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  • What Makes a Good Zoo - A Personal Journey
    2

    What Makes a Good Zoo - A Personal Journey

    18 months ago

    The difference between a good and a bad zoo is not black and white. The article describes a personal zoo journey and raises issues for people to think about.

  • Zoos of the United Arab Emirates
    3

    Zoos of the United Arab Emirates

    5 months ago

    Zoo visits are popular in the United Arab Emirates. Here there is a list of all public zoos and a few of the private animal collections.

  • Rhinoceros Farming in China
    20

    Rhinoceros Farming in China

    3 years ago

    Rhinoceros Farming in China is taking place to feed the increasing demand for Rhino Horn in the Traditional Medicine market. Here the horn is harvested without killing the Rhinoceros.

  • Ankus
    9

    Ankus

    7 years ago

    The Ankus is an ancient tool used by man for the management of elephants in captivity. In the correct hands it is the best instrument for the job. In the wrong hands it becomes an abusive weapon.

  • What Do Tigers Eat In Zoos?
    35

    What Do Tigers Eat In Zoos?

    22 months ago

    The average zoo visitor may wonder what it is that tigers eat in zoos. It is the same as in the wild...meat. In the zoo however the fare varies as does the preparation and presentation.

  • Interesting Facts About Polar Bears
    12

    Interesting Facts About Polar Bears

    14 months ago

    Polar bears are a very popular animal, but in spite of this people know so little about them. Here then are some interesting facts about these wonderful bears.

  • International Vulture Awareness Day
    12

    International Vulture Awareness Day

    3 months ago

    The International Vulture Awareness Day takes place each and every year on the first Saturday in September. The day is all about promoting an awareness of the importance of vultures and the vital niche role they play in the web of life.

  • World Penguin Day
    2

    World Penguin Day

    7 months ago

    World Penguin Day takes place every year on the 25th April. The choice of the date is to coincide with the march of the many thousands of Antarctic Adelie Penguins as they head north to follow the sun and leave the darker south polar winter days behind.

  • Eating Horseshoe Crab
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    Eating Horseshoe Crab

    7 years ago

    The Horseshoe Crab does not really look like crab at all. In fact it isn't, the only things it shares with the crab is its English name and the fact that it lives in the sea. It is though a popular food in some parts of its range.

  • Continuing Professional Development in Zoos
    0

    Continuing Professional Development in Zoos

    17 months ago

    Those serious about working in zoos as a career need to be continuing there professional development. It is easy to stagnate. This article serves to advise on what you should be doing.

  • Pattaya Buffet Breakfast Review
    5

    Pattaya Buffet Breakfast Review

    7 years ago

    If on vacation or long stay money is always a consideration. Eating a good breakfast is one of the most important meals of the day. Eat well and save money too.

  • How To Sex A Crocodile
    10

    How To Sex A Crocodile

    7 years ago

    Determining the sex of a crocodile or alligator is difficult to impossible by sight. The animal has to be caught so that the it can be seen whether it is a male or female. This article tels you how.

  • Your Girlfriend Is My Girlfriend
    8

    Your Girlfriend Is My Girlfriend

    5 weeks ago

    "Excuse me but your girlfriend is my girlfriend." It may sound a bit like a farce but in the bar worlds of Bangkok, Phuket and Pattaya then never was a truer word spoken in jest...well most of the time. There is an oft repeated saying "You never...

  • Thai Butterfly
    5

    Thai Butterfly

    9 months ago

    The Butterfly is one of the most attractive of creatures, symbolic not only of beauty but of youth and rebirth in many cultures. Thailand is lucky to have a wide variety of these beautiful insects and upwards of 520 species have been recorded in the...

  • 200 Sentences English for Massage Therapists
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    200 Sentences English for Massage Therapists

    8 years ago

    200 Sentences English for Massage Therapists (Nice & Naughty) is a comparatively new arrival on the Thai, learn a language book market. Few were surprised to learn of the 'Get Rich Quick English for Bar Girls' but something for the massage side of...

  • The Anatomy of a GoGo Bar
    12

    The Anatomy of a GoGo Bar

    4 years ago

    The GoGo Bar may be a mystery to many. Explore the pitfalls and the pleasures of a temporary escape from the world outside.

  • The House of the Rising Sun
    8

    The House of the Rising Sun

    22 months ago

    The House of the rising sun must be amongst the most recorded of all songs. No-one know who wrote it and so there is no copywrite and it can be freely recorded without paying dues to anybody. Although the various interpretations of The House of...

  • Get Rich Quick English For Bar Girls
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    Get Rich Quick English For Bar Girls

    7 years ago

    My Thai girlfriend has reminded me dozens of times over the years of a simple fact. "You think Thai girl come to Pattaya for LOVE? No, come for munneee!" The same applies of course to wherever there is a bar scene in Thailand. Munneee! Money!...

