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Marine zoo needs 'new blood' for the sharks... it's for sale at
THE estate agent's particulars would make interesting reading - one
zoo for sale, including sharks, piranhas and sea horses - as one of
Wales' most popular tourist attractions was put up for sale
The owners of Anglesey Sea Zoo are hoping an investor with around
£1.5m and a love of marine life can inject new momentum into the
It began as just a few tanks storing lobsters, but now draws tens of
thousands of visitors each year, and has become a major draw for the
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Zoo appeals for elephant funding
SYDNEY'S Taronga Zoo is appealing for public donations to help fund
the upkeep of five Asian elephants being imported from Thailand.
The elephants are still in Bangkok, where they have been in
quarantine for 18 months, after protesters blocked their move to
Australia on June 6.
No date has been confirmed for their flight, with Taronga Zoo
spokesman Mark Williams quoted in News Limited newspapers today as
saying the delay had cost the zoo money.
Taronga Zoo director Guy Cooper has sent 55,000 letters to friends
of the zoo appealing for donations in exchange for photos and the
chance to meet the pachyderms and their keepers.
The letters, which contain a brief history of each
Primatologists aim at bird watchers
With time running out for many wild primates, one field biologist is
attempting to help save them by aping the online success of bird
"Bird watching is a multi-billion industry and enthusiasts are
always ticking new species they see. But no one is doing this for
primates," said primatologist Russ Mittermeier, president of NGO
Conservation International.
"I have probably seen more primates in the field than anyone so I
decided it was time to encourage primate watchers to also begin
counting the species they have seen," he told Reuters at a
conservation conference in Madagascar's capital.
Mittermeier, who has seen over 300 of the planet's roughly 650
species and sub-species of wild primates, plans to set up a Web site
in the next couple of months that will allow watchers to record
their sightings.
He is hoping to tap into the competitive streak in nature lovers
that sees bird watchers attempting to reach higher
Zoo defends cheetah rental programme
Wellington Zoo is rejecting suggestions it's exploiting its animals
with a scheme that allows people to rent out cheetahs for special
The zoo's "off-site cheetah encounter" programme, which costs
customers $2,500, has raised the ire of animal rights campaigners,
who say it is turning the big cats into circus performers.
But Wellington Zoo says the animals are not forced to act
unnaturally, and it is very selective about what functions they go
The zoo says the visits have a strong conservation focus, and animal
welfare and public safety
5 endangered primates stolen from English zoo
Five endangered monkeys were stolen from a zoo over the weekend, the
latest in a recent string of thefts involving small primates across
England, police said Monday.
A family of silvery marmosets — a male, a female and a two-month-old
baby — and a pair of Geoffrey marmosets were taken late Saturday
from nesting boxes at Drusillas Park Zoo in East Sussex. Thieves
also tried to break into a third enclosure holding small monkeys,
zoo officials said.
Zoos in Devon and Suffolk have also had small monkeys pilfered in
recent weeks.
"This is not a casual crime," said John Haywood, co-ordinator of the
National Theft Register for Exotic Animals. "This is extremely well-
organized, and is no doubt part of a series. These are specialist
Haywood, who estimated more than 50 small monkeys have been stolen
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Indian Forest Service Officer V.A. Rangarao has taken charge as the
new Executive Director of Mysore Zoo yesterday evening from former
Executive Director Manoj Kumar, who was transferred.
After taking charge Rangarao spoke to the media persons and said
that he has to learn a lot about the Zoo and will try to work for
its development. He lauded the efforts
'Gorilla Wall' to Be Completed Soon
Sixty-three kilometers of a perimeter fencing (Buffalo Wall) in the
Gorilla habitat of the Virunga National Park have been completed.
According to a release by the National Tourism Office (ORTPN), the
wall will deter the Gorillas from straying into the gardens of local
people in the surrounding areas.
The revelations were made Saturday, June 17, when the country's
tourism sector witnessed yet another landmark, with the successful
naming of 12 Mountain Gorillas and one from the neighbouring
Democratic Republic of Congo. According to the ORTPN release, the
naming ceremony
Grumble in the jungle
Gingery, cheeky, intelligent ... and extinct in 12 years' time. The
rampaging hunger of western food giants means the jungles of
Indonesia and Malaysia - home to the charismatic orang-utan - are
being razed in order to grow more oil palms. But, as Phil Hogan
reports from Borneo, a change in our shopping habits could yet save
these amazing apes.
Palm oil is everywhere. It's in lipstick and horseradish sauce,
Jammie Dodgers and margarine and shoe polish. It's in shampoo. It's
in TV dinners. Throw a stick of celery in your local supermarket and
you've got a 10 per cent chance of hitting,,1798614,00.html
Central Africa's First Debt-for-Nature Swap Invests $25 Million for
Tropical Forest Conservation in Cameroon
6France and Cameroon signed the first ever Central African debt for
nature swap today. This agreement will invest at least $25 million
over the next five years to protect part of the world's second
largest tropical forest, home to elephants, gorillas, hundreds of
bird species and indigenous groups such as the Ba'Aka pygmies.
The agreement comes from France's Debt Development Contract (C2D) a
complement to the Heavily Indebted Poor Countries initiative (HIPC),
a joint initiative of the World Bank and International Monetary
Fund. The HIPC's goal is to reduce the excessive debt faced by the
world's poorest nations. The goal
Woodland Park Zoo Asks For Dismissal Of Elephant Lawsuit
Attorneys for Woodland Park Zoo have asked a court to dismiss a
lawsuit by an animal rights group that claims an unsocial elephant
should be placed elsewhere.
Zoo officials "vigorously dispute" claims that they are not
providing sufficient care for 39-year-old Bamboo, the lawyers said
in a court filing Friday.
The Asian elephant was transferred last summer to the Point Defiance
Zoo in Tacoma because she didn't get along with some of the
elephants in Seattle. But after more than a year, she
Scientist prepares Congo gorillas for tourism
If you have gorillas the tourists will come -- but it may take some
time if your apes live in the remote east of the Democratic Republic
of Congo, better
known for anarchy and conflict than tourism.
"It is my dream (to have tourists come) because with tourism we'll
have benefits and money coming in," Pierre Kakule Vwirasihikya told
Reuters during a conservation conference in the Malagasy capital,
where ecotourism is a key theme.
Vwirasihikya, a Congolese primatologist, has been working with local
guides to habituate two families of rare mountain gorillas on the
Congo side of the Virunga National Park, which straddles the border
with Uganda and Rwanda.
The process of habituation is a long one and involves getting the
gorillas comfortable with humans in their midst.
It also means hair-raising encounters with huge males which
sometimes charge.
"I have scars here from falling down when I was running away," said
Vwirasihikya, pointing to marks etched into his forehead.
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A zoo fit for Noah on city's edge
NOAH might have parked his ark on Mount Ararat, but it still could
not match the million-dollar views the 6000 animals destined for
Sydney's newest zoo will have.
When the $45 million Sydney Wildlife World opens in October, next to
Sydney Aquarium at Darling Harbour, it will house the world's
largest variety of Australian fauna under one roof.
The two-storey wildlife park will have a one-kilometre walkway
around an area of more than 7000 square metres. More than 1000
species of animals will be on show.
The park's general manager of life sciences, Craig Sowden, said the
animals were being brought in from across Australia.
"We expect them to start arriving in the next six to eight weeks,"
he said.
Visitors can expect a broad range of creatures - from butterflies
and insects to poisonous snakes and koalas.
"We have animals coming from private zoos, from captive breeding
programs and from fauna parks," Mr Sowden said. "Nowra Fauna Park is
supplying some animals and so are several wildlife parks in South
Some animals may prove to be more
Bush-meat trade puts Britain at risk of Ebola
Britain is at risk of an outbreak of the lethal Ebola and Marburg
viruses because of the burgeoning trade in illegal bush meat from
Africa, a leading public health expert has warned.
Imports of wild meat, including body parts of primates such as
gorillas and chimpanzees, have increased dramatically as a result of
the commercial hunting of up to 71 species. Last year, there were
25,000 seizures at UK airports, a 62 per cent increase on 2004.
Conservationists argue that the scale of the industry, in the
rainforests of west and central Africa, is driving endangered
species, including the gorilla and several breeds of antelope,
towards extinction.
Professor Robert Swanepoel, a leading authority on haemorrhagic
fevers such as Ebola, told an international conference yesterday
that the boom in supply - thought to be five million tons a year -
means that bush meat containing the viruses could now reach London
and other cities, sparking a health crisis.
Bush meat, some of it from rare species, is regularly smuggled into
Britain in commercial quantities and can be found on sale in areas
of London with African communities, including Hackney and Brixton,
where chimpanzee and gorilla meat may be bought for £300 per
kilogram. There
Elephants at National Zoo to get $60m home
The National Zoo has announced plans for a new $60 million
``Elephant Trails" exhibit that will dramatically expand and upgrade
its current facility for Asian elephants and try to be a centerpiece
for breeding and conservation efforts to stop the endangered species
from becoming extinct.
Under the current design concept, the zoo's elephants would have at
least four acres of outdoor and indoor space, including a central
area in the Elephant House where the animals could socialize 24
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World's Oldest Tortoise Dies at 176
Harriet, the world's oldest tortoise, has died at the age of 176.
Harriet, believed to be the tortoise Charles Darwin worked with to
prove his theory of evolution, has died in the Australian Zoo of
Harriet suffered a heart attack because she was severely ill. She
died night, said senior veterinarian John Hanger.
Hanger said that the tortoise was believed to have been captured by
Charles Darwin, who used the tortoise as an object


