife, as artificial environments are no substitute.
Whether wild-caught or captive-bred, wildlife


London Zoo polar bears make way for Australian Outback
It used to be a glacial home for polar bears but a section of London
Zoo is to be given over instead to illustrating how climate change
affects animals in the Australian Outback.
The Mappin Terrace has been repopulated with 20 wallabies and four
emus to demonstrate how difficult it is for animals to survive in the
harsh, dry conditions which are likely to become more prevalent as
carbon emissions heat up the environment.
When the terrace opened in 1913, it was the first time members of the
public could see animals in an arctic environment.
The attraction, billed as "London's only mountain", also played host
to a black bear called Winnie who became the inspiration for Winne
the Pooh when A.A. Milne visted the zoo with his son Christopher.
Another famous resident was Brumas the polar bear in the 1950s, who
propelled visitor numbers up to three millions - a record that stands
to this day.
London Zoo no longer houses polar bears, but the Mappin Terrace has
undergone a dramatic transformation to become the site of one of the
first climate

Cuba to send animals to Venezuelan zoos
Venezuela will give medical equipment to Cuba in exchange for the
Venezuela sends oil to Cuba and now Cuba will ship zoo animals to
Venezuela, giving a new dimension to ties between the socialist
Officials at the Havana National Zoological Park are preparing to
transport animals to Venezuela next month to replenish the South
American country's zoos, depleted by years of neglect.
Just as Cuba sends doctors to Venezuela in a barter arrangement for
92,000 barrels a day of oil, Venezuela will give medical equipment to
Cuba in exchange for the animals, Havana zoo director Tomas Escobar
said in a recent interview.
"We strengthen both: they complete their collection of animals and we
get equipment," said Escobar.
The list of animals is still being negotiated but among the 10 or so
expected to go are a giraffe named "Evo" for Bolivia's leftist leader
Evo Morales, a lion, a pygmy hippopotamus, two hyenas, an antelope
and an ankoli African cow.
A white rhinoceros may be sent later, Escobar said.
The animals are being evaluated for their fitness for the trip, but
Escobar said Cuba has a reputation for giving its animals good care,
despite economic hardships on the island.
The zoo was hit hard by the economic crisis that followed the
collapse of Cuba's then benefactor, the Soviet Union, in 1991 and
even now has to recycle needles used to medicate the animals.
But it still has managed to create one of the best collections of
African animals in the world.
About 400 zebras and 300 lions have been born in captivity on its 840
acres on the outskirts of the

Penguin receives knighthood at Edinburgh zoo
He wore an impeccable black and white coat, and his right sleeve was
adorned with medals.
Colonel-in-chief of the Norwegian army Nils Olav stood to attention
as he received a knighthood this morning in front of 30 members of
the Norwegian guard at Edinburgh zoo.
Waddling out to receive the honour, his belly full of blue whiting
fish, and standing at around 2 feet 8 inches high, he must have been
the shortest knight in history.
There was much fanfare: music, speeches and even a special message
from King Harald V as the Norwegian guardsmen, who are in Edinburgh
preparing to perform at the city's military tattoo, looked on.
Darren McGarry, animal collection

Zoo celebrates success hatching rare hornbills
CHESTER ZOO has marked two UK firsts with the hatching of two rare
The arrival of two Visayan tarictic hornbill chicks and a writhed
hornbill chick mark significant breeding successes for the zoo.
For 97 days, the female Visayan tarictic hornbill was safely tucked
away inside a nest box, relying on her partner for food and care.
The female writhed hornbill spent 123 days in her nest box.
But the patience of both birds has now paid off and Chester Zoo is
marking the arrival of the first Visayan tarictic hornbill and
writhed hornbill chicks to be hatched in


Orangutan Nearly Escapes Open Cage At Honolulu Zoo
Zoo Staff Reviewing Safety Procedures
The Honolulu Zoo will undergo a review of all its safety procedures
after a zookeeper accidentally left the gate to the orangutan exhibit
open, city officials said.
It is the second time in six months that such an incident has
happened at the zoo.
On Aug. 3, a zookeeper let orangutans Rusti and Violet into their
exhibit, forgetting that he had left a gate to the exhibit open.
It happened at about 9:45 a.m. -- 15 minutes after the zoo opened to
the public.
"I was very disappointed, because we've worked so

AN ENDANGERED turtle small enough to fit inside a matchbox has been
born at Bristol Zoo, keepers revealed today.
This Chinese box turtle hatched three weeks ago but is now ready to
face the spotlight as the reptile

NY changes mind, zoo visitors can pet elephants
Visitors at an upstate New York zoo can once again pet the elephants
after state officials reversed an earlier ban.
Back in April, state regulators ordered the Rosamond Gifford Zoo to
stop people from petting the elephants, saying the zoo's license
prohibited visitors from touching any endangered species.
Asian elephants are endangered in the wild, where only about 50,000
After some negotiations, the state

Storm Damages Closes Delaware Zoo
Delaware officials say the Brandywine Zoo in Wilmington will be
closed through at least Wednesday after sustaining what is described
as major damage during a powerful storm.
Zoo Director Nancy Falasco says the animals are fine and the zoo is
secure. However, power remains out, several trees were toppled and
exhibits were damaged.
Falasco says most of the damage Sunday evening was caused by falling
Falasco and her staff moved animals whose exhibits were damaged to
the zoo's hospital. She says larger animals, including, the Siberian
tiger, are secure in holding areas behind

Vampire bats 'kill villagers'
Vampire bats are being blamed for the deaths of almost 40 people in
South America.
The bats, which bite and suck the blood of their victims, usually
animals, are believed to have killed 38 tribesmen and women –
including children – in Venezuela.
It is thought that the bats were carrying rabies, which then infected
the members of the remote Warao tribe.
Doctor Charles Rupprecht, chief of the rabies program at the US
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Georgia, said
that "the history and clinical signs are compatible with rabies".
"Vampire bats are very adaptable," Dr Rupprecht said. "Homo sapiens
is a pretty easy meal."
It is believed that the bats were disturbed from their usual habitat
by nearby logging or mining activity. The usually

Zoo officials keeping close eye on possibly pregnant panda
Zoo Atlanta is keeping a close eye on one of its female pandas,
thinking she could become a mother in the next few weeks.
The zoo began the 24-hour birth watch on Lun Lun over the weekend
after she showed a sharp decrease in appetite and became increasingly
lethargic and withdrawn -- all changes that signal the 10-year-old
Lun Lun could be entering the final phase of either pregnancy or

National Zoo's Giant Panda Will Not Give Birth
Staff at the Smithsonian's National Zoo confirmed today that female
giant panda Mei Xiang ( may-SHONG ) will not give birth to a cub this
year. They believe that she experienced either a pseudopregnancy or
the loss of a developing fetus. In a pseudopregnancy, an animal's
hormonal changes and behaviors are identical to a pregnancy, but no
conception occurred. Fetal loss during early pregnancy is a common
occurrence in mammals, but the reasons for this phenomenon are poorly
National Zoo scientists, veterinarians and keepers were closely
watching Mei Xiang, assessing her hormone levels and behavior and
conducting weekly ultrasounds in an attempt to determine if she was
pregnant. Veterinarians noted small changes in Mei Xiang's uterus—but
they were unable to confirm the presence of a fetus. Giant panda
fetuses are very small—a new-born cub is only five inches long. At
other zoos, fetuses have only been visible on ultrasound in the last
weeks before birth.
In mid-July, Mei Xiang's urinary progesterone levels ( a hormone
associated with pregnancy ) began to decline. In pregnant pandas,
declining hormones and

Kittens born to clouded leopards
Four kittens born to two pairs of clouded leopards at a wild animal
park in Kent are making their public debut.
The two male and two female kittens, who have not yet been named,
were born at Howletts, near Canterbury in April.
Fathers Nanyo and Ben were born at the park, which has had clouded
leopards since the 1960s.
Their mothers, Nhi-Ha

Chennai to get underwater aquarium
An underwater aquarium will be set up adjacent to the VGP Universal
Kingdom amusement park East Coast Road, VGP group chairman
V.G.Santhosam told presspersons here on Thursday.
For the project, expected to take over two years, the Group entered
into a MoU with the Australia-based VDM

Congo appoints Belgian prince to tame gorilla park
Congo has appointed a Belgian prince to fight corruption and poaching
in Africa's oldest national park after rare gorillas were butchered
there last year, Congo's environment minister said on Friday.
Police arrested the previous Congolese head of the huge Virunga
National Park, Honore Mashangiro, in March on charges including
involvement in a charcoal trafficking ring linked to the killings of
seven endangered mountain gorillas.
Congo's wildlife authority appointed Emmanuel de Merode, a
conservationist and descendent of a leader of Belgium's 19th century
independence war, as the new head of the 790,000-hectare (2 million
acre) park, where clashes with armed groups and poachers have killed
120 rangers in the past decade.
"Congo wants to preserve its protected spaces. It needs the best
expertise. If that expertise comes from outside, I don't see

SeaWorld Conservation alerting Olympic diners of illegal game
The SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Conservation Fund announced it has
presented a $10,000 grant to a group in China that is trying to
discourage restaurants from serving game that was killed through
illegal wildlife trade.
The program, being run in Beijing during the Olympics by the Shanshui
Conservation Center, an extension of Conservation International, will
produce and distribute 20,000 "green dining cards" in restaurants and
hotels throughout the city, identifying menu items to avoid. The goal
is to advance public awareness of the health, safety, ecological,
scientific and legal issues surrounding wild animal consumption.
At the same time, the SeaWorld & Busch Gardens Conservation Fund also
announced another $10,000 donation, an "animal crisis grant" to a

Tokyo zoo hopes to count its chicks with breeding trial
Two employees of a Tokyo zoo are spending this summer in Norway,
learning to breed ptarmigans before it's too late for the endangered
Hidemasa Hori and Yukihiro Takahashi, both 43, of Ueno Zoological
Gardens, left on June 27 for Norway, where the breeding techniques
were established.
"Being prepared for a species' future is an important role for a
zoo," says Ueno Zoo director Teruyuki Komiya.
Japanese ptarmigans are a rare subspecies. The country is the birds'
southernmost habitat; they live in the high mountains of the Japan
The birds are classified on the Environment Ministry's "Red List" as
a species increasingly at risk of extinction. Hiroshi Nakamura, a
professor of avian ecology at Shinshu

Taiwan moves closer to welcoming China pandas
Taiwan moved one step closer to accepting a pair of giant pandas from
rival China on Thursday when authorities approved the bid of Taipei's
city zoo to house the endangered animals.
The move is yet another sign of Taiwan's increasing openness to China
since the election earlier this year of President Ma Ying-jeou, who
has pledged to improve ties with Beijing after eight years of
tensions under his predecessor.
Former president Chen Shui-bian had banned the import of Chinese
pandas during his tenure, alleging that Beijing was looking to curry
favor with the Taiwanese people through so-called "panda diplomacy".
On Thursday, a panel of Taiwanese government experts chose the Mucha
Zoo in Taipei to eventually house the pandas, over the private

Mexicans warn against sending Jenny to their country
There has been more debate in and outside Dallas City Hall today on
the future of Jenny, the Dallas Zoo's lone elephant.
Activists say they are going to keep coming to Dallas City Hall until
there is an "acceptable" solution to the problem of what to do with
There may be other options other than the Africam Safari Park in
Puebla, Mexico and the Elephant Sanctuary in Hohenwald, Tennessee.
Today, there was a new voice among those who say Jenny should not be
sent to Mexico.
"We recommend that you keep Jenny in the U.S. because Mexico is 80
years behind in animal welfare laws and standards compared to your
country," said Monica Pineda

30 anacondas die of disease, malnutrition at Malaysian park
Thirty anaconda snakes died at a wildlife park in Malaysia from
disease, bad irrigation and malnutrition, a state spokesman said
Wednesday. "The park's management bought 58 snakes, and 30 of them
have died," State Secretary Norzam Mohamad Nor said.
Five of the surviving snakes were under observation at a local
university, he was quoted as saying by the official Bernama news
Norzam said the park in the central state of Negeri Sembilan had just
opened its snake section to visitors in March and that it would be
closed for two months to improve the condition of its snake pits.
A local report highlighted the deaths of the snakes recently, drawing
criticism from environmentalists who charge that park managers did
not conduct sufficient studies into the snakes' natural,30-anacondas-die-of-disease-malnutrition-at-malaysian-park.html

Pangolins rescued
Police yesterday intercepted a pick-up truck carrying about 200kg of
endangered pangolins in a hidden compartment. Police stopped the
seemingly empty pick-up about 6am. A box was found fixed underneath
the vehicle. Inside were pangolins stuffed in nylon bags.
The driver Witoon Papong, 43, said he was paid 3,000 baht to drive
the vehicle from Surat Thani to Bangkok.
Provincial wildlife inspection chief Sanchai Kornprasitwat said the
seized pangolins were the Malay species, found in southern provinces.
They were much sought after and would fetch 2,000-5,000

Zoo tiger attack victim jailed in probation case
One of two brothers who survived a tiger attack that killed their 17-
year-old friend last year at San Francisco Zoo has been sentenced to
16 months in prison for violating probation in a felony reckless
driving case.
Paul Dhaliwal (DOLLY-wall) had been sentenced in December to 30 days
in jail and three years of probation for leading police on a chase
through San Jose.
Three days after that sentencing he was cited for marijuana
possession. And in March he was arrested on suspicion of shoplifting.
Prosecutors say the 20-year-old Dhaliwal

Bear Cub Stolen from Wildlife Park
Three people have been charged in connection with the theft of a bear
cub from a South Carolina wildlife park.
John Chadwick Montgomery, 31, of Blacksburg, is accused of stealing
the seven-month-old bear cub named Newell from the Hollywild Animal
Park in Inman.
Workers said Montgomery planned to take a monkey from the park but
opted for the bear after another monkey attacked him.
Investigators said Montgomery took the bear to a truck stop in nearby


New mission for San Francisco Zoo approved
San Francisco city officials have given preliminary approval to a
proposal to turn the local zoo into a sanctuary for rescued wildlife
and domestic animals.
A committee of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted 2-1 to
send their plan on to the full board next month. Supervisor Chris
Daly proposed it in the wake of the criticism that descended on the
city-owned and privately managed zoo after a tiger scaled its
enclosure and killed a teenage boy on Christmas Day.
The measure would prohibit the zoo from acquiring animals unless they
were rescued from abusive conditions or had been acquired illegally.

