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June 2010 
Inside this issue ...
Holiday courses!
Culture comes to the vultures
Urban biodiversity?
Dr Emily Lane wins award
Director's comment
New arrival at Emerald Animal World
Stringent measures protect King penguins
NZG staff master penguin conservation skills
Maintaining an inland marine aquarium can be challenging!
First genetic assessment of pangolins in SA
Outbreak of deadly primate disease controlled
NZG hosts wildlife medicine courses for vets
ZooClub members investigate SA's biomes
Conservation Grapevine
World governments fail to halt biodiversity loss
Lions targeted for Chinese 'medicines'

 
Dr Emily Lane (right) with Bernard Harrison at the PAAZAB Conference.
 
Dr Emily Lane wins prestigious award

The NZG's Wildlife Pathologist, Dr Emily Lane received the 2010 Bernard Harrison and Friends Award for Best Professional Development at the PAAZAB (African Association of Zoos and Aquaria) Conference which was held in Cape Town in April 2010.

Dr Lane was raised in Malawi and received her secondary school education in Swaziland. After graduating cum laude with a BA (Biology) degree from Colorado College in the United States, Emily trained as veterinarian at the Faculty of Veterinary Science, University of Zimbabwe. She received the class prize in four of the five years of study as well as the Zimbabwe Veterinary Association prize for best final year student.

She obtained membership by examination of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons in the United Kingdom in 1989, was a Pathology Resident at the Faculty of Veterinary Science for three years and went on to complete a Masters degree from the University of Zimbabwe in 1994.

After a year of general veterinary practice in the United Kingdom, she joined the University of Pretoria's Faculty of Veterinary Science as a Senior Lecturer in the Pathology Department, where she spent five years participating in diagnostic work and training of undergraduate and postgraduate students. In 2001 she became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists and for five years worked as a private pathologist in Pretoria, specialising in wildlife.

In 2006, she joined the Research and Scientific Services Department of the National Zoological Gardens of South Africa as a Senior Researcher. She is in charge of the Wildlife Epidemiology Research Programme, which champions the role of zoos in wildlife disease surveillance with particular emphasis on the interface between animal and human disease. She is also passionate about building capacity for wildlife disease monitoring, and has assisted in developing and presenting courses for veterinarians in the SADC region.

Dr Lane is a co-author on 19 papers, 13 of which relate to wildlife, and has presented 20 papers/posters at national and international conferences.

She received the award in recognition of such a high degree of professional excellence.

Bernard Harrison (b. 1951, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia -) was the CEO of the Singapore Zoological Gardens from 1983 to July 2002. Credited with a creative and innovative vision, Harrison is synonymous with the Singapore Zoo, having brought the Zoo, its open concept of animal display and the Night Safari to international acclaim. Harrison's consultancy firm, "Harrison and Friends", specialises in zoo planning and design.