Elephant kills attendant in Nanhui zoo
AN elephant attacked and killed an attendant at the Shanghai Wild
Animal Zoo in Nanhui District yesterday, Shanghai Morning Post
reported today.
Li Guohua, 43, was in the cage of a sick elephant "Qing Qing,"
preparing to clean its food basin at 8pm, when it suddenly attacked
his head with its trunk, and he was thrown into a wall, falling into
shock instantly.
Other employees immediately called an ambulance and sent him to
Nanhui central hospital.
However, doctors were unable to save the man's life. He arrived at
the hospital covered in blood and didn't have any vital signs, a
doctor said.
Li worked as an elephant attendant for 15 months.
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Who Belongs in the Zoo?
Standing alone in a small enclosure, a 21-year-old Asian bull
elephant named Billy seems oblivious to the two dozen schoolchildren
who press against a chain-link fence to get a closer look. He bobs
his massive head up and down and transfers his considerable weight
from one side to the other. His trunk unfurls toward the blue plastic
cylinder that has been provided for him to play with. Occasionally
Billy lumbers over to another part of the yard--his massive gray
body, wrinkled skin and billowy, fanlike ears intimidating yet at the
same time irresistible. Some of the kids have never been this close
to a real, live elephant, and their gasps and laughter convey the
consensus: he's cool!
But to animal-rights activists, animal-behavior experts and even some
zoo officials, Billy's situation is very uncool. In the wild,
elephants roam as much as 30 miles a day, snacking on lush foliage,
bathing in water holes and interacting socially with other elephants
in groups of up to 20. At the Los Angeles Zoo, Billy has had just
under an acre on which to roam. After a $39 million upgrade scheduled
for completion in 2009, he will share 3.7 acres (about three football
fields) with two companions.
That's generous by today's standards, but critics say it's still too
little to give an elephant adequate exercise. Living in such
confinement, elephants are prone to arthritis, foot problems and even
premature death. Billy's head bobbing, they contend, is typical of
elephants in distress and probably results from an inadequate
physical environment. "I've come to the conclusion after many years
that it is simply not possible for zoos to meet the needs of
elephants," asserts David Hancocks, an outspoken zoo consultant and
former director of the Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle.
He's not alone. Over the past five years, major zoos across the
country--San Francisco, Chicago, Detroit, Philadelphia, the Bronx Zoo
in New York City--have quietly made the decision to stop exhibiting
elephants altogether, some as soon as they can find homes for the
animals and others after the deaths of the ones they have. For
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Animal welfare group steps up anti-zoo drive
THE People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (Peta) has stepped up
its campaign to shut down all the zoos in the country.
Jamie Alarcon, spokesperson of the animal rights group, yesterday
said they have come up with various antizoo advertisements "to
strengthen their campaign and to remind people that animals are
better off in the wild."
"We stand in our belief that the only thing zoos teach people is that
it's okay to imprison the innocent and dictate to them what to do
with their lives," she said.
"It's wrong to put these animals on display so that people can learn
about them," Alarcon added.
The protest, part of Peta's worldwide campaign against zoos, calls
for the Philippines to lead the way by becoming the first zoo-free
country in Asia.
Peta's antizoo advertisements include
Zoo starts national search for a top animal manager
The Toledo Zoo began a nationwide search Wednesday for a deputy
director who will act as the institution's top animal manager.
Tina Skeldon Wozniak, president of the Lucas County commissioners,
characterized the zoo's move as the fulfillment of "one of the
important things that we wanted. That's very good.''
The new position was announced as part of the zoo's quarterly report
to the commissioners.
The zoo hasn't had a deputy director with animal experience since
2002, when Doug Porter resigned to take a job in Georgia.
The zoo replaced Mr. Porter with Robert Harden, who had a long career
with the National Funeral Directors Association and the New Jersey
Bankers Association before coming to the zoo.
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Environmental challenge to zoo inspector ANIMAL campaigners have
urged a leading zoo inspector to seriously consider the potential
dangers of Loch Lomond's new aquarium before giving it the go-ahead.
They claim Scottish Executive inspector Dr Anna Meredith has failed
to take into account what they see as the environmental hazards posed
by the Loch Lomond Aquarium, set to open in a few weeks' time.
And they want her assurance that a zoo licence for the premises, to
be operated by Merlin Entertainments, will not be handed out without
their pollution concerns being recognised.
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Zoo insists elephant breeding program will continue
Zoo officials said we will see more of the elephant breeding program
for some time to come. Despite recent hardships, zoo representatives
said the program will go on.
"I think it kind of started out as a little bit of a rumor that the
elephant program was suspended at the zoo for a year, which is
completely inaccurate. The program is still strong as ever," said zoo
spokesperson Sarah Fedele.
Fedele said the Rosamond Gifford Zoo joined the Species Survival Plan
for Asian Elephants in 1981. They started their breed program in
1988, and now she said the zoo has hopes
Parakeets At SF Zoo Test Positive For Disease
One week ago, the San Francisco Zoo opened a brand new bird exhibit.
Now, zoo officials have a public relations nightmare on their hands.
Five parakeets in the exhibit have tested positive for a disease that
could threaten all the birds.
Bird lovers are still enthusiastic about the 600 small birds on
exhibit at the San Francisco zoo. Reports of five of them testing
positive for a potentially contagious condition called bird and
feather disease did not worry this couple.
Alex Ramirez, bird owner: "That's what the guy
Lion enclosure project in Safari Park is in the doldrums
Karachi: The Community and Development Department(CDD) of the city
government has kept lion enclosure project of Safari Park into cold
storage for one year due to lack of interest and now the allocated
funds will be lapsed on June 30.
Sources told Online that the former city government had allocated
Rs10 million and awarded a tender to the contractor about a year ago
to develop the project but due to lack of interest of the officials
of community department and Works and Services Department(WSD), the
project could not be started.
Sources said that the major reason of doldrums this project was
inexperienced officials of the Safari Park who were not technically
sound to start open-lion enclosure project under their supervision.
Without rational planning, the EDO CDD had bifurcated the Safari Park
from the Karachi Zoological Garden about 10 months ago and appointed
a separate district officer for Safari Park who had already charge of
district officer land, sources said.
The open-lion enclosure was to be built on keeping the nature of
lion. The certain size of fencing height, an artificial lake and
other necessities were to be built for which existing staff were not
capable as they had no experience about flora and funa, sources
maintained. Before bifurcation, the Karachi
Author explores magic of Moorpark training zoo
Students who attend Moor-park College's Exotic Animal Training and
Management program will inevitably end up with a few bruises but the
overall experience is going to be enlightening, according to
journalist Amy Sutherland, author of "Kicked, Bitten and Scratched,"
a book that uncovers the behindthe-scene action of the training zoo.
The book reads like a novel, but the story is real and Sutherland
sheds light on the unassuming zoo nestled above Moorpark College.
The author spent about a year visiting the Moorpark Teaching Zoo and
chronicled the personalities and adventures of students and the
animals they work with. The faculty are also included.
The book is not going to teach people how to train wildlife. It's
meant to immerse people into this unlikely magical world where humans
and animals can communicate, Sutherland said in a phone interview
from Boston, Mass., where she lives.
"This program is the best in the country for exotic animal trainers,"
she said.
Moorpark College is one of only two academic teaching zoos in the
nation that offer an academic degree in animal training and care. The
program students are well trained and are infiltrating the animal
industry from top to bottom, Sutherland said.
According to Netta Banks, a program graduate who works for the
American Humane Association, 97 percent of young trainers are from
the Moorpark program.
The school has taken a formerly secretive skill and made it an
academic curriculum at a public college open to all, Sutherland said,
adding there wasn't any direct career path into the field until the
zoo opened its doors.
But this training program isn't for people who think animals are
cute, the author said, quoting zoo veterinarian Jim Peddie.
Pirouetting and hopping
The story begins with 51 firstyear students attending a weeklong
orientation. They must learn to kill prey to feed some of the zoo's
more picky eaters and they don't get to "talk" to the animals until
much later.
Sutherland watched as second-year students taught Savuti the hyena to
pirouette, Kaleb the camel to shoot hoops, and Goblin the baboon to
hop into a crate and close the door behind her.
According to publicist Megan Beatie of Golberg McDuffie
Communications, the experience profoundly changed Sutherland, who
commuted from Boston to spend time at Moorpark.
"The book is about animals, but in the end it's primarily about being
human," Sutherland said.
Through the behavior of animals, Sutherland said she learned much
about people. "They always read our body language and pick up
everything we do. They notice everything and it shows you how unaware
we are," she said.
The program was established by Bill Brisby in 1974 with one animal,
Kiska the wolf.
Exotic animals that have called the local training zoo home range
from marmosets to an Asian elephant and leopard to alligators. The
zoo currently has a Bengal tiger, an African lioness and a variety of
primates and birds.
The demanding program requires a continuous two-year commitment from
participants. In addition to days spent working with and caring for
the animals and attending class, students are required to work at the
zoo most days and weekends. The zoo has almost 200 different animals
and it's maintained and run entirely by the students.
"Responsibility is a key commitment to this program," according to
the college website, but the reward is worth the effort. Graduates
are working all over the world, training dolphins and other marine
mammals, doing conservation work, training animals for television and
films and working at zoos and theme parks.
Most of the students are female, probably because
Warming turns bears into cannibals
Polar bears in the southern Beaufort Sea may be turning to
cannibalism because longer seasons without ice keep them from getting
to their natural food, a new study by American and Canadian
scientists has found.
The study reviewed three examples of polar bears preying on each
other from January to April 2004 north of Alaska and western Canada,
including the first-ever reported killing of a female in a den
shortly after it gave birth.
Polar bears feed primarily on ringed
Polar bear apocalypse
Climate change is forcing this giant predator into extinction. Can
zoos save the species?
Mercedes, the only captive polar bear in Britain, is lying on her
back, playing with a broken elderberry branch in her enclosure next
to the pygmy hippos. The yellowing fur on her belly is thinner than
on her back, so this posture is a bit cooler in the 22C sunshine at
Edinburgh Zoo. It's still too hot for her usual, abnormal behaviour -
walking in a tight circle next to the three heavy logs in her pen.
Perhaps later she'll practise her other unnatural activity,
repetitively swimming laps in the shallow, stagnant, algae-clogged
By international zoo standards, this enclosure is not bad. Some polar
bears are displayed on small concrete shelves above tiny pools, says
Victor Watkins, the wildlife director of the World Society for the
Protection of Animals. "The facilities in Japan are particularly
appalling, some as small as 20 square metres." The Edinburgh Zoo
enclosure is built of stone, about 40 metres in diameter with rocks
and logs and the L-shaped moat. The pen lacks only three things: ice,
seals and space. Especially space.
In the wild, Mercedes would be travelling thousands of kilometres
across the Arctic pack ice in search of the holes where seals emerge
to breathe. She might
Booming bushmeat trade threat to Africa wildlife
Elephant trunks and smoked gorilla limbs
hang from Emile Ndong's stall, "ripening" in the tropical heat.
"A good ceremony, a marriage or an initiation is worthless unless you
serve me at the table," said Ndong, a hawker at the bustling Oloumi
market in Gabon's capital of Libreville.
Ndong is one of many profiting from Africa's booming trade in
bushmeat -- a blood-soaked business that has serious consequences for
the continent's wildlife.
Finding ways to curtail this industry will be discussed at an
international conference in Madagascar from June 20 - 24, which will
seek ways to harness Africa's ecological treasures for development,
while also protecting them.
"Bushmeat is probably the biggest threat to biodiversity in central
Africa," said Juan Carlos Bonilla, head of the Central Africa
programme for Conservation International, the main organiser of the
Madagascar symposium.
From Ivory Coast in the west through Equatorial Guinea to Kenya in
the east, poaching to feed the bushmeat market is rampant. And it is
threatening entire species, including man's closest relatives, the
great apes.
Even in the continent's economic powerhouse
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Gita, the Los Angeles Zoo's 48-Year-Old Elephant, Dies
Gita, the Los Angeles Zoo's female Asian elephant who had become the
focus of a highprofile controversy over whether the giant animals
should stay in zoos, died Saturday morning in her yard after several
hours of attempts to save her life. Gita, who turned 48 this month,
had lived at the zoo since 1959.
Two keepers found Gita about 5 a.m. in the outdoor part of her off-
exhibit enclosure, sitting dog-style, with her back legs tucked under
her and her front legs outstretched — a perilous position for the
circulatory system of an 8,000-pound animal, according to zoo
A zoo veterinarian, who contended that Gita had completely recovered
from a severe foot ailment, said it was a mystery why she was prone.
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Elephant calf dead; mother recovering
A sad day at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo, Asian Elephant Romani lost her
calf after four days of labor.
Her calf became trapped in the birth canal and was pronounced dead
after surgery to remove the baby Thursday.
Zoo officials say if Romani was in the wild both her and her calf
would have died.
She came through the surgery ok and is up and moving around. Romani
has been under close supervision
Zoo tackling water scarcity problem
IN ORDER to avoid scarcity of potable water for the animals in the
zoo, the authorities have introduced flexible working hours system.
The system has been adopted following long and unscheduled power
rostering in the city.
Zoo director R Hemant Kumar told HT that there were two tube-wells in
the zoo to meet the inmates' requirement of water. However, one of
the tubewells was out of order and repair was pending for want of
funds. Consequently, the zoo animals depended upon the water supplied
by the one working tubewell.
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Lions get old-age home
A zoo in India's northern Punjab state has opened the country's first
old-age home for lions.
The Mahendra Chaudhary Zoological Park, on the outskirts of state
capital Chandigarh, has opened the facility for lions aged 15 years
or older, who are unable to protect themselves from younger lions in
the regular enclosures and so become underfed.
"The separate off-display facility for old and infirm animals was
needed as they cannot compete with other animals in the display
enclosures, and are stressed by visitors," said conservator of
forests, Kuldeep Kumar.
The aging and ailing "kings of the jungle" would be given proper
medical care and special food in the home, which is off-limits to
regular visitors.
The facility currently houses three lions and expects to expand to
house five more.
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A royal abode: Patiala zoo opens old-age home for lions
The Chhatbir Zoo in Punjab has undertaken a unique initiative and
opened India's first old-age home for the king of the jungle.
Zoo officials had found that some aging lions were too weak to
protect themselves from the younger lions and usually ended up
Therefore, they have decided to keep them in separate enclosures that
are specially designed to give the animals lots of open, green space
in an area that is off-limits for visitors.
The lions that are kept in these enclosures are at peace and get
special food and medical care.
"Earlier there was concept like this. After having discussions, we
decided that after the completion of particular age, we will try to
keep old lions off the display exhibits," said Neeraj Gupta, Wildlife
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Reprieve for Beijing Zoo's residents
WHEN the Beijing Zoo was created in 1906 as a pleasure garden for
China's last empress, Ci Xi, it was known as the Ten Thousand Animal
Garden. With its graceful weeping willows, mature gardens,
picturesque lakes and Qing dynasty buildings, including the empress'
European-style mansion, the zoo today enjoys iconic status among the
ordinary people of Beijing.
Its collection of 6000 animals and birds, covering about 500 species,
including the endangered giant pandas, set in 90 hectares of rare
inner-city parkland, draws 5 to 6 million visitors every year.
But its reputation among Western visitors is far less complimentary.
One visitor dubbed it a "Chinese prison camp for animals". The
current Lonely Planet guidebook says all zoos are animal prisons "but
Beijing Zoo seems like death row".
English zoologist Karin Harrington, now a consultant to the zoo,
knows what they mean. But she is passionate and optimistic that
Beijing's zoo animals are about to be paroled.
When Dr Harrington first met Wally the Wombat in 2002, the then 19-
year-old wombat was looking pretty miserable in a concrete cage residents/2006/06/09/1149815316466.html
Zoo plan would bring visitors closer to animals
Ashley Ritterby and her children, Camdon, 6, and Miaya, 4, stood in
the leafy midst of the Phoenix Zoo's new Monkey Village and stared at
a little squirrel monkey gazing back at them from a tree limb a mere
2 feet away.
The children laughed, smiled and hugged themselves with pleasure.
"Oooh, he's licking his hand!" Miaya said
"Look, he's just right here, right with us!" Camdon said, with a
little gasp.
That's exactly the reaction zoo officials want when visitors reach
every corner of the zoo. And to get it, they plan to tear down the
old zoo and build a new one with elaborate exhibits that will
engender the same sense of wonder that Monkey Village now is giving
to thousands of visitors each week.
The goal is twofold. Not only do officials want to design better,
more interactive exhibits, they also want to condense them so they're
more accessible, which in turn keeps visitors engaged and coming
back. Currently, visitors need to walk 2.5 miles to see the major
exhibits. The new zoo will cut that walk to about a mile.
But transforming one of Arizona's most visited destinations will be
costly. Zoo officials will need to raise $70 million to replace aging
infrastructure and create oasislike 7.html