  • Declawing Tigers and Lions
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    Declawing Tigers and Lions

    4 months ago

    The declawing of Tigers and Lions is and never has been an operation that has ever needed to be done. It cruel and unnecessary. It always has been and it always will be. The only time a claw should have to be removed is if it was damaged in some way...

  • Painted Pets
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    Painted Pets

    13 months ago

    Why on earth would anyone want to paint or dye their pet? It is the $1000 dollar question that really answers itself. For money! People are prepared to stick their hands just that little deeper in their pockets for something unusual. Anyone who...

  • The Only White Tiger In Great Britain
    27

    The Only White Tiger In Great Britain

    16 months ago

    Zoological Gardens in the British Isles are all under the authority of the 'Zoo Licencing Act'. This is amongst the best if not THE best zoo legislation in the world. Any collection open to the public which includes animals which are not normally...

  • Live Feeding To Zoo Animals
    5

    Live Feeding To Zoo Animals

    7 years ago

    The subject of Live Feeding To Zoo Animals is an emotive one. It is readily accepted in some cultures by the majority of the the population. In others then the opposite applies. Perhaps today it is accepted by more people as they have been brought...

  • Edward VII Love Chair
    10

    Edward VII Love Chair

    7 years ago

    The Edward VII Love Chair is of unique construction. Built on the precise instructions of the overweight playboy Prince of Wales for lovemaking.

  • The Sex Hubs
    29

    The Sex Hubs

    8 years ago

    Actually The Sex Hubs is a little bit of a misnomer. True enough the subject rears its head ever so slightly in these hubs, though often the word does not. There are no hubs here with pornographic content, there is nothing that would make a maiden...

  • How to Kill a Chicken
    30

    How to Kill a Chicken

    19 months ago

    To be able to humanely kill a chicken quickly and without causing pain or distress is an important skill for anyone thinking of small scale farming.

  • The Pointlessness of Alligator Wrestling
    16

    The Pointlessness of Alligator Wrestling

    3 weeks ago

    Alligator and Crocodile Wrestling is both cruel and pointless. Training the animals is a kinder and more practical method of husbandry.

  • The Thailand Sex Diet
    30

    The Thailand Sex Diet

    3 years ago

    Som Tam or Papaya Green salad is probably one of the healthiest of all meals. All of the ingredients have health giving properties. What perhaps is lesser know is that most of these are believed to be aphrodisiacs, Som Tam is the Thailand Sex Diet, an aphrodisiac cocktail!

  • Being opinionated
    7

    Being opinionated

    15 months ago

    Having an opinion which differs from someone else can lead to censorship. It need not necessarily be wrong or right but simply a different point of view to the censor.

  • The Roman Swiss Army Knife
    14

    The Roman Swiss Army Knife

    16 months ago

    Most people will be familiar with the Swiss Army Knife. This remarkable and extremely useful invention is the first choice of many hikers, campers and travelers. Others will have one ticked away in a kitchen drawer, hand bag or car glove box. ...

  • Some Zoo Questions
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    Some Zoo Questions

    5 years ago

    This hub was written in response to an approach from a young lady in Mexico who was researching zoos for a project. Along the way she had come across my Zoo News Digest and decided I may be worth interviewing. Whereas I was sure that there were far...

  • The Zoo Hubs
    19

    The Zoo Hubs

    2 years ago

    The Zoo Hubs is a collection of links to Asian and some other zoos plus articles related to zoos.

  • Gembira Loka Zoo
    1

    Gembira Loka Zoo

    7 years ago

    The Gembira Loka Zoo first opened its gates in 1955. It is located just a short distance outside of the city of Yogyakarta. It is a popular weekend destination for local people and a point of interest to tourists to the area. There is a large...

  • The Five Freedoms
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    The Five Freedoms

    20 months ago

    To you and I it is probably obvious. We have a cat or dog or some more exotic 'pet' at home. We care for it. It is our responsibility. The caring means that we want that animal to be both happy and healthy. Even if you don't accept the...

  • Hand Rearing Lion Cubs and Other Carnivores
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    Hand Rearing Lion Cubs and Other Carnivores

    7 years ago

    There they are, the cute fluffy little lion, tiger or whatever cubs in the newspaper photo. That should bring some visitors in to the zoo, sanctuary, rescue centre or whatever you like to call it. We have all seen them. Such photographs appear...

  • The Palm Civet Gauge
    2

    The Palm Civet Gauge

    16 months ago

    The Palm Civet in Asia is represented by several different species and umpteen subspecies. The most familiar is the Common Palm Civet Paradoxurus hermaphroditus. This cat sized mammal is actually known as the 'Toddy Cat' in some areas but is not a...

