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Sydney zoo delays Safari Park plan (good! I hope they take a look at the

place first - Peter)

The Taronga Zoo in Sydney may scrap plans to send kangaroos, koalas

and other native Australian animals to the Chiang Mai safari park unless

the park can disprove claims that more than 100 animals have died, The

Australian newspaper reports this morning.

Australia considers that the decision could create diplomatic tension,

because the park is a hallmark for Thaksin Shinawatra's government,

the newspaper said.

Erna Walraven, senior curator at Taronga, told the newspaper the zoo

would not be swayed.

"We are not in the business of succumbing to political pressure of any

kind by sending animals where their welfare may be impacted," she

said. "On animal welfare, we have to

Orangutan to go home soon

Animals may return to Indonesia next week

More than 50 orangutan seized from a private zoo in Bangkok two years

ago will be sent back to Indonesia, probably as soon as next week,

senior wildlife officials said yesterday. Schwann Tunhikorn, deputy

director-general of the National Parks, Wildlife and Plants Department,

said the animals will leave sooner than earlier expected.

According to Mr Schwann, DNA tests will be carried out on the animals,

believed to have been smuggled from Sumatra and Borneo, but they will

not have to wait for results. The process will be complete in a week.

Mr Schwann said the quick return means Thailand would not have to

shoulder further the cost of animal care.

Indonesian and Thai wildlife officials and experts met on Friday to

discuss the return of the animals, which were rescued when police

raided Safari World in Bangkok in 2004. They are being cared

Monkeys Apply For Citizenship In Zoo Advertisement

The San Diego Zoo has pulled a controversial ad off the air.

The ad depicts a monkey applying for U.S. residency, and comes as the

debate over immigration rights is heating up.

But the zoo's director of marketing said the campaign has been in effect

for over a year.

The concept behind it is fairly simple. The new Monkey Trails exhibit is

so nice that monkeys around the world are doing whatever they can to

get there.

Several people visiting the zoo agreed that the timing is poor.

"I don't think they should have used that application for American

residency," said one

Police Hunt for Chimps After Fatal Attack

Police hunted Monday for chimpanzees that escaped from a Sierra

Leone preserve and mauled a group of American and local sightseers,

killing one man and injuring four people.

The Sierra Leonean driver died as the chimps ripped his body apart, and

three Americans were treated at a hospital

Zoo's success

GROUP visits to Chester Zoo are at an all-time high, with bookings up

54% on last year.

Groups have been taking full advantage of the benefits they get and the

zoo's tourism co-ordinator, Julie Benn, has been inundated with inquiries

and bookings for the summer.

More than 100,000 people visit Chester Zoo each year as part of a group

of 15 people

Adelaide Zoo signs conservation deal with FFI

Adelaide Zoo in Australia has signed a memorandum of understanding

with Fauna and Flora International (FFI) to support its ongoing

conservation programme.

To coincide with the signing of the agreement, the Zoo is holding a

public talk on Sumatran Tiger conservation on 26 April, given by FFI's

Debbie Martyr.

The talk is part the zoo's in situ conservation programme, called South

East Asian Rainforest Program, which attempts to motivate local


The Western Morning News has teamed up with scientists and keepers

to help enrich the lives of animals at a Westcountry zoo. The WMN

provided surplus end-of-roll paper from its presses in Plymouth for use

at Paignton Zoo, South Devon.

The paper was recycled at the zoo and turned into papier- m??ch?? pi??

atas for animals including meerkats and baboons. Zoo volunteers helped

to make the pi??atas which were filled with food and given to the

animals to play with, investigate and rip open.

The zoo has won awards for its environmental enrichment work with

animals. Spokesperson Phil Knowling said: "The pinatas are

Orang-utan seriously injured zoo-keeper

A Swedish zoo keeper was treated for serious bite wounds Sunday after

being attacked by an orang-utan that escaped from its enclosure, the

Aftonbladet newspaper reported.

The 50-year-old female zoo keeper, who worked at Boras zoo near the

Swedish city of Gothenburg, sustained arm and leg wounds in the attack.

The woman was reportedly attacked after suddenly coming face-to- face

with the animal as he roamed the zoo.

Attendants who rushed to the scene

Preliminary DNA tests on gorillas in South Africa show they may be of

Cameroonian origin.

Cameroon's Minister of Forestry and Wildlife, Egbe Achuo Hillman has

disclosed that the first DNA tests carried out to determine the country of

origin of the four gorillas currently

Race to raise £3 million for Wildlife Park

A RACE against time to save lions, tigers and other exotic animals at a

threatened zoo is being spearheaded by a Bolton-born entrepreneur.

Danny Bamping, the brains behind the Bedlam Puzzle Company, has just

one week to raise £3 million to buy and upgrade the Dartmoor Wildlife

Park before it closes.

If he fails, many of the older exotic animals, which are unable to be

rehomed, will have to be destroyed at the Plymouth-based park.

The possible closure of the park was brought about by the retirement of

the zoo's owner, Ellis Daw, who opened it in 1968.

A potential buyer pulled out of a deal several weeks ago and unless

someone comes forward before Sunday, 77-year-old Mr

Letter: Study finds zoo visitors spend little time viewing animals, even

nearly extinct species


Zoos tout their educational endeavors, but like the person who visits

Sunset Zoological Park to "get out of the house," zoos are little more

than easy distraction. Dale Marcellini, a curator at the National Zoo in

Washington, D.C., conducted a study of zoo visitors in which he and

several colleagues watched, tracked and listened to more than 700

people over the course of a few summers.

His study concluded that zoos are little more than backdrops for people's

other preoccupations. The visitors' conversations dealt not with the

Off to help

A FORMER Kirkcudbright Academy pupil is embarking on a journey to

magical Madagascar, to take part in a ten-week charity expedition.

In order to help raise funding for her trip, 18 year-old Verity Flett will be

dressing up in a lemur suit last worn at the premier of

Disney's `Madagascar' and hanging out with the real thing at the lemur

enclosure at the Galloway Wildlife Conservation Park, Kirkcudbright,

during the Easter weekend.

She will also be helping to educate

Australian koalas to find way into South China Thursday

Six Australian koalas will be flown by a charter plane to the Xiangjiang

Safari Park in Guangzhou, capital of South China's Guangdong Province,


Donated by the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary in Queensland, Australia,

the six koalas will be able to meet tourists after undergoing quarantine

tests, said a spokesman with the safari park.

The donation is part of the global koala protection plan agreedupon by

Australia and China and the Guangzhou-based safari park has been

chosen by the Australian government as a new ideal habitat of the

cuddly koalas for its climatic environment, supply

Those interested in setting up a Dolphin Center in Phuket are invited to a

Founding Committee meeting.

A marine Biologist from Denmark, Judith Kongsted, together with Phuket

Marine Biological Centre, Director, Wannakiat Thubthimsang, recently

proposed to the Phuket Governor, to build a new dolphin park project at

Cape Panwa, near the Aquarium, for research on dolphin behaviour,

therapy for ill patients and swimming with dolphins for visitors. The

dolphins would come from those found stranded on beaches, and willing

to interact with humans. Some of the building funds may come from

Denmark and donations.

Judith told Andaman News she is now inviting anybody interested in this

project, who would like to participate in a Founding committee meeting,

to come to the Pearl Hotel on Saturday 29 April from 3-6pm. All

speeches and papers will be in


ZOO staff plan to hit the campaign trail during May's local elections.

They aim to oust planning committee members who ordered David Gill

to rip up his new car park.

The 100 employees at South Lakes Wild Animal Park will work out which

planning committee members are up for re-election and target those

seats on May 4.

Workers say if Mr Gill is forced

Two zoo tigers now at heaven's door

Two tigers suffering from trypanosomosis died at the Lahore Zoo on

Wednesday and another Bengal Tiger is critically ill.

Daily Times had reported on Wednesday that the tigers were in critical

condition because of the epidemic blood paradise that recently hit South

Asia and killed 200 animals in India.

The tigers had been in the Lahore Zoo for the last 10 years. Their

bodies have been sent to the Veterinary Research Institute (VRI), Lahore

Zoo Director Yousaf Pal told Daily Times. Pal confirmed the tigers' death

and said the brown tiger died late on Tuesday night and the white tiger

died early on Wednesday morning. Daily Times had reported that the

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Los Angeles zoo elephants to get costly enclosure

The Los Angeles City Council on Wednesday brushed aside complaints

that the money could be better spent on the homeless and approved a

$39 million project with water holes and lush forest to house elephants.

The 13-2 vote to build one of the biggest and most costly elephant

enclosures in the nation came after months of debate about whether the

animals should be kept in captivity at all.

The 3.7-acre exhibit is to be constructed during the next three years at

the zoo, which now has three elderly elephants and hopes to get more

once the enclosure is done.

Several zoos have closed their elephant exhibits because of concern

over odd behavior and arthritis among animals, which have strong social

instincts and roam widely in the wild.

Last month the U.S. government said it would seek public comment on

possible changes in laws protecting

Boxing orangutans smuggled to Thailand may finally return home

More than 50 orangutans which were smuggled to Thailand to perform

in kickboxing matches may finally return to their home countries two

years after the government seized them, an official said Tuesday.

Thailand will hold talks with Malaysia and Indonesia later this week to

determine where they should go, the deputy chief of Thai national parks

told AFP.

"During the meeting we will finally decide which country the 54

orangutans will return to," Chawann Tunhikorn said.

Officials from Malaysia and Indonesia

Finally, some good news for animals at Byculla zoo

Panel's ideas adopted. Animals get bigger enclosures, more guards

MORE than two months after the death of 10 black bucks and a

chausingha due to the entry of a stray dog in the antelopes' enclosure,

the steps taken by the Byculla zoo authorities indicate that the animals'

deaths have served as a wake-up call.

``After the February incident, we wanted to avoid a mishap at all cost,''

said Superintendent of Gardens P A

Islamabad zoo to be relocated to Zone V

The Capital Development Authority (CDA) has decided to relocate

Marghazar Zoo to the Zone V of Islamabad Capital Territory.

Capital Development Authority Chairman Kamran Lashari told 'The News'

Monday that the current site of the zoo is not suitable for extension. He

said that he has given one-week time to the concerned officials of the

CDA to identify the new site in Zone V.

The total cost of the project is Rs1.1 billion. The PC-1 of the mega

project was discussed at a meeting presided over by CDA Chairman

Kamran Lashari. "The PC-I has been submitted to the CDA Development

Working Party and it is likely to be taken up for approval in the next

meeting," the sources said.

The CDA had engaged former

Heat hits Chiang Mai zoo

Chiang Mai zookeepers sprayed down cages and handed out ice creams

and frozen meat to their animals on Tuesday as the mercury topped 40

degree Celsius in the northern capital.

When the temperature hit 38C, five water trucks were quickly

despatched and zookeepers rigged up temporary shade screens, drew

extra water supplies and installed sprinklers in some cages housing

animals particularly prone to heat stress.

And today is tipped to be even hotter.

Zoo public relations chief Rossukhon Juikhamwong said constant sprays

were set up in the panda viewing zone and the roof of their enclosure

periodically soaked with water.

Zoo veterinarian Kwanreun Duangsaard said the animals were being

given special foods, such as frozen tuna for the penguins, frozen meat

for tigers, ice cubes for elephants and icecream for the orangutans.

Everyone at the zoo was on the lookout for telltale signs of frustration

among the animals, so they could be separated if need be, said


Meteorological Department officials had

Snow forecast for Chiang Mai

Thailand's Zoological Park Organisation gave a greenlight to construct an

artificial snow building for a pair of pandas, ambassadors of friendship

from China, now living at the Chiang Mai Zoo.

The planned artificial snow habitat is designed to encourage the pandas

to produce baby pandas.

Zoo director Thanapat Pongphamorn said that the planned structure was

proposed by the zoo to make a new home for Chuang Chuang and Lin

Hui similar to their natural habitat in China.

The 50-million-baht project will support natural mating conditions for the

panda couple. It is expected to begin next year and to be completed in


The new building will extend up to two rai (1 acre = 2.5 rai) from


Councillors are at the centre of a huge planning row likely to dominate

next week's local elections.

They were at the planning committee meeting that turned down South

Lakes Wild Animal Park's application for an asphalt car park.