Activists seek court ruling against zoo
Chiang Mai _ A civic group and people affected by construction of
the Night Safari Park yesterday asked the Administrative Court to
revoke a royal decree setting up a special public organisation to
administer the zoo and to remove the organisation's director,
Plodprasop Suraswadi, from his post. They also sued caretaker Prime
Minister Thaksin Shinawatra and Mr Plodprasop for developing the zoo
in a national park.
The petition was lodged by members of the Love Chiang Mai network
and people affected by the project.
The network said the royal decree contravened the 1999 Public
Organisation Act, and the zoo development project violated the
National Parks

Feds fine Columbus Zoo for animal deaths
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has fined the Columbus Zoo and
Aquarium $3,250 for the accidental deaths of a giraffe and a red
river hog, the zoo's director said Wednesday.
A hog belonging to the zoo died during shipment from Chicago's
Brookfield Zoo in October, where it had been loaned for breeding,
Columbus Zoo director Jerry Borin said.
A giraffe died in April 2005 when a zoo doctor mistakenly injected
the animal with the wrong drug during an operation.
The zoo was told of the fine last month. Borin said the Agriculture
Department has been issuing more fines to zoos across the nation

Zoo plans risky surgery to remove fetus from pregnant elephant
A 29-year-old Asian elephant stalled in labor for three days will
undergo difficult surgery tomorrow to help deliver her 300-pound
A spokeswoman at Syracuse's Rosamond Gifford Zoo says there's
still "a small chance" the calf is alive. But she says the longer
the fetus is in the birth canal, the less likely it will survive.
The medical staff's main focus

Leave our apes alone
Conservationists resist call for medical experiments on primates
Medical experiments on great apes are inhumane and unethical, world
experts on the animals insisted yesterday, in the face of an attempt
to lift a British ban on them.
The wildlife television presenter Saba Douglas-Hamilton and
primatologist Jane Goodall are fighting back against a proposal by
Professor Colin Blakemore, the head of the official Medical Research
Council, that the eight-year-old ban on using the apes -
chimpanzees, gorillas, orangutans and bonobos - should be lifted in
a global health emergency. Sir David Attenborough has also come out
against the testing.
Professor Blakemore - a brain scientist at Oxford University, and an
outspoken supporter of animal experiments - said yesterday that he
was opposed in principle to banning the tests on the great apes,
which share more than 96 per cent of their DNA with humans, because
it muddles the boundary between people and animals. He said: "I
worry about the principle of where the moral boundaries lie. There
is only one very secure definition that can be made and that is
between our species and others."
And he added that, though he was "pleased" that experiments are not
being carried out on them at present, they might be needed if a
pandemic virus emerged that affected both them and humans.
But conservationists hit back, saying that the tests would be
inhumane. Saba Douglas-Hamilton told The Independent on Sunday: "As
humans, we are also great apes, so where does that leave us
ethically? Apes share many characteristics with us that we consider
to be fundamentally human - like compassion, empathy, self-awareness
and a sense of mortality. It is difficult to see how medical testing
on great apes is going to be of any benefit to them, if at all."
Dr Goodall also believes that the experiments - banned in Britain
since 1998, but still conducted in Japan, the United States and the
Netherlands - are unethical. She says: "Most people do not know -
and do not want to know - the grim reality of what happens to non-
human primates in laboratories. Chimpanzees have amazing social,
mental and emotional similarities to us. It is an outrage to
incarcerate these wonderful beings in tiny cages and subject them to
repeated intensive techniques, knowing that they can anticipate what
will happen."
Sir David Attenborough has also come out against the tests. He
said: "I am in favour of a European ban on the use of apes in
invasive medical research."
The UN Environment Programme says that all great ape species face a
high risk of extinction within the next 50 years.
Medical experiments on great apes are inhumane and unethical, world
experts on the animals insisted yesterday, in the face of an attempt
to lift a British ban on them.
The wildlife television presenter Saba Douglas-Hamilton and
primatologist Jane Goodall are fighting back against a proposal by
Professor Colin Blakemore, the head of the official Medical Research
Council, that the eight-year-old ban on using the apes -
chimpanzees, gorillas, orangutans and bonobos - should be lifted in
a global health emergency. Sir David Attenborough has also come out
against the testing.
Professor Blakemore - a brain scientist at Oxford University, and an
outspoken supporter of animal experiments - said yesterday that he
was opposed in principle to banning the tests on the great apes,
which share more than 96 per cent of their DNA with humans, because
it muddles the boundary between people and animals. He said: "I
worry about the principle of where the moral boundaries lie. There
is only one very secure definition that can be made and that is
between our species and others."
And he added that, though he was "pleased" that experiments are not
being carried out on them at present, they might be needed if a
pandemic virus emerged that affected both them and humans.
But conservationists hit back, saying that the tests would be
inhumane. Saba Douglas-Hamilton told The Independent on Sunday: "As
humans, we are also great apes, so where does that leave us
ethically? Apes share many characteristics with us that we consider
to be fundamentally human - like compassion, empathy, self-awareness
and a sense of mortality. It is difficult to see how medical testing
on great apes is going to be of any benefit to them, if at all."
Dr Goodall

Night safari park to be created near Indian capital
Authorities in the Greater Noida suburb of New Delhi have allotted
162 hectares (400 acres) of land to create a simulated natural
habitat for at least 700 animals from 75 species, the Hindustan
Times reported, citing officials.
There are also plans include motels, food courts, shops and
restaurants, the paper said.
Bernard Harrison, a renowned zoo specialist and a former director of
Singapore's famed night safari park, has been roped in to oversee
the rupees 4 billion (US$90 million; €75 million) project, which is
expected to be completed over the next few years, the AP reports.
The site allotted for the park is near a 202 hectare (500 acre)
reserved forest in Murshidpur village, around 30 kilometers (18
miles) northeast of New Delhi.
Visitors would travel through the park in noiseless, battery-
operated buses, allowing them to see the animals in their natural
With the increasing affluence

Zoo Celebrates Elephant's 60th Birthday
The party at the Central Florida Zoo this weekend is going to be
gigantic -- elephant-sized, in fact.
That's because the party is for a pachyderm: the zoo's elephant
Mary, who is turning 60 years old.
So, what do you get an elephant for her birthday? The zoo is
planning a hay cake with carrot candles. Kids who come to visit will
get real cake.
Mary was brought to the United States from

Thai government under fire for zoo trading
The first eight of 100 Thai elephants earmarked for export to
Australian zoos are scheduled to leave tonight, despite fierce
opposition from animal rights groups who have fought for more than a
year to block the move.
They argue that the change of habitat harms the welfare of elephants
and accuse the Thai government of shirking its duty to care for the
country's national symbol by not taking responsibility for them.
Australia's government approved the transfer of five of the
elephants to Sydney and three to Melbourne last July on the grounds
that the animals would be used for breeding - despite claims that
the move violates international,,1790478,00.html

Thai elephants in limbo during protest
The transfer of eight Asian elephants to Australian zoos was in
limbo after animal rights activists prevented trucks from carrying
the animals to the airport, arguing they would suffer abroad.
At least two rights activists blocked the trucks late Monday,
stopping them from leaving a quarantine station in the western Thai