Move to make S.F. zoo a haven for rescued animals moves ahead
San Francisco supervisors will decide next month whether to turn the
city's zoo into facility for rescued animals, a move that could cost
the public park its accreditation, after a supervisors' committee
decided today to send the matter to the full board.
The action to move the measure forward was praised by animal-welfare
advocates who have long pushed for more oversight of the San
Francisco Zoo. But zoo officials warned that the legislation would
stymie their fundraising abilities and all but kill the institution.
Supervisor Chris Daly proposed the measure six months after a tiger
escaped from its compound at the zoo on Dec. 25 and fatally mauled
Carlos Souza Jr., 17, of San Jose. Daly and Supervisor Tom Ammiano
voted to move the measure

Zoo hearing brings out the predator in Daly
The future of the San Francisco Zoo is one of those hot-button issues
that is stirring plenty of debate.
Except at the Board of Supervisors.
Supervisor Chris Daly brought his resolution to turn the zoo into a
rescue facility to his rules committee Thursday. The result was a ham-
handed performance - even for him - as he used his bully pulpit as
chairman to stifle debate, limit discussion and run roughshod over
supporters of the zoo.
Amanda Wong, a junior at Lowell High, waited two hours for her chance
at the podium during the public comment period, but was so frustrated
when Daly first cut her time to one minute, then got up and left when
she started to speak, that she burst into tears.
"I thought he was pretty rude," she said. "I wondered who put him in
"It was a debacle," said Carl Friedman, director of the animal care
and control, who was interrupted twice by Daly during his statement
and finally cut off and told to leave. "There were a lot of young
people there who have never been to a government meeting. For this to
be their first experience was embarrassing."
The tendency, of course, is to roll our eyes and excuse this kind of
behavior as just another day in the odd universe of Daly. He regards
himself, as he said later at the hearing, as someone who will
courageously "address any issue, regardless of the political
But this isn't advocacy. Daly isn't pushing an agenda to nudge others
toward considering and perhaps adopting his ideas. He's reached the
point where he is actually obstructing the process.
Supervisor Bevan Dufty, who often works out compromises on the board,
became so annoyed Thursday that he stormed out and marched into the
office of board President Aaron Peskin.
"He was just drilling Carl Friedman," Dufty told Peskin. "If this
doesn't get better, Chris is going to have a problem getting a quorum

Rescue Zoo Plan Goes To San Francisco Supervisors
A committee of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors on Thursday
agreed to forward legislation calling for the transformation of the
San Francisco Zoo into a facility for rescued animals to the full
board for a vote in September.
The proposed ordinance, introduced by Supervisor Chris Daly, has been
strongly opposed by zoo officials, but supported by the city's
Commission of Animal Control and Welfare, an advisory body to the
board, and animal rights groups such as In Defense of Animals.
By a 2-1 vote, the committee voted to move the ordinance without
recommendation to the full board on Sept. 9.
If enacted, the legislation would make the zoo's primary mission the
housing of wildlife, domestic and exotic animals rescued from
inhumane treatment.
It would also establish a board-appointed oversight committee to
advise the supervisors on the transition of the zoo to a rescue
facility, which would not become official until the current lease
with the city expires in 2013.
Proponents argued it would make San Francisco the first major city to
give its zoo a specifically rescue-oriented mission, and serve as a
model for other cities worldwide.
Animal Control and Welfare commissioner Phillip

Lion mauls man to death
A WORKER was pulled from a bakkie and mauled to death by a raging
lion as colleagues looked on in horror at a big cat breeding centre
near Kirkwood.
The shock death of Nokie du Toit, 37, happened on the farm
Steenbokvlakte, owned by well-known farmer and cheetah and lion
breeder Sydney Daniell.
Yesterday, the Daniell Cheetah Breeding Centre, a popular stop-off
for tourists on their way to the Karoo, was closed to the public.
The mood at the centre`s adjacent curio, biltong and coffee padstal
was sombre.
Family members said everyone was "very shaken" by the incident, but
did not want to comment further.
Daniell`s son, Richard, said police were investigating and, although
he did not want to comment, did stress that the lion enclosures were
situated some distance away from the cheetah centre, on the eastern
side of the farm, and had "nothing to do

Sea zoo celebrates successful breeding programme for rare seahorses
ANGLESEY Sea Zoo is set to celebrate the patter of tiny fins after
successfully breeding rare seahorses.
The short snouted seahorse is native to British waters but very rare
and a fisherman in southern England was amazed to find the tiny
creatures in his nets.
He caught a total of 71 of the elusive species over two weeks and
took them to a local wildlife centre.
Anglesey Sea Zoo's aquarium manager Karen Tuson said she and the
staff were thrilled to bits with their new arrivals.
"To see this many adults was very unusual and it was decided to
distribute them around UK aquariums who have a good track record of
breeding sea horses.
"Our zoo is a part of a huge breeding programme and we have to share
information and records about how much they eat and how many

Caring for diets, picky eaters part of job at zoo
Troy woman, 43, keeps 3,000-plus animals nourished
During an early morning last month, Elizabeth (Beth) Johnson, 43, of
Troy added to her weekly grocery list: ten 50-pound boxes of beef
bones, 90,250 live crickets, eight 50-pound cases of apples, 1,000
dead mice, six 40-pound cases of yams, 200 frozen chicks.
Johnson made a note that a half shipment of hay -- about 150 bales at
50-75 pounds each -- was coming in the next day. And the produce guy
was to arrive at the same time with a load from the Eastern Market.
The commissary supervisor has a big job: ordering and often preparing
food for most of the Detroit Zoo's 3,000-plus animals.
Johnson, who grew up on Detroit's east side, also manages the rubber
boots, coolers, duct tape, shovels and hundreds of other items needed
by the zoo's staff.
The job, which she took in 1997, is less glamorous than those that
require direct contact with animals. But her job is crucial, and she
does it with only one full-time helper and a yearly food budget of
about $500,000.
Johnson has to be meticulously organized. Food demands fluctuate as
animals age or get pregnant, are moved to another zoo or have periods
of less activity. Creatures are often added to the zoo population.
The animals' dietary needs change as the seasons change, and factors
such as weather can affect the outcome of crops and other food
There are more challenges. Deliveries come in late. USDA permits must
be approved before horse meat

Ticket for Sofia Zoo to Double
The price of the entrance ticket for the zoo in Sofia to double in
October, deputy mayor Minko Gerdzhikov proposes.
The entrance fee for adults is to become BGN 2 while children and
students will pay BGN 1 to see the animals.
According to Gerdzhikov, the hike is motivated by the increasing
prices of electricity, water, and heating, as well as food prices.
Gerdzhikov also said that the municipality will be looking for foreign

Seaworld experiences dolphin baby boom
There is a baby dolphin boom at Seaworld on Queensland's Gold Coast.
Another bottlenose dolphin was born last week, the fourth birth in
the past 12 months.
Marine mammal trainer Wendy Bebeck says the 15 kilogram newcomer is
the third calf for 30-year-old mother Moki.
"She has a son called Starbuck and a little daughter called Sani and
they are both part of our show team," she said.
"Generally they will spend up to

14 Tons of Frozen Scaly Anteaters Seized in Indonesia
Last week Indonesian police seized 14 tons of frozen Malayan
pangolins—a kind of scaly anteater—bound for China and arrested more
than a dozen suspected smugglers, conservationists announced Tuesday.
The July 30 warehouse raid in Palembang on the island of Sumatra is
the latest sign of China's skyrocketing demand for pangolin meat,
blood, and scales.
"The pangolins were packed and ready for export to China via seaports
in Sumatra and Java," Commissioner Didid Widjanardi of the Indonesian
National Police said in a statement.
The black market trade in pangolins is soaring along with China's
wealth, conservationists say.
"It appears to be huge—professional and at an industrial scale," said
Elizabeth Bennett, director of the wildlife-trade

Evansville zoo debuts $13M Amazon exhibit
Evansville's Mesker Park Zoo has opened a $13 million Amazon rain
forest exhibit.
Zoo officials cut a vine, rather than a ribbon, to officially open
the exhibit Monday. The exhibit first opened to visitors over the

Banned trade hits Vietnam animals
Researchers have warned that plant and animal species in Vietnam are
being devastated by demand for traditional medicine and trade in
illegal meat.
Two reports indicate that despite Vietnam's promise to combat the
smuggling, tigers, monkeys, snakes and anteaters are all at risk.
Vietnam is one of the most bio-diverse countries in Southeast Asia.
But these studies warn that without urgent action hundreds of species
are at risk.
According to one report in the Journal of Environment and
Development, 4,000 tonnes of illegal animal products are trafficked
in Vietnam each year, generating black-market revenues of $67m
Researchers found that animal parts

Carnivorous African wild dogs arrive at Al Ain Zoo
Visitors to Al Ain Zoo will soon see seven endangered African wild
dogs, the zoo revealed on Monday.
The zoo is set to open a new exhibit dedicated to the African wild
dog (Lyacon pictus), which will span over 1300 square metres.
The exhibit will be the first time

World's Smallest Snake Thin As A Strand Of Spaghetti
Scientists have identified the world's smallest snake -- a reptile
about 4 inches long and as thin as spaghetti that was found lurking
under a rock on the Caribbean island of Barbados.
The new species, named Leptotyphlops carlae, is smaller than any of
the other 3,100 previously known snake species, according to
Pennsylvania State University biologist Blair Hedges, who also had
helped find the world's

Barbadians slam discovery, naming of tiny snake
A small snake has sparked a big debate in Barbados. Residents of the
wealthy Caribbean nation have been heating up blogs and clogging
radio airwaves to vent their anger at a U.S. scientist, who earlier
this week announced his "discovery" of the world's smallest snake and
named it "Leptotyphlops carlae," after his wife Carla.
"If he needs to blow his own trumpet ... well, fine," said 43-year-
old Barbadian Charles Atkins. "But my mother, who was a simple
housewife, she showed me the snake when I was a child."
One writer to the Barbados

Zoo Atlanta makeover could cost $100M-$200M
Zoo Atlanta is putting together a master renovation plan that
includes moving the zoo's entrance back to Boulevard Avenue, creating
exhibits focused on Georgia species such as manatees and moving
current exhibits to new areas.
The project would take up to 15 years, would not require closing the
zoo and would be the first major renovation of the 118-year-old zoo
since the 1980s, according to Zoo Atlanta President and CEO Dennis
Kelly. New Orleans architecture firm Torre Design Consortium Ltd.,
which has designed 35 zoo projects, has been tapped as a consultant
for the Zoo Atlanta renovation.
"This is a design that could last another 30 years," Kelly said,
emphasizing the master plan is not set in stone and is not complete.
The cost of the project would range from $100 million

Wellington Zoo keeps party animals out
Wellington Zoo is resorting to a 7000-volt electric fence - not to
keep its residents in, but to keep the party animals out.
Zoo staff have arrived to discover its kiosk burgled, a kiwi
sculpture destroyed, beer bottles strewn around enclosures and even a
picnic table in the lions' den.
Operations manager Mauritz Basson said the public's nocturnal
incursions endangered both animals and trespassers: "It smacks of
someone with serious lack of brain capacity, because

Zoo faces $8M shortage
Officials turn to state for aid until new tax money comes in spring
Despite the resounding victory at the polls Tuesday for a tri-county
tax to fund the Detroit Zoo, the zoo isn't completely in the clear
Zoo officials are still facing an $8 million funding gap this year
and turning to the state for help.
That's because the first .1-mill tax will be collected in December,
so the 125-acre zoo likely won't get its first flush of money --
totaling about $15 million -- until spring.
"We obviously have a gap to fill between now and the time the millage
kicks in," said Gail Warden, chairman of the board of the Detroit
Zoological Society, which operates the zoo.
Before state legislators went on summer recess, leaders of the House,
Senate, respective appropriations committees and Gov.

Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo Explores Solar Power
Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo is planning to install a solar system that can
generate enough clean energy to power the zoo's Skyfari sky ride and
will be connected to the electric grid through the zoo's main power
The zoo will partner with Tampa Electric and the University of South
Florida's Power Center for Utility Explorations to develop, design
and test the 15-kilowatt solar photovoltaic system.
The project, which includes solar panels and an inverter, as well as
educational displays that will be installed at the sky ride entrance,
will cost approximately $575,000. It will be funded in part by a
grant from the Florida High Tech Corridor.
The interactive demonstration project will allow more than

Thailand releases 9 endangered deer
Thailand on Friday released nine critically endangered deer from a
species that vanished from the wild three decades ago, in a bid to
bring ecological balance to one of the country's national parks.
The nine Thamin deer were released with radio collars into Huay Kha
Khaeng Wildlife Sanctuary in central Thailand. They joined 25 others
that were set free in May as part of a five-year program by the Thai
government and universities, the Smithsonian's National Zoological
Park and the Wildlife Conservation Society established to save the
deer, which have disappeared in the wild in Thailand but still remain
in neighboring Myanmar.
"If we don't do this, the deer will go extinct forever," said Boripat
Siriaroonrat, research veterinarian at the state-sponsored Zoological
Park Organization, who

Rare elephant born in Cambridge safari park
A rare Asian elephant born this summer at a southern Ontario safari
park is the first third-generation calf born in North America,
officials said Monday.
The 107-kilogram male was born July 15 to an 11-year-old female named
Mali, said Chuck Doyle, director of a New York state zoo that lent
the calf's mother to African Lion Safari. Mali and her mother, Targa,
have been on loan to the Ontario facility since 2006, when space got
tight at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo in Syracuse, N. Y.
The calf has been named Chuck after Doyle, who is a long-time
elephant handler.
"There's been a concentrated effort over the past 20 years to improve
our knowledge and expertise working with elephants and bulls," Doyle
said. "We really didn't get

Rescued bears get tender care in Bhopal
Around 37 bears, rescued under the Wildlife Protection Act from the
custody of their nomadic masters in the past, are being provided safe
haven at the Van Vihar National Park.
Special caretakers and a veterinary doctor have been hired to look
after the bears.
Of the 37 bears--18 are males, 14 females and five are cubs. Most
bears at the centre are of the Himalayan sloth breed and have a life
span of 25 to 30 years. Most of them were brought to the centre about
two years ago.
At the Van Vihar National Park Bear Rescue Centre, these bears who
used to suffer at the hands of their local masters, better known as
Kalandars in local parlance, are today leading a life of bliss.
They are being provided the comforts of a natural habitat. They

'Mother Lode' Of Gorillas Found In Congo Forests
Gorilla experts with the Wildlife Conservation Society say they've
made a spectacular find in isolated forests of the Republic of Congo:
a large group of previously undiscovered western lowland gorillas.
The animals are critically endangered.
Researchers say the first wildlife census of the area has revealed
that 125,000 western lowland gorillas are now thriving in the
country's northern forests, a number that is twice some estimates for
the worldwide population.
"We have found the mother lode of western lowland gorillas," said
Steven Sanderson,

Half of world's primates face extinction
Explore an interactive map of the world's endangered primate habitats
Almost 50% of the world's 634 primate species face extinction,
according to a report from the International Union for the
Conservation of Nature.
Habitat loss is a major cause, but many monkeys and apes are being
hunted to extinction for food, especially in forests of south-east
"It's cheaper to go into the forest and kill a monkey than to raise a
chicken," says Jean-Christophe Vié, deputy head of the IUCN's species
programme and a co-author of the report, released 5 August in
Edinburgh at the 22nd International Primatological Society Congress.
"We've raised concerns for years about primates being in peril, but
now we have solid data to show the situation is far more severe than
we imagined," says Russell Mittermeier, president of Conservation
International, which co-funded the study.
Danger zones
The areas most at risk are in Vietnam and Cambodia, where 90% of
species are being driven to extinction by demand for monkey meat,
monkey ingredients for Chinese medicine and baby monkeys as pets.
Most acutely affected are medium-sized monkeys such as gibbons, leaf
monkeys and langurs, which are easy for hunters to track down and
kill because of their

ExlorOcean gets £3.6 million backing
Visitors to the National Marine Aquarium in Plymouth will soon have
the world's best marine technology at their fingertips. It's hoped
the new £3.6 million attraction will encourage young people to pursue
careers in science and technology.
Plymouth's National Marine Aquarium is to expand again - with a major
new exhibition space that won't contain any fish at all.
The attraction is creating a science and technology centre which it's
hoped will benefit the national as well as the local economy.
The aquarium has secured full funding for the new £3.6m ExplorOcean

Zoo Worker Bitten On Neck By Snake As Children Look On
A Brevard Zoo worker was attacked by a 5-foot snake Thursday right in
front of a classroom full of kids. She was bitten in the neck by a
boa constrictor, an unusual attack for that type of snake.
Unlike rattle snakes and cobras, boa constrictors don't typically use
their teeth to go after their prey. Their teeth are relatively small,
still the woman bit Thursday was taken to the hospital and the snake
was locked up.
ose, the 5-foot long boa constrictor, hid in the back of her
enclosure for at least an hour after she lashed out at one of her
handlers. Eyewitnesses said the bite was instantaneous, described as
a nick to the neck of the zoo worker, whose name has not been
Staff said the bite wasn't a particularly serious injury, but
colleagues still called for an ambulance.
"It had more to do with her being lightheaded

Teen Attacked by Tigers at Exotic Animal Attraction
A 16-year-old boy is in the hospital after an attack at an
interactive zoo and aquarium in Branson West, Missouri. Rescue crews
say it happened just before 1:00 p.m. Monday afternoon at Predator
The 11-acre Predator World is home to animals like wolves, sharks and
tigers. The park highlights its employee interaction with those
creatures and says the daily contact keeps animals happy, healthy and
The Stone County Sheriff's Department says 16-year-old employee
Dakota Ramel entered the tiger exhibit to take some photos for guests.
Witnesses tell rescuers the teen was knocked to the ground by one of
the large cats. That's when they say two other tigers joined in,
dragging the teen to the water pool.
Other employees were able to get in and rescue Ramel, who was flown
to a Springfield hospital with injuries to

