RECENT ARTICLES


Baker, W.K.: What specific points should be focused on when preparing to renovate a cat exhibit? Animal Keepers’ Forum Vol. 37, No. 8 (2010), pp. 350–352.
Binney, A., and Sigler, P.: Beat the heat: our top 10 summer survival training tips. Animal Keepers’ Forum Vol. 37, No. 9 (2010), pp. 386–388. [The authors, keepers at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Florida, advise on ways to prevent hot weather interfering with animal training sessions.]
de Chabannes, P.: The bird collection at Taipei Zoo. Avicultural Magazine Vol. 116, No. 2 (2010), pp. 63–73.
Drost, A.L.: International animal shipping: one of the most daunting zoo experiences there is. Animal Keepers’ Forum Vol. 37, No. 8 (2010), pp. 360–367.
Flew, A.: Training North American black bears for blood draws. Animal Keepers’ Forum Vol. 37, No. 8 (2010), pp. 358–359. [Knoxville Zoo, Tennessee.]
Gibson, D.: The white-naped crane Grus vipio. Avicultural Magazine Vol. 116, No. 2 (2010), pp. 78–87. [Husbandry and breeding, Exmoor Zoo, U.K.]
Hale, J.: Prototype superworm (Zophobas morio) dispenser as multi-species environmental enrichment. Animal Keepers’ Forum Vol. 37, No. 9 (2010), pp. 396–399. [Superworms are a common enrichment food item used for nearly all the animals at Coyote Point Museum for Environmental Education, San Mateo, California. A prototype dispenser was used with ringtail, Channel Island fox, raccoon, common raven and burrowing owl. Attempts at presenting mealworms in simple toys (cardboard tubing, paper-based bags/boxes, plastic feeders, substrates) were either short-lived (animal retrieved worms in under five minutes) or evoked little or no interest. The dispenser under discussion was shown to provide long-lasting (30+ minutes) enrichment and promote foraging behavior via the random dispensing of worms throughout the day: it was also indestructible by the target animals.]
Heckel, J.-O.: Zum aktuellen Stand der Bemühungen zur Erhaltungdes bedrohten philippinischen Prinz-Alfred-Hirschs.(Current state of the conservation effort for the Philippine spotted deer.) ZGAP Mitteilungen Vol. 26, No. 1 (2010), pp. 15–17. [German, with English summary. The Philippine spotted deer (Rusa alfredi) is one of the globally most threatened deer species, only surviving on two Visayan islands in the Philippines. The main threats are the drastic decline of its forest habitat as well as heavy poaching. A conservation program initiated in 1990 has as one component a breeding programme in the Philippines and in Europe. By the end of 2008, 18 zoos in Europe had become partners in the programme and the captive population had increased to about 110 animals. Participation of zoos in the programme has to be endorsed by the wildlife authorities of the Philippines, as all deer and their progeny remain the property of the Government of the Philippines. A further integral part of the program is financial and scientific support to three local rescue and breeding centres in the Philippines. The local ‘rescue centres’ have evolved over the years into leading local conservation centres. What started off as a recovery programme for the Philippine spotted deer has expanded to other highly-endangered endemic Philippine species. Partner zoos are expected to make a financial contribution to the continuation and expansion of the conservation activities in the Philippines.]
Hershey, K.: Tinamou training 101. Animal Keepers’ Forum Vol. 37, No. 8 (2010), pp. 353–356. [After four months’ training, all the elegant crested tinamous (Eudromia elegans) at Tracy Aviary, Salt Lake City, Utah, were either shift-, station-, or scale-trained, or all three.]
Jensen, S.B., and Kirchöffel, K.: The successful breeding of the blue-necked or azure-headed tanager Tangara cyanicollis at Weltvogelpark Walsrode, Germany. Avicultural Magazine Vol. 116, No. 2 (2010), pp. 74–77. [See also above, pp. 379–381.]
Madindou, I., and Mulwa, R.: Grey Parrot Report II. Some conservation aspects concerning the African grey parrot Psittacus erithacus in Kakamega Forest, Kenya: assessment of the effects of trade and habitat destruction. Avicultural Magazine Vol. 116, No. 2 (2010), pp. 88–95.
Matthews, S.: Breeding the moustached laughingthrush Ianthocincla cineracea at Waddesdon Manor. Avicultural Magazine Vol. 116, No. 2 (2010), pp. 59–62.