Man mauled by lioness in Kiev Zoo was suicidal - zoo director
A man mauled by a lioness in Kiev Zoo Sunday was attempting to
commit suicide, the zoo director said Monday, citing investigation
Yevheniy Kirilyuk said the 45-year-old Ukrainian of Azerbaijani
origin, who descended into the lions' enclosure on a rope and died
when a lioness attacked, biting his throat, had been seen near the
enclosure with four lions earlier. He said the man had asked
attendants questions about lions' habits.
Ukraine's Interior Ministry said earlier Monday

Animal rights group bats for freedom of zoo creatures
WEARING prison suits and monkey masks and holding a banner and signs
that read "Zoos: Cruel Animal Prisons," members of People for the
Ethical Treatment of Animals (Peta) Asia-Pacific will protest
outside the Manila Zoo. The protest comes as Filipinos prepare to
mark their 108th year of independence from Spanish colonizers on
June 12, and Peta is urging the first democracy in Asia to again
lead the way by becoming the first zoo-free country in the region:
Why is Peta in an uproar? Animals in the wild spend their entire
lives with their close-knit families. But animals in zoos are

Australia-bound beasts left swinging back at home
THE troubled importation of Thai elephants to Australia was
postponed last night after an animal welfare protest upset plans to
fly them out of Thailand.
A convoy scheduled to take the eight Asian elephants from a
quarantine station to Bangkok airport was halted by a blockading
group believed to be protesting against the export of local wildlife.
The animals were due to be flown in a Russian Antonov cargo aircraft
on Monday night to Australia's Cocos Islands for a further three
months quarantine before coming to Australia.
However, the transfer to Melbourne and Sydney zoos

'No plans' to lift ban on great ape research
The government moved today to quash suggestions that it could be
prepared to lift the blanket ban on experiments involving great apes.
The chief executive of the Medical Research Council, Colin
Blakemore, argued last week that drug tests using chimpanzees,
gorillas and orang-utans could be justified if they were needed to
save human lives.
But the science minister, Lord Sainsbury, described his remarks
as "hypothetical" today and made clear that there were no plans to
lift the current ban, which dates back to 1998.
"I think what he was doing was talking about a hypothetical
situation," he told BBC Radio 4's The World at One programme.
"What he was saying,,1791610,00.html



Zoo needs more money

Wellington Zoo is about to go to council to ask for more money for

its planned upgrade.

The zoo has prepared a business plan to put to council for a 10-year

development plan that will cost around $20 million.

Acting CEO Mauritz Basson says they are not after a great deal to

start with. He says they are after about $1.8 million to start off

with, then another $3-4 million

Runaway lion brought back to zoo

Three animal trainers pull a female lion back to a zoo in Yinchuan,

northwest China's Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region, May 31, 2006. The

lion escaped to a road outside the zoo during a performance. More

than 100

Zoo faces charges of cruelty to hippo

A two-year-old animal named Hazina was allegedly kept alone in a

windowless shed

The Greater Vancouver Zoo in Aldergrove has been charged with

cruelty to animals after allegedly keeping Hazina, a two-year-old

hippo acquired as a baby, alone in a windowless shed with a pool so

shallow she couldn't float.

The charges, laid by B.C. Crown counsel on recommendations from the

B.C. SPCA, are believed to be the first against a major Canadian zoo

for alleged cruelty to animals.

The SPCA and the Vancouver Humane Society will formally announce the

charges, laid under the B.C. Prevention of Cruelty to

'Bushmeat' monkeys saved by U.S. zoo

The San Diego Zoo has rescued four Allen's swamp monkeys from the

Democratic Republic of Congo, where they were part of the illegal

trade in 'bushmeat,' destined to be killed to feed families.

The four new swamp monkeys at the San Diego Zoo have good reason to

be a little wary. The last time they were in front of so many

people, they were in a market in the Democratic Republic of Congo,

destined for sale as exotic curiosities or else to be fattened up

and eaten.

These four Allen's swamp monkeys, along with 30 other Congolese

primates at five other zoos, will spend their lives in the United

States to highlight the illegal trade in ''bushmeat'' -- wildlife

slaughtered to feed hungry families in poor countries -- which is

decimating populations of many species in Africa and parts of Asia.

''All these little monkeys were bushmeat orphans, their parents and

troupes had been killed for bushmeat,'' explained Karen Killmar, the

zoo's associate curator of mammals, who in an unusual move bought

the monkeys from a middle man who had acquired them at a market and

hoped to turn a profit by selling them as pets.

Jane Ballentine, a spokeswoman for the American Zoo and Aquarium

Association, which helped coordinate the adoptions, called the

acquisition ``the righ

Wildlife park culls pack of wolves 'to stop them killing each other'

A WILDLIFE park has culled a pack of wolves because it feared the

animals would eventually kill each other.

A pack of Mackenzie River wolves, normally found in North America,

had been a feature at the Highland Wildlife Park, Kincraig, near

Aviemore, since 1972.

However, it has been revealed that the remaining six animals, aged

between six and eight, have been destroyed because they were no

longer displaying natural behaviour.

The Royal Zoological Society of Scotland, which owns the park as

well as Edinburgh Zoo, said the deaths were carried out humanely and

with the backing of the independent Animal Welfare and Ethics


Animals rights

Al Ain Zoo denies report on taking in sick animals, says Noor is a


The sensational story broadcast on Abu Dhabi Arabic Radio's Studio 1

regarding an Asian man, referred to as Investor Noor, who claimed he

had sold sick animals to the Al Ain Zoological Park and Aquarium

(Aazpa), was categorically denied by the Zoo Director Mark Craig


Craig said the Asian man told a false story. The Al Ain Zoo only

receives animals from international organisations, government

organisations within and outside the UAE, in addition to other zoos

in the Emirates

Do apes go through menopause?

Really, it's only the monkeys' business.

But, if you must know, the female gorillas at the Dallas Zoo might

have hit menopause.

Jenny and Timbo, the zoo's two female Western lowland gorillas, were

part of a national study meant to determine whether there's an end

to an ape's fertile years.

It's a question primatologists have never been able to answer and

one that could shed light on the mysterious evolution of our own

species' reproductive cycles.

While not everyone is ready to declare gorilla menopause as natural

as the birds and the bees, the results are pretty clear for our


If Jenny and Timbo - 52 and 43 - are hoping

Couple spared jail over endangered geckos theft

A Christchurch couple who stole three endangered geckos from the

city's Orana Wildlife Park to keep as unusual pets have been spared

jail sentences.

Nicholas John Ormandy, 20, an installer, and Sally Somers Stirton, a

dancer, had their sentencing in Christchurch District Court

adjourned this morning so they could make a donation to the park on

the northwestern fringes of Christchurch.

When their case was called at midday, Judge Stephen Erber gave

Ormandy and Stirton two hours to "put their money where their mouths

have been".

He said the delay would give the couple,2106,3688244a12855,00.html

Zoo authority seeks `outside' assistance

To fund research projects on scientific management of animals in


Crippled by an acute shortage of technical personnel and the

consequently suffering research activities at the zoo level, the

Central Zoo Authority (CZA) established to oversee zoos across the

country, coordinate breeding programmes and captive conservation

measures has decided to go public and seek "outside" assistance to

better understand and rectify the needs of individual zoos in the

country. The CZA through this latest programme will support

scientific research in zoos by granting fellowships to individual or

a group of zoos.

"We are faced with a lack of technical staff and keeping in view the

existing ban on recruitment

Alarming Decline In Nepal's Rhinos And Tigers In Former Maoist


Results released today by World Wildlife Fund of the first

assessment done in two years in one of Nepal's premier national

parks reveal an alarming decline in tiger and rhino populations,

indicating widespread poaching. The area only became accessible for

visits since the ceasefire between the Maoist insurgents and

government troops a month ago.

Since 1986, 70 rhinos were translocated to Bardia National Park, but

only three were found last week in the Babai Valley. Thirteen tigers

were reported in the area between 1998-2001 but the WWF team

Researchers Uncover Eight Previously Unknown Species In Caves Near


Discovery of eight previously unknown, ancient animal species

within "a new and unique underground ecosystem" in Israel was

revealed today by Hebrew University of Jerusalem researchers.

In a press conference on the Mt. Scopus campus of the Hebrew

University, the researchers said the discovery came about when a

small opening was found, leading to a cave extending to a depth of

100 meters beneath the surface of a quarry in the vicinity of Ramle,

between Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. The




A UK first took place in Dalton today when the world's biggest birds

were let loose in a giant aviary.

Free-flying condors and vultures, with 10-foot wingspans, cast ominous

shadows on visitors walking beneath.

The spectacular new development will further cement South Lakes Wild

Animal Park's ranking as Cumbria's top tourist attraction.

Visitors now have the unique opportunity to walk with the Andean

condor, Griffon vulture, King vulture and a number of other birds of

prey species in a 7,200 cubic metre aviary.

Education and


A kinky gal has set a world record to Paignton Zoo. A female Goeldi's

monkey, called Kink because of a bend in her tail, has become the

oldest of her species in captivity, having just turned 21 at Paignton Zoo.

Curator of mammals Neil Bemment said: "Goeldi's usually live for

between 18 and 20 years in zoos, so 21 is a very good innings."

Kink was born at Apenhuel Primate Park, in the Netherlands in 1985 and

was at Banham Zoo in Suffolk before coming to Paignton in June 1989.

Gustl Anzenberger from Zurich University, the European species

co-ordinator said: "She is the oldest living Goeldi's monkey now in

any zoo in the world."

She still has a little way


The "Big Cat Falls" exhibit is now open at America's first zoo.

It's the first major new exhibit at the Philadelphia Zoo in seven years.

State-of-the-art, 20 (m) million-dollar habitat is the new home for

the zoo's 13 lions, tigers, pumas, jaguars and snow leopards.

The one-point-seven-acre exhibit features five spacious outdoor areas

for the big cats, who come face-to-face with visitors.

When the cats are willing, visitors can play patty-cake with them

against an inch-and-a-half-thick glass pane separating the natural

predators from the public.

The exhibit also preaches conservat

Sexless in zoo

There are 163 zoos across the country that are foster homes to the

king of the jungle and his subjects — elephants, leopards, bears,

gibbons, zebras and a host of birds including love birds. And there is

one thing common among many of them — forced celibacy.

The plaintive mating calls of these lonely animals have now found an

echo in the highest court of the land. The Supreme Court, on a

petition filed by NGO People for Ethical Treatment to Animals, have

sought responses from various authorities on why over 500 zoo animals

in India have to lead an unattached life.

PETA had contended before a Bench comprising Chief Justice Y K

Sabharwal, just before the court closed for summer vacation, that this

forced celibacy was against rule 37 of the Recognition of Zoo Rules, 1992.

The rule states: "Every zoo

Manchurian Tigers to Receive DNA Testing in NE China Breeding Center

The Manchurian Tiger Park, the world's biggest artificial breeding

center of tigers, will conduct DNA testing on 200 tigers this year to

identify their pedigrees and prevent inbreeding.

The park has already done DNA testing on more than 360 tigers and

identified their pedigrees, said Wang Ligang, general manger of the

park in Harbin, capital of Northeast China's Heilongjiang Province.

The park began the practice in 2001 and in 2003 it cooperated with the

wild animal testing center of the State Forestry Administration in

doing so. It planned to identify every tiger above the age of one with

DNA testing, according to Wang.

Wang expects 100 more cubs this year, which will bring the number of

tigers in the park to more than 700 by the end of the year.