Councillors also agreed to legal action against zoo boss David Gill

because he had already started the work without permission.

Barrow Borough Council issued Mr Gill with an enforcement notice

demanding the removal of the offending surface. He vowed to defy the


And zoo staff are targeting planning committee members at the borough

council election on May 4.

They want the councillors blocking the car park plan to be unseated.

The council kept no record of how individual councillors voted.

But it said



Zoo clueless about missing bear

IT'S big, black and dangerous and could be roaming about the Indian


New Delhi zoo would like to hear urgently from anyone who spots a

Himalayan bear missing since February.

The story is embarrassing zoo authorities who today declined to

comment officially.

But one official, who asked not to be named, scoffed at explanations

offered so far to the Indian media that the female bear may have

tried to tunnel her way to freedom.

The zoo official said the bear may have been poached or died from


An unidentified keeper told the Indian Express the bear - weighing

between 90 to 110kg - had been missing since February 22.

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Thailand's Booed Zoo

Some environmentalists, and many animal rights advocates, believe

zoos are inherently inhumane; others argue that if zoos use kind

practices, they're valuable to society and help preserve wildlife.

But in the case of the Chiang Mai Night Safari in northern Thailand,

there's been widespread outrage from many observers. The "night

safari" is a zoo in which animals are kept in spacious, landscaped

enclosures that are thought to simulate natural habitat, while

guests visit at night.

But according to Chiang Mai-based Joe Cummings, the long-time author

of the Lonely Planet Thailand guidebook: "It's a project that seems

to be more reviled than loved," noting that at first there was "a

furor over the land use" that infringes on an important watershed

for locals and is near a sacred temple.

Another persistent issue has been where and how the animals were

obtained and if they have been procured legally, as there has been

no public record. When asked if the roster of the animals' origins

was available, a Night Safari spokesperson questioned the necessity

for "details," adding there was "no need to clarify for the public

since we already have the internal control office to check on us."

This cryptic reaction isn't surprising given the zoo's recent

controversies. The driving force behind the safari, Thailand's Prime

Minister Thaksin Shinawatra (who is originally from Chiang Mai),

went to Kenya in December to secure 175 animals—including giraffes

How Your Shopping List is Hurting These Orang-Utans

EMERGING warily from the forest's cover a male orang-utan listens

for danger. Believing he is safe, he leads his mate and their baby

into the clearing.

Suddenly all hell breaks loose. A dozen men spring from their hiding

places, hurling a net over the family.

The gang quickly club the male to death, rip the terrified baby from

her mother's arms, then douse her in petrol and set her alight. The

baby orang-utan will be sold on for a pittance as a pet.

This is happening each day in Indonesia and Malaysia. And we're all

unwitting accomplices, because each time we buy chocolate, margarine

or toothpaste, it's likely we're driving the orangutan to


In 15 years, South-East Asia's orang-utan population has halved to

fewer than 60,000 and there could be none left in just 12 years.

The reason is palm oil - now the world's favourite vegetable oil,

used in thousands of products and consumed by a billion people a


One in 10 products on supermarket shelves contains it. It's cheap,

versatile and, with no cholesterol, very healthy. For the end

consumer, at least... Britain imports 914,000 tonnes

S.F. Zoo Hatches 100th Bald Eagle Chick

The San Francisco Zoo has successfully hatched its 100th bald eagle

chick for reintroduction into the wild. This comes 15 years after

the Zoo hatched its first bald eagle.

The San Francisco Zoo established the California Bald Eagle Recovery

Program in 1985, the objective of which has been to assist the

recovery of bald eagles in California by providing stock for

reintroduction to the wild. The program is the only large-scale

captive breeding program for bald eagles in the western United

States and remains a major focus of the Zoo's Avian Conservation


Eagles at the Avian Conservation Center this year laid a total of 18

eggs, 14 of which were fertile. So far, 12 have hatched, including

the most recent one on April 10. The last remaining egg is

TTD to take over Tirupati zoo park

Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) Board of Trustees has decided

to take over the maintenance of the Sri Venkateswara Zoological Park

(SVZP) here and a proposal will be sent to the State Government.

The TTD Board decision is expected to be a boon to SVZP, the second

largest (area-wise) zoological park in Asia.

TTD Chairman T Subbirami

Meet to evolve zoo master plan

There are only two gharials in the wild in Orissa despite hundreds

of the reptile having been successfully bred at the Tikarpada


Keeping this in mind, there is not only a need for captive breeding

of endangered species, but to re-introduce them to the wild, said Dr

B.C. Chaudhuri, head of department of endangered species management,

Wildlife Institute of India (WII). Otherwise, the gharials may soon

find a place in the list of highly endangered animals of IUCN, he


Chaudhuri, who is here to attend the training programme for zoo

directors for evolving a master plan for zoos, said a nationally

coordinated breeding plan of tigers was started two years ago , of

which the Nandankanan zoo was a part.

"Under this, all the zoos act like nodes and there is exchange of

animals and data-sharing to conserve the endangered animals." Such

programmes are also underway in certain southern zoos for

conservation of Gours and in Himalayan zoos for pheasants, he added.

The wildlife expert said most of the 250 zoos in India are

unplanned. Some of these are royalty zoos set up by monarchs for

amusement while some others were established after independence.

Owing to rapid urbanisation and industrialisation, areas of some

zoos are also getting shrunk. And this needs to be checked. The meet

will help the zoo officials evolve a master plan for renovation and

Beloved Zoo Gorilla Colossus Dies At 40 Years Old

A beloved gorilla at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden died

Tuesday morning during a medical procedure, zoo officials told


Colossus, a 40 year old silverback gorilla, died at 9:30 a.m.

He went into cardiac arrest while under anesthesia, zoo officials

said. He was undergoing a root canal at the time for a broken canine


A team of veterinarians had also planned a routine exam and cardiac

evaluation during the medical


A menagerie of dangerous and exotic animals face being put down

after one of the Westcountry's wildlife parks announced its closure.

Ellis Daw, 77, owner of Dartmoor Wildlife Park at Sparkwell, near

Plymouth, has announced he is to hand his zoo licence back to South

Hams District Council (SHDC) on April 23, after failing to find a

buyer for the visitor attraction - 18 months after it was put on the


The collection of tigers, ostriches, bears, monkeys, wolves and

birds of prey are now in desperate need of being rehomed.

Last night Mr Daw told the WMN: "My love is for the animals - but

where are we going to dispose of them now?" After announcing that he

was on the verge of selling up and retiring, Mr Daw had a couple of

potential buyers but a final sale is still yet to be agreed.

In January this year, Mr Daw said the park was on the brink of being

sold after he dropped the asking price so it could remain a wildlife


Dartmoor Wildlife Park may be saved from closure after new bidders

came forward with plans to buy the attraction. Founder Ellis Daw

revealed last week that he was planning to close the site at the end

of this month after failing to find a buyer for it.

But since announcing the closure of the Sparkwell park Mr Daw says

there has been renewed interest.

Mr Daw said he was in talks with four new bidders who wanted to keep

the park going.

He said: "There's still hope. Since we were in the Evening Herald

we've had four new people come along and say they're interested."

There have been five failed attempts to sell the park in the last 18

months, costing Mr Daw £50,000.

Mr Daw plans to hand back his zoo licence on April 23 if none of the

new bids comes through, and will be sitting down today to see

$1.8 million zoo expansion approved

The elephants, birds and giraffes at the Topeka Zoo may be living in

more spacious surroundings within the next few years.

The Topeka City Council on Tuesday night voted 8-1 to approve a $1.8

million project to expand the Animals and Man building at the Topeka


Zoo director Mike Coker said the additional 3,500 square feet of

space will be used to house elephants, birds and giraffes.

Council members also heard widely varying opinions while discussing

two proposed agreements between the city and the Friends of the

Topeka Zoo, which is offering to mount a capital campaign to raise

$2.5 million for the zoo.

Council members Brett Blackburn and Lana Kennedy questioned whether

the city should sever its relationship with FOTZ. But consultant

Jane Mackey said she thought FOTZ was capable

Bindi goes global

BINDI Irwin has been on camera since she entered the world; now the

daughter of Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin is to have her own

television show.

Seven-year-old Bindi will perform live song and dance shows every

day at Australia Zoo from today in preparation for her own

television show, on Discovery Channel USA, due to premiere later

this year.

"She's been around her Mum and Dad filming since she was born and

she's actually really keen and enthusiastic to do entertainment

stuff," Steve Irwin's manager John Stainton said.

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Study: Weather affects lion manes

A study of zoo lions across the United States suggests weather

conditions are responsible for differences in manes, not just


The study by Bruce Patterson of The Field Museum in Chicago

indicates up to one-half of the length and density of a zoo lion`s

mane can be attributed to temperature. Other factors include

nutrition, social differences, individual history and genetics.

'Many variables interact to affect mane development in wild lions,'

said Patterson, the museum`s curator of mammals and lead author of

the research. 'Several of these variables, including

Endangered species thrive at Topeka Zoo

Cute and cuddly, the Bornean Orangutans at the Topeka Zoo are quite

the site to see, especially with a new baby, one- year-old Rayma.

"An Orangutan is a large red ape. They are Great Apes. They are

found in South East Asia. You have some found on the Island of

Borneo and the Island of Sumatra," said Director of the Topeka Zoo

Mike Coker.

The Topeka Zoo has had orangutans since the early 1970s and now have

five of the majestic animals. Along with the baby and her mom, Rudy,

there's Lena, Daisy and Mawas.

Coker says the orangutans are endangered, so it's important to learn

more about them. He says orangutans are

London Zoo: Did we leave anyone in the tiger's den?

London Zoo is raising money with a new scheme allowing members of

the public to care for wild beasts, as keepers for a day. But it's

not easy to keep on the right side of a penguin or a big cat, finds

Peter Conchie

At the end of the working day, depending how you earn a living, you

might expect to be in a greater or lesser state of dishevelment. You

may have a crumpled shirt or scuffed shoes. You may be a bit sweaty,

but there's nothing a hot shower wouldn't remedy.

One day last week I arrived home with straw in my hair and a vivid

bruise on my calf where I'd been pecked by a penguin. But most

alarmingly, I smelt of tigers. I'd just spent the day at London Zoo,

where five of us had taken part in a dry run for the forthcoming

Keeper For a Day scheme. Our guide, mentor and protector was the

enthusiastic and energetically Amazonian Jane Harvey, one of London

Zoo's senior keepers.

Our first stop was the giraffe enclosure where Dawn and Crackers

seemed pleased to see us. Our duties came at either end of the

digestive process and involved sweeping the giraffes' enclosure and

feeding them breakfast. Only close up do you appreciate quite what

extraordinary creatures giraffes are. Their tongues are deep, dark

blue, to protect them from sunburn, and their coats are a beautiful

yellow and brown patchwork of squares and hexagons. Most peculiar of

all, given their size, their droppings are relatively tiny, the size


Pigeon crash

Topeka Zoo director Mike Coker said a Victorian crowned pigeon flew

into an acrylic panel that was more than 30 years old in the dome of

the zoo's Tropical Rain Forest Monday, breaking the panel and

enabling the pigeon to escape before being caught soon afterward.

The collision occurred during a round-up of birds in the building.

The pigeon was examined and placed in a holding area while members

of the Topeka Fire Department's technical

Giraffe euthanized because of leg woes

Desha, a 7-month-old female giraffe at the Topeka Zoo that had

suffered since birth from painful leg problems, was euthanized

Monday after zoo staff concluded that was the most humane thing to

do, said zoo director Mike Coker.

Desha was born Sept. 4 at the zoo as the third offspring of 21-year-

old Dolly and 15-year-old Jesse. She became the 18th reticulated

giraffe born at the zoo since 1970. Reticulated giraffes are found

in Africa, ranging from northeastern parts of Kenya and eastern

Sudan. Coker said Desha was born with congenital

Teenage death inspires dangerous animal legislation

Last August, a Kansas teenager was having her senior pictures taken.

In one of the photos, she decided to pose with a full grown tiger.

The tiger had spent most of its life around humans and had never

attacked anyone before. But this time it did attack, killing 17-year-

old Haley Hilderbrand.

Her parents and grandparents came to the statehouse to watch

lawmakers debate the bill they believe could have saved Haley's life.