Lions, monkeys take underground route to Gaza zoo
The monkeys and lions were drugged, tossed into cloth sacks and
pulled through smuggling tunnels under the border between Egypt and
the besieged Gaza Strip before ending up in their new homes in a
dusty Gaza zoo.
Stocked almost entirely with smuggled animals, the zoo is a sign of
the territory's ever-expanding tunnel industry. Gaza's commercial
trade was literally forced underground after the Islamic militant
Hamas seized the coastal territory last summer, prompting neighboring
Israel and Egypt to restrict the flow of goods through commercial
Smugglers say a new effort by Egypt to blow

Rabies tragedy follows loss of India's vultures
A CONSERVATION catastrophe has become a human tragedy. The mass
poisoning that has killed millions of India's vultures may have
indirectly claimed the lives of almost 50,000 people, according to an
analysis of the wider impacts of the bird die-off.
Since the 1990s, numbers of long-billed, slender-billed and oriental
white-backed vultures have declined at an unprecedented rate. All
three species could be driven toward extinction within a decade. The
cause is a veterinary drug called diclofenac, which was routinely
given to cattle. When the cattle died, vultures that fed on their
carcasses were poisoned by the drug. Although now banned in India,
diclofenac is stlll used to some extent.
It seems the drug has also had an unforeseen knock-on impact. As
vulture numbers crashed, the population of feral dogs across India
surged, feasting

Citing virus, groups say zoo should not breed elephants
Elephant herpes is so pervasive and fatal that it's irresponsible
and "ill-conceived" for Woodland Park Zoo keepers to breed once again
an elephant who already lost one daughter to the disease, according
to several animal-rights groups.
Statistics on the prevalence of the herpes virus in zoo elephants
were released Tuesday by In Defense of Animals (IDA) and two local
animal-rights groups who called for an immediate end to the breeding
of Woodland Park Zoo elephants.
Woodland Park Zoo deputy director Bruce Bohmke said Tuesday that the
zoo is committed to its breeding program and could attempt to
inseminate Chai as early as January.
He said he believes breeding elephants in captivity increases the

Ivory Poaching At Critical Levels: Elephants On Path To Extinction By
African elephants are being slaughtered for their ivory at a pace
unseen since an international ban on the ivory trade took effect in
1989. But the public outcry that resulted in that ban is absent
today, and a University of Washington conservation biologist contends
it is because the public seems to be unaware of the giant mammals'
The elephant death rate from poaching throughout Africa is about 8
percent a year based on recent studies, which is actually higher than
the 7.4 percent annual death rate that led to the international ivory
trade ban nearly 20 years ago, said Samuel Wasser

Rare birds stop zoo development
A pair of protected birds have stopped development work at one of the
UK's biggest zoos.
Two kingfishers, a protected species, have made a home at Chester Zoo
for their breeding season.
Work on a new path at the 110-acre site has been stopped until the
birds have moved on.
Sarah Bird, biodiversity officer, said: "We are thrilled that these
colourful and charismatic wild birds have chosen to make their home
here in the zoo."
The exact location of the nest

Archer fish trained to hunt

African wildlife park bid
ZEBRA and antelope could be roaming the plains of Doncaster by next
summer - under plans for an African wildlife park.
The new owners of a farm and equestrian centre at Branton are
planning to open the first facility of its kind in Yorkshire some
time in 2009.
Don Valley MP Caroline Flint has already met the proprietors to talk
about their plans to create a major tourist destination, which they
hope will attract thousands of people to Doncaster every year.
Brockholes Farm, off Brockholes Lane, was bought earlier this year by
Cheryl and Neville Williams and their business partner, John Minion,
with a view to expanding the present visitor centre and riding
Cheryl and John have many years' experience of working at the famous
Woburn Safari Park in Bedfordshire but stress Brockholes will become
something different.
In line with current environmental concerns it will not be a 'drive
through' experience and it will not be a zoo with animals in small
Currently at the planning stage, Cheryl and her partners envisage it
will provide an opportunity for visitors to see animals of the high
plains and savannah, such as zebra and hardier forms of antelope

Bears chill out as Cairo zoo reforms
Black bears pad around their outdoor cages on a sweltering summer's
day at Egypt's flagship zoo, sniffing at air that was once stifling
but is suddenly cool and drizzly.
Powerful fans blow chilled mist at the bears, a luxury normally
reserved for wealthy human patrons at Egypt's upscale patio cafes.
Soon, cold water will flow in pipes beneath the cages, chilling the
"They can breathe. This is improving their lives," senior zookeeper
Abdel Razek Mustafa told Reuters as the bears stretched their limbs
beneath the fans.
The air-conditioning for bears is part of efforts to revitalise
Cairo's scruffy but historical Giza Zoo and help it rejoin a world
zoo association after its exclusion in 2004.
Giza Zoo was once among the crown jewels of African zoos. It was
commissioned by Khedive Ismail of Egypt's royal family and opened in
1891 to showcase imported flowers, exotic plants and a huge
exhibition of African wildlife.
But it has been beset with problems in recent years -- from the
slaughter of two camels by night-time intruders to the infection of
some birds with the deadly H5N1 avian influenza.
Animal rights activists also complain that the zoo's Victorian-style
cages -- some more like display cases than homes for animals -- are
too small


PAPER TIGERS? (Peters Note: Interesting read-----Don't miss it!!!!!)
The Role of the U.S. Captive Tiger Population in the Trade in Tiger
The relationship between Tigers and the people who
share their native ranges in Asia is longstanding,
complex, and, in too many unfortunate circumstances,
adversarial. At one time, Tigers were largely masters of
their environs, which once stretched from the Pacific
Ocean in the east to the Caspian Sea in the west. Over the
past hundred years or so, that vast range has shrunk by
more that 90%, and the contemporary population of wild
Tigers may be less than three percent of its size at the
turn of the 20th century.
Various reasons account for the decline of Tigers in the
wild. Exploding human populations have eaten deeply
into their habitat and reduced their prey base. Predations
of livestock, and sometimes fatal encounters between
Tigers and people, have led local populations to eradicate
the cats in some areas. The value of Tiger pelts, bone,
tonics, meat, claws, teeth, and other parts for human use
or consumption have made the species a lucrative target
for poachers armed with modern weapons.
Even so, Tigers continue to exert a mysterious and even
mystical presence in their remaining redoubts. Yet few
people get to witness firsthand the power, grace, and
majesty of wild Tigers. Instead, public familiarity with
these great cats comes either indirectly through nature
documentaries or films, or in person through zoos,
circuses, wildlife sanctuaries, or wild animal acts or
shows. In fact, the two largest single populations of
Tigers are now those that reside in captivity in China and
the United States, respectively.
As this report explains, the emergence of a large captive
Tiger population in China is a recent phenomenon,
resulting from efforts to develop a new, legal source of
Tiger parts to meet an enduring domestic demand for
Tiger parts in traditional Chinese medicine. The United
States' captive Tiger population
Sea zoo knows breast is best
A TOURIST attraction has been praised for signing up to a scheme to
provide a warm welcome to breastfeeding mothers.
Anglesey Sea Zoo has signed up to the Breastfeeding Welcome Scheme
after research revealed that 74% of people in Wales believe
businesses and public facilities aren't breastfeeding friendly enough.
They say the move has helped boost its popularity with mums and young
families and are urging other businesses to follow suit.
Frankie Lewis, manager at the Anglesey Sea Zoo, said: "Since joining
the scheme we've seen a definite rise in the number of young families
visiting us."We have to be family-orientated to keep people coming
through the door and we thought this was the perfect way for us to
demonstrate the welcoming atmosphere we offe

'Flawed U.S. Regulations on Captive Tigers, New Report Shows
Huge gaps in U.S. regulations could make Tigers held in captivity a
target for illegal trade, wildlife trade monitoring network TRAFFIC
and WWF found in the first-ever report into captive Tiger regulations
across the United States.
The report, Paper Tigers?:The role of the U.S. captive Tiger
population in the trade in Tiger parts, found there are currently no
reliable regulatory mechanisms to keep track of captive Tigers in the
U.S.. While the report found no evidence that these Tigers are
currently a supply source for the international black market, the
weak U.S. regulations could leave them vulnerable to illegal trade,
unless the issue is immediately addressed.
"As a leader in promoting the conservation of Tigers, the United
States has a responsibility to manage its captive Tiger population
effectively to prevent any emergence of illegal trade," said Leigh
Henry, programme officer for TRAFFIC North America and co-author of
the report. "Any supply of Tiger parts into the black market can
stimulate trade and consumer

Rare shark stolen from aquarium
A rare shark was being hunted by police on Tuesday after it was
stolen from an aquarium.
The shark was a 2ft long, mottled brown, marble catshark --
Atelomycterus Macleayi , imported from Indonesia four years ago. It
is the female half of the only active breeding pair of its kind in
Britain. According to the news article by Reuters, the aquarium
owner Peter Newman said that as a breeding pair, the male and female
are worth 50,000 pounds, and a solitary female worth

Ghana harvests 384,992 tons of bush meat
The annual volume of bush meat harvested in Ghana is estimated at
384,992 tons valued at 350 million dollars as against the total
annual consumption also estimated at 225,287 tons and valued at 205
million dollars, authorities said. Nana Kofi Adu-Nsiah, Executive
Director of the Wildlife Division of the Forestry Commission,
announced this at the launch of 2008 Close Season on hunting in
Kumasi on Friday.
He noted that bush meat is also a trade item that contributes
significantly to household incomes and the economy through income
generation and protein production.
Nana Adu-Nsiah noted that under legislative provisions, hunters are
required to obtain and pay for a license to hunt during the
designated hunting season, adding that group hunting is outlawed and
that different species are given varying degrees of legal protection
through their inclusion in appropriate legislative schedules. He said

New law would cost S.F. Zoo its accreditation (Peters note - Chris
Daly is, is...sorry, words fail me)
The San Francisco Zoo will lose its accreditation with the
Association of Zoos and Aquariums if legislation that would turn the
zoo into a rescue facility takes effect, according to a recent letter.
Friday's warning came from the chair of the powerful organization's
accreditation commission, and an attorney representing the zoo
forwarded the letter to the Board of Supervisors Thursday.
The legislation, proposed by San Francisco Supervisor Chris Daly,
would make it city policy that any future animals acquired by the zoo

Uncertain future for elephants of Thailand
Worries over the future of Thailand' s famous elephants have emerged
following an investigation by a University of Manchester team.
Professor Rosaleen Duffy and Dr Lorraine Moore from the University' s
School of Social Sciences say many problems have endured since the
ending of the logging trade which employed virtually all Thai
elephants in 1989.
The ban made 2,000 animals and their Mahouts - or trainers -
unemployed overnight, forcing many onto the streets to beg for cash.
Though transferring to the tourism trade has improved working
conditions for many elephants, their future remains under a cloud
argues Professor Duffy.
"Despite the move into tourism, we have found evidence that street
walking persists in some areas and that can be traumatic for the
animals and a nuisance for humans," she said.
"And the almost total reliance on the tourist trade makes the Thai
elephants especially vulnerable to a downturn in the market.
"If that happens more are forced onto the streets or into
inappropriate activities in towns.
"The December 2004 tsunami had - at least to some extent - that
effect. The rising oil prises of today are bound to affect air travel
and hence tourism as well.
"The elephants are very important in Thai culture, and mahouts
generally only beg on the streets with their elephants as an absolute
last resort.
"It's a sad outcome for these once proud animals

GEORGIA AQUARIUM: 2 officials resign; another's post nixed
Three leading Georgia Aquarium officials have left their jobs, two of
them through resignations.
Ray Davis, senior vice president of zoological operations and one of
the top officials under former Executive Director Jeff Swanagan; and
Tim Binder, director of animal husbandry who reported to Davis,
resigned Thursday.
The third official, Mike Hurst, vice president of plant engineering
and operations, lost his job in a reorganization, aquarium spokesman
Dave Santucci said.
"Mike's position as we looked at it had a redundancy, and it was no
longer needed," Santucci said.
He declined to say why the three men no longer were with the
attraction, and said the aquarium "will be actively searching for
replacements" for Davis and Binder.
"These guys made very significant contributions to the aquarium, but
they have decided to move on," Santucci said of Davis and Binder.
Tim Mullican will act as the supervisor of husbandry

Elephant hurts girl who snuck into zoo
Israeli officials say a 17-year-old girl who sneaked into a zoo near
Tel Aviv with a friend was attacked by an elephant and hospitalized.
An employee of Safari nature park says the couple entered the park
before dawn Friday by climbing over a wall and then entering the
elephants' enclosure.
Mori Hertzenstein told Army Radio the girl then approached the pen of
one of the male elephants, who grabbed her with his trunk.
Hertzenstein said "the elephant, which

Owner says Mexican zoo 'good option' for Jenny
Who wouldn't want to live in semiretirement in the Mexican
countryside, surrounded by a lake and trees, cared for 24/7, with a
custom-built home and new friends?
That's what the owner of Africam Safari is asking those who oppose
the Dallas Zoo's plan to move Jenny the elephant to a 500-acre animal
park in the central Mexican state of Puebla.
"We are not intimidated by this," said Amy Camacho, whose late father
opened the drive-through zoo 36 years ago. "We are sure we

Griffith Park wildfire forces zoo evacuation
Thousands of people were evacuated from the Los Angeles Zoo on Sunday
when a fast-moving brush fire ignited in Griffith Park, scorching 25
acres before it was contained, authorities said.
No injuries or damage to homes or buildings was reported from the
flames, which broke out at 12:40 p.m. on 5 acres in the park's
northwest corner near the Travel Town Museum.
About 200 firefighters battled the blaze for three hours before
getting the upper hand on flames that shot plumes of smoke through
the air that were visible for miles, said Ron Myers, a Los Angeles
Fire Department spokesman. Investigators have not determined a cause.
Sunday's high humidity and low winds helped prevent the fire from
spreading. But it could have been far worse if the weather conditions
were different, Myers said.
"Given these types of circumstances, if you change the

Chhatbir Zoo to breed Shaheen falcons
A first in the country, Chattbir Zoo in Punjab will soon breed the
endangered Shaheen falcons, revered by the Sikh community as a prized
possession of Guru Gobind Singh, the tenth

Zoo plans cat-breeding site
The Cincinnati Zoo plans to use a $1.5 million state grant to help
pay for a breeding facility for 28 species of endangered cats.
Officials say the center will be built on zoo property in
southwestern Warren County and will be first of its kind at any North
American zoo.
Construction has not been scheduled. Officials say that once the
facility is ready, all the cats in the zoo will be moved there while
a new Cat Canyon exhibit is built.
Plans for Cat Canyon include an outdoor exhibit

N.C. tigers set to go to Iraqi zoo
To see Riley the tiger sunk to his whiskers in a 100-gallon tub,
swishing his tail like an oversized kitten, you'd never guess he's
shipping out to Iraq.
No jitters show on Hope's striped face as she lazes in a mud puddle
nearby, even though she and her mate will soon be stars of the war-
torn Baghdad Zoo.
These big cats, raised in captivity deep in the Caswell County woods,
represent 500 pounds of fur-covered progress in a war that seldom
brings good news.
The Baghdad Zoo barely survived the Iraq war's early days. Prized
animals were looted or shot. An ostrich was fed to starving lions. An
American soldier shot and killed a Bengal tiger that attacked a
colleague trying to feed it through cage bars.
But now soldiers and Iraqis describe the zoo as the rare spot in
Baghdad where you can forget about war. Sitting just outs

Basinger Fights Sale Of Tigers To Iraq
Campaigning Hollywood star Kim Basinger is battling to save two
tigers from being sold to a zoo in Iraq. The actress is furious the
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) has approved the exportation
of the animals from a zoo in Mebane, North Carolina to Baghdad Zoo.
Basinger has written to USFWS director H. Dale Hall, begging him to
reverse the decision.
The long-time People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA)
campaigner writes, "It has already been shown that the animals at the
Baghdad Zoo cannot be properly protected from the country's military
conflict. When the war began, hundreds of animals in the zoo were
killed, stolen, eaten, or let loose by looters. The last two tigers
escaped and were shot dead. The future is uncertain. Most of the
people in Iraq still do not have access to basic necessities or a
safe environment and Iraq remains a war