The park has more than 200 female

HIV's Ancestry Traced to Wild Chimps

Twenty-five years after the first AIDS cases emerged, scientists have

confirmed that the HIV virus plaguing humans really did originate in

wild chimpanzees, in a corner of Cameroon.

Solving the mystery of HIV's ancestry was dirty work. Scientists

employed trackers to plunge through dense jungle and collect the fresh

feces of wild apes ¡ª more than 1,300 samples in

Expert suggests changes in Mysore zoo

`Simulate natural habitat of animals; camouflage enclosures'

The Mysore Zoo is set for a makeover. It will be developed on a par

with international zoos and for this, suggestions were sought from the

former Director of Singapore Zoo, Bernard Harrison, who was here on


Executive director of Mysore Zoo, Manoj Kumar told The Hindu that

Bernard Harrison was in Bannerghatta in connection with a workshop on

redesigning. He invited Mr. Harrison to Mysore for an interaction and

to seek his opinion that could be incorporated in the master plan for

the Mysore Zoo that is in final stages of preparation. The master plan

for Mysore Zoo is being conceived at the behest of the Central Zoo

Authority (CZA) with a 25-year perspective.

Mr. Harrison was in the zoo

Zoo picks up 'ambassador' to raise interest in conservation

ONE of Scotland's most senior bankers has been appointed "ambassador"

for Edinburgh Zoo to promote the attraction's conservation work.

John Spence, the former chief executive of Lloyds TSB Scotland, was

last night named as the new president of the Royal Zoological Society

of Scotland, the charity which

Pogo the gorilla, 48, dies at San Francisco Zoo

Pogo, one of the world's oldest captive gorillas, died at the San

Francisco Zoo with a tummy full of grapes and her cherished baby ape

doll close by.

The orphaned West Africa native was 48.

She was found dead Wednesday in the heated sleeping chamber she shared

with four other Western lowland gorillas. The younger apes were

observing her when keeper Mary Kerr, who worked with Pogo for nearly

three decades, discovered the body, zoo spokesman Alexander Winslow

said Thursday.

''They knew she had passed away,'' he said.

The 210-pound primate had arthritis,

Zoo car park objector in charge of planners

A DALTON councillor who opposed a car park plan for the town's zoo has

been made chairman of Barrow Borough Council's planning committee.

Conservative Councillor Gordon Murray survived an angry backlash

during the recent town hall election campaign after he admitted voting

against an application for an asphalt car park at South Lakes Wild

Animal Park.

He beat Labour's Chas Bell by just nine votes in his Dalton South

seat, as the Conservatives scored a series of election successes. The

Tories gained five seats on the council while Labour lost six seats

and overall control.

Cllr Bill Joughin took over

Snow leopards melt hearts at Mountain Zoo

LOVE was in the air yesterday as North Wales' first snow leopards got

to know each other.

Bosses at the Welsh Mountain Zoo, Colwyn Bay, are hoping new arrivals

Otilia and Szechuan may breed. They were paired together after

travelling from the furthest corners of Europe.

Female Otilia was born in Tallinn Zoo, Estonia, on April 29 last year.

Male Szechuan, born in Hungary's Szeged Zoo three days later, was

playing hard to get in his new home as he is spending most of his time

up a tree.

The rare animals were chosen as a potential breeding pair for the zoo

as part of a caref

Gorilla numbers fall

UGANDA risks running out of gorillas and monkeys for biomedical

research, wildlife experts have said.

Makerere University lecturer Prof. Gilbert Basuta on Friday said it

was not clear where the country's primates were located or what their

numbers were.

"We do not know how far they go along the hill tops of Rwenzori or

Bwindi, and whether they come back. Without these primates keeping

here, I am afraid, biomedical research will be difficult, because we

will not have anything on which to test or to use in studying diseases

like HIV," he said.

Basuta said this during a wildlife public dialogue at the Uganda

Museum in Kampala.

The dialogue, under the theme `Why should we respect and conserve the

world's primates?', was organised by the Uganda Wildlife Authority.

Basuta said people were not different from such primates, adding that

they had more or less the same cognitive abilities.

A wildlife conservation society research scientist, Dr. William

Olupot, said, "Much as we receive about 50% revenue from tourism

DM to set up Dhs10 million Visitor Centre at Wildlife Sanctuary

Dubai Municipality will build a Dhs10 million Visitor Centre at the

Ras Al Khor Wildlife Sanctuary to educate people on the UAE's


The centre will also act as a comprehensive reference point for

providing updated information on the country's environment.

This was stated by Hamdan Al Shaer, Director of Environment Department

at the municipality, on the sidelines of a one-day exhibition

organised by the civic body to celebrate the International

Bio-Diversity Day which falls on May 22 every year. This year, the day

was observed worldwide under the banner "Protect Biodiversity in Dry


The exhibition, organised in cooperation with the Environment and

Protected Areas Authority of Sharjah showcasing specimen plants from

the country's drylands, was inaugurated by Abdullah Rafia, Assistant

Director General of Dubai Municipality for Environment and Public

Health Affairs.

Al Shaer said the proposed Visitors Centre, which would be located at

the end-point of Ras Al Khor sanctuary, would consist of permanent

exhibitions for the country's biodiversity including specimens of desert

Steve Irwin influenced minister's croc safari ruling

Federal Environment Minister Ian Campbell has acknowledged flamboyant

crocodile hunter Steve Irwin influenced his decision to reject a

proposal for crocodile safari hunting in the Northern Territory.

Senator Campbell has broken his silence on the issue after a month of

ignoring the ABC's requests for an interview.

He says he listened to Mr Irwin before turning down a proposal to let

safari hunters shoot 25 crocs a year.

The Minister says proponents of the idea and people

Rare eagles diving toward extinction

WEDGE-TAILED eagles are in serious trouble in Tasmania, says a

wildlife refuge operator who specialises in raptors.

Craig Webb, operator of the Raptor and Wildlife Refuge of Tasmania,

said the species was looking down the barrel at extinction.

There are only about 100 breeding pairs of the Tasmanian sub-species,

which is the largest eagle in the nation, left in the wild.

"They're in real trouble," Mr Webb said.

can't sustain the current rate of mortality".

He said a wedge-tailed eagle had been hit by a car while feeding on

roadkill at Nubeena last week.

"It had to be euthanased," Mr Webb said.

Birds Tasmania chairman Eric Woehler said two wedge-tailed eagles had

been killed at the Woolnorth wind farm in the state's north-west in

the past two weeks.

"It's not a good record," Dr Woehler said.

Mr Webb is currently caring for two injured,5936,19128148%255E3462,00.html

Former N.E.W Zoo Employee To Stand Trial For Theft

The woman accused of stealing thousands of dollars from the N.E.W Zoo

will stand trial.

Wendy Johnson, the former operations manager for the zoo, was in Brown

County Court Wednesday morning.

A judge entered a not guilty plea for Johnson.

She's accused of stealing nearly $95,000 from the zoo.

She faces a single count of theft from a



Captured tiger dies in zoo

A tiger which was trapped in Panagudi village near Nagercoil and

brought to the Arignar Anna Zoological Park (AAZP), Vandalur, on May

9, died at the zoo on Friday. The tiger was caught after it had

killed a man and attacked goats of farmers who stayed close to the

forest land in Panagudi.

The tiger was around 15 years old and had injuries on its body when

it was brought here. We tried our best to save it but he did not

survive, K P N Perrumahl, Director of AAZP, said. Incidentally, the

average life expectancy of the tigers in the wild is around 15 years.

The doctors of the AAZP, along with two veterinarians from the

Madras Veterinary College conducted postmortem of the tiger and the

carcass was consigned to flames in the Zoo premises, the director


The tiger was old and that was why it started targeting easy preys.

It was also mauled by other animals in the wild and had deep

injuries. We had provided it round-the

Zoo Negara receives RM60,000

ExxonMobil Malaysia yesterday handed over RM60,000 to Zoo Negara,

half of which will be used for the upkeep of three Malayan tigers

that it adopted.

The rest of the money would be used to sponsor an educational poster

for the zoo.

"We have printed 7,000 posters about the nocturnal animals in the

zoo which will be mailed to schools in Peninsular Malaysia," said Dr

Abu Hasan Samad, ExxonMobil medical adviser and country occupational

health manager.

He said this year the company had allocated about RM300,000 for

various community projects.

"We have about 20 community projects planned for this year, which

will be carried out by our staff."

At a ceremony yesterday

Zoo to debut $20 million Big Cat Falls

If Philadelphia Zoo visitors are lucky, a glance up will bring them

face to face with a gleaming-eyed, shadowy leopard poised silently

overhead, watching.

Not to worry: You will not be staring into the bright eyes of death.

The leopard will simply be moving through an overhead "cat transfer

chute" - a well-protected cat transfer chute - as it takes its own

tour of the zoo's showy new Big Cat Falls exhibit, which will open


"I was there," said Gretchen Toner, zoo communications vice

president, "and [my companion] Andy said, 'Look up!' One of the snow

leopards was up there, just watching us. It was very cool - one of

those unexpected moments you discover."

The chutes are a special feature of the $20 million state-of-the-art

exhibit that will give visitors a more intimate sense of wild cats

than the nation's oldest zoo ever offered before.

Bank of America Big Cat Falls is the first of three capital projects

called Our Wildest Dreams, which the zoo intends to complete

Elephants 1, City of Toronto 0

When you take on two 3,500-kilogram elephants, it's pretty clear

who's going to win.

One of Michael Hackenberger's elephants relaxes at the Bowmanville

Zoo. (CBC)

And lucky for Michael Hackenberger, director and part owner of the

Bowmanville Zoo, the logic also applies in court.

Hackenberger and the Bowmanville Zoo were acquitted Wednesday on a

charge of breaking a Toronto bylaw by having two elephants appear at

a fundraiser in October.

Had he been convicted of having prohibited animals within city

boundaries, Hackenberger could have faced a fine of $10,000 per

elephant or six months in jail.

"We're just delighted with the decision," said Hackenberger, just

after Justice of the Peace Kevin Madigan ruled for their acquittal

at the Toronto court. But after the costly day-long trial, he said

he would have "rather spent the day with elephants."

The animals at the centre of the controversy are Limba and Caesar,

two Asian elephants that live at the zoo about an hour east of


They were brought to Toronto's National Trade Centre for

an "elephant encounter" during a University Health Network

fundraiser on Oct. 29, 2005.

Prominent lawyer Clayton Ruby argued that the bylaw prohibiting


Pachyderm won't pace to keep off pounds

So far, it's only the trainers at the Alaska Zoo who seem to be

breaking into a sweat.

They've so far made little progress trying to coax Maggie, a

somewhat cantankerous African elephant, onto the world's first

treadmill for a pachyderm.

For two months, Maggie's trainers have used her favorite treats --

watermelon, apples, carrots, peanuts in the shell, banana slices and

sweet potatoes -- to entice the 8,000-pound elephant into exercising

on the $100,000 piece of equipment.

"She has two feet on the treadmill and has touched a third one on

it," zoo director Pat Lampi said Tuesday. "Every six inches forward

is a new goal. There are a lot of steps to go."

Maggie's trainers and zoo staff aren't discouraged.

"It is just a matter of getting that fourth foot up off the concrete

floor," elephant trainer Rob Smith said.