"We just don't want this to happen with any other child or adult in

the state or any place. So that's

Zoo ordered to rip up car park

ZOO boss David Gill is being told to rip up the car park he built

without planning permission.

Town hall chiefs are threatening Mr Gill with prosecution because he

pressed ahead with unauthorised surfacing work at South Lakes Wild

Animal Park in Dalton.

Barrow Borough Council planning bosses turned down proposals for an

asphalted car park at the popular tourist attraction last month.

They said it would spoil the countryside.

After the rejection zoo staff said they feared for their future.

Dusit Zoo puts red pandas on parade

Bangkok's Dusit Zoo will today receive the country's first pair of

red pandas from South Africa and they will be kept in a display

space worth Bt2 million, the deputy director of the Zoology Park

Organisation Thanong Natheepithak said yesterday.

The pandas, given to Dusit Zoo from Pretoria Zoo as a token of Thai-

South Africa bilateral relations, will arrive early today, Thanong


The red panda is classified as a member of the racoon family. They

are known to be shy and solitary as well as excellent climbers. They


Bristol Zoo Protest

Bristol Animal Rights Coaltion writes: A campaign has been launched

to oppose Bristol Zoo's plans for expansion in their creation of

a 'wildlife park' near Cribs Causeway, as well as to raise awareness

thatanimals are not ours to use for entertainment. 15 year-old Lloyd

Graham from South Gloucestershire, has helped launch the campaign

with the Western Animal Rights Network. Lloyd, having already

started his own animal rights group - SGAR (South Gloucestershire

Animal Rights), is working with activists in Bristol to stop the new

attraction from being built. Lloyd says, "Animals are not ours for

entertainment in any way. The park portrays itself as an 'eco-zoo'

as a centre for endangered species and for

Delhi zoo: It's a jungle out there

What's ailing Delhi zoo? Close on the heels of a female Himalayan

black bear 'disappearing' from its enclosure and a dead sambar deer

being reportedly left to rot in the open, a female hippo is on the

verge of death allegedly due to negligence on the part of zoo


The hippo got severely injured after a fight with its fellow inmates

some time back. According to a zoo-keeper who did not want to be

named, the authorities were well aware of the fact that this

particular hippo was prone to attack by the others, owing to its

unfriendly nature.

"But they did not bother to take any precautions. Instead of

separating the animals now, they should


$39M Elephant Exhibit To Be Built At L.A. Zoo

A 3.7-acre, $39 million elephant exhibit is one step closer to being

built at the Greater Los Angeles Zoo, under a plan approved Monday

by two City Council committees.

Dozens of people spoke both for and against the proposed exhibit

during a joint meeting of the council's Budget and Finance and Arts,

Parks, Health and Aging committees.

The full City Council is scheduled to consider the matter on April

19. "I'm going to push for this (3.7) acres to be even bigger,"

according to Councilman Tom LaBonge, whose 4th District includes the

zoo. "I want to do this for the children of Los Angeles who visit

our zoo, and all the people who come to study

2 Council Panels Back Plans for New L.A. Zoo Elephant Exhibit

The nearly $39-million facility would be built on 31/2 acres. But

critics say it's not enough space.

The Los Angeles Zoo is one step closer to building a $38.7-million

elephant exhibit that would take up more than 3 acres and could stir

up more controversy.

At a joint meeting of two City Council committees Monday, members

voted to recommend that the project be approved by the full council

this month; that vote is scheduled for April 19.

The new exhibit would give the L.A. Zoo's three elephants one of the

larger pachyderm spreads in a North American zoo.

But that's far from large enough, according to a dozen animal-rights

activists who spoke Monday before council members at the joint

meeting of the Budget and Finance Committee and the Arts, Parks,

Health and Aging Committee.

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Interim director of Zoo Montana steps down

ZooMontana will operate into the foreseeable future without a

director and with management duties handled by two longtime

employees, a zoo official said Monday.

Karen Fagg, vice chairwoman of the zoo's board of directors, said

the board will not replace Art Westwood, who resigned as the zoo's

interim director at the end of March.

"It didn't come as a surprise," Fagg said of Westwood's

departure. "He has a business in town. He found he was spending more

time away from his business than at his business."

Westwood, who owns the Rimview Inn, could not be reached for

comment. He served as interim director beginning in December, when

former director Mike Carter left to accept a job in Arizona.

ZooMontana's living collections supervisor, Clark Bosch, and


Tiger that killed woman was 100 lbs. underweight

The big cat's attack was brutal; a Humane Society investigator said

hunger triggers "survival of the fittest."

Preliminary results from an examination of the tiger that attacked

and killed Cynthia Gamble at her Pine County animal farm last week

showed it was about 100 pounds under its normal weight, a Sheriff's

Office investigator said Monday.

Gamble died Thursday afternoon when a 10-year-old male tiger named

Tango attacked her in its cage about 16 miles east of Sandstone.

An autopsy by the Ramsey County medical examiner's office showed

that Gamble died of crushing injuries to her throat and significant

blood loss, said Chief Deputy Steve Ovick.

The 400-pound tiger bit off her right foot and portions

Orang-utans set to go home

The final fate of 54 orang-utans that were illegally smuggled into

Thailand nearly two years ago will be decided at a meeting of Thai,

Indonesian and Malaysian wildlife officials this month. The two-day

talks, which begin on April 21 in Bangkok, are expected to produce a

comprehensive agreement that will pave the way for the primates to

be returned to either Indonesia or Malaysia, once,,25689-2127923,00.html

Pakistan wildlife surveys Indus Blind dolphin

Pakistan's wildlife authorities and the World Wildlife Fund (WWF)

are combing the country's Indus River to assess the population,

behavioral changes and other relevant data for one of the

most 'docile, rare and shy' mammals, the Indus Blind Dolphin.

At the time of the first survey in 2001, the dolphins, which are

endemic to Pakistan and already listed by the International Union

for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) as a 'most threatened' species,

had a population of only 1,100.

These dolphins do not have a crystalline eye lens and so are blind.

They navigate underwater entirely by a sophisticated 'echo-location


This blindness is one of the reasons

Bird flu testing for swan found in field

A DEAD swan found in a Northamptonshire field is undergoing tests at

a laboratory in the wake of the deadly H5N1 bird flu discovery in


The decomposing bird was found last Thursday, the same day that it

was confirmed that a swan found dead in Fife had the lethal strain

of the disease.

The bird was discovered by farmer Vacey Pocklington in a wheat field

near Yardley Hastings.

He contacted the Department of Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) who

immediately came out and collected the bird for tests at its Surrey

laboratory, where all checks on dead birds are being carried out.

He said: "Because of the bird flu scare I decided it would be the

best idea to contact DEFRA and they came out and took it away.

"It looked like it had been dead for a few days but as it was a swan

I thought I should do something about it.

"Somebody from DEFRA came out, put



Wolf kills young boy at zoo in Russia

A wolf killed an eight-year-old boy in an attack at a zoo in eastern Russia, the RIA-Novosti news agency reported.

A preliminary investigation showed two boys had approached the wolf enclosure in the zoo in the city of Nakhodka.

One of the boys stretched out his hand to stroke the animals, a local police spokesman was quoted as saying.

One wolf bit the boy, and another seized hold of his leg.

Although the child broke free, he was

City councilors accused Taipei Zoo of maltreating chimpanzee Taipei city councilors yesterday lashed out at the Taipei Zoo for maltreating a male chimpanzee by jailing him for nine years.

Councilors Lee Chien-chang and Hsu Chia-ching of the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) launched the criticism during a fact-finding tour of the Taipei Zoo yesterday morning.

They said there are now five male chimpanzees in small cages, and they cannot play and act freely like female chimpanzees. One of them, nicknamed "Little Chiang," has been caged for nine years, the longest period among the five.

When visiting "Little Chiang," the two councilors found that the 24- year-old male chimpanzee helplessly repeating the practice of eating and vomiting

Zoo experts coming to City for helping directors master plans Zoo experts from across the globe are converging in the City on April 11 to train zoo directors of India the art of devising master plans. State's very own Nandankanan Zoo would be highlighted as a success story during the programme.

Nandankanan Zoological Park which has devised and is implementing its master plan will host the programme. Directors of 35 large and medium zoos of India would take part in the programme. Top officials of Central Zoo Authority and Ministry of Environment and Forests would also participate. Renowned zoo master planners like John Coe of Australia and Bernard Harrison, who heade

Tiger carcass burnt without supervision of top zoo officials The city zoo has violated a directive of the Central Zoo Authority relating to disposal of carcasses in the case of a tiger, which died on March 26.

As per a letter, 24-2/95-CZA, from the authority, dated January 24, 1996, carcasses of leopards, lions and tigers must be disposed of by burning in the presence of zoo directors.

"Special care has to be taken in respect of carcasses of leopards, lions and tigers. These should be disposed of by burning in the presence of zoo directors themselves, so that the possibilities of skeleton/trophies being smuggled into illegal trade can totally be ruled out. Skinning of animals and processing their skins for making trophies leads not only in wastage of government money but also involves the risk of some of these trophies being smuggled into clandestine trade ... " the letter reads.

However, zoo director P.N. Unnikrishnan was not present when the tiger carcass was burnt on the evening of March 26 after a post- mortem. The explanation of zoo

Mass vaccination plan for Edinburgh Zoo

PENGUINS and other rare birds at Edinburgh Zoo could be given flu jabs to protect them from the bird flu outbreak, staff confirmed yesterday.

Strict biosecurity measures have already been put in place to protect the zoo's collection of 300 birds, which include species which are otherwise extinct in the wild.

More than 150 penguins, rare Socorro doves and cassowary or Himalayan monal are some of the species closely monitored by vets as part of the zoo's contingency plans.

Iain Valentine, of

Zoo rabbit cruelty man sentenced

A 20-year-old man who took a zoo's rabbit and threw it to an alligator has been given a six-month suspended prison sentence.

Damien French took the rabbit from a petting section of the Welsh Mountain Zoo in Colwyn Bay, north Wales, then dropped it into the alligator pool.

The rabbit was savaged by Albert - a large male alligator.

French from Colwyn Bay, was found guilty of animal cruelty at Llandudno Magistrates' Court last month.

The prosecution

Zoo association dismisses PETA call for end to breeding at zoos Animals orphaned by the closure of the Quebec City zoo could still find homes elsewhere in Canada even if zoos continue regular acquisitions and animal breeding, the association representing Canadian zoos said Tuesday.

The association was responding to calls from People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA), which said stopping breeding and acquisitions would allow the association to send some 750 birds and animals from the Quebec City zoo to similar facilities elsewhere in the country.

Bill Peters, national director of the Canadian Association of Zoos and Aquariums, said the other 23 Canadian zoos could probably take the birds and animals in a worse-case scenario.

"But we're a long way from that at this point,'' Peters said in an interview

Joburg zoo gorilla dies

Max the gorilla's mate Lisa has died, the Johannesburg Zoo announced on Wednesday.

"We regret to announce that she passed away today (Wednesday) while under anaesthetic at 3.30pm," the zoo said in a statement.

Lisa had been undergoing surgery to examine a lump next to her breast.

The zoo said surgery

Charest, former minister threaten slander suit over zoo comments Quebec Premier Jean Charest and a former minister threatened to sue a Parti Quebecois member Tuesday for defamation over comments about the closing of the Quebec City zoo.

Charest and Marc-Yvan Cote wrote to Agnes Maltais on Tuesday asking her to retract her comments last week in which she charged the government held discussions with Groupe Roche through Cote to sell the zoo property.

"Sullying reputations is not a political game,'' Charest said in the legislature.

PQ member Stephane Bedard responded that the Liberal's were simply trying to ``intimidate'' Maltais.

In his letter to Maltais, Cote's lawyer never intervened in any way to close the zoo.

"To the contrary, he always promoted the revival of this institution,'' wrote Eric Blouin.

Cote denied on Tuesday that he ever met Charest or regional minister

Micke Grove Zoo suffers setback

The San Joaquin County-run Micke Grove Zoo has been denied reaccreditation, a move that could ban its keeping endangered species and limit the amount of federal money it receives.

The Association of Zoos and Aquariums denied the county's request at a conference in Jacksonville, Fla., in March.

"I don't think it was shocking," zoo Director Ken Inland said. "It was disappointing but it's an opportunity for us to take stock at the actions of the accreditation commission and keep working on our improvements."