  • An opinion on to pinion or not to pinion
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    An opinion on to pinion or not to pinion

    7 years ago

    Pinioning. With a few species specific exceptions birds were meant to fly. I don’t believe that there is anyone who would argue with that. At the same time though it could be said that they do not have to fly. Within the protected confinement of...

  • Mr Moke the Talking Chimpanzee
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    Mr Moke the Talking Chimpanzee

    7 years ago

    Mr Moke was the stage name of a chimpanzee called 'Moko'. Mr Moke was claimed to be the worlds only talking chimpanzee and he may well have been at the height of his fame. He was definitely not the 'one and only' ever though. There was Johnny and...

  • Craig Busch and Zion Wildlife Gardens
    224

    Craig Busch and Zion Wildlife Gardens

    7 years ago

    Craig Busch of the 'Lion Man' TV programme sprang to fame on the back of a number of falsehoods. He lost control of the Zion Wildlife Gardens through a disagreement with his mother. We examine why and where things went wrong.

  • Vientiane Zoo
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    Vientiane Zoo

    9 years ago

    The Vientiane Zoo is the only 'official' zoo in Laos. There are captive animals on display in other locations I have visited however. Vientiane Zoo is located in beautiful countryside some 65 Km from the city of Vientiane. The zoo itself has a...

  • The Perfect Zoo Enclosure
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    The Perfect Zoo Enclosure

    7 years ago

    The Perfect Zoo Enclosure would surely have to be an exact replica of the territory the animal lived in in the wild. Visitors to the zoo could wait for the animal to appear...and wait...and wait...and wait. The animal may arrive, today,...

  • Komodo Dragon Problems
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    Komodo Dragon Problems

    7 years ago

    The Komodo Dragon Varanus komodoensis is the worlds largest lizard. They are capable of growing up to ten feet in length and weighing 150 lbs. With a surprising turn of speed on land and in the water they are a creature that deserves respect. Their...

  • The Tiger Temple in Kanchanaburi Thailand
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    The Tiger Temple in Kanchanaburi Thailand

    5 years ago

    The Tiger Temple in Kanchanaburi, Bangkok, Thailand, is a front for a cruel commercially exploitative tourism trap. There is no religious reason for its existence.

  • Sri Racha Tiger Zoo
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    Sri Racha Tiger Zoo

    2 years ago

    Sri Racha Tiger Zoo is probably the worst Tiger exploiter on the planet. It is Tiger farming hiding behind a zoo name. Over breeding simply to produce cubs for photographs. What next?

  • Malabon Zoo in Manila in the Philippines
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    Malabon Zoo in Manila in the Philippines

    7 years ago

    Malabon Zoo is a popular private zoo located within Metro Manila. Easily reachable by the Manila metro it makes an interesting alternative to Manila Zoo.

  • Coffee with a Lift a Nation on the Rise
    1

    Coffee with a Lift a Nation on the Rise

    16 months ago

    There has been a long time joke about Viagra in Coffee (i have posted it further along) but I don't think that anyone thought that this madcap idea might become a reality. Authorities in Malaysia have been working overtime in the early part of...

  • Safari World in Bangkok Thailand
    2

    Safari World in Bangkok Thailand

    2 years ago

    Safari World in Bangkok is probably the largest 'zoo' in Thailand. It is a commercial enterprise, is purely exploitative and does nothing for conservation, education or research.

  • Britain's Rarest Snake
    6

    Britain's Rarest Snake

    13 months ago

    It is a common misconception that Britain's rarest snake is the Smooth Snake Coronella austriaca . This is incorrect. The rarest resident snake to be found within the British Isles is the Aesculapian Snake Elaphe longissima! (Zamenis longissima) ...

  • The Thai Oil Massage
    13

    The Thai Oil Massage

    10 months ago

    The Thai Oil Massage is amongst the most popular of massages by visitors to Thailand. Relaxing but at the same time rejuvenating it is an experience not to be missed.

  • Is the Fish Spa a Con or a Cure?
    7

    Is the Fish Spa a Con or a Cure?

    7 years ago

    Over the past few years cleansing of the skin in a Fish Spa has become a popular and increasingly fashionable treatment. Fish Spas can now be found in beauty parlors, as separate entities or attached to aquariums or oceanariums. They are now being...

  • A Psoriasis Cure You May Rather Not Know About
    13

    A Psoriasis Cure You May Rather Not Know About

    7 years ago

    Psoriasis is a nasty red, itchy, non-contagious skin condition. It can occur on any part of the body but more frequently on the head or joints like elbows and knees. At it simplest it is overgrowth of skin cells and flaking away. Unpleasant to have...