Rare seahorses born at aquarium
More than 120 endangered baby seahorses have been born at a Hampshire
The arrival of the short-snouted seahorses at Portsmouth's Blue Reef
Aquarium is part of a nationwide captive breeding programme.
There are believed to be two separate species of seahorse found in
British waters - the short-snouted and the long-snouted.
The short-snouted seahorse is usually found in shallow muddy waters,
estuaries or inshore among seaweed.
Populations have been discovered along the south coast, in the River
Thames, in the Channel Islands and Ireland.
'Souvenir trade threat'
Blue Reef Aquarium spokesman Robbie Robinson said: "This is the first
time we have successfully bred short-snouted seahorses here and for
so many to have been born is fantastic.
"They are all being looked after in special nursery tanks and are
being fed on a diet of microscopic live shrimp.
"It's obviously very early days but we're keeping our fingers crossed
that many of the babies will survive into adulthood and help boost
the captive bred populations

Birth control for crocodiles at Vandalur
Surgeons of the Madras Veterinary College, have performed a non-
invasive birth control surgery on Mugger crocodiles in Vandalur Zoo
to control breeding and inbreeding. This is the first time in the
world that such a surgery has been conducted, says zoo authorities.
The surgery was performed on two male Mugger (Crocodylus palustris)
crocodiles two weeks ago. The team comprised Dr R Sureshkumar,
professor and head; Dr B Justin William, professor; and Dr Capt G
Dhanan Jaya Rao, associate professor of the Department of Veterinary
Surgery and Radiology.
"It takes an hour to anaesthetise the crocodile and another hour for
the surgery itself," says Dr B Justin. "And it takes the reptile
three to six hours, or even three days to revive." The doctors stress
that the procedure is different from castration and only involves the
fusion of the spermatazoan groove to prevent sperm transfer.
The anaesthetic procedure and surgical technique involved will not
endanger the life of the crocodile, the experts say. "Neither will it
change its behaviour

Austrian zoo says lion cub triplets may be rare Atlas crossbreed
Lion cub triplets thought to be a sub-species of the Atlas lion,
extinct in the wild for almost a century, have been born at a Vienna
zoo, curators said Monday.
Tiergarten Schonbrunn Zoo said in a statement that the mother and the
father "display typical traits of a sub-species of the Atlas lion,"
also known as Barbary or Nubian lions and best known for the male's
extravagant, full-flowing mane.
The zoo said very few of these lions live on even in captivity -- an
AFP count in September 2006 put the number at around 50, after two
Atlas lion cubs were born in a zoo in western France.
The last-known Atlas lion in the wild was killed by a poacher in
Morocco in 1922.
The mother, named Somali, is behaving in

Our elephants at risk as China profits from ivory
The decision by a global arbiter on endangered species to allow China
to import backlog stock of ivory from Africa may be the death knell
for Kenyan elephants.
The lives of the country's more than 40,000 elephants spread across
national parks is now on the line.
Sitting in Geneva, Switzerland, the Convention on International Trade
in Endangered Species (Cites) ruled that China and Japan would buy
108 tonnes of ivory stocks in Zimbabwe, Namibia, Botswana and Namibia.
Kenya watched in amazement as the forum decided the fate of Africa's
most exciting tourist attraction, the elephant.
A decision to vote on the thorny issue saw Kenya's lone-range attempt
to keep the ban on ivory trade alive badly defeated.
"We tried to mobilise allies to support our position but we
desperately lost the vote," says Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS)
biodiversity scientist Dr Charles Musyoka.
Cites ruling in favour of China and the four southern Africa
countries will see Namibia sell 9,209Kg of ivory to the Asian country.
South Africa will sell 51,121kg, Botswana, 43,682kg and Zimbabwe
3755kg to the Chinese government.
According to Dr Musyoka, fear is rife that Africa could face an
upsurge in poaching by unscrupulous people targeting the Asian market.
"We had in the past lost a good population

Leopard savaging a crocodile caught on camera
The astonishing spectacle of a leopard savaging a crocodile has been
captured for the first time on camera.
A series of incredible pictures taken at a South African game reserve
document the first known time that a leopard has taken on and

Gaziantep Zoo replicates sea ecology in aquariums
At a zoo in southeastern Gaziantep province, aquarium keepers have
attempted to create habitats as close to the natural environments of
sea life as possible, even bringing in water from the Mediterranean
Spanning an area of 1,000,000 square meters, the Gaziantep Zoo is
home to 250 species and more than 4,000 animals, Özgül Yazýcý, public
relations director told. Yazýcý noted that the aquariums at the zoo
host 74 fish species and more than 3,000 fish, adding that they try
to create environments that are as similar as possible to the bodies
of water

Fabled bachelor Lonesome George may finally be a father
Lonesome George, the conservation icon of the Galapagos islands and
last surviving tortoise of his kind, may finally become a father,
after keepers recovered a clutch of eggs from his enclosure.
Rangers at Galapagos National Park noticed George was behaving
differently in recent months, and two weeks ago spotted one of his
two female companions digging around in the soil in his pen.
On closer inspection, they discovered a nest containing nine eggs,
three of which they transferred to an incubator. It will be 120 days
before they are able to confirm whether the eggs are harbouring
George's offspring.
George was rescued in 1972 from Pinta, one of the islands off
Ecuador's Pacific coast, but has shown little

Searching for Saharan gazelles
A team of Tunisian and British biologists have carried out the first
survey of its kind to focus on the slender-horned gazelle (Gazella
Very little is known about the endangered species, which is unique to
the northern Sahara, as a result of the hostile environment it
"It is a specialist sand-living species, among the dune sheets,"
explained Tim Wacher from the

White lion cubs at safari park (Peter's note - seriously, what is the
Six white lion cubs born to the UK's only pride of the rare animals
have made their first public appearance at West

Blue iguana attack on Cayman Islands had silver lining
Earlier this year, the Blue Iguana Recovery Programme on Grand Cayman
in the Caribbean made international headlines for all the wrong
On the morning of Sunday May 4, volunteer keepers at the fenced-in
facility, which is on the site of the Queen Elizabeth II Botanic
Park, found that four of the adult giant blue lizards had been
butchered, two others had been left for dead and another was missing.
At least two of the dead females had been preparing to lay precious
eggs. The seven animals represented one-third of the adult breeding
iguanas cared for at the captive facility.
The critically endangered creatures - which resemble miniature
turquoise dragons, can grow up to 6ft long and, in the wild, are
believed to live for more than 60 years - are unique to Grand Cayman.
"It's ugly and deeply shocking," said the programme's director Fred
Burton at the time of the attack. "These were some

Zoo Atlanta kangaroo comes out swinging at keepe
zookeeper trying to clean his exhibit area at the Grant Park
The incident, which officials said lasted only about 10 seconds, was
caught on a camera phone over the weekend and posted on YouTube.
animals for Zoo Atlanta.
Officials said Charlie, who stands as much as 6 feet tall when fully
upright, had been showing increased levels of aggression because his
female partner, Uluru, is ovulating.
"The male kangaroo got a little too frisky with the zookeeper and
grabbed her around the neck," Smith said.
Smith said Charlie, who is 6 years old and weighs about 141 pounds,
is the breeding male of Zoo Atlanta's half-dozen kangaroos. He and
Uluru, who is 12, had a joey in January, and the young kangaroo just
emerged from Uluru's pouch during the last week, a signal that she is
ready for breeding, Smith said.
The video shows the zookeeper standing

Trained crocodiles deployed as forest guards
In a repeat of last year's exercise, Orissa forest personnel have let
loose a large group of captively bred crocodiles into water bodies of
Bhitarkanika Wildlife Sanctuary to ward off human interference into
the fast-depleting mangrove forest.
Crocodiles are seemingly performing the role of 'honourary forest
guards' in the core area of the Wildlife sanctuary as fear of
marauding crocs checked human intrusion in many areas of the sanctuary

Newfound Monkey About to Be Lost Forever
A monkey species discovered only three years ago could soon go
extinct in its tiny forest home in Tanzania, say conservation
The kipunji (Rungwecebus kipunji, also known as the Highland
Mangabey) was discovered in 2005 in the Southern Highlands and
Udzungwa Mountains in Tanzania.
In 2006, genetic analyses revealed the species represented an entire
new genus of primate — the first since 1923.
Now the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) in New York has published
a census of the endangered primate, revealing 1,117 individuals of
the species reside in two isolated forest regions spanning less than
7 square miles (18 square kilometers).
The animals live in 38 groups, each with 15 to 39 members.
The forest-dweller sports long whiskers and a crest of hair on the

Training for animal-keepers begins at city Zoo
The two-day training programme for animal-keepers began at the
Chamarajendra Zoological Gardens (Mysore Zoo) yesterday.
Dr. Ramesh, Head of Zoology Department, Mysore University,
inaugurated the programme and the Chief Conservator of Forests,
Shivanna presided.
P.G. Mugadur, Retired Conservator of Forests and B.N. Nagaraj,
Executive Director, Zoo Authority, were the chief guests.
In all, 19 animal-keepers from Zoos in Mysore, Bellary, Manga-lore,
Davanagere, Shimoga, Belgaum and Venkateshwara Zoo in Tirupati are
participating, in the programme which ends today.
The participants would be given training on hand-rearing of young
animals and birds like giraffe, wild buffalo, elephant, hippopotamus,
cheetah, parrot and management of their growth.
During the programme held last year, training was given on treatment
of animals in crisis, enrichment of animal enclosures and on the
method of interacting with Zoo visitors.
Dr. Ramesh, speaking after inaugurating the programme, said that
animals possess good relationship with human beings and as well
display tendency towards being good

Battle royale at the zoo smells of power grab
The Toronto Zoo is being riven by a power struggle that began after a
fundraising consultant delivered a report in January.
The consultant suggested the zoo could raise as much as $250-million
and transform from a quaint tourist attraction into a global force
for conservation and environmentalism.
The combatants are the zoo's long-time chief executive officer Calvin
White, who only recently returned from a six-month leave of absence;
David Strickland, the chair of the zoo's fundraising foundation, who
is facing criticism over not being able to raise bigger donations;
and city councillor Glenn de Baeremaeker, who sits on the zoo's board
of management and is boosterish about the city leading the
fundraising effort.
At the heart of the struggle could be a chess move to make the zoo
part of the Miller legacy.
That agenda should become clearer when the zoo board meets again on
Sept. 24.
Though the volunteer board is not a high-powered ones - there's not a
Weston, an Eaton or a Balsillie - it has consistently raised more
than $1-million a year. According to Councillor Michael Thompson
(Scarborough Centre), who also sits on the zoo's management
board, "we were satisfied with the foundation," as late as December.
But once DVA Navion, an international fundraising consultancy,
submitted its report, the game was afoot.
"The report said, yes, you can do it. Yes, you can raise a quarter of
a billion dollars for the Toronto Zoo and turn it into one of the
strongest conservation advocacy groups in the world," says Mr. de
Baeremaeker. "That's exciting for me."
So, just seven months after expressing official satisfaction with the
zoo's fundraising foundation, the management board was seeking its
dismissal, with the mayor's public approval.
If the foundation is disbanded, Mr. de Baeremaeker, a member of Mayor
David Miller's executive committee, would like to see the fundraising
effort - unparalleled among Canadian zoos and aquariums - taken over
by the management board and interested city councillors.
"I certainly know some very large corporations in my ward
[Scarborough Centre], and I'd be very happy to do the introductions,"
he says - although he hadn't offered that assistance in the past. "I
haven't because it's not my job. They never approached me to ask me
to help," he says.
The councillor is enthusiastic about city taking more direct
ownership of the large

Orangutan at German zoo falls in moat and drowns
Zoo officials in Hamburg say their 10-year-old orangutan drowned
after falling into a moat while trying to grab bread thrown in by a
The orangutan named Leila fell into the water in her zoo enclosure on
Wednesday and died even though zookeepers got to her quickly.
Head zookeeper Walter Wolters says: "It all happened lightning-quick."
Wolters said Thursday that it's not known

World's oldest polar bear dying
THE world's oldest polar bear, orphaned as a cub in the cold Russian
north and raised in captivity, is dying after thrilling more than 18
million visitors at a Canadian zoo, officials said today.
Debby, 41 years and eight months old, continues to reside in her
exhibit at the Assiniboine Park Zoo in Winnipeg, and comes out to see
zoo visitors most days, said officials in a statement.
But she "is showing signs of her advanced age'' and her "prognosis of
recovery from age-related medical problems is not good''.
Zoo officials said they chose to announce Debby's failing health
because she means so much to so many people.
Many visitors in recent years, who were children when they first saw
Debby as a youngster, have brought their own children and
grandchildren to see the cherished bear, they said.
"A wonderful ambassador for her species, it is significant that she
has survived to 2008, the International Year of the Polar Bear,'' so
designated by Polar Bears International magazine, said officials.
Debby arrived at the zoo as a cub in 1967. She produced six surviving
offspring with her,23739,24116441-23109,00.html


Zookeeper loses fingertip while feeding new rhino
A keeper at the Little Rock Zoo required surgery Saturday after the
zoo's new black rhinoceros, Naivasha, bit the tip of the keeper's
finger during an afternoon snack of bananas and apples, a spokesman
Jayne Hoffman had the tip of her middle finger amputated just below
the nail late Saturday after the bite, which occurred about 3 p. m.,
spokesman Susan Altrui said.
Hoffman was taken to UAMS Medical Center for treatment.
"They removed her finger down to the joint," Altrui said. "She did
not have to be hospitalized." Hoffman was feeding Naivasha inside a
barn, out of sight of zoo visitors.
"Jayne was feeding her treats

Gun group tours zoo carrying handguns
Idaho members of a group that advocates for the right to openly carry
handguns in public are turning heads by touring Zoo Boise while
packing guns on their hips.
Ten members of were allowed into the zoo Saturday after
some initial confusion at the entrance about whether it was legal to
bring an unconcealed handgun inside.
"Coming to the zoo was something we could do


Thermal camera's unique view of London Zoo
They may look like works of modern art but these images provide a
glimpse of how creatures use fur and feathers to conserve heat.
Hot-headed penguins, pelicans with glowing feet, cold nosed sloths
and cold-hearted flamingos are revealed in a selection of images
through the lens of a thermal camera that will provide keepers at
London Zoo with

First oxpecker breeding facility in SA
The National Zoological Gardens of South Africa in Mokopane on
Saturday unveiled its custom-designed oxpecker facility for the
breeding and relocating of the endangered Red-billed Oxpeckers.
In a statement the national zoo said, in the 1900's oxpecker numbers
were drastically reduced as a result of the use of dips to treat
livestock against tick infestations.
"As a result, many oxpeckers, whose main source of food is ticks,
were killed by the poison.
"According to the statement in January this year the zoo successfully
bred a Red-billed

Leopard on fast, worry for zoo staff
Tata Steel Zoological Society officials are worried and so are some
of the visitors. For, Varsha has fallen ill.
The nine-year-old leopard has stopped taking food over the past 15
days and is behaving abnormally.
The ferocity, once a trademark of the animal, is also missing and
this has disheartened many visitors, especially children.
Dhalbhum divisional forest officer A.T. Mishra visited the leopard
enclosure today. Mishra, also the district's wildlife warden, took
stock of the treatment the leopard was receiving and asked the zoo
officials to bring the animal out in the open.
As it came out, Varsha drank water from a bowl and stretched — which

Gorillas returned to wild by Kent millionaire
Three baby gorillas born in Kent have arrived safely in Africa to
begin new lives in the wild.
Kouki, Oudiki and Tiya left Howletts Wild Animal Park, near
Canterbury, and flew from Farnborough Airport courtesy of Sir Richard
Branson to the Gabon last week.
Amos Courage, overseas director of the Aspinall Foundation, which
runs Howletts and Port Lympne zoo, near Ashford, said the western
lowland gorillas had adapted quickly to their new surroundings.
Damian Aspinall, the millionaire son of John, who set up the
conservation charity, said: "They will be taken for walks every day
in the forest and in a few years they will be ready for life in the
"The foundation has reintroduced

Jail wildlife smugglers, DENR chief orders law enforcers
Environment Secretary Lito Atienza on Monday instructed wildlife law
enforcers to start jailing individuals involved in the illegal export
of wildlife in the country.
Atienza gave the order as he admitted that more than half of the
country's fauna are facing extinction due to man-made abuse of
natural resources, which includes smuggling.
The environment chief said it is about time that wildlife smugglers
face the full extent of the law since they are "actually stealing the
country's resources through their criminal activities."
Atienza said the country's rich bio-diversity made it a natural
target for wildlife smugglers.
"A wildlife smuggler has a slimmer chance of getting away if a law
enforcer has the knowledge and confidence to say that this species is
endangered or threatened with extinction during seizure operations.
Not only detection but sure knowledge can lead to faster arrest of
suspects," he said.
Last month, 60 wildlife law enforcers from the Department of
Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), the Philippine National
Police (PNP), Philippine Coast Guard (PCG), National Bureau of
Investigation (NBI), and the Bureau of