The zoo is building



Quebec zoo closes as governments pass the buck

One of Canada's oldest zoos closed Friday, throwing the fate of

nearly 800 rare and exotic animals up in the air.

"We've been bounced around like a political ball for 10 years, and

more recently the past three months," said Robert Patenaude,

veterinarian at the Jardin zoologique du Québec. "We're victims of

this whole political game."

But Patenaude and his staff vowed to keep the animals alive, one way

Taiwan Rejects Offer of Pandas

Taiwan on Friday declined to accept a goodwill gift of two giant

pandas from the mainland, a decision that has met with criticism

from across the Taiwan Straits.

One mainland expert on Taiwan described the decision as "an unwise

and short-sighted move" that will only increase Taiwan people's

dissatisfaction with the ruling Democratic Progressive Party (DPP).

The island's "council of agriculture" announced late on Friday that

Taiwan was unable to accept the animals because they would not

receive proper care in

Yoga classes for zoo keepers to stay alert

DELHI Zoo is turning to yoga to improve the alertness of its animal

keepers following the death of two jaguar cubs which drank cleaning

fluid that had been left behind in their cage.

Meanwhile, a committee of the Central Zoo Authority is reviewing

procedures at the zoo and will submit its report next week.

Zoo director D N Singh says hour-long yoga classes will be held for

keepers from next week onwards. The classes, to be held two or three

times a week, will be held in the afternoons before keepers step out

for their second round of checks.

The zoo director feels the classes are needed because "if you are

going to do the same thing day after day, mistakes will take place".

The classes, he says, are being held because "we... want to do

something more to make our men alert".

Singh adds: "In this way we will revitalise

A taste of city life for the world's rarest cat

LONG considered the most endangered feline species in the world, the

Iberian lynx is rarely seen outside zoos.

But Spanish scientists believe that this elusive creature may be

prowling the hills near Madrid. DNA samples taken from faeces found

in a nature park on the fringes of the Spanish capital prove, they

assert, that the Iberian lynx is alive and well.

If true, the discovery would do much to calm fears that the Iberian

lynx will become the next dodo, the flightless bird that became

extinct in the 17th century.

At present the animal's distinctive brown and yellow striped coats

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Chaffee Zoo Accreditation DelayedMarch 31, 2006 - It was a very

disappointing decision Friday for Fresno's Chaffee Zoo.

The zoo has been told it will not get its stamp of approval from the

American Zoo Association renewed, at least not now.

At a meeting in Florida with zoo board members, the AZA decided to

wait another year before voting to accredit the Fresno zoo.

Inspectors from the AZA visited the zoo last month. They delayed the

accreditation because of concerns about the organization

Gorilla born in Swedish zoo

A zoo in Sweden said on Saturday that it had become the first in

Scandinavia to succcessfully deliver a baby gorilla.

"Both mother and baby are doing well," Magnus Nilsson, spokesman for

the Kolmården Animal Park in Norrköping, told AFP.

The public should be allowed to see the baby, born early Saturday,

when the zoo opens for the summer on May 6th, Nilsson added.

It was too early to determine the baby's gender.

Between five and 10 gorillas


FRUSTRATED: Zoo boss David Gill

ZOO staff fear for their jobs after town hall chiefs rejected plans

for a safer car park.

Barrow Borough Council's planning committee last week turned down

proposals for an asphalt car park at South Lakes Wild Animal Park,

in Dalton.

Staff fear the rejection will reduce visitor capacity and believe

their jobs could be threatened as a result.

A online petition to gauge the strength of public opinion has

already attracted more than 260 hits on the zoo's official website.

The panel of councillors rejected proposals on the grounds they were

more ambitious than previous plans for the car park, which the

planning committee refused earlier this year on the basis it would

spoil the landscape.

They also agreed to legal action last week after officials claimed

work was carried out without

Elephants saved by food donation

A pair of elephants that were once part of the private zoo of

Yugoslavia's former dictator, Tito, have been saved by a food

donation from Croatia's top tennis player, Ivan Ljubicic, who made

his offer after the national park revealed it might not have the

means to feed the voracious elephants to the end of the year.

The pachyderms, Sonia and Lanka, are the zoo's biggest financial

burden because

Judge Throws Out Lawsuit Filed by Former Salisbury Zoo Employee

A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed against the City of

Salisbury and its zoo director.

Jennifer Albero filed a lawsuit in August 2003, claiming that Zoo

Director Jim Rapp sexually harassed her while she was working as a

senior zookeeper. The suit also alleged that Rapp presided over a

hostile work environment; and that her supervisors retaliated when

Albero filed harassment claims.

But on Wednesday, Chief Judge Benson

Zoo buying hippo, rhino and ostrich

The Lahore Zoo is buying a pair of giraffes, a hippopotamus, an

African white rhino, an ostrich and monkeys, said Lahore Zoo

Director Muhammad Yousaf Pal on Saturday.

Yousaf said the wild animals would be bought through open tenders in

a transparent manner according to government procedure. He said some

rare species of birds would be arranged for under the mutual

exchange programme for zoos.

The zoo would be upgraded in accordance with international standards

at a cost of Rs 200 million to offer visitors various facilities,

the director said, adding that Punjab Chief Minister Chaudhry

Pervaiz Elahi had laid the foundation stone of the\04\02\story_2-4

Scores of animals die in Md. zoo fire

Scores of exotic reptiles, birds and monkeys perished Wednesday

morning in a fire at a privately owned zoo.

About 75 firefighters spent four hours battling the blaze and

carrying squirming creatures from the building where the fire broke

out at the Tri-State Zoological Park near Cumberland.

You can imagine the chaos," said Deputy Chief State Fire Marshal

Allen Gosnell.

The fire's cause hadn't been determined.

Zoo owner Robert Candy said 70 to 100 animals died and the fire

heavily damaged

Huge sigh of relief as S.F. Zoo is accredited

Anxious San Francisco Zoo officials learned Wednesday afternoon that

they won't turn into lone wolves or be banished from the herd -- the

powerful American Zoo and Aquarium Association has given the

facility its accreditation blessing once again after keeping it in

limbo for the past year.

"We are a fully accredited zoo," said an overjoyed Manuel Mollinedo,

the zoo's executive director, shortly after hearing the news. "I

don't have to go through this process again for another five years."

In a phone interview from Jacksonville, Fla., where the AZA is

holding a regional conference, Mollinedo described accreditation

as "extremely important and extremely significant."

It opens many doors, such

Zoo Atlanta Artificially Inseminates Panda Again

For the third breeding season in a row, the pandas at Zoo Atlanta

failed to mate naturally, so the staff artificially inseminated Lun

Lun last night and again today.

Zoo officials are hoping that the semen taken from Yang Yang will

lead to a cub produced by the two eight-year-old pandas.

The zoo won't know until later this summer if Lun Lun is pregnant.

The procedure was performed by specialists from the San Diego Zoo,

the Smithsonian National Zoological Park, the Chengdu Research Base

of Giant Panda Breeding and the University of Georgia College of

Veterinary Medicine, along with staff at Zoo Atlanta.

The new panda cub at the National Zoo in Washington


A Local zoo manager has broken a 15-year silence to admit that he

has seen a black leopard roaming free in the area.

Robin Roberts (60), who has worked with black cats for more than 40

years this week told the Herald how he and former colleague, the

late John Foden, saw the creature in a local village.

He said: "This farmer phoned us to see if we had lost one of our

panthers. We checked and we hadn't, so went up to this farm.

The farmer told us that the panther had walked through his yard and

into the woods beyond. We went out and we saw a black leopard, it

was definitely living there in the woods.

"We said nothing at the time

Zoo's closing has Quebec City growling

Quebeckers are furious Conservatives aren't acting on election

pledges to save a key educational and economic attraction

Canada's oldest public zoo is set to close tomorrow, the result of

broken political promises that will leave Quebec City without one of

its prime educational and economic attractions.

Zookeepers say they have not been told how long their services will

be needed and there is no plan from the provincial government, which

owns the money-losing park, on what to do with its nearly 800


"We are all in a holding pattern," said the zoo's veterinarian,

Robert Patenaude. "The zoo's closure has become such a hot political

issue, no one

I am Mr Lonely...

Lonesome and sans companion, residents of the Hyderabad zoo have

been hit hard as exchange programmes designed to find them mates

have fallen through.

A multi-coloured macaw, Sun Conure, is not as happy as the colours

of his plumes. "He is an unhappy bird without a mate,"says Rajan

Kumar, the keeper of bird enclosures in the Nehru Zoological Park.

His friend was to come all the way from Prague, Czech Republic, last

month but as V Kishen, director, Nehru Zoological Park,

explains, "It took months

New name for wildlife park

Lions, giraffes, zebras and a group of Zulu warriors are not exactly

what you would expect to find in a quiet north Suffolk village.

And for the last 15-years management at the African-themed Suffolk

Wildlife Park have fought a marketing battle to convince visitors

that their zoo at Kessingland, near Lowestoft, contained more than,

well, Suffolk wildlife.

But today, after more than a decade of scratching their heads

searching for a name that captured the essence of the 100-acre park,

zoo director Martin Goymour officially renamed it Africa Alive.

It is hoped the new name will kick-start start a new era in the

park's history, as well as attracting more visitors.

Mr Goymour said: "We offer an African experience and Suffolk

Wildlife Park didn't really fit the bill. Mar 2006 20:16:48:397

Primate Center offers inhabitants for research

There is no monkey business about the Schmutzer Primate Center at

Ragunan Zoo in South Jakarta as it welcomes students and researchers

to use their primate collections as objects of study, free of charge.

The center's education and communications manager, Kuswandono, said

Saturday that those who were interested in studying the behavior or

other aspects of primates could just send a letter with their study

proposal to the center.

At least 200 primates of many types were available to study,

Kuswandono said.

"They are great apes, gibbons, long gray-tailed monkeys and

macaques," he said on the sidelines of a public lecture at the


"It's all free of charge. What we want is the researchers to respect

our primates and treat them well," he said, adding there were limits

to what kind of research could be done with the center's primates.

The primate center was built on 13 hectares inside Ragunan Zoo and

was named after its beneficiary, the late Pauline "Puck" Schmutzer

from Germany.

Since it was opened

Jaguar cubs die after drinking disinfectant

Two hand-reared cubs, part of big cat programme, tipped over bottle

their keeper forgot to remove.

TWO hand-reared jaguar cubs died yesterday in Delhi Zoo, after

consuming a large quantity of disinfectant that had been used to

clean their cage.

Top zoo officials, who confirmed the deaths, told Newsline that the

four-month-old cubs died after drinking disinfectant from a bottle

their keeper Ram Lal ``forgot to remove'', after cleaning their cage

minutes before. The cubs tipped over the bottle before consuming the

disinfectant, the

Malaysia to Send Expedition Into Rainforests to Find Bigfoot

Malaysia's Johor state government is mounting a scientific

expedition next month to track down a gap-toothed Bigfoot, or ape

man, in the 248 million-year-old rainforests near Singapore.

The hunt was sparked by reports last year of three strange creatures

spotted walking beside a river by workers in Johor, which revived

tales of Bigfoot sightings in the jungle among the indigenous people

who live in the forests. Discussions on the Internet including the

Web site of the Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization fueled the


``Myths do not leave footprints,'' said Vincent Chow, a member of

the Malaysian Nature Society, who has measured and photographed

large footprints at the sites of reported Bigfoot encounters in


Tales of Bigfoot from the Sasquatch in the U.S. to the Himalayan

Yeti haven't yielded concrete proof of the creature's existence. In

Attack of the `toman'

Prized birds at Zoo Negara have been falling prey to an unlikely

predator in its lake – the ikan toman (giant snakehead fish).

Zoo Negara Reptile House and Veterinary Department supervisor

Jamsari Mohamad said the fish, considered the dominant species in

the lake, were becoming increasingly unmanageable and were

endangering the bird population in the zoo.

He said the fish attacked in the morning and afternoon, with the

birds sustaining injuries in the feet and neck, while


A Sussex charity that rescues dancing bears in India has today

revealed it will carry out pioneering dental surgery on the animals,

many of whom are suffering from excruciating toothache.

Two specialist dentists have already treated some of the bears at

the International Animal Rescue's (IAR) sanctuary in Agra, in the

north of India, and were today preparing to return to carry out

further surgery, including root canal work.