  • How to Live in Pattaya in Thailand on Five Dollars a Day or Less
    27

    How to Live in Pattaya in Thailand on Five Dollars a Day or Less

    4 years ago

    The idea of living cheaply in Thailand appeals to many. It is not as difficult as it may first appear. Here is wise advice on how you can overcome some of the difficulties.

  • Should I Be Here or Somewhere Else
    24

    Should I Be Here or Somewhere Else

    6 months ago

    Personal brushes with death which have helped turn me into the person I am.

  • Pattaya Beer Bar Signs
    0

    Pattaya Beer Bar Signs

    15 months ago

    If there is one thing which Pattaya in Thailand does not lack it is Bars. There are hundreds, perhaps thousands of them, big and small. Each Bar has its own sign, its own shape, colour design, spelling and mis-spelling. Each is, in its own way,...

  • Never Fall In Love With A Bar Girl
    46

    Never Fall In Love With A Bar Girl

    3 years ago

    It is easy to say "Don't fall in love" but much more difficult not too. Thai girls are beautiful, friendly, attentive and loyal but above all devoted to their families.

  • Manila Zoo in the Philippines
    19

    Manila Zoo in the Philippines

    7 years ago

    Manila is a huge city with a population numbering somewhere in the region of 20 Million people. Nearly all of these are familiar with Manila Zoo which, as reputedly the oldest* zoo in Asia, opened its doors in 1959 on a 5 hectare site. Most Manilans...

  • Bird Nest Soup
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    Bird Nest Soup

    5 days ago

    Bird Nest Soup is a soup which is produced using the nests of the Cave Swiftlet (Aerodramus/Collocalia species) as a base. The Cave swiftlet does not construct its nest like many birds from twigs and moss but out of its own very sticky but...

  • The Night Butterflies of Bali
    4

    The Night Butterflies of Bali

    4 years ago

    The night butterflies of Bali are the young from the islands and provinces. Far from home and supporting their families as best they can.

  • An Honest Report on Bali Safari and Marine Park
    24

    An Honest Report on Bali Safari and Marine Park

    7 years ago

    Bali Safari and Marine Park is an increasingly popular tourist attraction for visitors to Bali Indonesia. Set in a lush and beautiful location it makes for an interesting day out, but is it really worth it?

  • Zoo Misconceptions
    25

    Zoo Misconceptions

    16 months ago

    Many people are anti-zoo due to misconceived ideas. There are good zoos and their are bad zoos. Here you will find many zoo misconceptions explained truthfully.

  • Old Hag Syndrome
    15

    Old Hag Syndrome

    15 months ago

    'Old Hag Syndrome' appears to be a form of hallucinatory sleep paralysis which occurs shortly before falling asleep or just as one wakens. A surprisingly large number of people (2%) experience it once in their lives. It is a terrifying experience...

  • Balut, A Taste Worth Acquiring
    15

    Balut, A Taste Worth Acquiring

    22 months ago

    As a kid I was a very fussy eater. I hated fat and would labour away to see that every last shred was removed from any meat. I hated turnips, cabbage, turnips and vinegar. I shunned spaghetti because it resembled worms and would gag when swallowing...

  • How to Get a Job in a Zoo
    19

    How to Get a Job in a Zoo

    3 years ago

    The idea of working in a zoo is very popular and considered by those within the profession to be the best job in the world. This article gives advice on what you need to do to get that job.

  • The Wonderful Asian Sniff Kiss
    6

    The Wonderful Asian Sniff Kiss

    2 years ago

    Almost undoubtedly the kiss originated from grooming/bonding behaviour and can be seen in its most primitive form by watching other primates. Other animals lick and preen. The kiss today is commonly carried out as a gesture of love, respect,...

  • The Backpacker Guide to Pattaya in Thailand
    16

    The Backpacker Guide to Pattaya in Thailand

    7 years ago

    For some very odd reason Pattaya in Thailand does not appear on the Backpacker circuit. They arrive in Bangkok from wherever and head north to Chiang Mai or south to Phuket. They may even pass Pattaya by as they approach the border and into...

  • Animal Enrichment Versus Routine
    8

    Animal Enrichment Versus Routine

    7 months ago

    Most zoos fail to understand the difference between animal enrichment and routine. The difference is important from an animal perspective.

  • The World of the Kathoey and Ladyboy
    20

    The World of the Kathoey and Ladyboy

    7 years ago

    In at least one story of creation there were three children born. There was a boy, a girl and another. The Kathoey should be considered that Third Sex. The Kathoey or Ladyboy occur in all societies under a variety of names. In Mexico they are called...

  • Thai Whiskey
    16

    Thai Whiskey

    7 years ago

    Actually the whole subject of Thai Whiskey gets a bit confusing, especially in conversation because there are more than one drink going under the same title. Often someone will have tried one type once, not liked it, or perhaps ended the evening...

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