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Old 10-03-2009

Tiger handler hurt in rough play at Australia Zoo | The Courier-Mail

If zoos like Dreamworld and Australia Zoo (both in the State of Queensland) continue to let their employees venture into exhibits with adult tigers then it will simply be a matter of time before harmless scratches become deadly maulings. The British zoo Howletts had a few keepers lose their lives to tigers over the years...
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I'm surprused this thread hasn't had a better response. was expecting at the very least a few "told you so" comments
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they have to put keepers into the tigers exhibit just to give visitors something to see. sorry now im just being a ****head
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they have to put keepers into the tigers exhibit just to give visitors something to see.

What does that mean glyn???
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[QUOTE=glyn; sorry now im just being a ****head[/QUOTE]

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I'm surprused this thread hasn't had a better response. was expecting at the very least a few "told you so" comments
"Yeah well 'I told you so' has a brother and his name is 'shut the hell up." C. Montgomery Burns. But on a more serious note I have to agree with about it only being a matter of time before we lose someone.
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Old 12-03-2009

Paid a visit to both Australia zoo and dreamworld during the ICZ conference both collections are quite inpressive.But i must say as a carnivore keeper i was disappointed with the way keepers were in with both sumatran and amur tigers at these zoos it is only a matter of time before these cats do what is natural to them. It is never nice to hear of a colleague been injured but if you put yourself in this position it will happen sooner rather than later.Also at dreamworld it was crazy to see large cats been given pasteurised milk as most of us know thar the cats are lactose intolerant.
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Hmm, bound to happen really.
Actually, I don't think all the Howletts deaths were from keepers playing with the tigers, I think one of the keepers got killed when the tigress climbed over a fence whilst he was cleaning her enclosure. The other two could be from this "play" though.
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Paid a visit to both Australia zoo and dreamworld during the ICZ conference both collections are quite inpressive.But i must say as a carnivore keeper i was disappointed with the way keepers were in with both sumatran and amur tigers at these zoos it is only a matter of time before these cats do what is natural to them. It is never nice to hear of a colleague been injured but if you put yourself in this position it will happen sooner rather than later.Also at dreamworld it was crazy to see large cats been given pasteurised milk as most of us know thar the cats are lactose intolerant.
Amur Tigers? Didn't know we had any amur tigers?

I think you'll find the milk they use in the talks, Pauls??? is or was a sponsor of tiger island. I'm sure Dreamworld would be aware of the cats ability to handle milk.

Anyone knoe how many keepers would be in with the cats at a time at howlett's. Dreamworld and Australia zoo never go in alone. Do you think this makes their interaction safer.
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Old 12-03-2009

similar has happened twice at the Lion Man's place this year as well
tiger incident at Zion...
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At Howletts in the U.K. there have been 5 keepers killed, 3 by tigers and 2 by elephants. Also, there have been several maulings as well, as detailed in this long, informative article:

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/obit...-Aspinall.html
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Amur Tigers? Didn't know we had any amur tigers?

I think you'll find the milk they use in the talks, Pauls??? is or was a sponsor of tiger island. I'm sure Dreamworld would be aware of the cats ability to handle milk.

Anyone knoe how many keepers would be in with the cats at a time at howlett's. Dreamworld and Australia zoo never go in alone. Do you think this makes their interaction safer.
Does it really matter if the milk is sponsored or not it is not good to give tigers this kind of milk and if the Dreamworld know this they should not give it to them.Tigers will devolope kidney problems as they get older if they are feed this milk as there organs are not constructed to break it down.Interaction with large cats will never be safe no matter how many keepers you place in the enclosure.
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Paid a visit to both Australia zoo and dreamworld during the ICZ conference both collections are quite inpressive.But i must say as a carnivore keeper i was disappointed with the way keepers were in with both sumatran and amur tigers at these zoos it is only a matter of time before these cats do what is natural to them. It is never nice to hear of a colleague been injured but if you put yourself in this position it will happen sooner rather than later.
I know of an ex-Dreamworld keeper who worked with the tigers, and ended up with some serious injuries (not life threatening) during talk and play sessions. As an ex-keeper who worked with large carnivores, I personally have a problem with being a potential meal.
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Old 22-03-2009

There are major diffences in the programs run by all of the zoos mentioned in this thread. Dreamworld and Marine World (Now Six flags facility since 1970) and Dreamworld since 1995. There have been no fatalities or permanent injuries to any staff member at either faciltity.

It is certanly not for every institution but does have a role to play in providing a different and positive manner of displaying these animals.

Tigers at Dreamworld get a very small amount of milk (200-300 ml) per day during presentations and I have yet to find any evidence that this is harmful either in the short term or long term.
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Old 22-03-2009

Having seen all the Tigers at Dreamworld not long ago I have to say they were all in great shape and very well looked after
 


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