Maggie arrived at the zoo

A Park Closure to Protect the Mountain Gorillas

Authorities in Rwanda have announced that the "Parc national des

volcans" (National Volcano Park) will soon be closed to stem the

killing of endangered mountain gorillas, and prevent further

destruction of the park forest.

"We realised that there was no other way out of this problem. But,

we're confident that the awareness campaigns and other projects will

enable communities to become conscious of the need to protect their

ecological surroundings," Rosette Rugamba, director of the Rwandan

Office of Tourism and National Parks (l'Office rwandais du tourisme

et des parcs nationaux, ORTPN), told IPS.

About 380 gorillas live in the reserve, some 120 kilometres north of

the capital, Kigali. Despite several initiatives to save the

animals, they are still being hunted by poor communities living

adjacent to the forest -- and also by poachers. The growing need for

farm land and pasture often pushes local inhabitants to invade

natural reserves and national parks.

"The exploitation of local resources is particularly evident in the

destruction of the park by communities in search of water and

pasture...Combined with poaching,

Latest recruits give zoo mammoth logistics task

MORE than two years after they were acquired in Thailand, eight

Asian elephants at the centre of a protracted custody battle are

finally preparing to travel to new homes in Australia.

It will be a long and tricky trip, though, involving a three-month

stopover at the Cocos (Keeling) Islands quarantine station in the

Indian Ocean.

Taronga Zoo, which will take five of the elephants, is chartering

one of the world's largest aircraft, a Russian Antonov An-124

freighter capable of carrying up to 130 tonnes, for the big lift.

"Flights have still to be confirmed," said Mark Williams, spokesman

for the zoo's so-called tusk force co-ordinating the operation. "But

we hope to move the elephants from Thailand to Cocos some time in

the next few weeks."

The Antonov will return to deliver the elephants to Taronga and

Melbourne zoos in early September.

Taronga Zoo had hoped to have

The cubby house

THEY may look cute and cuddly, but this troublesome trio is always

ready to wrestle in the backyard.

It's what Annabelle Olsson and her family will miss most now they

have taken the three lion cubs back to the zoo.

Brothers Trooper and Tonka and their sister Bubbles had been living

with the wildlife vet since they were born five months ago. They

were delivered by caesarean section at the troubled Mareeba Wild

Animal Park, in north Queensland.

Veterinarians feared their mother would be unable to bond with

them – and could even kill the trio.

The decision was taken for Ms Olsson to hand-rear them and they soon

became part of the family.

"They had the run of the house and the yard and loved to sit on the

bed and have cuddles just like lap cats," she told The Sunday

Mail. "I was seen as their mum and the family became their pride.

"I called them my hyper-active,5936,19123846%255E2765,00.html

Zoo director cleared of bylaw charges

Elephant-sized inconvenience for zoo and judicial system, said

Justice of the Peace

It's not easy to miss an 8,000 lb. elephant.

But that, argued well-known Toronto lawyer Clayton Ruby, is exactly

what a Toronto bylaw inspector did last October, when he laid

charges against Bowmanville Zoo and its director and part owner

Michael Hackenberger for having elephants Caesar and Limba in the


The work of the inspector, Peter Freeman, left a lot to be desired,

said Mr. Ruby.

"I describe his actions as being like the quality of inspection

you'd expect of Inspector Clouseau," said Mr. Ruby. "This is a man

who managed to overlook an 8,000-pound elephant. This is a man who,

when there were five (four-by-six-foot green information) signs,

could only

Woo ... The Zoo is cool

Lying on a giant hammock in the warm morning sun, Anita stares

dreamily into space, blithely ignoring the calls beckoning her over.

Even with the lure of food, she refuses to leave the comfort of her

sanctuary, which is perched about two storeys above the ground. She

knows no one can touch her there.

Anita, you see, is a 21-year-old orang utan at the Singapore Zoo.

Thanks to the new free-ranging facility - the first in the world -

Anita can now hang out, literally, on 24m-tall trees with her 23

primate pals.

It is the brainchild of Robert Kwan, executive chairman of the

park's parent company, Wildlife Reserves Singapore (WRS), which also

runs the Night Safari and Jurong BirdPark.

One day, while taking one of his regular "surveillance" walks around

the Zoo, an idea came to him as he observed the orang utans in their

spacious yet artificial enclosure.

Since these were tame arboreal creatures, would it be possible to

let them roam freely in a real forest setting instead?

Kwan, or Bob as he is affectionately called,

Replacement gorilla dies on trip from Memphis to Erie Zoo

A male gorilla died while being transported from the Memphis Zoo to

one in Erie, Pennsylvania.

Tumai, a 21-year-old lowland gorilla, died during a flight Thursday.

The body was taken to the Cleveland Zoo, where a necropsy was

scheduled Friday.

Officials said he just stopped breathing while under sedation during

the trip.

Tumai was going to replace a 49

Philly Zoo set to open new $20 million big cat exhibit

Thirteen big cats - from a rare black jaguar to a trio of young snow

leopards -are enjoying spacious new digs in the city after some time

away "vacationing" at other zoos.

Philadelphia Zoo next week will formally open its new $20 million

habitat, which is designed to give the animals a more natural

setting and visitors a more intimate experience.

The exhibit also preaches conservation, using interactive games,

video clips and other tools to describe the threats humans pose to

big-cat species around the world.

"Its intent is really gut level, for people to look at how beautiful

and intense and amazing these animals really are, so they'll want to

do something to save big cats," said Andrew Baker, the zoo's senior

vice president of animal programs.

When the cats are willing, visitors can play patty-cake with them

against a 1 1/2-inch-thick glass pane that is the only thing

separating the natural predators from the public.

Zenda, a playful, 273-pound African lion, took the bait Thursday,

bounding over when a child appeared and patting its thick paws

Human Ancestors May Have Interbred With Chimpanzees

When the ancestors of human beings and the ancestors of chimpanzees

parted ways 6.3 million years ago, it was probably a very long

goodbye. Some of their descendants may even have gone back for a

final tryst.

That is the conclusion a group of scientists has reached, using a

comparison of the genes of humans and their closest animal relatives

to sketch a picture of human origins far more detailed than what

fossil bones have revealed.

According to the new theory, chimps and humans shared a common

apelike ancestor much more recently than was thought. Furthermore,

when the two emerging species split from each other, it was not a

clean break. Some members of the two groups seem to have interbred

about 1.2 million years after they first diverged -- before going

their separate ways for good.

If this theory proves correct, it will mean modern people are

descended from something akin to chimp-human hybrids. That

Southern Indiana zoo to build $11.1 million rain forest exhibit

Officials in Evansville, Indiana have approved an eleven (m) million

dollar contract for an Amazonian rain forest exhibit at the city's

Mesker Park Zoo.

Zoo Director Dan McGinn calls the decision by the Parks Board "the

biggest day in the history of the zoo."

In March, the board rejected project bids after post-Hurricane

Katrina construction spikes and skyrocketing fuel costs pushed them

all well over the engineer's cost projection.

Zoo officials scaled down the project

Zoo hopes admission will help curb animal abuse

It started with the gum they found in the meerkat's fur.

It wasn't the first time staff at the Racine Zoo had dealt with

visitors mistreating the animals.

They've witnessed some, mostly unsupervised minors under the age of

16, throwing rocks and sticks at the animals.

Then there's the vandalism. The zoo finally had to get rid of its

prairie dog exhibit because it was too costly to keep replacing

whenever it was vandalized.

The zoo staff decided they needed some help after a visitor riding

through the zoo on his bicycle became belligerent when asked to walk

his bike. It wasn't an easy situation and it's become a problem

Bears Eat Monkey in Front of Zoo Visitors

Bears killed and ate a monkey in a Dutch zoo in front of horrified

visitors, witnesses and the zoo said Monday. In the incident Sunday

at the Beekse Bergen Safari Park, several Sloth bears chased the

Barbary macaque into an electric fence, where it was stunned.

The park confirmed the killing in a statement, saying: "In an area

where Sloth bears, great apes and Barbary macaques have coexisted

peacefully for a long time, the harmony was temporarily disturbed

during opening hours on Sunday."

Witness Marco Berelds posted a detailed report on the incident,

including photos, on a Dutch Web site. He said one Sloth bear tried

unsuccessfully to shake the monkey loose after it took refuge on the

structure, built of crossing horizontal and vertical poles.

The bear then brought the animal



Thirty-four rare pond turtles have been returned to Vietnam in what a conservationist said Saturday was the first time that smuggled wildlife was repatriated to the country.

The turtles - two rescued from a market in Hong Kong and 32 others born into captivity there - were flown Wednesday to Vietnam aboard a Cathay Pacific flight and will eventually be released into the wild.

The two turtles were believed to have been caught in the marshes of Quang Nam Province in 1999 and were found for sale in a Hong Kong market. They were turned over to the Kadoorie Farm and Botanic Garden of Hong Kong where they

Girl throws party for zoo parrot

A schoolgirl threw a birthday party for a parrot in a zoo in Wuhan, capital of Hubei Province.

Pei Yidan went to the Bird Zoo with her mother on Friday to celebrate the parrot's 8th birthday. She brought a

Monkey find may establish new family of primates A rare and reclusive African monkey discovered last year is believed to belong to an entirely new family of primates - the first such find for 83 years.

Scientists originally thought the monkey, named Rungwecebus kipunji after Mount Rungwe in Tanzania, was a type of mangabey from the genus Lophocebus. However, a more detailed genetic analysis of the animal showed its close connection to baboons.

William Stanley, of the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago, writes in the journal Science today: "This is exciting news,,1773043,00.html

Zoo rebrand to encourage visitors

Jersey's Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust is to drop the name Jersey Zoo to try to get more people to visit.

The number of locals and holiday-makers visiting the site in Trinity has fallen year on year, which is being put down to a decline in tourism.

The trust said it hoped to attract more corporate sponsors and staging new events, including starting new

PETA plea to protect zoo bred animals

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) has urged the authorities to take adequate steps to protect the animals in zoos across the country.

In a statement issued here, the PETA said it had filed a case in the Supreme Court on the deplorable state of zoos in the country and the deplorable condition of the inmates. The court had also ordered notice to the authorities concerned.

The organisation said it approached the court after conducting a study in 30 zoos

NO TRACE OF RARE MONKEYS SNATCHED BY ZOO RAIDERS More than 30 rare monkeys which have been stolen from Westcountry zoos over the past few years are still missing, investigators have revealed.

Several dozen have been stolen from across the region over the past two or three years, including two raids on the Shaldon Wildlife Trust, near Teignmouth, in 2004, when 15 of the animals were stolen.

John Hayward, a former police officer who runs the National Theft Register for Exotic Animals, said the thefts were among a number happening across the country at around that time in which more than 40 primates - worth up to £100,000 on the black market - had been stolen.

Some of the monkeys have been

Zoo director `goes ape' over animal's death A monkey died at the Lahore Zoo on Friday, following the three tigers that died in April, sources in the Lahore Zoo told Daily Times on Friday.

Sources said a chinkara, a locally endangered deer species, would also die because of a broken neck and leg.

