The 2013 Annual Report is here! View it here: Annual Report 2013
And Baby Makes Three
Waco, Texas – Love is in the air this Valentine’s Day at Cameron Park Zoo. The Zoo is proud to announce that Mei and KJ, the Zoo’s resident Bornean orangutan’s, are expecting their first child May 22, 2014.
Mei, is 15, and will celebrate her 16th birthday on May 1, and KJ is 25. Mei came to Cameron Park Zoo from Chicago’s Brookville Zoo and KJ was born at the Phoenix Zoo. Both arrived in May of 2009 along with Mukah, who is 26 and is a Sumatran/Bornean hybrid.
This is Mei’s first pregnancy and zookeepers have been working with Mei on a variety of maternal care behaviors including breast pump training and presenting the baby to her keepers in order for them to provide supplemental care for the infant. Zoo veterinarian, Dr. James Kusmierczyk, provides regular prenatal medical exams for Mei and Dr. Dianne Sawyer assists with the examinations including weekly ultrasounds.
Bornean orangutans are endangered species that are disappearing at an alarming rate. As many as 5,000 orangutans a year are killed or displaced by habitat destruction for palm oil plantations and timber, human encroachment, and capture for the entertainment and pet trades.
Cameron Park Zoo wants everyone to join the excitement and will be sharing the progression of Mei’s pregnancy on their Facebook page, Twitter
@camparkzoo, and on the Zoo’s website www.cameronparkzoo.com.
Traveling in Style
Waco, Texas – Cameron Park Zoo’s Education Department will be traveling in style with their new Zoo Mobile thanks to Connie and Russ Kassner.
The Zoo Mobile is used for offsite education programs, community events and transporting animals. Local artist Von Otto did the amazing air brush paintings of the zoo’s animals on the van.
Cameron Park Zoo Director to Chair International Species Information System
Waco, Texas – Jim Fleshman, Director of Cameron Park Zoo, was recently appointed to chair the International Species Information System (ISIS). ISIS, the global leader in animal management and conservation collaboration solutions for over 830 zoos and aquariums, announced the election of executive officers for the 2014 Board of Trustees. The executive officers that will lead the ISIS organization include:
• Chair: Mr. Jim Fleshman, Cameron Park Zoo, United States
• Vice Chair: Mr. Jonathan Wilcken, Auckland Zoo, New Zealand
• Treasurer: Mr. Phil Frost, Baton Rouge Zoo, United States
• Secretary: Ms. Paula Brock, Zoological Society of San Diego, United States
“This is already turning out to be an exciting year for ISIS with the upcoming April launch of the ZIMS with Medical product module,” stated Jim Fleshman, Chair of ISIS. “Jonathan, Mark, Frank, and Paul each bring impressive community leadership experience – in our growth markets of Australasia, Europe, Latin America, and in supporting needs of our important veterinarian members – to contribute to and accelerate our ongoing success.”
About International Species Information System (ISIS)
International Species Information System (ISIS), a non-profit founded in 1974, provides membership services to over 830 institutions in 84 countries. ISIS software solutions have long been recognized as the world-standard in facilitating collaboration in animal information management and conservation within the zoological and aquaria communities. The largest industry database, containing detailed information on more than 2,800,000 animals and 10,000 species, supports important global initiatives in conservation, population sustainability and bio-diversity.