Dancing bears have their teeth smashed out with hammers when they

are cubs to make them easier to control and to prevent them from

biting their handlers.

This causes inflammation and infection of the roots and gums, but

the wounds are often left to fester by the Kalandar nomads who use

the bears to beg money from tourists.

Dentist and IAR trustee Paul Cassar and dental vet Lisa Milella are

aiming to help ease the bears' pain and also to train Indian vets at

the sanctuary to enable them to treat more animals with similar

problems in future.

Mr Casser has carried out research

Elephant plans 'a big mistake'

ONE of the world's leading animal rights campaigners has hit out at

Edinburgh Zoo's plans to bring elephants back into captivity.

Will Travers, chief executive of the Born Free Foundation which he

set up with his parents Bill Travers and Virginia McKenna - stars of

the film Born Free - said he was appalled that the zoo's £58 million

expansion vision considered reintroducing elephants.

The last elephant left Edinburgh Zoo nearly 12 years ago after her

companion died. Since then, the only elephant on the site has been a

fibreglass model, which until recently bore a sign saying it was the

only one there because the conditions for looking after elephants

could "not be met" at Edinburgh Zoo.

Mr Travers, 47, pictured

Jurong Bird Park sees a bumper crop of births

There has been a bumper crop of births at the Jurong Bird Park where

for the first time, two of its bird species laid a record number of


The king penguins usually produce a maximum of three eggs a year.

But this time Jurong Bird Park welcomed 6 eggs early in February, a

rare feat for these creatures when bred in captivity.

The park has bred 100 king penguins since the Penguin Parade started

in 1990.

Another species that took the park by surprise were

Australia's threatened species

Even though many species in Australia have become extinct since

European settlement, there are also success stories such as the

recent propagation of the Wollemi pine.

Monkeys may visualise in response to calls

Monkeys may visualise a predator or food in response to calls from

other monkeys, US researchers say.

Alex Martin and colleagues at the National Institute of Mental

Health in Maryland, US, played coos and screams recorded in the wild

to captive rhesus monkeys - held stationary - and used a positron

emission tomography (PET) scanner to monitor their brain activity.

The calls elicited increased activity in areas of the brain

associated with vision, visual memory and movement in humans - the

posterior visual-processing regions and the middle temporal and

medial superior temporal areas. Screams also activated parts of the

brain which in humans are linked to emotion.

Although it is not certain this

Detection kit battles trade in bear parts

Customs officers will soon be armed with bear detection kits in a

bid to halt the burgeoning illegal trade in bear parts such as gall

bladders and bear bile. The kit, being developed by the London-based

World Society for the Protection of Animals, can detect products

containing bear derivatives within minutes.

Despite being prohibited by the Convention on Illegal Trade in

Endangered Species (CITES), bear bile and gall bladders are popular

ingredients in traditional medicines. They are used to treat

ailments ranging from arthritis to liver disease. Gall bladders can

fetch up to 18 times their weight in gold, says Eric Chivian,

director of the Center for Health and the Global Environment at

Harvard, US.

Because of this, bear poaching and farming are rife in parts of

south-east Asia such as China, Vietnam and Korea. In China, as many

as 9000 bears are farmed



Quebec zoo set to close March 31 after deal to save institution


The Quebec City zoo is set to close its doors March 31 after the

province said it will no longer help save the financially strapped


Michel Despres, minister responsible for the provincial capital, had

presented a plan to Quebec Mayor Andree Boucher that required

financial assistance from regional businesses and the federal and

municipal governments. But municipalities in the Quebec Metropolitan

Community declined to participate.

"The Quebec government until now has been the only one to finance

this project," Despres said Tuesday, adding the province had been

seeking partners to defray costs.

"There won't be a rescue. The file is closed."

Boucher said she believed saving the zoo


Skint sells Neverland zoo animal

MICHAEL Jackson is selling off the zoo animals from his Neverland


The troubled singer is desperately trying to raise funds by letting

his menagerie of exotic beasts go at bargain-basement prices.

Jackson has been frantically phoning round Hollywood trying to

offload his collection of elephants, tigers, orangutans and giraffes.

He's so skint that he's willing to sell the expensive creatures for

as little as a quarter of their true value.

A source close to the King

Tails of the unexpected . . . (more hogwash - Peter's note)

THE phenomenon of the big cat thriving in the wilds of the UK has

been making headlines for the past 40 years.

The first conference on big cats, taking place in Market Harborough,

Leicestershire, this weekend will give enthusiasts the chance to

share footage and theories - and Mid-Anglia's very own Fen Tiger is

very much on the agenda.

The conference comes as a newly released police report reveals a

lynx was shot by a gamekeeper in 1991 near Norwich, after it started

chasing his gun dog.

Officers found the lynx stuffed in a freezer during a raid. It must

have escaped illegal ownership of a zoo, they concluded.

Some people believe big cats roaming

Beasts on the prowl (and yet more hogwash - Peter's note)

THEY have become known as the Shrews-bury Panther, the Beast of

Burford and the Tamworth Tiger.

A startling 365 big cats have been spotted in fields, forests and

even disused railway lines across the Midlands in the last 15 months.

Experts believe the prowling animals could be pumas, panthers or

even lynxes - freed by their owners when it became illegal to keep

them in the 1970s.

And Danny Bamping, founder of the British Big Cat Society, says the

Midlands is the country's


Yangtse dolphin becomes a victim of China's success

A team of scientists is to scan 1,000 miles of China's Yangtse River

to see if its unique species of dolphin is the first member of the

family of porpoises, dolphins and whales to have become extinct.

Using binoculars and underwater microphones, experts from Britain,

the United States and China will spend eight weeks this autumn

surveying the newly industrialised habitat of the white river


A pilot project that began a week ago has failed to find one,

leading to fears that the dolphin, or baiji as it is known in

Chinese, has succumbed to the country's rapid economic growth.

f a few are found, there are plans to move them to a nature reserve

in the middle stretches of the river.

This is the first full survey for nearly 10 years," the British

project manager, Leigh Barrett, said. "We don't know if we will find

any baiji, or even if it is safe to move them, but we are hoping


Chimpanzee dies of heart attack, not suffocation

Tests show a chimpanzee that died after being taken from Ohio State

University to Texas suffered a heart attack.

Officials originally believed the 250-plus-pound chimp, named

Kermit, suffocated when his head fell forward after he was

tranquilized on March second. He was sedated while being moved from

a traveling cage to living quarters at a Texas animal sanctuary.

Kermit was one of nine chimpan

Safari park success as risk to rare deer breed averted

A CENTURY ago, there were just 18 of a rare species of deer in the

world, having been wiped out in a great flood or eaten during the

Boxer rebellion of 1900 in China.

Now Knowsley Safari Park has successfully bred so many of the Pere

David's deer they are being exported to a wetland trust in Kent.

The park, owned by Lord Derby, is even involved in an ambitious

project to re-introduce


FIGHT: David Gill TOWN hall chiefs plan to take legal action after

work began on a South Lakes zoo car park without planning permission.

Barrow Borough Council's planning committee yesterday snubbed new

proposals for a car park at South Lakes Wild Animal Park. The fresh

plans were for a asphalt car park with areas of landscaping.

They were more ambitious than previous proposals for the car park

which were refused earlier this year, because, the committee said

they would have an "unacceptable" impact on the landscape. Council

officials yesterday claimed work was carried out on the car park

without permission and they plan to take action.

Colin Phillips, the council's development control and enforcement

manager, said asphalt had not been put down but a hardcore base had

been made which was "clearly ready"

Zoo steps up wild-animal preservation

Opens $1 million outreach and conservation center

From endangered Rote Island snake-necked turtles to the world's last

Jamaican iguanas, the Fort Worth Zoo's new Animal Outreach and

Conservation Center will soon become home to some of the rarest

species on the planet.

Tarren Wagener, director of conservation and science at the zoo,

said the new 10,000-square-foot, $1 million facility will vastly

improve the zoo's services. When construction was completed March 10

the first animal resident moved in.

"To have a space specifically dedicated to breeding efforts for

endangered species as well as a training and exercise room is a

tremendous addition to the zoo," she said. "It's stunning, for

example, to think that 200 of the 300 turtle and tortoise species in

the world are threatened in some way. With this facility, we will

take on seven of the top 25 most endangered turtles and tortoises,

breeding them so their species doesn't disappear – that's a worldwide

effort that will happen locally."

The indoor/outdoor outreach facility, which


Hollywood star Stefanie Powers went heart to heart with animal

lovers yesterday to launch a £1 million fund for endangered species.

The actress - famous for TV's Hart to Hart - was at Twycross Zoo to

launch a conservation programme.

Zoo bosses have set up the Conservation Welfare Fund which aims to

help some of the world's most endangered species.

Interest on the fund will be channelled into schemes to protect

habitats and rehabilitation programmes.

It will also allow the zoo staff to respond to disasters at short


About 150 VIPs were at Twycross Zoo - recently rebranded the World

Primate Centre - yesterday to hear about the fund programme.

Stefanie was invited to launch

Study launched to monitor dolphin's health

The Agriculture, Fisheries & Conservation Department recently began

a two-year study to monitor the number of Chinese white dolphins in

Hong Kong and their distribution.

They will take tissue samples from live dolphins to investigate the

long-term impacts of environmental contaminants on the mammals'


The department's Senior Marine Conservation Officer Joseph Sham said

monitoring the Chinese white dolphin has been an important part of

the conservation of marine mammals in Hong Kong.

Mr Sham said the department has been studying the population and

biology of this rare animal for

A Hundred Thousand Fish, Behind a Pane 2 Feet Thick

Here, in fact, the marvels are immediate and apparent. A wall in a

darkened gallery reveals a Pacific coral reef curving overhead, the

water's surface bubbling with waves from invisible machinery; the

effect must be comparable to that in 1866 Paris, where a new

aquarium's dim halls were lighted with projected sea images,

creating an almost oceanic atmosphere. Here, too, there is a 100-

foot-long tunnel through the 33-foot-deep ocean tank that captures

the almost mystical sensations of submersion that those Parisians

may also have sensed when transparent tanks were mounted over their


In Atlanta, too, river fish are glimpsed in an atmospheric, jungle-

like path with rippling light and water — a latter-day variation on

aquariums' once-standard grottos. And perhaps most dramatically,

there is the sight of a small school of golden trevallies, swimming

in perfect formation, inches from the grim mouth of a 17-foot whale


Yet to discover that those fish are trevallies, I had to search.

Labels are either nonexistent or uninformative. One is often meant

to browse through

Cairo Zoo declares war on bird flu (horrible story - Peter's note)

Rhinos, ibises, peacocks sprayed with Virkon disinfectant to stop

bird flu from turning zoo into animal graveyard.

Masked men shrouded in white protective clothing spray rhinos,

ibises and peacocks with disinfectant in a mad dash to stop the bird

flu virus from turning Cairo Zoo into an animal graveyard.

The paunchy men, clad in white, carry a hose that shoots out the

watery Virkon disinfectant meant to save the menagerie from the

lethal flu that doctors fear could be the world's next great health


Egypt is on high alert after the highly pathogenic H5N1 bird flu

virus was believed to have claimed the nation's first human victim

last weekend and infected three other people.

Since being discovered in mid-February

Bird flu poses fresh threat to endangered species

The deadly bird flu virus may pose a fresh threat to endangered

mammal species including big cats such as tigers and leopards, the

United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) said on Wednesday.

UNEP said it was especially concerned about countries like Vietnam,

which is home to both a rich variety of wild species and a large

poultry industry that has been hit by avian flu outbreaks.

"A far wider range of species, including rare and endangered ones,

may be affected by highly virulent avian flu than has previously

been supposed," UNEP said in a statement.

It said experts at the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD)

conference in Brazil said "there is growing evidence that the H5N1

virus can infect and harm big cats like leopards and tigers, small

cats such as civets and other mammals like martens, weasels, badgers

and otters."

Since late 2003, the H5N1 strain of avian flu has killed more than

100 people and in recent weeks has spread with alarming speed into

Africa, Europe and Asia.

It has killed or led to the culling of some 200 million birds

globally. It also has been detected in a marten, a weasel-like

mammal, in Germany, and there have been reported infections in cats

in Germany and a dog in Azerbaijan.