Chicago zoo has first flamingo eggs in 50 years
Officials at Lincoln Park Zoo are reporting the first laying of
flamingo eggs in at least five decades at the Chicago facility.
Ten eggs have been laid by the zoo's Chilean flamingos. Zoo officials
say the eggs should start to hatch in about two weeks.
But the zoo's general curator says she's not counting the flamingos
until they're hatched.
Zoo officials say records show the facility hasn't had flamingo,0,3928846.story

Gun Advocates Openly Carry Handguns At Zoo
Members of a club advocating open-carry policies for handguns raised
eyebrows when they visited a Boise, Idaho, zoo.
About 10 members of were allowed into the zoo after
front desk staffers determined there were no laws preventing the
group from openly carrying their guns inside the zoo, The (Boise)
Idaho Statesman reported Monday.
Group members said part of their

Zoo's Panda Population Drastically Reduced Following Earthquake in
Only seven pandas remain at China's most famous breeding center,
after a final group of 13 animals were transferred from the
earthquake-damaged facility, an official said Tuesday.
Most of the pandas at the Wolong Nature Reserve, tucked in the lush
mountains of Sichuan province, had already been moved following the
powerful May 12 quake that rattled Sichuan province and killed nearly
70,000 people.
The quake killed at least one panda and left the Wolong center
vulnerable to aftershocks and landslides.
The 13 giant pandas arrived at the Bifengxia Giant Panda Base in the
Sichuan province town of Ya'an on Monday night, said,2933,388682,00.html

Debate heats up over new home for Dallas Zoo's lone elephant
Fifteen minutes after KeKe the African elephant died in May, the
Dallas Zoo received its first fax imploring that Jenny, her lone
companion, be moved to an elephant sanctuary.
When zoo officials announced a month later she was headed to a
Mexican zoo instead, Dallas joined a growing national debate about
where elephants belong.
Now Jenny, a Dallas resident for 22 years, is in the center ring of a
circus involving national animal-rights groups, zoo

Parrot diplomacy
Having rescued Cuba with cheap oil, Venezuela is to be paid back in
SOON after Fidel Castro seized power in Cuba in 1959, goes an old
Cuban joke, the signs at the Havana zoo that read "Please do not feed
the animals" were changed to "Please do not take the animals' food".
When the Soviet Union crumbled and withdrew its aid to Cuba,
triggering the so-called "special period" that began in the early
1990s, times became even harder and the joke changed. The new signs,
so the story went, begged visitors not to eat the animals.
For those who lived through it, the special period was anything but
funny. Domestic cats disappeared from the streets and reappeared on
the dinner table. The zoo population thinned out. "The peacocks, the
buffalo and even the rhea [a South American bird that resembles an
ostrich] disappeared," says a Havana resident. "The hyaenas became
vegetarians, the zoo was depopulated and even the tigers had only
sweet potatoes and a bit of cassava to eat."
But while the old 26th Avenue Zoo in Havana was losing its animals,
the revolutionary authorities somehow maintained a safari park
outside the city. Captive breeding programmes for zebras and some
primates survived. And now the comrades in Venezuela, whose
president, Hugo Chávez, provides Cuba with a generous oil subsidy
that put an end to the special period, are to benefit from it.
The Caricuao zoo in Caracas, Venezuela's capital, is a shadow of its
former self. Its last giraffe, Napoleón, died 15 years ago. Ruperta,
the last elephant, has been alone for over two years. Gone are the
zebras, kangaroos and ostriches. Its director, Carlos Audrines,
attributes the decline more to a "crisis of management" than lack of
cash, like much else in Venezuela. But thanks to high oil prices and
revolutionary solidarity, plans are now a

Growing up in a zoo
June Williams has written her memoirs of growing up at Chester Zoo
which was founded by her father.

Oregon Zoo helping build up Western Pond Turtle population
Will be released into the wild in the Gorge
At one time there was only about 150 of the western pond turtles in
the Gifford Pinchot National Forest but that number is increasing
thanks to the Oregon Zoo. They keep the turtles under heat lamps to
help them grow before they are released. " This year we have 58 and
we believe 56 of those will go out, every year there are some that
don't make weight." says Amy Cutter at the Zoo who says the

Zoo decision delayed
The Zoo Northwest Florida asked the Santa Rosa County Commission this
morning to delay making a decision on possible funding for the Gulf
Breeze animal park.
Danyelle Lantz, executive director of the zoo, told commissioners she
would like them to wait until next month to decide whether to join a
tri-county governmental group that would provide $250,000 a year to
the financially-ailing zoo.
The 24-year-old, 50-acre zoo announced last year that it was $3
million in debt, largely due to expenses related to damage

Monkey deaths: Park bosses have no case to answer
ZOO bosses will not face prosecution after three snow monkeys were
killed during in-fighting by rival troupes at the Highland Wildlife
An animal welfare group had asked Northern Constabulary and Highland
Council to investigate the deaths of the Japanese Macaques which
occurred at the attraction owned by the Royal Zoological Society of
Scotland (RZSS) in Feburary, earlier this year.
A dozen snow monkeys arrived at the park near Kincraig just over a
year ago as part of plans by the RZSS to bring more exotic creatures
to the park and increase visitor numbers.
The arrival of a second troupe in the purpose-built enclosure is
being blamed for the deaths which animal welfare groups

Angela Hunt meddles in debate over Dallas Zoo's lone elephant
Angela Hunt has always been willing to go the extra mile in her
duties as a Dallas City Council member.
Now she has gone about 3,000 extra miles.
But I have to believe she has gone about 3,000 miles off track.
You can read the details of this brouhaha on But
briefly, Ms. Hunt believes the Dallas Zoo's elephant, Jenny, should
go to a sanctuary in Tennessee rather than a respected zoological
park in Mexico.
Or to put it more succinctly, Ms. Hunt believes she knows more than
the professionals hired to run the Dallas Zoo.
Give Ms. Hunt credit


Tiger Conservation - It's Time to Think Outside the Box

Death invades Dhaka Zoo
Death of two new inmates out of 29 brought in from Johannesburg,
South Africa last month has ruined the festive mood at Dhaka zoo in
It also raised questions whether the officials were prepared enough
to handle such large number of wild animals.
Two new inmates- a female oryx and a greater kudu- died while the
others are still having hard time to adapt to their new home.
The oryx died last Tuesday while the greater kudu had its last breath
in quarantine. Also on Tuesday a common eland got one of its horns
fractured when the zoo officials were trying to remove the safety
cap. Meanwhile another greater kudu fell sick a few days ago.
Oryx, common eland and greater kudu belong to the antelope family and
found in Africa.
Officials at the zoo said the oryx died of hemorrhage after she hurt
herself inside the cage.
Dr Aminur Rahman, curator of the zoo said, "The newly brought
animals, especially the antelopes, are having hard time coping with
the new environment. Any animal

Anacondas attract record income for Dehiwela Zoo
The National Zoological Park, Dehiwela earned a record income of over
one million rupees during the past four days following the display of
new born anacondas.
Over 60,000 locals and foreigners visited the Zoological Park during
the period commencing from July 15.National Zoological Park, Director
Dhammika Malsinghe told the Sunday Observer that this was the first
occasion that a record number of people had visited the Zoological
Park after the bomb blast that occurred inside the park a few months
She said security was strengthened inside the premises following the
incident and the number of visitors had improved sharply since then.
The green anaconda couple who was brought to Sri Lanka

Showdown at Toronto Zoo
Controversial CEO given power to sever ties with foundation just as
$250M campaign starts
Just as the Toronto Zoo is about to embark on a $250 million
expansion campaign, the board may end a long-standing relationship
with its fundraising arm.
In an unusual move yesterday, the zoo's management board voted 6-2 to
authorize chief executive officer Calvin White to sever the zoo's
agreement with the Toronto Zoo Foundation if talks fail. It gives
White the final say, and not the board, which is made up of city
councillors and citizen members.
It's yet another controversy for the zoo and its chief executive, who
went on a sudden leave in December and was the subject of a proposed
hefty severance package.
A three-member subcommittee was struck to look into it and one member
refused to sign a proposal to give White a package that included two
years' salary. In 2007, White earned more than $220,000 in salary and
benefits. At a January board

Newest Ape Trust residents include 'celeb' orang
The Great Ape Trust of Iowa has two new residents and six others are
on their way to the research facility which studies the
communication, cultural behavior and tool use of great apes.
You've probably seen one of the orangutans who moved to Des Moines --
Rocky. The 3-year-old has appeared next to Fergie and Nicollette
Sheridan in videos and magazine advertisements. Arguably, he's the
highest-profile orangutan in the country today.
"If you've seen an orangutan in a commercial lately, it was probably
Rocky," said ape trust spokesman Al Setka. Rocky appeared in Elle
magazine's July 2007 Music Edition along with Fergie of the Black
Eyed Peas. He played an insurance adjuster in an Aflac ad. And, for
Capital One's credit card operation, he appears after a female actor
kisses a frog, revealing Rocky, who appears to be wearing a tiara.
"Our program is ready to

£70m park will be animal Eden
Thursday, July 17, 2008
Britain's first safari park with a tropical swamp, desert plain and
coral reef is to be built in a £70million plan for the animal
equivalent of the Eden Project, it was announced yesterday.
The National Wildlife Conservation Park, to be built on the outskirts
of Bristol, will recreate threatened ecosystems and feature

Alert as cheetah tries to escape from zoo
Wild cat is fast but not fast enough for keepers
A cheetah tried to bolt from its enclosure at Whipsnade Zoo but only
managed to jump one fence during the drama.
The incident happened on a Sunday morning at 8.30am, before Whipsnade
Zoo had opened its gates.
Staff acted quickly and the animal was back inside its Cheetah Rock
enclosure within minutes.
A spokesperson for the zoo confirmed the incident.
She said: 'A cheetah at the zoo breached the inner fence of its
'The animal was not able to breach the exte

In primates, sometimes the female is dominant
In findings that could also hold true for humans, researchers have
found that among monkeys and other primates males typically bully
females, but when males outnumber females they often prove to be the
dominant sex.
Monkeys live in pecking orders where the most aggressive rule, and
they have to battle for their place in this hierarchy every day. As
male primates are usually larger than females, it comes as no
surprise they rank above females in many primate species.
However, there are times when females triumph as the dominant sex
among primates — lemurs in Madagascar, for instance, or with
To help unravel the mystery of this female dominance, scientists in
the Netherlands and their colleagues generated a virtual realm they

5 Patas monkeys still on the loose
Who knew monkeys could be this elusive?
Three months after a group of 15 Patas monkeys escaped from a private
wildlife sanctuary in Polk County, one-third of the fugitive primates
remain at large, and state officials say it is anyone's guess as to
when they will be captured.
But they say there is hope. Five more of the monkeys have been
captured in the last month, the Florida Fish and Wildlife
Conservation Commission confirmed Thursday. A mother and a baby were
caught in May, and trappers last month nabbed three others a few
miles away from where they escaped.
Trappers are still looking for the remaining five escapees in the
Green Swamp area, about 2 to

Elephants return to Buffalo after renovations to their home
Elephants Buki, Surapa and Jothi are back in Buffalo.
The Buffalo Zoo's three female Asian elephants were in Columbus Zoo
and Aquarium in Powell, Ohio, for three months while the 1912
Elephant House was renovated.
"We are very excited to welcome Buki, Surapa and Jothi back home,"
Donna M. Fernandes, Buffalo Zoo president and CEO, said in a
statement. "The elephants are favorites within the Western New York
commumnity, and we appreciate the support of so many people who
helped us raise the necessary funds to renovate the Elephant House."
The repairs were mandated by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums
after a November 2006 visit found inadequate indoor space. The
elephants' holding area is being increased from 1,050 square feet to
1,800 square feet.
Upgrades have also been made in heating, ventilation, electrical,

Last-Ditch Resort: Move Polar Bears to Antarctica?
If the most dire climate predictions come to pass, the Arctic ice cap
will melt entirely, and polar bears could face extinction.
So why not pack a few off to Antarctica, where the sea ice will never
run out?
It may seem like a preposterous question. But polar bears are just
the tip of the "assisted colonization" iceberg. Other possibilities:
moving African big game to the American Great Plains, or airlifting
endangered species from one mountaintop to another as climate zones
"It's a showdown. The impacts of climate change on animals have
become apparent. And it's time to decide whether we're going to do
something," said Notre Dame ecologist Jessica Hellmann, co-author of
an influential 2007 Conservation Biology paper (.pdf). "Reducing CO2
is vital, but we might have to step in and intervene."
Once dismissed as wrongheaded and dangerous, assisted colonization --
rescuing vanishing species by moving them someplace new -- is now
being discussed by serious conservationists. And no wonder: Caught
between climate change and human pressure, species are going extinct
100 times faster than at any point in human history.
And some scientists say that figure is too conservative. The real
extinction rate, they say, is a full 1,000 times higher than normal.
The last time such annihilat

Hogle Zoo: County Council's bond conditions unfair
The Hogle Zoo in Salt Lake City has a tiger by the tail. Make that
two tigers.
In today's grisly economy - bear market, stagflation, etc. - it will
be hard enough to convince the Salt Lake County electorate to vote
for a tax increase to fund a $65 million bond issue for improvements
at the 77-year-old animal park.
But the stipulation imposed by the County Council this week in
placing the proposal on the November ballot - the zoo must raise its
$20 million share in private donations before the bonds are issued -
may prove to be an albatross.
Zoo officials had hoped to use bond money to launch the improvements
while continuing their capital campaign, which has netted $7.3

Pygmy jumbos collared
Three Borneo pygmy elephants in Kinabatangan were fitted with
satellite collars last week, marking the start of an inaugural study
on the social structure of the elephants.
Danau Girang Field Centre conservation biologist Nurzhafarina Othman
said that studies on the genetic aspects of the elephant had been
carried out but their social structure was virtually unknown.
"The collaring of the elephants will ease our access to them. The
bulk of the study will be done through fieldwork with

SF Considers Turning Zoo Into Animal Sanctuary
The hearing room on the second floor was packed with people who are
passionate about animals at the San Francisco Zoo.
"Children in America think chimpanzees are not in danger. Why is
that? They see them on tv. We can show them chimps are endangered.
People will open their wallets and provide more money they've ever
The majority of the people at the meeting would like the zoo to be
turned into an animal sanctuary.
Supervisor Chris Daly is sponsoring the legislation.
"There's a lot of big money behind the zoo," he said. "They have
their vision that's not what's best for the animals."
Members of the animal control and welfare commission and a group
called In Defense of Animals believe what's best for the animals is a
natural habitat and more freedom to feel like they live in the wild.
They said believe

Opponents seek compromise on S.F. Zoo's future
Animal rights advocates, city leaders and San Francisco Zoo officials
plan to meet and work out their differences on a controversial
proposal to make the zoo into a rescue facility and create a new
oversight body for the troubled institution.
That decision followed a packed, four-hour City Hall hearing on the
plan, which was proposed by Supervisor Chris Daly but crafted by
animal rights advocates, most notably In Defense of Animals, a Bay
Area group.
The zoo, which needs millions of dollars of upgrades to its animal
exhibits, is owned by the city but has been operated for the past 15
years by the nonprofit Zoological Society - an organization some
critics have accused of being secretive.
Thursday's hearing attracted dozens of members of

Scots girl left needing emergency surgery after being bitten by lion
in New Zealand
A STUDENT needed emergency surgery after being bitten by a lion
during a gap year trip.
Lisa Baxter was working in a safari park in New Zealand when the
African white lion sunk its teeth into her hands.
The 19-year-old knew that if she screamed she might wake the rest of
the pack.
So Lisa calmly patted the lion's nose and freed herself before
calling for help from colleagues.
She said: "If the others in the pack weren't sleeping, I might not
have made it home to tell the story.
"So thank God they all stayed asleep."
Lisa was whisked to hospital where doctors put 13 stitches in her
They were concerned that the wounds were so wide, so they