From 2005 to May 2006, 18 animals have died at the zoo, especially because of the unavailability of proper medical facilities. Lahore Zoo Director Yousaf Pal said the monkey that had died had been donated by a man six months ago. The monkey was running a temperature some days ago, after which he fell victim to severe itching and started losing his hair. Lahore Zoo Deputy Director Dr Saleem Nasir said the monkey was paralysed a couple of days ago, after which he died. He said there could be several re\05\13\story_13-5

Tiger's death leaves zoo staff stunned

Auckland Zoo's only tiger, Nisha, died yesterday, just months before getting a new mate.

The Sumatran tiger, one of Auckland Zoo's most popular attractions, died after suffering what staff believe was a stroke.

The 9-year-old tiger had been unwell for the past month but staff had been unable to pinpoint the problem.

However, her lungs and liver were found to be riddled with what are believed to be cancerous growths.

Auckland Zoo communications and promotions co-ordinator Jane Healy said Nisha had been treated with antibiotics for a cough and eye problem and her appetite had been monitored daily for the

Grizzly-polar bear cross found in Arctic Bear shot by American trophy hunter had white fur mottled with brown A DNA test has confirmed what zoologists, hunters and aboriginal trackers in the far northern reaches of Canada have dreamed of for

years: the first documented case of a grizzly-polar bear in the wild.

Roger Kuptana, an Inuit tracker from the Northwest Territories, suspected the American hunter he was guiding had shot a hybrid bear after noticing its white fur was spotted brown and it had the long claws and slightly humped back of a grizzly.

Territorial officials seized the bear's body and a DNA test from Wildlife Genetics International, a lab in British Columbia, confirmed the hybrid



Tarzan movie chimpanzee Cheeta turns 74

Cheeta the chimp, star of a dozen Tarzan movies in the 1930s and

1940s, celebrated his 74th birthday with sugar-free cake.

Although healthy and active, Cheeta is diabetic.

"He had a good time. The party went real good," said keeper Dan

Westfall, operator of the primate sanctuary Creative Habitats and

Enrichment for Endangered and Threatened Apes, or CHEETA.

Representatives from a Spanish film festival also showed up for

Sunday's party to present Cheeta with the first award of his career, an

International Comedy Film Festival of Peniscola prize.

Cheeta has been recognized by

Complaints raise warning flags about zoo conditions (Horrific reading -

Peter's note)

The inhumane treatment of animals in the country's zoos is cause for

concern, according to visitors' complaints sent to the Greater Amman

Municipality (GAM) and the Humane Centre for Animal Welfare (HCAW).

The complaints, seen by The Jordan Times, expressed anger about

what one visitor referred to as "horrendous sights" at local zoos.

Among the complaints listed were poor feeding, physical abuse and a

lack of proper medical supervision.

"The animals in these zoos are in a miserable state," stated Walid Bakri.

"Most are starving, some are severely wounded and everywhere we

turned not one zookeeper showed the slightest bit of care," his letter


Another complaint read: "My children and I witnessed one of the

zookeepers savagely beat animals to force them to submit to what

appeared to be a display of entertainment... It was more than disturbing

behaviour for us to witness."

An investigation conducted by The Jordan Times at three zoos in the

Amman area revealed various violations of national and international

animal rights laws.

Veterinarians who inspected the mentioned sites confirmed that the

majority of animals were suffering from extreme hunger and showed

signs of physical weakness and fatigue.

A wide variety of animals, particularly

Zoo park told footpath must stay

An animal park has been told it cannot re-route an ancient footpath

which runs between wild animal enclosures.

Howletts had been given permission by Canterbury City Council to re-

route the path round the 95-acre Kent zoo park.

But a planning inquiry was held after objections from the Ramblers'

Association and inspector Helen Slade overturned the diversion order.

"The proposed diversion would present several serious disadvantages to

the public," her judgement said.

Inconvenient for Howletts

Ms Slade said re-routing the path would be inconvenient for walkers, as

well as spoiling enjoyment and raising health and safety issues.

"I am aware that failing to

Residents vote to replace Marineland's dolphins

Napier residents have launched a battle to replace Marineland's

dolphins, despite earlier indications that the Government would not

support the move.

More than 300 people who jammed a public meeting on Saturday voted

overwhelmingly to lobby for the dolphins' replacement, and by last night

had gathered about 2000 signatures for a petition they plan to present

next month at Parliament.

However, Napier Mayor Barbara Arnott said replacing the dolphins

would burden ratepayers with at least $15 million in compliance and

permit costs – money badly needed for other projects.

She favoured a private adventure tourism business – similar to

Kaikoura's whale-watching industry – to celebrate Hawke's Bay's

plentiful dolphin population.

"I think there's a better way now,2106,3660751a11,00.html

China introduces polar wolf species from Canada

Seven polar wolves imported from Canada have become a new tourist

magnet in a safari replica of the polar world in Dalian, a port city in

northeast China's Liaoning Province.

It is the first time the endangered species has come to China. The pack

of wolves arrived at the park on Friday and are now settled in an

enclosure at the park with three concrete walls and one glass wall.

The park said that it plans to use artificial breeding technology to help

propagate the

Baby dragons born after mysterious pregnancy

Sungai`s four babies live far away from their mother and their father is

unknown, but will soon look just like their biological parents. They have

been the first of their kind to be born in Europe, at least after dinosaurs

extinguished, leaving Komodo dragons as their closest ancestors in a

remote Indonesian island.

The biggest still existing terrestrial reptiles, able to hunt animals as big

as deers, these animals are amongst the most endangered species, and

their reproduction needs to be monitored carefully in order to avoid

incestuous matings.

That`s why new mother Sungai had been separated from her male

cousin Kinaam and later sent on a blind date from the French wildlife

park of Thoiry, near Paris, to the London zoo, where she was supposed

to meet her partner to be.

But as soon as she arrived to her new temporary home in the U.K., the

young dragon laid some fertilized eggs. Her new husband Rajah could

have got jealous of Sungai`s former boyfriend, but the last time the two

cousins had been together in the same place was two years

beforehand, when they were still too young to mate.

Days after Sungai`s four babies came out of their eggs in London,

experts are trying to investigate their mysterious conception, which

Honolulu Zoo criticized in accreditation report

The Honolulu Zoo's accreditation has been put on hold amid concerns

about staffing and its --quote-- ``unkempt and cluttered'' --unquote--

overall look.

The American Zoo and Aquarium Association also says the savannah

exhibit had broken glass, and that some exhibits are antiquated.

In response, the city has tripled the maintenance budget to one-point-

five (m) million dollars and filled vacancies.

Accreditation Commission Chairman Dennis Pate says the zoo needs to

improve its maintenance and provide opportunities for staff professional


He praised the zoo for its new construction, professionalism and

Vast tourist's paradise along Dubai-Al Ain highway soon

Some seven million square feet of land on the Dubai-Al Ain highway

would soon be transformed into a tourist's paradise, as Dubailand has

announced the signing of an agreement with Al Suwaidani group to

implement The Western City project along the highway.

The project will include hotels, villas, farms, zoo, theatre, rodeo show-

grounds, stables, shops, restaurants, a horse riding training centre and

car parks et al. The agreement

Tiger Escapes Varna Zoo

A tiger has managed to escape its cell in the Varna zoo, on the Black

Sea coast. Soon after that, however, the beast was caught and fetched

back to its house, local media informed. The Varna zoo is located

literally on the premises of the unique Sea Garden of the city, where

Byculla Zoo authorities asked to improve conditions

Authorities have rushed to Mumbai's Byculla Zoo and asked for steps to

improve the living conditions of the animals. This was following an

expose by CNBC-TV18's investigative show Uncovered last Friday.

Some of the conditions reported in the show shocked Mumbai's

Additional Municipal Commissioner Subrat Ratho who visited the zoo

after a letter from an animal rights organisation. "Visitors come here

from all over the state..then there's teasing or heckling of animals.. we

Silly to predict their demise

Starling conclusion to say they will disappear within 25 years and

surprise to many researchers

Tim Flannery is one of Australia's best-known scientists and authors.

That doesn't mean what he says is correct or accurate. That was clearly

demonstrated when he recently ventured into the subject of climate

change and polar bears. Climate change is threatening to drive polar

bears into extinction within 25 years, according to Flannery. That is a

startling conclusion and certainly is a surprising revelation to the polar

bear researchers who work here and to the people who live here. We

really had no idea.

The evidence for

French Kangaroos?

Locals near Emance, France have chuckled about their kangaroo

population for years. Escapees thirty years ago from a local wildlife

park, the small kangaroos--wallabies, to be precise--have built up a 50-

strong community in the Rambouillet Forest. Kangaroos end up in more

far-flung places than you'd expect: a motorcyclist hit a kangaroo in the

Netherlands a few years back, and in 2003 police fielded hundreds of

strange calls when a circus escapee started hopping around the streets

of Vienna. Guess he must love Sacher torte.

But back in Rambouillet Forest, the French and the little 'roos lived

happily ever after; until insurance claims enter the picture. A concerned

Sydney newspaper recently reported about Emance residents whose

insurance claims were rejected by French insurance companies.

Sensibly, the company thought a collision with a kangaroo was an

unlikely occurrence a mere hour away from Paris.

What's happening in the world? If we're not careful, there'll be grizzlies

in the

USDA critical of zoo in deaths of polar bears

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has issued preliminary findings

critical of the Saint Louis Zoo following the deaths of two polar bears

within a five-week period in 2005.

Zoo president and chief executive Jeffrey Bonner said Friday the zoo

received the preliminary report in the last week. He would not discuss

specifics but said the report is critical of the zoo.

He said the zoo would send a letter to USDA next week stating its plans

to respond.

"We are not in general agreement," he said. "We

Claws out: rumble in urban jungle

AS THE city's newest animal attraction prepares to open,

conservationists say there is no room in this town for two zoos.

Bradley Trevor Grieve, governor of Taronga's fundraising arm, said the

zoo at Sydney Aquarium would severely affect Taronga's revenue.

"Suddenly here is this upstart attraction stealing a lot of the audience

for an inferior experience," Mr Greive said.

"The core costs of any zoo remains the same - the animals have to be

fed and the staff have to be paid. Ultimately it's going to [affect] the

number of programs and the number of quality

Hippopotamus swallows ball, dies at Biblical Zoo

A hippopotamus at the Jerusalem Biblical Zoo died of intestinal

obstruction on Friday after swallowing a rubber ball that had been

kicked into the hippopotamus pool by careless visitors, Israel

City takes control of zoo's primate center

The Jakarta administration is getting ready to operate the Schmutzer

Primate Center as the operator, the Gibbon Foundation of Switzerland,

is satisfied it is now complete.

"We have accomplished building the center with all its supporting

facilities. Now, we are ready to hand it over to the city administration,"

said the head of the foundation, Willy Smits.

The foundation started to build the center, which is located within

Ragunan Zoo in South Jakarta, in 2000. The center was built with

money bequeathed by Puck Schmutzer, herself a primate lover, who

hoped Indonesians would come to respect and see the beauty in the

country's primates.

As of its last delivery of assets Monday, it has delivered a total of Rp

44.9 billion (US$5 million) in assets, ra

No plans for local zoo

The Malta Environment Planning Authority (MEPA) has never received

any applications for a local zoo. This was stated by Minister George

Pullicino during a parliamentary sitting on Wednesday.

In response to Stefan Buontempo¡¯s parliamentary question regarding

whether any interested parties had presented an apllication to open a

zoo since the setting up of MEPA, Minister Pullicino answered negatively.