In December 2003, two tigers and two leopards, fed on fresh chicken

carcasses, died unexpectedly at a zoo in Thailand. Subsequent

investigation identified H5N1 in tissue samples.


UNEP said avian flu could also pose an indirect threat to rare


Dyer man 'lives' with the fishes

Jeff Mitchell stands over a sink, peeling shrimp that aren't

destined to encircle cocktail sauce on an appetizer tray.

The shrimp are the main course for animals in the tide pools at the

Shedd Aquarium. The pools are saltwater recreations of aquatic life

found in the Pacific Northwest, and Mitchell cares for the habitat.

The Dyer resident is a senior aquarist and diver at the Shedd. More

than 80 percent of his day is spent doing animal husbandry, which

means he cares for the animals.

Mitchell, who grew up in Griffith, always loved animals, but he

didn't know he had a passion for fish until his early 20s. He was in

college at the time, bouncing around in math- and science-related

majors. He bought a fish tank, became intrigued and settled on a

major in biology.

Mitchell, 35, has worked at the Shedd for 11 years.

His responsibilities include checking the animals, doing water

changes, feeding the animals and maintaining the habitats.

His favorite time of day is from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. "because it's

peaceful, relaxing," he said. "It's just a really cool time to be at

the aquarium."

Mitchell's favorite place is beside

A return to the wild for rare forms of deer

Release to take place at Huay Kha Khaeng

Several species of animals native to the country's forests and

thought to have been close to extinction have successfully been bred

in captivity and will be released back into the wild by the middle

of the year at Huay Kha Khaeng wildlife sanctuary, according to

experts. Hog deer and Eld's deer, which have not been seen in the

country for decades, were brought in from neighbouring countries and

have successfully been bred in captivity under a project which was

approved by the cabinet in October 2005.

The project is being carried out by the Wildlife Conservation Office

in collaboration with scholars from Kasetsart University, the

Zoological Park Organisation and the Wildlife Conservation Society

(WCS) Thailand.

Vinij Phu-anurak, director of the Wildlife Conservation Office, said

20 Hog deer and 30 Eld's deer would be released into the wild by the

middle of the year during the first phase of

You Scratch My Back, I'll Scratch Yours: Chimps Point To Spot They'd

Like Groomed

It was once thought that only humans gestured to direct another

person's attention, but such "referential" gesturing was recently

observed in wild chimpanzees.

John Mitani, University of Michigan anthropology professor, and

colleague Simone Pika, a postdoctoral fellow in psychology at

University of St. Andrews in Scotland, observed male chimps

habitually using "directed scratches" to request grooming of

specific areas on the body. The findings suggest that our closest

living relatives may be capable of mental-state attribution, making

inferences about the knowledge of others.

Up until now, scientists saw directed scratching

Tiger Bites Man At County Fair In Florida

Sister Says Trucker Was Drunk

Authorities said a trucker who transported a tiger to a county fair

in Florida was treated at a hospital after the animal bit his arm.

The Putnam County Sheriff's Office said 25-year-old Jason Hardin of

Westville apparently stuck his arm into the tiger's cage early

Sunday morning.

Hardin's sister said her brother was drunk at the time of the


A spokeswoman for the Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission said

Hardin was treated for severed tendons.

Officials said the incident

Threatened tiger, sickly dragon

In an ominous trend that threatens to undo three decades of

conservation efforts, populations of the Indian tiger (Panthera

tigris tigris) are once again dwindling, with some wildlife experts

even predicting extinction in the wild.

The main reason is increased poaching, driven by demand for tigers

in East Asian economies, particularly China, where tiger

parts are consumed for their supposed medicinal and aphrodisiac


Ironically - given that prosperity should free up resources for

wildlife conservation - economic growth in East Asia has actually

exacerbated the problem, because it has enabled more people to

afford the high cost of tiger-based preparations. In a vicious

cycle, increased demand has in turn led to a steep hike in the

prices of tiger remedies, making the trade even more profitable.

Urgent action is required to reverse the trend and secure the

survival of the Indian tiger (also known as the Bengal tiger).

The sorry state of the tiger population in India came into focus

after revelations about the Sariska

New rodent is 'living fossil'

A squirrel-like rodent discovered in Laos is the sole survivor of a

group that otherwise died out 11 million years ago, according to

fossil data.

The animal made headlines in 2005 when it was hailed as the only new

family of living mammals to be found in 30 years.

But scientists now believe it is a "living fossil", the relic of a

group of prehistoric rodents once widespread in South East Asia and


Writing in Science magazine, they say efforts must be made to

conserve it.

The rodent, Laonastes aenigmamus, was found

A Remarkable Life: Tortoise Dies at 250

One of the world's oldest creatures, a giant tortoise believed to

have been about 250 years old, has died in the Calcutta zoo where it

spent more than half its long life.

Addwaita, which means "the one and only" in the local Bengali

language, was one of four Aldabra tortoises brought to

Lioness gets her share of attention; Zoo evacuated after escape


Who left the door open? That's a question Racine Zoo officials

probably will be asking today after an open door in a lion exhibit

prompted the precautionary evacuation of the zoo on Thursday.

There was never any immediate danger of Elsa, a female African lion,

escaping onto the zoo grounds, according to zoo officials.

The door in question led between the off-exhibit lion's den and the

animal care staff's secure work area.

But zoo officials didn't take any chances. Upon discovery of the

door at 11:30 a.m., the less than 10 people visiting the zoo on the

chilly Thursday morning were escorted to the exits and the Racine

Police Department was called, according to Stephanie Kratochvil,

marketing and

Researchers pinpoint mammal extinction hotspots

Conservationists have created a map of potential extinction

hotspots, highlighting where humans are set to trigger dramatic

declines in animal populations over coming decades.

The map pinpoints 20 areas, ranging from the Siberian tundra to the

Patagonian coast, where mammals are particularly at risk from human

activity, such as deforestation and hunting. The survey was designed

to reveal areas where land mammals are thriving but are expected to

suffer disproportionately from expected increases in the local human

population and changes in habitat.

The arc of fertile islands that runs from Indonesia to the South

Pacific, the Bahamas, and the vast expanses of Greenland were among

the most fragile regions,,1725197,00.html

Microchips Boost Monkey Business Behind Bars

Improving the life of captive animals in zoos may be easy as

microchipping them and automating individual care routines.

Scientists from The University of Queensland are developing an

enrichment and husbandry system that can dispense food, toys and

medicine depending on the needs of individually microchipped animals.

Lead researcher UQ Gatton PhD student Julia Hoy said the system

consisted of the microchips linked with scanners and other automated

equipment that zoo keepers could set to release items at random


Miss Hoy said this unpredictability would help enrich caged life.

"The automated system involves microchipping animals so when they

come to a scanner it will recognise each animal and then release

food, sounds, smells, medications, toys or open a door controlling

access to various parts of the enclosure," Miss Hoy said.

"This has great potential for improving welfare which in turn

increases breeding rates and possibilities for reintroduction to the


USQ researchers Mark Dunn and Professor John Billingsley are helping

develop the enrichment system.

Miss Hoy has surveyed zoo staff about using the system with captive

mammals but believes it will work with a wider range of animals.

She said the idea for the enrichment system stemmed from her honours

project and wanting to give primates

Beastly tales scripted by us

Last week a news channel carried a story done by PETA, India,

volunteers on the zoos of eastern India. It was shocking to say the

least. Visitors in the Shillong zoo were seen drinking and then

assaulting animals. One even gave a lit cigarette to a fox. No zoo-

keeper was around to stop them.

In the Guwahati zoo, a bear infested with ticks was seen crying and

begging for food from the visitors. In the same zoo, a one-horned

rhino has been living alone in his enclosure for 36 years. He has

developed a wound above his horn from banging his head on the wall

of the enclosure in frustration.

Such is the deplorable state of zoos not just in eastern India but

throughout the country. According to the reports by PETA volunteers,

there is a slaughterhouse on the premises of the Jodhpur zoo. In the

Veermata Jijabai Udyan zoo in Mumbai, a male elephant has been

chained for over six months without being released even once to roam

his enclosure.

Zoos claim that they exist for education and conservation but what,

pray, is to be learned by watching tigers, monkeys and other

intelligent animals walk in endless circles in pitifully tiny cells?

A worldwide study of zoos conducted by the Born Free Foundation

revealed that zoochosis, a psychological disease caused by stress is

rampant in confined animals.

Zoo animals are known to display zoochosis by engaging



Zoo to be big attraction, says Chong

The 280-acre Sabah Zoological and Botanical Park in Lok Kawi is set

to become another main tourism attraction for Sabah with its unique

setting that is virtually in the wilderness.

The park, which has incurred a cost of about RM28 million so far,

may only be opened to the public later this year as it still needs

some improvement on the facilities and is awaiting some of the

exotic animals to arrive from overseas.

Tourism, Culture and Environment Minister Tan Sri Chong Kah Kiat

during a working visit to the park on Friday noted that a lot of

improvement needs to be done there.

At the same time, the park is waiting for the acquisition of exotic

animals from abroad to join animals that are found in Sabah.

"I'm sure when it is open it will be a big attraction because seldom

can you see a zoo in a forested area as it is normally in the city

area. Here it is in its natural setting," he said when met after the


According to him, a meeting would be held

Baby monkeys stolen in raid on zoo Mar 20 2006

A PAIR of baby marmoset monkeys the size of a human thumb were

amongst a haul of rare animals and birds stolen during a zoo


The tiny primates were amongst an entire colony of the threatened

black-eared marmosets stolen along with a number of exotic birds

from Exmoor Zoo, in Bratton Fleming, Barnstaple, Devon.

Curator Danny Reynolds said he

Group faults St. Louis zoo's care of elephants

Exhibit area called 'improper'Associated PressST. LOUIS - An animal

rescue and protection group says the St. Louis Zoo is violating the

federal Animal Welfare Act by failing to provide elephants adequate

space and proper conditions for healthy joints and feet, and


The complaint, filed this week, is part of a larger petition the

group submitted last month to the Department of Agriculture seeking

clarification and enforcement of regulations for zoo elephants'


California-based In Defense of Animals, citing zoo medical records

obtained through Missouri's public records law, said St. Louis Zoo

elephants suffer from foot and joint disease that it attributes to

improper housing.

The group said six of the zoo's seven elephants

Buttonwood Park Zoo honors two volunteers for service

At its annual meeting earlier this month, the Buttonwood Park

Zoological Society honored two volunteers for their outstanding

service to the Buttonwood Park Zoo.

Patricia Burke and Sharon Smialek, both of Dartmouth, were given

awards for volunteering on behalf of the Zoological Society. For the

past four years, Ms. Burke and Ms. Smialek have been the lead

volunteers for the society's numerous events, including Zoobilation,

Boo at the Zoo, Holiday Lights at the Zoo and the society's annual

fundraising gala.

"Pattie and Sharon have been the heart and soul of our events over

the last four years," executive director David M. Prentiss

said. "Through their efforts, more than $300,000 has been raised at

the society's special events to support our educational programs

Theft Charges Filed Against Ex-New Zoo Employee

The NEW Zoo's former operations manager has been charged with

stealing $94,000 from the zoo over four years.

Wendy Johnson, 42, of Green Bay, faces up to 10 years in prison and

$25,000 in fines if convicted of a felony criminal charge of

business theft.

Johnson, an employee of the zoo for nine years, told investigators

she took the money to keep her beauty business in De Pere operating,

according to a criminal complaint filed in Brown County Circuit

Court on Wednesday.

According to the complaint, Johnson admitted to the thefts to keep

her business going but replaced the stolen money at the end of each

year until last month.

The complaint said that, in order to reconcile the zoo's accounts

with the treasurer's office, Johnson allegedly fabricated a receipt

from the office. But a county employee

Woodland Park Zoo: Elephant debate

Woodland Park Zoo officials have made a compassionate decision to

bring back an elephant from a placement in Tacoma. The change of

plans announced Monday offers the zoo a chance to engage the public

in decisions about the returning elephant, Bamboo, and the popular

elephant exhibit.

Officials said two other elephants in Tacoma had refused to accept

Bamboo despite efforts to integrate them. Recent conversations with

officials at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium indicated the officials

and keepers had become very fond of Bamboo, who moved last year

after troubles with the liveliness of the Seattle zoo's young Hansa.