Paradise lost
A report released by an animal welfare group alleges illegal trading
of big cats at the Tiger Temple in Thailand.
IT was touted as a paradise for man and beast – a rare place where
both live in harmony. The stirring visual of a Buddhist monk clad in
saffron robe walking with a big cat captivated millions around the
Many flocked to Wat Pa Luangta Bua Yannasampanno in Thailand to see
for themselves how tigers which have been orphaned, rescued or
donated to the temple are looked after, to be ultimately released
into the wild.
But this conservation facade of the monastery in Kanchanaburi
province, 322km north of Bangkok, has crumbled under the weight of a
damning report released late last month by UK-based

Biodiversity: Some species could be wiped out 100 times faster than
feared, say researchers· Calculations of risk found to be seriously
Endangered species could become extinct 100 times faster than
previously thought, scientists warned yesterday in a bleak
reassessment of the threats to global biodiversity. They say methods
used to predict when species will die out are seriously flawed and
dramatically underestimate the speed at which some will disappear.
The findings, presented in the journal Nature, suggest that animals
such as the western gorilla, the Sumatran tiger and Malayan sun bear,
the smallest of the bear family, may become extinct much sooner than
conservationists had feared.
Ecologists Brett Melbourne, at the University of Colorado at Boulder,
and Alan Hastings at the University of California, Davis said
conservation organisations should use updated extinction models to
urgently re-evaluate the risks to wildlife. "Some species could have
months instead of years left, while other species that haven't even
been identified as under threat yet should be listed as endangered,"
said Melbourne.
The warning has particular implications for the International Union
for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), which


Wild Animal Park reveals its feces facts
Doo doo. Dookie. Lincoln logs. Prairie pancakes.
From clever to crude, a litany of terms exist to describe the
byproduct of human and animal digestion.
But no euphemism can mask the huge problem of what to do with the
fetid waste created by more than 3,500 mammals, birds and reptiles at
the Wild Animal Park near Escondido.
As part of its summer Park at Dark program, curators have created a
show that engages children and adults in a discussion of how the park
disposes of more than 6,000 pounds of daily dung — two and a half
dump trucks worth coming from the zoo's African elephants.
During a recent performance of "The Poop Show," Escondido performer
Ellyn Hae, decked out as Mother Nature, weighed children in the
audience. The result was 1,463 pounds — less than one-third the
weight of all feces removed each day from animal enclosures at the
"Yes, poop is a problem," Hae concluded, asking the audience to name
an animal that doesn't leave behind some evidence of its lunch.
"Birds," one child suggested.
"They combine their urine with their poop into one big splay," Hae
"Frogs?" another child asked. Then, "Penguins?" "Flies?"
They all relieve themselves in some way, Hae said.
The naked mole rat at least attempts to cover its tracks, creating
toilet chambers in the ground to bury its waste, she said.
Young audience members got to see and smell sample droppings from
animals at the park, including lions, elephants, goats and giraffes.
Though elephants eat about 100 pounds of food per day, they produce
300 pounds of dung, Hae said. The extra mass is created by the 40
gallons of water the 4-ton creatures suck up each day.
During night shows, Hae places elephant dung in a jar and lights the
flammable fumes to illustrate

Fears that UK will bow to China in vote to ease ban on ivory
The Government will be coming under pressure today to take a stand
against a renewed international ivory trade by opposing the attempt
by China to become a licensed ivory buyer.
Britain has a vote on the Chinese application, to be heard by a UN
committee in Geneva tomorrow but has so far not made its voting
intentions clear. Environmentalists and an increasing number of
politicians suspect that Britain is fearful of getting into an
international row with China and does not intend to oppose it. But
they warn that if China's application does go through, it will pose a
new and dire threat to the survival of African and Asian elephants.
They say that massive new Chinese demand for ivory will give a huge
boost to the illegal trade, which is supplied by poachers, and are
demanding that Britain must cast its vote against the application.
The legal ivory trade was banned in 1989 by the Convention on
International Trade in Endangered Species (Cites) after African
elephant populations plummeted by more than half at the hands of
poachers, from 1.3 million to 625,000, in a single decade.
However, in a move aggressively led by Zimbabwe's Robert Mugabe, a
hole was made in the ban in 1997 when four southern African
countries – Zimbabwe, South Africa, Botswana and Namibia – were given
permission to auction ivory from elephants that had died of natural
At the first auction in 1999, only Japan was deemed to have enough
safeguards against illegal trading to be allowed to bid, and China
was excluded. A seco


Elephant Man (Peter's comment - Nice story)
Chris Dulong wakes up in the country and spends the day on the
savannah. On this Friday morning in late June, he rises before dawn
and takes his two Labrador retrievers out for a bit before leaving
for work. His home is north of Port Perry, and he drives for 45
minutes through a series of back roads until he reaches Scarborough
and his job at the Toronto Zoo.
He changes into his uniform on arrival: a khaki shirt and pants,
along with tan workboots. A set of keys jangles from his belt, and a
walkie-talkie chirps non-stop like one of the zoo's tropical birds.
He then heads to the library to check his e-mail, before attending
the morning briefing with his fellow keepers.
A green John Deere Gator shuttles him on a brief journey through the
zoo, which encompasses 710 acres in the Rouge valley, on twisting
employee-only paths and public walkways, past abandoned monorail
stations and a makeshift Serengeti bush camp, where the public can
sleep overnight. He is heading toward the African Savannah exhibit.
Even at this early hour, one can spot a lone zebra grazing, while
nearby an ostrich sticks its sleek, elongated neck into the air like
an antenna.
It's a little after 7 a.m. when Dulong, 36, and fellow employee
Ashley Kirk, 25, arrive at their destination - a large, greyish
structure at the top of a small hill. It's not a pretty building;
utilitarian is an apt description. It looks like it could survive a
nuclear strike. There's a reason it's so fortified: In the adjoining
two-acre enclosure, waiting for breakfast, stand six African
One crowds the fence, sticking her trunk through the gaps and
snatching the grass. One farts, while another urinates, producing a
stream so forceful it turns the dirt at her feet into a river of mud.
Two are lined up at the door, impatient to eat, enforcing the
stereotype that elephants never forget. But there is no chance of
them breaking it down to get in.
"It's very Jurassic Park-like," Dulong expla

Happy Birthday, Tai Shan!
The National Zoo's beloved giant panda Tai Shan celebrated his third
birthday today with a special popsicle filled with frozen bamboo
leaves. The cub's other birthday present was a fruitcicle made of
water and gelatin in the shape of a three.
The roly-poly panda was born to parents Mei Xiang and Tian Tian July
9, 2005. The cub is the first surviving panda born at the National
Zoo in its 119-year history.
The happy family may soon get bigger if Mei Xiang bears another

Pair want to save 'rare' bonobo
Two UK animal experts have joined forces with a sanctuary in Africa
in a campaign to help ensure the future of a rare ape.
Twycross Zoo's Suzanne Boardman and conservationist Claire Pipe are
setting up links with a bonobo sanctuary in the Democratic Republic
of Congo.
The bonobo is only found in the wild in an area south of the Congo
River, but a dozen of them are also at Twycross Zoo. "It is an
important species and no one has heard of it," Ms Boardman said.
"It could disappear and people in the UK wouldn't even notice."
The pair set up links with the world's only b

Smuggled owl secretly kept at SF Zoo
It is not uncommon for the federal government to put someone in a
witness protection program, but how about an animal? Well, that's
exactly what happened to an owl at the San Francisco Zoo. Sometimes,
the best place to hide a secret is right out in the open.
She's a Eurasian eagle owl named Athena and she has been at the zoo
for almost three years. You'd think she was just another attraction
at the San Francisco Zoo, but she was, in fact, a piece of federal
"With the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, we see a lot of strange
cases. You kind of throw out the boo

Two bears kill visitor at zoo in Ukraine - TV
Two bears killed a visitor at a zoo in southern Ukraine after the man
tried to make a photo together with the animals, the Ukrainian TV
channel 5 reported on Sunday.
The tragedy occurred in the morning of July 13 when a drunken man
came to the open air cage and tried to make a photo with the brown
bears but fell into the cage and lost consciousness, the TV channel
said, citing

Plovdiv Mayor Moves to Modernize City Zoo over Awful Condition
The Mayor of Bulgaria's second largest city of Plovdiv Slavcho
Atanasov announced Friday he was going to insist that the City
Council allocated BGN 300 000 for the emergency modernization of the
Plovdiv Zoo.
The Mayor said he had recently visited the zoo, and had been
terrified by the awful conditions there.
He vowed to start a large-scale reconstruction of the facility as
soon as the requested funds were provided.
Atanasov promised that new, better, and larger cages would be built,
including some with floor heating for certain types of animals.
The Manager of the Plovdiv

Dolphin with no tail fitted for new fin
A dolphin at a Florida rescue center was sized up for a new
prosthetic fin designed to allow her to swim with more flexibility,
marine experts say.
The 3-year-old dolphin, Winter, was measured Saturday at Clearwater
Marine Aquarium, the Tampa (Fla.) Tribune reported.
Experts at Hanger Prosthetics & Orthotics are constructing a new cast
of Winter's peduncle, which is located between her fluke and dorsal
fin, the newspaper said.
Experts said Winter has received several prosthetic tails since she
was rescued from a crab trap three years ago when her tail was
Winter's new tail will be constructed with an advanced

Pixie Geldof seeks a job ...saving sharks
While PETA is anxious about the future of Liz's beasts, 17-year-old
Pixie Geldof is busy trying to protect somewhat scarier members of
the animal kingdom.
`I've written to a shark conservation centre in South Africa to ask
for a job,' she tells me.
`I really care about sharks and they've got such an unfair

The zoo: Where guilt walks with pleasure (Peter's comment - I have
never been to Toronto..I hope those with brains that have will fill
in the requested comments at the end of this on link)
They just seem far too human, with their sad, bored, broken eyes,
picking through each other's hair, lounging in each other's embraces,
with nothing to bother them and nothing to hope for.
In the second of our summer essays on Toronto tourist hotspots,
author Stephen Marche visits the zoo. He describes it as a wonderland
for children, but for adults, it's a haunted house of future ghosts.
Of all the family fun trips in Toronto, the zoo divides the family
most. Every age group loves Centre Island – in the right spirit
anyone can have a good time spinning around on a carousel or riding a
silly little train or trying to catch small stuffed dolphins with a
fishing hook. Fathers and sons and mothers and daughters share the
glee at the water park or Canada's Wonderland, too, provided the
parents can endure the exhaustion.
Looking at a tiger behind a cage, however, is an entirely different
experience for a 3-year-old and a 30-year-old, and it's a difference
not of quality but of kind.
Zoos today are built mainly for children, of course. The Toronto Zoo
has a kid water paradise attached to it, called the Splash Zone, and
a family could easily spend a happy day there without ever seeing an
If you forgot that one vital extra diaper while you were packing the
car, you're not going to have to take three steps to find someone to
beg for a replacement.
Even the young couples without kids are at the zoo

$10M LAWSUIT IN ZOO ORDEAL (Peter's comment - Oh my gosh... I'm
surprised their mothers let them out alone.)
A man and his pregnant fiancée are demanding $10 million from the
Bronx Zoo after being stuck on a cable car for five hours above fang-
baring, flesh-eating baboons.
"They didn't know if they were going to live or die," said lawyer
Adam Shapiro, who filed the lawsuit yesterday.
Damien Foster and Nandi Taylor say

White lions settle in Quebec zoo to breed (Peter's comment - White!
Are they serious? Come on, get real!)
A popular zoo in Quebec's Eastern Townships is hosting a rare pride
of white lions that conservationists hope to breed in captivity to
fend off the threat of extinction.
Three South African-born lions – two females and one male – arrived
at Parc Safari in Hemmingford in early May, but spent several weeks
in quarantine acclimatizing to their new surroundings before being
introduced to the public.
There are only 200 to 300 white lions left in captivity, according to
the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve in South Africa.
They are widely regarded as divine and sacred because of their
unusual colouring.
But their white coats also make them exceptionally valuable to game
hunters on the black market, which is believed to have contributed to
their extinction in the wild.
They were brought to Hemmingford to breed with a resident lio

National park opens care center for rare primates
The center, located on Tien Island in the middle of the Dong Nai
River, aims to care for rare primates which are caught and kept
illegally in the south of Vietnam before putting them back into the
The center was built with financial aid of some VND

Zoo has no idea what killed rays
The Calgary Zoo still has no answer on what killed 40 cownose rays
and will have to make a decision on whether or not to continue
awaiting a lab's report on the cause of death.
In May, the rays died inexplicably months after the opening of a new
hands-on exhibit.
Spokeswoman Laurie Herron said the exhibit's future is still up in
the air. The zoo will have to decide whether to get more

Aquarium at Dubai Mall to open in August
The Dubai Aquarium at the new Dubai Mall is set to open to the public
on August 28, coinciding with the opening of the mall.
The aquarium will showcase one of the most diverse collections of
marine life worldwide, according to mall officials. With one of the
largest tanks in the world at 51 metres by 20 metres by 11 metres,
the aquarium will feature the world's largest viewing panel, which
will be 32.8 metres wide and 8.3 metres high.
The facility, built by Oceanis Australia Group, has a capacity to
hold 10 million litres of water and will be completely illuminated.
The aquarium is built in the centre of the mall and is flanked by two
acrylic tunnels that offer views of the diverse marine life within it.
Special acrylic has also been used to build the world's largest
indoor marine mammal pavilion at the mall. Though glass is
traditionally used for aquaria, acrylic has proven to be stronger and
lighter, with acrylic-soluble cement used to fuse the material
together, allowing for the formation of unusual shapes.
"Glass is not used in the building of modern aquariums. An acrylic
plastic is bonded together to create the windows in the mall's
aquarium and the Discovery Centre. Acrylic is extremely strong and
can be manipulated into a variety of sh

Safari Park being given a Rs 7.5m facelift
The CDGK allocated Rs.7.5 million to uplift facilities at Safari Park
in Gulshan-e-Iqbal.
Improvement at Ellipse Lake and construction of toilets will each
cost Rs 2 million. Work at the hill area includes fixing of benches,
construction of the mountain slide area, conversion of the existing
pool, into a paddle boating pool, all at Rs.1.9 million. Work

Video Shows Man Taunting Jaguar at OKC Zoo
A man has posted on the Internet a video of himself taunting a jaguar
at the Oklahoma City Zoo after climbing over a protective fence.
The nine-second video shows the man putting his finger through a
chain link fence inside the protective fence and the jaguar lunging
at it.
Zoo spokeswoman Tara Henson says zoo officials have reported the
incident to the city attorney.
Henson says the man put himself and the cat in danger and could've
lost a finger

Hippo bites hand of Denver Zoo employee
A Denver Zoo employee is recovering from a minor puncture wound after
a hippopotamus closed its mouth on the worker's hand during a
training exercise.
The unidentified staffer was working with a 5-year-old male hippo
named Mahali when the accident occurred Monday.
Zoo officials say the Mahali had been undergoing training on how to
keep its mouth open for teeth cleanings and dental exams. For unknown
reasons, the hippo closed its mouth while

Curlew lays world-first egg in Darwin
It might not be a golden egg but scientists from a Darwin wildlife
park say they gambled - and struck it big.
In a world first, a Beach-stone Curlew (Esacus neglectus) -- which is
endangered on the east coast of Australia -- has laid an egg in
Territory Wildlife Park (TWP) assistant curator Damien Stanioch said
three chicks were collected for a breeding program in 2006.
The two males and one female were the first of their kind to be bred
outside of the wild and Mr Stanioch said the fussy nesters had
presented a real risk.
"It was a bit of a gamble taking the chicks from the wild as we had
concerns about whether they would eventually breed in captivity," Mr
Stanioch said.
"We (also) wanted to ensure they

Rehabed orphan bear cubs released into the B.C. wild in world first
For two hours orphaned grizzly cubs Suzie and Johnny tested their new-
found freedom with curiosity and trepidation.
Raised in captivity and released Saturday northeast of Prince George
near the Parsnip River, the grizzlies stepped from a cylindrical
steel cage into a logging clearcut.
Black bears released back into the wild often scoot away into the
forest, but not these 1.5-year-old grizzlies -- raised at the
Northern Lights Wildlife Society rehab facility in

by at least another 10,000 orangutans, which will
be killed or captured during the next five years.
Add to this, millions of majestic trees, home to tens
of thousands of birds, an incalculable number of
other wildlife species and you have an
environmental disaster on an apocalyptic

Orangutan Populations Declining Sharply
Orangutan numbers have declined sharply on the only two islands where
they still live in the wild and they could become the first great ape
species to go extinct if urgent action isn't taken, a new study says.
The declines in Indonesia and Malaysia since 2004 are mostly because
of illegal logging and the expansion of palm oil plantations, Serge
Wich, a scientist at the Great Ape Trust in Iowa, said on Saturday.
The orangutan, which means "man of the forest," is known for its
The survey found the orangutan population on Indonesia's Sumatra
island dropped almost 14 percent since 2004, Wich said. It also

16 stingrays in Brookfield Zoo exhibit killed
Water in fish tank gets too hot for them to handle
Sixteen of 32 stingrays at an exhibit at Brookfield Zoo were killed
when a malfunctioning water heater raised the temperature in their
16,000 gallon tank to unsafe levels.
However, nurse sharks, bamboo sharks and horseshoe crabs that shared
the tank with the stingrays were unharmed, and the temperature of the
tank is now being carefully monitored, said zoo spokesman Sondra
She said the incident occurred,CST-NWS-stingray16.article

Female spider monkey adopts rat as offspring in Mexican zoo
A female spider monkey has adopted as its offspring a Syrian rat at a
zoo in the eastern Mexican city of Veracruz, in a behaviour that
experts have termed a 'psychological maternity' derived from hormonal
disorders, Mexican media reported Wednesday.
Photographs published in the daily La Jornada show the monkey named
Pancha with the little rat in its arms. The

Zoo shuts as council staff strike over pay
STRIKE action by council workers has forced Belfast Zoo - one of the
north's leading tourist attractions - to close for the next two days.