Nadler, T.: Aktuelle Entwicklungen des Endangered Primate Rescue Center, Vietnam. (Current developments at the EPRC.) ZGAP Mitteilungen Vol. 26, No. 1 (2010), pp. 17–21. [German, with English summary: see above, p. 358.]
Oberwemmer, F.: Zucht- und Forschungsstation für den Nasenfrosch in Chile – auch nach dem Erdbeben geht es weiter! (A breeding and research station for Darwin’s frog in Chile carries on after the earthquake.) ZGAP Mitteilungen Vol. 26, No. 1 (2010), pp. 24–27. [German, with English summary. Darwin’s frog (Rhinoderma darwinii), one of two species of the genus Rhinoderma, is listed as Endangered in the IUCN Red List. The populations in the Chilean range habitat, the Valdivian forests, seem to be declining. Following some years of monitoring and research, Leipzig Zoo – together with the University of Concepción, ZGAP, Dr Klaus Busse from Forschungsmuseum Alexander Koenig and Heiko Werning from the magazine Reptilia – decided to build up a breeding and research station in the grounds of the university in 2009. Two containers for indoor housing and three outside enclosures were installed and prepared to keep the frogs. Fourteen animals were collected in Conaripe in central Chile, but three of them did not survive quarantine: chytrid fungus was detected via PCR analysis, but no treatment was necessary for the rest of the frogs. Several offspring were set free by male frogs and new clutches were laid by two females after the winter rest and taken into the vocal sac by the males. (Males of this species take up eggs into their mouths, and the developing larvae are maintained within the male’s vocal sac throughout development: the male ‘coughs’ up fully-formed juveniles when their development is complete 50 to 70 days later. – Ed.) Thirteen offspring were set free by the end of 2009. Work in the station will be intensified and collaboration with a second breeding project for Darwin’s frogs in Santiago Zoo has been taken up. Fortunately the strong earthquake in Chile did not affect the breeding station severely and there is hope that the work can be continued.]
Pfleiderer, J.: Die Zoologischer Gärten Thailands – Archen für die südostasiatische Tierwelt? (Thai zoos – arks for South-east Asian wildlife?) ZGAP Mitteilungen Vol. 26, No. 1 (2010), pp. 32–35. [German, with English summary. The history of Thai zoos started in 1934 with the foundation of Dusit Zoo in Bangkok. In 1954 this zoo was transferred from Bangkok municipality to the newly-founded Zoological Park Organization (ZPO). During the following decades four further zoos were established within the ZPO, namely Chiang Mai, Khao Kheow Open Zoo in Chonburi, Korat Zoo in Nakhon Ratchasima and Songkhla. Due to rapid wildlife decline in South-east Asia, the necessity of ex situ conservation was recognized and a captive-breeding management system, called ‘Species Champions’, was established. For each managed species one zoo is designated to become its breeding centre and staff of this zoo are responsible for its management. The ZPO zoos are home to some exceptional and unique stocks of rare and endangered species, e.g. the currently biggest and most successfully reproducing group of red-shanked douc langurs at Dusit Zoo, the biggest captive stock of clouded leopards and the first and only breeding Asian black-necked storks at Khao Kheow Open Zoo, and almost half of the world’s known captive population of red-headed vultures at Korat Zoo. The long-term goal of many breeding programmes is a reintroduction of species locally or even totally extinct in Thailand. This has already been practised with several species, e.g. painted stork and Eld’s deer.]
Reisberg, S., Grove, J., and Bashaw, M.: Environmental enrichment for North American river otters. Animal Keepers’ Forum Vol. 37, No. 8 (2010), pp. 340–344. [The authors describe the successful use of two types of enrichment, floating objects and cricket feeders, with the otters at Maryland Zoo, Baltimore.]
Smith, S.: Feeding the spoonbills: from nightmare to dream. Animal Keepers’ Forum Vol. 37, No. 9 (2010), pp. 390–393. [See above, pp. 367–369.]





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Animal Keepers’ Forum, American Association of Zoo Keepers, 3601 S.W. 29th Street, Suite 133, Topeka, Kansas 66614, U.S.A.
Avicultural Magazine, Avicultural Society, Arcadia, The Mounts, Totnes, Devon TQ9 7QJ, U.K.
ZGAP Mitteilungen, Zoologische Gesellschaft für Arten- und Populationsschutz e.V. (Zoological Society for the Conservation of Species and Populations), Franz-Senn-Strasse 14, D-81377 München, Germany.