Woodland Park officials said they can keep Bamboo indefinitely while

looking for options at other accredited zoos. Among animal rights

groups and some former zoo staff, the change will

Fire kills animals at Rowan petting zoo

Investigators are trying to determine the cause of a fire that

destroyed a Rowan County petting zoo and killed more than 40 animals


The fire was reported just before 8 p.m. at the T.M. Stanback

Petting Barn in Dan Nicholas Park. Security guards left for the

night about 45 minutes earlier.

"We had goats, sheep, rabbits, chinchillas, several reptiles that

were in the building that we did lose," said Don Bringle, the park's

manager.Bringle said the only survivors were


Gorilla Baby Boom Under Way At Zoo

Visitors Get Look At Babies

The San Diego Zoo is having a gorilla baby boom.

For the first time in the zoo's history, two gorilla babies were

born in the same troop within less than two weeks.

One was born on March 5, and the other on March 14.

Visitors got their first look at the babies on Thursday. Keepers at

the zoo have determined that one of the babies is

Côte d'Ivoire zoo looks to South Africa for help

Once one of West Africa's most stunning zoos, Abidjan's menagerie

became a sad victim of the country's political turmoil but help from

South Africa could give it a facelift and its animals a new lease on


Boasting more than 200 animals from about 50 different species, the

zoo suffered from lack of attention and funding during the crisis

years that the former jewel of West Africa has gone through, losing

out on international tourism.

"Since its creation very few shelters and cages have been built,

putting at risk the lives of animals exposed to bad weather,"

deplored the zoo's director, Ayekoue Yapo.

About 100 animals died in three years, said Yapo, lamenting the fact

that the establishment has to make do with a €50 000 annual budget,

which is insufficient to feed, look after and protect the inmates.

Elephants, lions, chimpanzees and crocodiles live in delapidated

shelters mainly built in the 1930s. The enclosing wall and its fence

are in ruins and risk collapsing. The only vehicle available, that

is supposed to do the 50km round trip of the zoo delivering food to

the animals, breaks down daily.

To give the inmates a new lease of life, Yapo intends to

establish "true relations" with a Pretoria zoo, and re-energise his

project thanks to financial support from South Africa.

A €150 000 rehabilitation programme of the Côte d'Ivoire zoo was

launched in 2001 but never implemented because of the political


Two South African veterinary surgeons

Apology over millionaire zoo fiasco

THE Northern Territory Government will pay $100,000 to millionaire

Warren Anderson after wrongly accusing him of neglecting two

southern white rhinoceroses and other rare animals at his private

zoo two years ago.

Former Local Government Minister John Ah Kit has also

apologised "unreservedly" to the West Australian property developer,

as part of a defamation settlement agreed by the pair.

The settlement ends a bizarre and bitter legal wrangle between Mr

Anderson and the NT government over the welfare of his former

collection of rare and exotic animals at Tipperary, 200km south of


"In late 2003, on the basis of information provided to me in my

capacity as the NT Minister responsible for animal welfare, I made

public statements to the effect that Mr Warren Perry Anderson had

left animals for which he was responsible on Tipperary Station to,5478,18475581%5E1702,00.html

Madagascar coming to Chahinkapa Zoo

Some new animals are in route to Chahinkapa Zoo at Wahpeton. The zoo

is acquiring two reindeer, two fossa and five new lemurs. Kathy

Diekman, zoo director, said with the fossa and lemurs zoo staff will

do a Madagascar and predator-prey theme.

"Lemurs are exclusive to Madagascar, that is the only place they

are," Diekman said. "They are their own science project." There are

more than 60 species of lemurs. Because they are limited to

Madagascar, lemurs interbreed and create new species.

The zoo will have three different types of lemurs living in one

habitat. Two crowned lemurs are coming to Chahinkapa from the Hogle

Zoo in Salt Lake City, Utah, and Tangayika Wildlife Park in Kansas

is sending two ring-tailed lemurs. The

Zoo employees continue to picket against MZS

The Malaysian Zoological Society (MZS) says members of the Zoo

Negara and Aquarium Tunku Abdul Rahman Employees Union cannot picket

over matters

(link missing - search Malay Mail archives may find story)

Plodprasop denies animal deaths at zoo

Chiang Mai Night Safari Park director Plodprasop Suraswadi angrily

denied reports that over 100 wild animals at the zoo have died,

saying there were only

(link missing - search Bangkok post archives for full story)

Relax, no one took a Shedd penguin home

The parents of a Chicago area child who recently visited the Shedd

Aquarium got a shock when they discovered their son in his bedroom

with a live....

"Not the penguin thing, again," said Shedd spokeswoman Melissa


Yes. The "penguin thing."

Every few years the fictional yarn makes the rounds, via e-mail

mostly, but also through word of mouth. As sent to reporters, it's

usually a friend-of-a-friend kind of thing.

It goes like this: A kid on a school trip to the Shedd grabs a baby

penguin and shoves it under his coat or into his backpack. He's

extra-quiet on the school bus, secretive at home. When his parents

investigate, the boy is found in his closet (sometimes he's in the

bath) playing with his new black-and-white buddy.

Bottom line: it's bogus, said Holland.

"There's no way you could get them," she said, noting that the

animals are behind glass at the Shedd

Villagers hunt rare species of leopard

Villagers hunted a leopard of rare species (pantherar pardus) at

Chakaria upazila in Cox's Bazar on March 7 night.

A forest official said a local union parishad chairman incited the

villagers to kill the leopard, which is now on the verge of


"No such act of human insensibility on wildlife without any reason

did take place in the last few decades since independence," said

divisional forest officer Dr Tapan Kumar Dey, also project director

of Dulahazra Safari Park.

He said they might seek government permission to sue the chairman

for his act.

The leopard, seven-foot long, 2.5 feet height and weighing 60 kgs,

fell victim to the attack of villagers when it emerged a shrimp

enclosure at Pashchim (west) Baro Bheola village under Chakaria

upazila from the neighbouring forest on March 7 night.

As news of the leopard's appearance spread hundreds of villagers had

encircled the shrimp enclosure and beat it dead before the forest

officials came the spot, sources said.

Local people said they were forced to kill the

Endangered lemurs leave Wales for Scotland

A bittersweet farewell took place at Folly Farm, Kilgetty,

Pembrokeshire, as zoo staff said goodbye to six of their beloved

ringtailed lemurs.

The lemurs were picked up by staff from Scotland's Blair Drummond

Safari Park, where they will begin a new life with another group of


Said Folly Farm's Tim Morphew, "It's very sad to say goodbye to such

charismatic animals- but really we're very happy to see them go.

Their breeding here at Folly Farm has been so successful that their

enclosure was reaching capacity and it was time for some of the

group to move on."

According to Tim, the lemurs' departure is great for the species,

and great for Folly Farm. "It's a mark of the success of our zoo's

breeding programme for this endangered



Malaysian zoo job promises to be animal magic for Nick

A Chessington World of Adventures (CWA) zookeeper has left the UK for

the rain forests of Malaysia to help its government set up the country's

first major zoo.

In what can rightly be described as a dream secondment, Nick Simpson-

Eyre flew out on Sunday and was due to start work there on Monday.

While there he will train staff, head research projects, raise public

awareness, develop educational programmes and generally help make

Lok Kawi a world class establishment.

The 29-year-old, who has been at CWA for eight years, said: "It really is

such an exciting project that they are doing there. I have seen a handful

of photos and it looks impressive. I'm expecting to find a world class

attraction, albeit in the early stages.

"I will be doing a whole range of things really, from the basics of animal

husbandry to general health and safety.

"We have all the records and research to do as well."

oos have plenty of detractors, people who


Polar bear triplets born at zoo

A zoo in the Netherlands is celebrating the birth of polar bear triplets.

The three-month-old cubs made their debut appearance in front of the

public on Friday, when the mother bear came out of their hut with them

in tow.

It's thought to be the first time that polar bear triplets have ever been

born in captivity.

It's not unusual for three cubs to be born in the wild, but only the two

strongest cubs usually

Knoxville Zoo euthanizes ailing elephant Mamie

A 45-year-old African elephant named Mamie was put down by

veterinarians at the Knoxville Zoo Friday because of declining health.

amie had suffered arthritis and foot problems for 15 years, and she

developed neurological problems in recent weeks that left

Take a night-time stroll at Dusit Zoo

Dusit Zoo is to open at night, its director said yesterday. Known locally

as Khao Din, the zoo, which is Thailand's oldest, plans to stay open until

9pm every day instead of 6pm previously. It will also change its morning

opening time from 8am to 10am.

"The night opening will be offered soon," said director Visit Vichasilp.

The extended hours were scheduled to be start this Sunday, but due to

the current political situation the plan was temporarily postponed, he


Under the banner, "Take a Sunset Walk in Khao Din", the night-time

opening will allow people to enjoy the zoo's attractions at sunset, Visit


As well as being able to savour the zoo's peaceful atmosphere, visitors

will be able to enjoy the sight of the Parliament building at sunset.

Night visitors will tour the zoo in trailers

Award for Dubai Zoo chief for research works on UAE's wildlife and birds

Head of Dubai Zoo, Dr Reza Khan, has recently won two awards for his

outstanding research works on birds and wildlife in the UAE and


The Environment Ministry of Bangladesh Government and the Jahangir

Nagar University pf Dhaka has conferred on him the 'Bird Fair Award

2006' in recognition of his extensive research works on birds in


The award is one of the two awards instituted by the government body

as part of its annual Bird Fair (Pakhi Mela). The other award is given to

individuals who contribute towards conserving birds in their natural


A Bangladesh citizen and former Professor of Zoology at Dhaka

University, Dr. Khan makes several visits to the country every

Man fed rabbit to alligator 'because it was hungry'

A man who stole a rabbit from a zoo then fed it to the alligators is facing


Damien French, now 20, dropped the large white rabbit into the alligator

pond at the Welsh Mountain Zoo in Colwyn Bay, north Wales.

He laughed hysterically as the animal - which he had pulled from the

petting section of the zoo - was eaten by a large male alligator, named


Llandudno Magistrates Court heard French broke into the zoo in October

last year with two friends, aged 14 and 15, by climbing over a wall.

Once inside the alligator house French, unemployed, read a sign

explaining that alligators eat small mammals.

He said to his friends "He must be hungry" before entering the petting

area, grabbing

Cat Comforts Grieving Orangutan in Panama City Beach Zoo

Tondalayo, a 45-year-old Sumatran orangutan, and T-J, a stray tabby

cat, became an inseparable duo after a zoo employee introduced them

late last year. Zookeepers at the Education Director at Zoo World in

Panama City Beach say Tondalayo was depressed since losing her mate

two years ago.

Her age prevented her from moving to another zoo or taking another

mate. The ducks and turtles swimming in a moat around her island

were n

SA cheetahs relocated to Indonesian zoo

A pair of cheetah (Acinonyx jabutus) have departed for their new home

at the Surabaya Zoo in Indonesia aboard a Cathay Pacific flight bound

for Indonesia via Hong Kong. The animals are expected to arrive in

Indonesia approximately at noon tomorrow.

The two cheetah were sent as part of the co-operation agreement and

exchange of animals between the National Zoological Gardens of South

Africa and the Surabaya Zoo. On January 31, 2006, the National Zoo

received a pair of Komodo dragons from this Indonesian zoo.

Mr Willie Labuschagne, the executive director of the national zoo, says it

he is proud that such an iconic animal of South Africa will now be on

display in one of Asia's zoos. "Africa has some unique animal species

and the cheetah is undoubtedly one of these. We trust that the Surabaya

Zoo's visitors will get as much pleasure from viewing these big cats as

we have presenting them to the people of Indonesia".

The male is presently five-years-old and the female is four-years-old.

Both animals were bred at the Hoedspruit Research and Breeding,2172,123389,00.html

No More Elephants in Chicago's Zoos?

Read the tragic stories of Chicago's beloved elephants Ziggy and Mame

Chicago's 48th Ward Alderman Mary Ann Smith has introduced an

ordinance requiring Chicago zoos to provide each of its elephants a

minimum habitat of 10 acres. Many people think that if the ordinance

passes, it will signal the end of elephants in Chicago's zoos.