Zoo steps up efforts to protect the animals
With the UAE witnessing temperatures above 50 degrees for the past
couple of days, Dubai Zoo has stepped up its efforts to protect the
animals from the sweltering heat.
A senior zoo official, Saleh Al Najjar, told Khaleej Times that more
than 50,000 gallons of water was being sprayed each day in the zoo
and also on the animals in a bid to keep them and the area cool. The
Dubai Zoo houses nearly 800 animals.
"The water is being sprayed on the animals and on the concrete ground
round the clock in order to keep the place and the animals cool.
Also, strong air-conditioners have been installed in the cages of
apes and reptiles. Moreover, there are enough shaded areas inside the
many cages where the animals can take shelter. The cages for bears,
wolves and lions have been provided with extra shaded areas as well,"
he said.
Al Najjar added that the zoo keepers were regularly checking the
temperature of the water in the small ponds situated in the bear and
lion enclosures.
"The water temperature is being checked round the clock, particularly
between 11am and 3pm. Huge ice slabs are being placed in these ponds
everyday so that water stays cool for the animals.


Study: Orangutan populations declining sharply
Orangutan numbers have declined sharply on the only two islands where
they still live in the wild and they could become the first great ape
species to go extinct if urgent action isn't taken, a new study says.
The declines in Indonesia and Malaysia since 2004 are mostly because
of illegal logging and the expansion of palm oil plantations, Serge
Wich, a scientist at the Great Ape Trust in Iowa, said on Saturday.
The survey found the orangutan population on Indonesia's Sumatra
island dropped almost 14 percent since 2004, Wich said. It also
concluded that the populations on Borneo island, which is shared by
Malaysia, Brunei and Indonesia, have fallen by 10 percent.
Researchers only surveyed areas of Borneo that are in Indonesia and
In their study, Wich and his 15 colleagues said the declines in
Borneo were occurring at an "alarming rate" but that they were most
concerned about Sumatra, where the numbers show the population is
in "rapid decline."
"Unless extraordinary efforts are made soon, it could become the
first great ape species to go extinct," researchers wrote.
The number of orangutans on Sumatra has fallen


Zoo sightseers left dangling 30m above baboon pit in cable car
Sightseers at New York's Bronx zoo were left dangling 30 metres above
a baboon enclosure for nearly five hours last night after a cable car
jammed and shut down the entire system.
The Skyfari, which gives passengers an aerial view of the butterfly
garden, baboon habitat and part of an African plains exhibit - where
lions prowl - broke down when a gondola wheel went out of alignment.
The failure left 37 people stranded as 14 cars dangled in the air
above the zoo.
Firefighters and police used a crane to rescue a 14-year-old girl,
her mother and another adult relative who were pulled from the
swinging gondola after three hours.
Officials restarted the system four and a half hours later, allowing
the journey to continue so the other passengers

Zoos in battle over Knut the polar bear's riches (I hope everyone is
watching this debacle and learning from it...Peter's Note)
He was the polar bear cub lauded the world over, who provoked fierce
debate on animal rights, appeared on the cover of Vanity Fair
magazine at the height of his fame, and has latterly been diagnosed
as being addicted to human laughter and applause.
However, the latest twist in the Knut saga is, not surprisingly,
centred around money – and precisely who has the rights to the Knut
A legal battle between two zoos has begun in Berlin, with the
Neumuenster zoo in northern Germany claiming it is due a slice of the
Knut millions because the polar bear's father, Lars, resides there
and, as such, it is the legal owner of Lars's first offspring.
Knut himself lives in Berlin zoo, where he is thought to have been
the cause of a €5m (£4m) increase in revenue last year. Visitor
numbers rose by 30%, making it the most successful year in the zoo's
163-year history.
Neumuenster zoo says that when the polar bear cub was born in 2006 a
deal was made with the Berlin zoo over

Minnesota Zoo reports highest attendance in nine years
The Minnesota Trail and Russia's Grizzly Coast draw in the most
visitors in nine years.
The Minnesota Zoo had its highest attendance in nine years, drawing
more than 1.162 million visitors for the fiscal year that ended June
Memberships hit a new record, with 36,538 households representing
more than 150,000 people.
Zoo officials attribute the jump in attendance and membership to last
year's renovations to the Medtronic Minnesota Trail and its new $23.5
million "Russia's Grizzly Coast" exhibit, which opened June 7.
The blockbuster exhibit

Wildlife park's founder condemns policy
Concern over exotic species plans as complaint prompts animal deaths
A HIGHLAND wildlife park, under investigation following the deaths of
three Japanese snow monkeys, should drop plans to add two giant
pandas to its collection, according to its founder.
The Royal Zoological Society of Scotland, which now owns the park at
Kincraig, near Kingussie, has defended its record of care following
the deaths of the macaques in February and the brief escape of
another last weekend.
Police are investigating a complaint from the charity Animal Concern
Advice Line (ACAL).
A Highland Council environmental health officer and independent vet
are to visit the park in response to the concerns of both ACAL and
another charity, Advocates for Animals.
The first of three troops of macaques was introduced
Zoologist Eddie Orbell...He said: "It'll be the death knell for them.
I don't think there's any European zoo which has been able to keep a
giant panda alive. (Duhhhh???....Peter's exclamation!)

Tiffany, zoo's lowland gorilla, turning 40
A resident of the Topeka Zoo is turning 40 this year, and all are
invited to her birthday party from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 19.
Tiffany, the first female lowland gorilla at the zoo, came from
Kansas City Zoo in 1969, where she was born on July 15, 1968. Tiffany
shares her habitat with M`Bili, the Topeka Zoo's 16-year-old male who
came from San Diego Wild Animal Park in 2001.
At the July 19 party, visitors will see Tiffany enjoy her own special
birthday cake. Hy-Vee is providing cake for zoo visitors

Little Rock Zoo welcomes new black rhino, Navasha
Johari, a black rhinoceros, has a new friend at the Little Rock Zoo.
The zoo announced Wednesday that it's received Navasha, a 26-year-old
female black rhino from the Lincoln Park Zoo. Navasha was transferred
to Little Rock after a recommendation from the Species Survival Plan,
which deals with endangered species at accredited U.S. zoos. The
program recommended that Navasha be a companion to 13-year-old
Johari, who's been in Little Rock since 1996.
The pair has not yet met officially, though both

Michaela Strachan visits South Lakes Wild Animal Park
IT was lights, camera, action at South Lakes Wild Animal Park
yesterday as camera crews took over the zoo to film for a television
The series tours the country filming new-born animals as they
familiarise themselves with the world around them.
Celebrity wildlife fanatic Michaela Strachan visited the animal park
yesterday to get up close and personal and film the finishing touches
to the hour-long programme, due to be broadcast on August 11.
The park's education and marketing manager Karen Brewer said: "The
film crew have been with us here filming various births and also
filming the baby animals and how they are coping


Attitudes Toward Consumption and Conservation of Tigers in China
A heated debate has recently emerged between tiger farmers and
conservationists about the potential consequences of lifting the ban
on trade in farmed tiger products in China. This debate has caused
unfounded speculation about the extent of the potential market for
tiger products. To fill this knowledge gap, we surveyed 1880
residents from a total of six Chinese cities to understand Urban
Chinese tiger consumption behavior, knowledge of trade issues and
attitudes towards tiger conservation. We found that 43% of
respondents had consumed some product alleged to contain tiger parts.
Within this user-group, 71% said that they preferred wild products
over farmed ones. The two predominant products used were tiger bone
plasters (38%) and tiger bone wine (6.4%). 88% of respondents knew
that it was illegal to buy or sell tiger products, and 93% agreed
that a ban in trade of tiger parts was necessary to conserve wild
tigers. These results indicate that while Urban Chinese people are
generally supportive of tiger conservation, there is a huge residual
demand for tiger products that could resurge if the ban on trade in
tiger parts is lifted in China. We suspect that the current supply of
the market is predominantly met by fakes or substitutes branded as
tiger medicines, but not listing tiger as an ingredient. We suggest
that the Traditional Chinese Medicine community should consider re-
branding these products as bone-healing medicines in order to reduce
the residual demand for real tiger parts over the long-term. The
lifting of the current ban on trade in farmed tiger parts may cause a
surge in demand for wild tiger parts that consumers say are better.
Because of the low input costs associated with poaching, wild-sourced
parts would consistently undercut the prices of farmed tigers that
could easily be laundered on a legal market. We therefore recommend
that the Chinese authorities maintain the ban on trade in tiger
parts, and work to improve the enforcement of the existing ban.

30 sharks arrive to Dubai Aquarium at The Dubai Mall
Dubai Aquarium at The Dubai Mall now hosts the first batch of 30 Sand
Tiger sharks, which were delivered under the stringent supervision of
the Oceanis Australia Group in line with international best practices.
Dubai Aquarium, one of the largest indoor aquariums in the world,
will open to the public on August 28, 2008, alongside the mall
opening. Developed by Emaar Malls Group, The Dubai Mall is one of the
largest shopping and entertainment destinations in the world and will
feature over 1,200 retail stores and over 120 restaurants and cafes.
The Sand Tiger sharks form part of the 33,000 expected population of
aquatic animals in Dubai Aquarium. Also known as Grey Nurse

Wildlife groups call for Asian effort to save pangolins
Wildlife groups fear the pangolin, once common across Asia, is being
systematically wiped out and could become extinct unless governments
do more to stop poaching, they said in a published report on
Citing China's appetite for exotic meats, Chris Shepherd, senior
programme officer with Traffic South-East Asia, said the
mammals "could become extinct at any time because captive breeding is
"They are one of the most heavily traded species in Asia despite a
complete ban," The Straits Times quoted Shepherd as saying.
Pangolins are anteaters with small heads and long, broad tails.
Scales cover their skins.
Government representatives, educators and scientists gathered in
Singapore for a three-day workshop on ways to save the pangolin.
Poachers have expanded their hunt for the mammals to Indonesia.
Twenty-three tons

On Wildlife Conservation
Why the zoo should remain a zoo
Six months ago, a Siberian tiger killed a visitor at the San
Francisco Zoo, the first such death at any accredited zoo. The
incident has led to safety improvements and better emergency
preparedness in San Francisco and at all the nation's accredited
zoos. Now, some are exploiting the tragedy, attempting to make the
San Francisco Zoo into a "rescue facility." While this is an
important function, it is already work being done by other well-
respected organizations in the San Francisco area. What these animal
activists are really asking is, "Why have a zoo as we know it?"
Our love of animals has helped mold America's zoos and aquariums into
popular institutions - 160 million visitors in North America last
year. But what about the issue of whether we, as a society, are doing
the right thing when it comes to zoos?
Mandatory standards for animal welfare, including state-of-the-art
veterinary care and naturalistic habitats, have been in place for
accredited zoos and aquariums for more than 20 years. As science
advances, the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) accreditation
standards rise. The San Francisco Zoo meets these standards, and
after the December incident, the zoo underwent additional inspection
and review to ensure that it continues to do so. In fact, AZA
standards are the best roadmap for a successful zoo as the city plans
for the future.
But the strongest argument for maintaining the San Francisco Zoo with
its current focus is that it has become an essential organization in
conservation, education and scientific research. Black rhinos provide
a perfect example of the leading role zoos play in conservation.
Driven to the brink of extinction by black market poaching and loss
of habitat, their numbers in the wild have declined precipitously
from an estimated 65,000 in 1970 to little more than 3,000 today. The
San Francisco Zoo, which has produced 14 black rhino calves,
participates in a species survival plan to optimize the reproduction
of this endangered species. Along with 36 other zoos around the
country and the International Rhino Foundation, the San Francisco Zoo
played an important role in the reintroduction of black rhinos in
Botswana. This project delivered the ultimate proof that zoos are
essential to the survival of a species. No one else is doing this
Further, 218 accredited zoos and aquariums work on species survival
plans to protect 180 other individual species. Dozens of species
simply would not exist today without the efforts of zoos - from the
California condor to the American bison. And, without the San
Francisco Zoo, the American bald eagle would not have recovered from

Zoo says cutbacks, closure may be imminent
Fundraiser hoax, making payroll keep facility in red
Reeling from a budget shortfall and the collapse of a celebrity
fundraiser, The Zoo Northwest Florida could close by the fall unless
its income changes dramatically.
The Zoo board's executive committee held an emergency conference call
Tuesday night in the wake of news that a fundraiser featuring stars
from Disney's "High School Musical" movie series was a hoax.
The fundraiser could have raised as much as $150,000, money that
would have gone toward the day-to-day operations of The Zoo for the
rest of the year.
Options discussed during the conference call included:
-- Closing.
-- Reducing hours or days of operation.
-- Moving the zoo to a more accessible or densely populated area.
-- Receiving county tourism tax revenue.
Renee Bookout — a Gulf Breeze resident and member of The Zoo's
executive committee — said July's three paydays for The Zoo's 48
employees poses an immediate challenge.
"I think that's the timetable in which

Zoo fundraiser a hoax
Having fallen victim to a fundraising hoax, officials of The Zoo
Northwest Florida are wondering how — and if — the facility can
survive with rising debt and declining attendance.
A year's worth of negotiations to bring a headline-making fundraiser
to The Zoo in August hit a brick wall Tuesday, with officials
learning the proposal was a hoax.
Danyelle Lantz, executive director of The Zoo, was scheduled to host
a news conference today flanked by stars and executives from Disney's
popular "High School Musical" movie series to announce a major fund-
raising event aimed at raising $150,000 for the cash-strapped park.
Lantz said The Zoo had been working with "someone posing as a
representative of Zac Efron, a member of the cast of Disney's 'High
School Musical,' and Drew Seeley, a performer associated with various
Disney Channel albums and programs and Disney Corporation."
But officials learned late Monday that was

S.F. Zoo gets lucky: Baby aye-aye lemur born
It's rough being an endangered aye-aye lemur: It takes 2 to 3 hours
to copulate, and if you don't have a good teacher, you may never
procreate at all.
A pair of the nocturnal creatures from Madagascar got lucky, however.
The proof: the baby aye-aye born sometime June 20 or June 21 at the
San Francisco Zoo. Like its parents, the baby aye-aye has big ears,
wiry fur and, most notably, a long, bony middle finger topped with a
razor-sharp claw, which the lemur will eventually use to hunt around
trees for grubs.
The birth of the lemur, whose sex is unknown, is significant

Protecting the Pandas (Interesting photos)