The only animals in zoo-like state in Malta are the dolphins at the

Mediterreaneo in Bahar ic-Ca©¤aq.

San Anton gardens used to house animals

House reinstates $4M zoo grant

Badly-needed funds will keep financiall-troubled facility in operation

Legislation reinstating a badly needed $4 million grant for the Detroit

Zoo was approved by the House on Wednesday.

The money is part of a supplemental spending bill for the current fiscal

year, containing a host of added state spending items and

recommended by Gov. Jennifer Granholm.

The House made changes in the bill, which already had passed the

Senate, so it must return there for final approval.

Lawmakers originally had approved the $4 million grant in December,

but made their action contingent on an agreement by the Detroit City

Council to give control of zoo

Dallas Zoo Re-Opens Gorilla Exhibit

The Dallas Zoo is almost finished with a $2 million renovation.

On Wednesday, for the first time in 2 years, since Jabari the gorilla

escaped and attacked several people, visitors were able to look at the

gorilla exhibit.

This is the first time the animals have been let loose in 6 months. They

had been inside while the renovation project was underway.

"It's taken us a long time to do it," said Dallas Zoo director Rich

Buickerood. "It's been under construction for two years."

"I never thought it was unsafe to begin with. I think it was a freak

accident," said Kim Vance, a zoo

Saskatoon Zoo takes first step in $2.1M expansion plan

The Saskatoon Zoo and Forestry Farm park has announced its most

ambitious expansion plan ever.

The fundraising campaign, The Cameco Who's Whoo at the Zoo

Campaign, aims to raise $2.1 million to develop an education centre, a

bear exhibit, Phase 2 of the PotashCorp ark, the Raptor Flight

Rehabilitation and Conservation Centre and an accessible park


Mayor Don Atchison announced the city will also donate $1.3 million to

visitor services at the zoo.

"People need to understand this is the only zoo we have in the province

of Saskatchewan," he said. The zoo is not only a tourist attraction, but

also a national heritage

Chimpanzee attack causes West African chaos

Pflugerville resident Gary Brown hasn't been able to

sleep because of the trauma he witnessed Sunday in a West African

rain forest.

Brown was working in Freetown, Sierra Leone installing communication

systems for the new U.S. Embassy.

He faced a life or death situation when his sight-seeing group was

ambushed by a huge chimpanzee.

"This thing was on a rampage and it acted like it wanted to kill

everyone of us and it had hatred in it's eyes," Brown said.

Brown and four other men were touring the Tacugama Chimpanzee

Sanctuary when an abnormally large chimpanzee charged their station


It crashed through the window

Most chimps return after Africa attack

Most of the chimpanzees that fled a preserve and mauled a group of

sightseers have returned, but the leader is still on the loose "out on the

hills," the sanctuary's director said Saturday.

In all, 31 chimpanzees escaped two weeks ago by using sticks to get out

through a sliding metal door, said Balasingam Amarasekeran, head of

the Tacugama Chimpanzee Sanctuary outside Freetown.

The chimps then attacked a taxicab of tourists, killing the driver and

ripping his body apart. Another Sierra Leonean man lost his hand in the

mauling on April 23. Three Americans were treated for minor injuries.

Twenty-one of the chimps have returned, but the oldest, Bruno, is "still

out on the hills" with nine others, said Amarasekeran.

"We expect Bruno to be the last to return," he said.

"We never thought they could use sticks to destroy" the door,

Amarasekeran said. "We are dealing




Zoo nominated for business award

A Devon zoo has been short-listed for a national award for best

practice in their business operations.

Paignton Zoo was nominated for the British Hospitality Association's

Business Excellence Awards after saving £11,000 a year on its water


The awards recognise the adoption of ideas, tools and techniques

that measurably improves business.

Ian Turner, from the zoo, said they had made economies without

hiring in outside consultants.

He said: "We are a good example of best practice because we have

implemented a system

China Seizes Hundreds of Bear Paws, Pangolins

Chinese police have seized hundreds of bear paws and dead pangolins

that smugglers had injected with tranquillisers, the online edition

of the official Yunnan Daily said on Thursday.

Police in the southwestern province of Yunnan announced on Sunday

that 20 members of a ring smuggling endangered animals had been

arrested, the Web site of the Yunnan provincial government

mouthpiece said.

Investigators seized 278 bear paws and 416 pangolins that had been

smuggled by truck or train from Yunnan to three neighbouring

provinces over a period of 45 days from December to January.

Ring members injected the pangolins with tranquillisers to prevent

them from making noise during transport, the daily said, quoting the

Spring City Evening News. The provincial public security department

and forest police reached by telephone declined to comment.

Bear's paw is a Chinese delicacy


Hyena Mothers Give Their Cubs A Helpful Dose Of Hormones

Among spotted hyenas, being a supermom is less about packing

lunches, and more about packing a hormonal punch that gives her cubs

a powerful head start.

In a study appearing in the April 26 edition of the international

science journal Nature, Michigan State University zoology professor

Kay Holekamp and her former graduate student Stephanie Dloniak along

with Jeffrey French from the University of Nebraska, report

Flock of Endangered Birds Found

A flock of one of the world's most endangered birds _ the white-

shouldered ibis _ has been discovered in a remote province in

northeast Cambodia, a conservationist said Monday.

A flock of between 20 and 30 white-shouldered ibis, a critically

endangered species with only 250 existing in the wild, was found in

a protected wetland in Stung Treng province, said ecological adviser

Kong Kimsreng of the Mekong Wetland Biodiversity Conservation and

Sustainable Use project.

The flock was first found during a survey last November in the

province, 150 miles northeast of Phnom Penh.

Their presence was confirmed in a follow-up in March, Kong Kimsreng


The flock did not appear to have

Zoo nominated for business award

A Devon zoo has been short-listed for a national award for best

practice in their business operations.

Paignton Zoo was nominated for the British Hospitality Association's

Business Excellence Awards after saving £11,000 a year on its water


The awards recognise the adoption of ideas, tools and techniques

that measurably improves business.

Ian Turner, from the zoo, said they had made economies without

hiring in outside consultants.

He said: "We are a good example of best practice because we have

implemented a system

A Significant Honour for Mysore Zoo

The Mysore zoo reckoned to be among the most prestigious in the

country is poised to make a major departure from its primary

objective of providing conservation education, and will embark on

scientific research and species conservation.

The shift in its key objective is at the behest of the Central Zoo

Authority (CZA) which suggested that Sri Chamarajendra Zoological

Gardens, which is better known as Mysore zoo, take up research on

species conservation and establish a separate cell exclusively for

the purpose.

Mysore zoo, which was established in 1892 and is among the oldest

zoological gardens in the world, has an ongoing programme of captive

breeding of endangered species like the Lion tailed macaque and the

Indian bison or the Gaur. But these were not regular, as its primary

objective as indicated in its mission statement was to educate the

Zoo, forest staff on trail of runaway leopard

Twenty hours have lapsed. There is still no sign of the leopard,

which escaped from Binkadkatte Zoo in Gadag district on Sunday.

Twenty hours have lapsed. There is still no sign of the leopard,

which escaped from Binkadkatte Zoo in Gadag district on Sunday.

Special squads have been constituted and sent in various directions

to trace the carnivore which is still at large.

The leopard was housed in the zoo after it strayed into a school in

Hubli on April 1. Since then, it had been behaving

Missing black bear of Delhi Zoo spotted after two months

It's official. The "missing" female Himalayan black bear at Delhi

zoo has finally been spotted. Alive and well, the bear was captured

on closed-circuit television cameras installed at the entrance of

the cave on April 23, putting to rest all speculations about the

animal having escaped from the enclosure or died.

The bear had not been spotted in its enclosure since February 22.

According to zoo officials, the bear had only disappeared into one

of the tunnels in the enclosed space that she shared with one male

and two other females.

"This is a quite normal in the

Zoo staff take protest to town hall

MAKING A POINT: Supporters of South Lakes Wild Animal Park protest

outside Barrow Town Hall before last night's full council meeting

waving zoo staff protested last night at a council decision not to

allow an asphalt car park at the Dalton tourist attraction.

Barrow Borough Council's planning committee refused an application

for the car park at South Lakes Wild Animal Park and

Councillor stands firm despite call to oust him

EPICENTRE OF THE ROW: Zoo boss David Gill on the controversial car

park at his South Lakes Wild Animal Park

A COUNCILLOR is standing firm in the face of a campaign by zoo staff

to oust him at the elections.

Gordon Murray is facing a backlash after voting against an

application for an asphalt car park at South Lakes Wild Animal Park

in Dalton.

Cllr Murray is one of eight councillors who admits voting against

the plan on March 21.

He is up for re-election on May 4. Zoo staff are protesting against

Barrow Borough Council planning committee's decision and are set to

attend polling stations on election day.

They said Cllr Murray was their main target.

Cllr Murray added fuel to the fire at

New elephant exhibit opens

The next time you go to the zoo there's a new exhibit to check out.

Rochester's African elephants, Genny C and Lilac, now have a new

place to call home. On Thursday Monroe County Executive Maggie

Brooks and the zoo SpokesKids cut the ribbon for the opening of the

new African elephant exhibit. "I think the elephants will love it

hear and have a happy home just like in the wild," said Seneca Park

Zoo SpokesKid Jacob Reynolds.

"I think it would make the elephants more happy. It's bigger for

them," said Seneca Park Zoo SpokesKid Tyler Ray.

Monroe County invested more than $4 million into the new

I can save zoo, says businessman

A BOLTON-born businessman says he is still hopeful he can save a

zoo, despite it closing its doors on Sunday.

Danny Bamping says he has raised the £1 million he needs to buy

Dartmoor Wildlife Park and hopes owner Ellis Daw, who is retiring,

will accept his offer later this week.

Mr Bamping, who grew up in Bromley Cross but now lives near

Plymouth, has been fascinated by big cats since childhood and is the

founder of the British Big Cats Society.

He hopes to buy the zoo

Ugandan zoo says farewell to Big Mama

Wildlife authorities said on Wednesday they had been forced to

euthanize "Big Mama," a giant 52-year-old Nile crocodile that had

been a star attraction at a Ugandan zoo for nearly half a century.

Keepers at the Uganda Wildlife Education Centre in Entebbe, south of

the capital, put down the ailing reptile at the weekend after

determining that a illness it had been suffering from since last

year was terminal, they said.

"The crocodile had been ill for a very long time," Uganda Wildlife

Authority chief Moses Mapesa said. "For several months it had not

been moving or feeding itself.

"We tried to treat it but it didn't

Rare animals coming to Lahore Zoo

A US-based veterinary doctor will donate 22 rare animals to Lahore

Zoo, sources told Daily Times.

Sources said Dr Riaz H Khan wanted to donate seven Muntjac Deer, two

pairs of Alpacas, two pairs of Boer Goats and three pairs of Emus.

The Wildlife Department is likely to approve the offer in the next

few days and has asked Dr Khan for the pedigree and health

certificates of the animals and has offered to pay for their

transportation from the US to Lahore.

A letter (No MGT/18(SICK)2006) addressed to Punjab Wildlife Director

General Imtiaz Tajwar says, "The offer is excellent and Lahore Zoo

requires these animals urgently," adding that the zoo would have to

spend millions of rupees to buy the animals.

Sources said all the animals were rare and no Pakistani zoo had had

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