Beth Stevens, PhD, president of the American Zoo and Aquarium

Association (AZA) Board of Directors and vice president of Disney's

Animal Kingdom and animal programs, has said that "This ordinance is

not just about elephants in Chicago. It is an attempt by animal rights

activists to make Chicago a national example of getting elephants out of

zoos today, and getting other species, such as giraffe, lions and gorilla,

out of zoos tomorrow."

Other people think that it's not just American



Why zoo's survival is a bear necessity
THE recent announcement by Edinburgh Zoo of a £58 million expansion
plan has re-ignited some of the ethical arguments for and against
keeping wild animals in captivity.

Zoo staff praised for fire rescue
Zoo staff who helped save elephants in a fire that killed a family of
giraffes are being recognised for their bravery by Devon firefighters.
An electrical fault started the fire in which a mother giraffe and six-day-
old calf died, and the father days later.
Paignton Zoo's mammals curator Neil Bemment and Jim Dicks,
responsible for large mammals, worked with fire crews to rescue two
elephants on 12 February.
The staff will receive Commendations from Devon Fire & Rescue
Simon Tonge, executive director of the Devon zoo, said: "I'm very proud
of the way zoo

Woman Injured Entering Zoo's Elephant Exhibit
A 25-year-old woman climbed past barriers and into an elephant's zoo
exhibit, then crawled out with minor injuries after the 6,000-pound
animal smacked her with its trunk.
"That's how an elephant reacts to something they would perceive as a
threat," said Cameron Park Zoo director Jim Fleshman.
After saying she wanted to play with the elephant, the woman climbed
over a 3-feet-high wood-and-wire fence, scaled an 8-foot-tall artificial
rock structure and bypassed an electric wire before jumping into the
exhibit Thursday afternoon, Fleshman said. A moat extends around most

Injured Cheetah Still Missing
Efforts are still underway to find and cure an injured cheetah after it
was sighted more than 20 days ago in the protected are of Bafq in Yazd.
Reports say rangers in this Iranian central city could capture video
footage of a cheetah in Godar Gazu Pass with severe injury in its left
paw, the Persian daily Hamshahri reported, saying it is likely the wild cat-
-listed as a seriously endangered species--has died.
Curing the beast, however, is tied to the availability of an anesthetic dart
gun--the lack of which has already triggered two tragedies in other parts
of the country.
This is while another cheetah bled to death in the area after being hit by
a lorry two months ago.
According to reports, only between 40-60 cheetahs are scattered in
seven areas in Iran. In 2001, the UN launched the Conservation of
Asiatic Cheetah Project in Iran with a $725,000 financial aid.
Around 500 cheetahs used to live in Iranian desert areas up until 60
years ago. But the figure has drastically declined due to destruction of its
habitats over time.
Thanks to the DoE efforts during the 1970s, the rare species

OSU professor chains self to gate, delaying chimpanzee transfer
An Ohio State University professor and other protesters chained
themselves to a gate outside the campus chimpanzee center where
she's conducted her life's work, delaying for hours the transfer of nine
chimpanzees to a Texas sanctuary.
Ohio State officials said last week the center was closing because of lack
of research funds and had limited Sally Boysen's access to the center
outside regular office hours.
Boysen, who founded the research lab in 1983, sought a federal court
order to stop the transfer, but a truck showed up to move the apes soon
after U.S. District Judge Algenon Marbley denied the request Monday.
The protesters eventually unchained themselves but still blocked the
truck's exit through the gate. The truck left late Monday under police
escort, bound for Primarily Primates in San Antonio.
"If anything, I should have jumped on the truck and gone with them,"
Boysen said.
Boysen had tried to secure research funding since 2002, when the
university said she must get grants

Youths hunted after tiger cage break-in bid sparks zoo alert
THREE teenagers prompted a full-scale alert at Edinburgh Zoo after
trying to break into the tiger enclosure.
The youths attempted to open the doors to the enclosure housing Amur
tigers, the largest cats in the world, before being chased off by security
The incident happened at around 6.30pm on Sunday evening, and zoo
chiefs immediately put their "animal escape procedure" into place, but
the tigers had not been released.
The tigers, formerly

Authorities probe theft of money from NEW Zoo
The Brown County Sheriff's Department is investigating allegations an
undisclosed amount of money is missing from the NEW Zoo.
The county's legal department asked the sheriff's department to
investigate Monday after an internal audit. A zoo employee was placed
on administrative leave, but county officials did not confirm the person's
name or position.
Chief Deputy John Gossage of the sheriff's department said he could not
confirm or deny that money was even missing, but that is the nature of
the allegations.
Tax dollars are not used at the NEW Zoo. The

Doctors successfully remove dead calf inside zoo elephant
It's been a waiting game at the Seneca Park Zoo following the death of
Genny C's calf. Nobody was sure when the baby elephant would pass
and if Genny C would survive the ordeal.
But, there's good news to report.
The zoo staff announced Tuesday that they were able to surgically
retrieve the calf this weekend and now that Genny C has survived the
crucial first 72 hours. They're reporting the good news to the public.
An elated Chief Veterinarian, Dr. Jeff Wyatt, called the procedure the
most significant of his career.
He called in vets from Florida, Missouri and Canada to form what he
called a dream team. They were able to perform the four-hour surgery

Prague makes perfect sense for an aquarium
TO the uninitiated, Letna Hill above Prague's Old Town is the last place
you would consider building an ocean aquarium.
The highly prized slice of national park sits atop the capital city of the
Czech Republic, which attracts four million tourists a year who are lured
by churches and castles – not crustaceans.
But, for the MFS-owned Oceanis Group, Letna makes perfect sense.
"We've basically reversed the thinking," explains Len Edney, project
manager for the Oceanis Prague aquarium proposal.
"Most other places have a sea coast. But here you've got a landlocked
country where 80 or 90 per cent of people would never get to see fish
like these, and you're at the crossroads of central Europe in a city with a
huge tourism market."
The company's ambitious plan is to excavate the catacombs burrowed
into the hill that were originally intended,5936,18282095%255E3122,00.html

Chinese Wolves to Cut Blue Sheep Numbers
Blue sheep have increased from 1,200 to more 15,000 within 18 years.
China's effort to protect its wild blue sheep has been so successful that
it now plans to employ wolves to preempt a looming population
explosion, state media said.
The wild blue sheep, once teetering on the brink of extinction, has lived
a sheltered life at the Helan Mountain Natural Reserve in northwest
China since 1988, multiplying beyond all previous forecasts, the China
Daily reported.
During their 18 years under protection at the reserve, sheep numbers
have increased from 1,200 to more than 15,000, suddenly putting much
of the reserve's vegetation on the endangered list, according to the
"We think we need to introduce wolves to help control the sheep
population," said Cui Duoying, a zoologist at the Huadong Normal
University in Shanghai.
"The ecological equilibrium of the area has been seriously

Red tape risks female gorilla exchange
The four male gorillas at the Schmutzer Primate Center in Ragunan Zoo,
South Jakarta, could soon have some female company if an exchange
with Howletts Zoo in the UK goes ahead
Ragunan Zoo head Sri Mulyono said over the weekend the Jakarta
administration and Howletts Zoo, which is owned by the John Aspinall
Foundation, reached an agreement last week
"We will get female gorillas in exchange for several primates, such as
the Javan Langur and the Javan Gibbon," he said
Sri said the habitat for the new gorillas in the 13-hectare Schmutzer
Primate Center would be discussed later
After the meeting at City Hall, Howletts Zoo director Damian

Animal lovers sharpen claws over plans for zoo expansion
ANIMAL groups have hit out at Edinburgh Zoo's plans to add elephants,
orangutans and manatees to its collection of animals.
Dr Robert Atkinson, head of Wildlife at the RSPCA, said: "Research
shows that elephants in European zoos suffer from poor welfare. The
RSPCA is shocked that Edinburgh Zoo may foolishly reverse the
enlightened decision it previously made to stop keeping these majestic

Six wild Sumatran elephants found dead with blackened mouths on the
jungle floor of Mahato, Riau province, on Indonesia's Sumatra island,
were believed to have been poisoned, a World Wildlife Fund (WWF)
official said on Thursday.
"We have a strong belief that they were all poisoned," Desmarita Murni,
WWF communications officer for species programmes, told Deutsche
Presse-Agentur dpa, adding that the WWF planned to perform an
autopsy later on Thursday to find out exact details on how and who
might poisoned the wild beasts.
Continuous conflicts between the wild beasts and villagers encroaching
into the jungle have often been cited as the cause of the elephants'
occasional rampages that damage houses and kill villagers in some
regencies in Riau province.
Environmentalists and conservation officials

Zoo upgrade to create more room for animals
Animals in Fuzhou Zoo in the capital city of East China's Fujian Province
will soon have a more spacious home.
The zoo will be relocated to a much bigger site in the city, which covers
about 53 hectares, more than 10 times larger than the current one.
With an area of only 4 hectares, the zoo is regarded as the smallest in
the nation's capital cities, said Chen Guichun, director with the zoo's
administration section.
Having been living in small and humid cages for a long time, many
animals have become emotionally disturbed and often behave
"The poor conditions affect the normal

Youth Survives Fall in Lion's Cage at Patna Zoo
Tragedy was averted at Patna's Sanjay Gandhi Botanical and Zoological
Garden on Sunday when a man accidentally fell in the cage of lion but
thanks to quick-thinking zoo officials and his own presence of mind, he
walked away from the lion's cage with only some minor bruises and
As per the reports, 24-years old Sudhir Kumar, a native of Fatuha, was
leaning on the railings of the lion cage when a lioness came close to him
and took a swipe at him with her powerful paws.
With that sudden move, Kumar lost his balance and fell in the cage
facing the lioness. The zoo employees, however, immediately sprung
into action and shot water cannons at the lioness as her prey

Detroit mayor disappointed with zoo negotiations, but still hopeful
In his first public comments on the Detroit Zoo fiasco, Mayor Kwame
Kilpatrick said he was disappointed that the council rejected the original
proposal to save the more than 75-year-old beloved institution.
"I suspected we had all our ducks in a row, so I thought it would pass,"
he said.
Kilpatrick had been on a week-long fact-finding congressional trip to
Africa with his mother U.S. Congresswoman Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick.
But he weighed in at a Monday afternoon press conference in which he
assured zoo lovers that his administration would continue to work with
the council to save the zoo.
Kilpatrick said the plan to allow the Detroit Zoological Society to take
over the daily operations of the zoo had been under

Birdflu detected in Ukrainian zoo - officials
Parrots and pheasants have died of bird flu at a zoo in southern Ukraine,
prompting officials to slap a quarantine on the facility's bird enclosures,
officials said on Monday.
But Ukrainian media quoted veterinary officials as saying the strain of flu
detected was the H5 type -- and not the particularly dangerous H5N1
strain. Cases of H5N1 have already been detected in Ukraine's southern
Crimea peninsula.
"We have recorded deaths of birds -- three or four pheasants and
several parrots in two of the enclosures at

John Grogan | Zoo hysteria high as elephant's eye
By John Grogan Inquirer Columnist
It might be easy to write off as a nutty extremist Marianne Bessey, the
animal-rights activist who has been banned from the Philadelphia Zoo.
Easy, that is, until you look into the eyes of the giant, majestic beasts
she so zealously - some might say hysterically - champions.
Until you look into the eyes of a captive elephant.
There is something there. Something more than docile existence. There
is intelligence, fierce intelligence. No question about it. Even the zoo's
own Web site notes the animal's innate smarts. Is it my imagination, or
is there also sadness in those eyes?
Sadness and longing?
Bessey thinks there is, and she has become obsessed with helping the
zoo's four elephants find freedom - or at least a relative facsimile of it -
at a 2,700-acre pachyderm sanctuary in Tennessee.
She has become a major burr under the saddle of the zoo's
administration, regularly visiting the elephants in their tight quarters at
the zoo, videotaping them, freely sharing her opinion that elephants
deserve better than a quarter-acre exercise yard where visitors stand
and gawk at them.
"They're so intelligent and just so amazing,"

Zoo car park snubbed again
TOWN hall chiefs have again rejected new car park plans for Dalton's
Zoo boss David Gill was set to get the thumbs up for a revised parking
scheme at South Lakes Wild Animal Park.
The latest scheme was seen by council officers as an improvement over
earlier submitted plans.
Those plans were deemed as having an "unacceptable"


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