Confusion at the zoo
It's dedicated to showing us the glories of the animal kingdom, but
the Toronto Zoo is blocking the public from seeing controversial
dealings at the heart of its own operations.
At issue is the confusing status of zoo CEO Calvin White. After
attempting – and failing – to obtain a $400,000 severance payment,
White has been off the job for six months. He is expected back today.
But it remains unclear exactly why he was away. Initially, he
appeared to be seeking a medical leave. Then White said he was taking
some personal time off work, with no set return date.
Now, with no explanation by the zoo's governing board, White appears
ready to pick up where he left off. But first of all some questions
should be answered. Unfortunately, the answers have been elusive.
In an effort to learn more, Councillor Michael Thompson, a member of
the zoo board, called for a special meeting of the management board
before White's return – to no avail. "We have been stymied every step
of the way," Thompson said in a recent interview. This matter
shouldn't be dropped. It deserves a thorough airing at the next
regular meeting of the board, scheduled for July 17.
Citing employee confidentiality, White's backers, including board
chair Councillor Raymond Cho, have heretofore declined to publicly
comment on this case.
That's not good enough. The Toronto

Wild Orangutan Declining More Sharply In Sumatra And Borneo Than
Endangered wild orangutan (Pongo spp.) populations are declining more
sharply in Sumatra and Borneo than previously estimated, according to
new findings published this month by Great Ape Trust of Iowa
scientist Dr. Serge Wich and other orangutan conservation experts in
Oryx – The International Journal of Conservation.
Conservation action essential to survival of orangutans, found only
on the islands of Sumatra and Borneo, must be region-specific to
address the different ecological threats to each species, said Wich
and his co-authors, a pre-eminent group of scientists,
conservationists, and representatives of governmental and non-
governmental groups. They convened in Jakarta, Indonesia, in January
2004 to address

Mammal-proofing endangered skinks
Ineffective survival tactics have almost caused the demise of two
rare lizards, but a new breeding programme at Wellington Zoo could
stop the slide.
Like many native species, grand and Otago skinks are not equipped to
escape from mammals such as cats, Conservation Department ecologist
James Reardon says.
"If something comes along, they'll hide in the rocks, but then
they'll pop out again a few minutes later. That's okay if it's a weka
bumbling past, but if it's a cat, it will just sit and wait."
The skinks, which are unique to Otago, have become critically
endangered and are extinct over 90 per cent of their former range. An
estimated 2000 to 5000 of each species are left.
Grand skinks are black with yellowish flecks. Otago skinks are black
with grey, green or yellowish blotches.
They are two of New Zealand's biggest lizard species, growing up to
30 centimetres in length.
At Macraes Conservation Area in Otago the use of mammal-proof fences
and widespread trapping have helped the skink population to increase
by 94 per cent in the past three years.
A new captive breeding programme which was opened this week at
Wellington Zoo

Tiger World open, ready to thrill
Lions and tigers and bears, oh my!
The old Metrolina Wildlife Park re-opened Tuesday with a new name, a
new owner and new animals.
Opening Tiger World to teach about conservation and wild animals has
been owner Lea Jaunakais' goal for a long time.
"This has been a dream of mine ever since I was a child," Jaunakais
said. "I'm so excited to be here today."
Jaunakais led the first tour group through the zoo that houses dozens
of large exotic animals, including a baby tiger and lion, both born
on Memorial Day.
"These guys are being bottle fed just like a little baby," Jaunakais
explained to children on the tour.
Jaunakais, a South Carolina native, bought the farm earlier this year
after efforts to open a zoo in Chester County failed due to
neighbors' protests.
She was eager to buy the Rowan County zoo when then-owner Steve
Macaluso put it up for sale. Because Jaunakais was a volunteer at the
Metrolina Wildlife Park, the animals knew and welcomed her.
Tuesday, many came up to Jaunakais to get an affectionate nuzzle and
rub on the back through their fenced-in habitats.
Many of the cats "chuffed" at her — that's the noise they make when
they're trying to say hello.
"Cats really like to vocalize," she said. "One of the ways the
keepers learn to communicate

Vic govt rejects $220m Werribee Zoo plan
The zebras and giraffes of Werribee Open Range Zoo in Victoria have
been spared the sight of roller-coasters and waterslides with the
dumping of a plan for a $220 million theme park at the site.
The Victorian government said it had rejected a proposed African
Safari World theme park at the zoo because the cost to the taxpayer,
believed to be $100 million, would have been too great.
But Tourism and Major Events Minister Tim Holding left the door open
for other offers for a theme park in Victoria, which he said would
bring in billions of US dollars for the state.
Groups opposed to the 40 hectare theme park, which was to include a
roller-coaster and water rides, were celebrating, saying it had been
a ludicrous idea to mix theme parks with wild animals.
Animals Australia executive director Glenys Oogjes said the animals'
welfare had been threatened by the theme park.
"The Werribee Zoo provides some perspective for people that these
animals are not meant to be in small enclosures and they're certainly
not about entertainment," Ms Oogjes told AAP.
"The zoo would have been seen just as an extension of a good day out
if the theme park went ahead and without the respect and concern for

Activists Oppose Zoo's Decision To Move Elephant To Mexico
Some animal-rights activists are asking the city council to overturn
the Dallas Zoo's decision to move its lone elephant to Mexico.
Jenny has been a fixture at the Dallas Zoo for more than two decades,
but the 31-year-old African elephant is scheduled to leave for a
wildlife park in Mexico in the fall. Her companion, Keke, died in May.

Giraffes, zebras star attractions at Dhaka zoo
Giraffes and zebras are staple attractions at zoos around the world,
but many in impoverished Dhaka are getting their first glimpse of
these beasts after a rare upgrade of the city's zoo.
The zoo recently received 27 animals from South Africa and the
response from visitors has been overwhelming, with families flocking
to the park to see what many are calling unusual creatures.
"They have been expected for a while and zoo authorities wanted to
see some foreign animals," park director Aminur Rahman told Reuters.
The group includes several species of antelope, wildebeest, giraffes
and zebra and will be supervised by South African animal experts for
the next few weeks until they have acclimatized.
Bangladesh is one of the poorest countries in the world, where the
average person lives on around $1.50 dollars a day.
A ticket to zoo will put visitors back around a quarter of a dollar,
but Bangladeshis are not holding back, with some even visiting the
animals twice a day.
"This is not my first time here. I came earlier today also. I read in
the newspapers that some new animals arrived in t

Darwin to be honoured in events at zoo
A SERIES of events to honour the life, ideas and impact of Charles
Darwin are to be held at Edinburgh Zoo.
It is taking part in Darwin200, a national celebration of the famous
naturalist, which starts today.
The celebrations cover three anniversaries. Today it is 150 years
since Darwin first presented his theory of evolution; his 200th
birthday is on February 12, 2009; and in November next year it will
be 150

Tiger keeper quits over zoo 'blame game'
THE resignation of a senior supervisor at Melbourne Zoo has exposed a
bitter internal conflict over the death earlier this year of a young
Mark Turner quit after claiming zoo management demanded that he take
sole "accountability" for the drowning of 16-month-old Nakal in a
moat. Mr Turner, 42, said he was unfairly targeted by management
paranoid about ramifications from the incident.
Nakal's body was pulled from the moat in the public exhibit on March
13. But new information shows that a plastic ball, known as
an "enrichment" item, was in his mouth when a keeper found his body.
Its presence is pivotal to the dispute between zoo management, whose
confidential final report focuses on the ball's involvement, and Mr
Turner, who said the "dangerous" moat was the main contributing
factor to the tiger's death.
Another detail — absent from the zoo's final report — is that keepers
found paw marks near where Nakal was found, indicating that he tried
to climb out of the moat.
Mr Turner, who resigned from Melbourne Zoo earlier this month after
three years' service, has warned that the moat is too steep and too
deep and, if not modified immediately, endangers Nakal's two siblings.
It has been a difficult year for Zoos Victoria. The Age has reported
allegations of animal abuse and mistreatment; there has been a furore
over plans for a theme park at Werribee Open Range Zoo, and staff

SF Zoo denies report that tiger was underfed
San Francisco Zoo officials today denied a report that Tatiana, the
female Siberian tiger that fatally mauled a zoo visitor in December,
may have been underfed.
The officials were responding to an in-depth KCBS radio report that
indicated Tatiana's loss of 50 pounds since her arrival at the zoo
from Denver two years earlier may have heightened her aggressive
On Dec. 25, after somehow escaping from her grotto, the tiger

Animal Welfare Body Wants Action Against Zoo
Peeved over the death of two spotted deers in a Chhattisgarh zoo
after being harassed by visitors, the People for the Ethical
Treatment of Animals (PETA) has sought strict action against the zoo
authorities. In a letter sent to the Central Zoo Authority June 25,
PETA India expressed shock about "a recent incident in which two
teenagers tortured a group of spotted deers at Bhilai Steel Plant-run
zoo, leaving two of the animals dead".
The incident took place last week at Chhattisgarh's industrial city
Bhilai, about 30 km west of state capital Raipur.
The police arrested both the teenagers but the incident caused strong
resentment among wildlife lovers across the state.
The PETA letter sent to the member secretary, Central Zoo Authority,
New Delhi, by Anuradha Sawhney, PETA India's chief functionary urged
the authority to "investigate the deer deaths and take strict action
against Bhilai zoo authorities if they are found negligent".
"We also request to issue a letter to all zoos across the country not
to allow visitors to harass animals. Not only is this harassment in
violation of zoo rules but poses a threat to the


Panda breeding centre planned for south China
South China may get its first panda breeding centre, taking over some
of the animals driven from their home by last month's powerful
earthquake in the country's far southwest.
The China Daily reports the Xiangjiang Safari Park in Guangzhou,
capital of Guangdong province, is applying to the State Forestry
Administration for permission to breed the endangered animals.
Currently only Beijing, Fujian province in the southeast, and Sichuan
province in the southwest have panda breeding centres.
Giant pandas in Sichuan's Wolong nature reserve, which is just 30
kilometres from

Zoo-Bred Elephants Won't Help Save 30,000 in Wild: Commentary
The crowd cheers as elephants Romani and her daughter, Kirina,
execute knee bends, trunk curls and modest headstands at the Rosamond
Gifford Zoo in Syracuse, New York.
``Our goal -- and our tagline -- is to `bring you close enough to
care,''' says zoo director Chuck Doyle, beaming with pride.
We are indeed close. The elephants are just a few yards away,
separated from us by a small pool of water and an iron fence.
While some zoos, such as New York's Bronx Zoo, are phasing out their
elephant-breeding programs in favor of spending money on conservation
in the wild, the Syracuse zoo is at the forefront of efforts to breed
them in captivity.
The zoo recently secured more than $6 million from Onondaga County to
enlarge their facilities and kick start their moribund breeding
``Do I want to see the elephant in the wild? Absolutely, but we don't
have the wild any more,'' Doyle adds.
Rosamond Gifford has led the way for other member zoos in the
Association of Zoos and Aquariums in efforts to establish a
sustainable, if captive, elephant population in North America -- a
hedge against the day the animals no longer exist in the wild.
Leadership Role
``Besides being leaders from the very beginning, they've learned a
lot about elephants and contribute much to the information

Baby gorillas to take Virgin flight
Virgin boss Sir Richard Branson is to fly three Kent-born gorillas to
The baby apes are to start a new life in Gabon as part of The
Aspinall Foundation's conservation work.
Bred in captivity at the Aspinall's Wild Animal Parks - Port Lympne
near Hythe and Howletts near Canterbury, the gorillas, Oudiki, Kouki
and Tiya, will embark on their journey next month.
At just five months old, Tiya is the youngest in the group. She was
hand-raised as her mother was unable to feed her.
Oudiki celebrates his second birthday in July. He was born at
Howletts but again needed to hand-reared as his mother couldn't feed
The last of the group is Kouki, who will be two in November. She was
removed from her family group of gorillas at two months old

Call of the Wild: Adopting Monkeys
Families Adopt Monkeys as Surrogate Children
Empty nesters looking to relive all the fun of raising children
without reliving the turbulent teens are adopting some of our closest
relatives: monkeys.
Families are dressing up capuchins, feeding them at the family dinner
table and treating them like any other member of the family. They're
called monkids.
Lori Johnson adopted her monkid, Jessy, when Jessy was 7 weeks old.
Lori's children had all moved out and, struggling with an empty
house, Lori fell into a deep depression.
"I thought about babies, but I didn't want to go through

Healthy living: wildlife use in traditional medicines in Cambodia and
Viet Nam
TRAFFIC today published the results of field studies carried out
between 2005 and 2007 examining the use of traditional medicine
systems in Cambodia and Viet Nam.
The reports seek to improve the understanding of the use of natural
resources in traditional medicine and enhance the management and
regulation of traditional medicine networks to promote conservation
and sustainability.
The scale of traditional medicine use in Cambodia and Viet Nam is
significant, and both plants and animals play a critical role. In
Cambodia, over 800 types of plants (approximately 35% of the
country's native species) are currently used in Traditional Khmer
Medicine while in Viet Nam more than 3900 species of flora and 400
species of fauna are used

The man who cries wolf
PAUL LISTER's dream is to re-wild his highland estate with wolves and
other animals long since driven from Scotland, but not everyone
shares his vision
THERE IS nothing grand about the Laird of Alladale; or, as BBC
Scotland prefers to call him, The Real Monarch Of The Glen. He rarely
claims the master bedroom in his big house - an opulent corner room
which has all the glory of the River Alladale gorge, bright with new
birch leaf, outside its windows. When the lodge is full he happily
slums it in a small back room with no en suite and an inferior
view. "I think I've slept in every bedroom in the house," he
says. "There are only two which haven't been refurbished, and I can
make plans for them when I'm lying awake at night."
Like many driven, single-minded people Paul Lister doesn't sleep too
well. But he does know how to dream. Lister is the multi-millionaire
MFI heir and former furniture salesman - "I use to eat, sleep and
breathe chipboard dust" - who wants to turn a chunk of the northern
Highlands into a wilderness reserve corralled within 50 miles of
electrified fencing. He is the "wolf man", whose ambition to re-
forest and re-populate Alladale with our one-time top predator and
other vanished mammals has been savaged by our most vocal indigenous
species: the militant rambler, for whom the right to march a Vibram
sole through every peat bog in Scotland is now enshrined in law and
"We have 23,000 acres at Alladale, which is half of 1% of the
Highland mass," says Lister, whose allies include big names in
ecology and conservation, and who shows no perceptible signs of
mauling by the rival pack of walkers and climbers. "We need only
50,000 acres to make the reserve big enough to run wolves. Surely
some compromise over access is a small price to pay for the re-
wilding of such a small part of the Highlands."
So far, the only new fence raised at Alladale surrounds the 450-acre
enclosure for the first re-introduced species: a herd of wild boar
and two mighty European elk which are already fending for themselves,
but for which he has had to acquire a dangerous animal licence. "Come
and see them," he commands, leaping

Birds of prey show at night in UAE zoo
Al-Ain zoo, described as the largest in the Middle East, announced
Tuesday it will organize a special showing of birds of prey at night.
Maged al-Mansoury, managing director of the zoo, said visitors will
be able to watch different kinds of birds of prey in an environment
similar to nature until 10:00 pm.
"Going to the zoo at night will allow people to see animals in the
time when they are most active," he told reporters,birds-of-prey-show-at-night-in-uae-zoo.html

Foster's elephant enclosure: A house for happy pachyderms
At the end of last year, Foster and Partners celebrated its 40th
anniversary. During that period, Norman Foster's architectural
practice has grown to be the fifth largest in the world and has
designed buildings of pretty much every type. However, this month
they finished a project that is unlike anything they have undertaken
before. It is their first building for animals.
Copenhagen Zoo's breeding group of Asian elephants, comprising five
cows and calves and two bulls, is the most successful of any in
Europe. Nevertheless, for years zoo managers believed the animals'
accommodation to be woefully inadequate. Since 1914, they had been
housed in the same temple-fronted brick structure - a good building
that enjoys listed status, but which had proved impossible to adapt
to modern animal welfare standards.
Above all, it was too small. The animals spend the severe Danish
winters largely indoors - with temperatures dropping to -10C, their
ears are prone to frostbite - and this had a particularly significant
impact on their quality of life.
And so, in 2002, the zoo invited Foster and Partners to design a new
home, with three times more interior space. The practice began by
studying the animals' behaviour in the wild.
The adult bull elephant leads a solitary life, joining the herd only
for breeding. The layout of the new building corresponds



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