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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'
The best solution ever!
Six weeks of school holidays don't have to drive you mad. We'll keep your kids occupied.
Culture comes to the vultures
Our readers are invited to experience the NZG's first Mandril Art@Zoo exhibition, a cultural highlight not to be missed.
Biodiversity in the urban environment?
In the 2nd article in our series on Biodiversity, the NZG's Dr Ed Stam looks at city life's effect on people's connectedness with nature.
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.
National Zoo scoops top honours at Business and Tourism Awards
Dr Clifford Nxomani, MD, shares some good news with our readers.
Much anticipated new arrival at Emerald Animal World
After nine years, Chilean flamingos are breeding successfully at Emerald Animal World.
Stringent measures protect NZG's King penguins from diseases
The NZG's new penguin enclosure was specifically designed to safeguard the health of these birds.
NZG staff master penguin conservation skills
The NZG will be responsible for the National African Penguin Studbook, aimed at ensuring that this vulnerable species is effectively protected.
Maintaining an inland marine aquarium can be challenging!
To start with, the National Zoo is 600 km from the Indian ocean and 1 400 km from the Atlantic ocean.
NZG conducts first ever genetic assessment of pangolins in SA
Research is aimed at assessing the level of genetic differentiation within and between populations.
NZG and Design Biologix control outbreak of deadly primate disease
The disease, yersiniosis, usually results in rapid death of the infected primate.
NZG hosts wildlife medicine courses for veterinarians from five countries
Based on the success of the first two courses, the NZG hopes to present similar courses on an annual basis.
ZooClub members investigate SA's biomes
ZooClub members participated in a challenging game to identify elements of biodiversity in specific biomes.
Conservation Grapevine
Meet Oxo, the National Zoo's littlest pygmy hippo.
World governments fail to halt biodiversity loss
There are multiple indications of continuing decline in biodiversity in all of its main components.
Lions targeted for Chinese 'medicines'
As wild tiger populations dwindle, poachers are turning to lions to feed the insatiable Chinese appetite for 'potions' made from big cat bones.
Message of the Month
"There is still so much we donít know about biodiversity. We often cannot see the links making up the web of life until they are broken." Ė IUCN statement, 2010