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New vet scholarship aids wild orang utans

New vet scholarship aids wild orang utans

Two vets from Indonesia are the first to benefit from a unique new scholarship programme run by a Cornish vet charity.  OVAID – Orang utan Veterinary Aid – is run by Nigel and Sara Hicks, based in Launceston. They help hard-pressed orang utan rescue centres and sanctuaries with veterinary support and donations of equipment.

The new OVAID Bronwyn Scholarship meant that two South East Asian vets were able to make the 12,000 kilometre (7,500 mile) journey to the UK to exchange techniques and information on the care and welfare of orang utans.

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Devon mourns Duchess

Devon mourns Duchess

Authored by Paigntonzoo
Posted: Mon, 07/15/2019 - 10:44am

The matriarch of Paignton Zoo has died. Female African elephant Duchess collapsed in her house early on Sunday morning. Despite a determined and extended response from her keepers, the in-house vet team and other staff and volunteers, the difficult decision to euthaniase her was taken at lunch-time.

Simon Tonge, Executive Director of Paignton Zoo, was present throughout: “Duchess was found collapsed in her house at 8.00 in the morning. She was lying on her left side – with her good eye to the floor - and unable to stand, which was distressing for her keepers to see.

Hatching chicks (nearly) as easy as ABC

Hatching chicks (nearly) as easy as ABC

Authored by Paigntonzoo
Posted: Fri, 07/05/2019 - 11:51am

This Vietnam pheasant chick – and others like it hatched recently at Paignton Zoo – could be the future of its species.

Bird keepers at the charity zoo are based in the Avian Breeding Centre, commonly known as the ABC. The chick is being cared for here; while it’s preferable for chicks to be parent reared, keepers will step in to give nature a helping hand when needed.

Another six (unrelated) Vietnam pheasant chicks are being reared by their parents in an off-show holding area. A video taken by keeping staff offers a rare glimpse into this hidden world.

Setting higher standards in zoo retail

Setting higher standards in zoo retail

Authored by Paigntonzoo
Posted: Wed, 07/03/2019 - 12:54pm

Local zoos are setting high environmental and ethical standards for their suppliers to ensure the quality of products in their shops. Questionnaires were sent to some 70 different suppliers asking about the environmental, ethical and recycling components of their businesses.

The initiative was launched by South West Zoo Enterprises, the retail arm of Paignton Zoo, Living Coasts, Torquay’s coastal zoo and aquarium, and Newquay Zoo in Cornwall. 

Critically Endangered red ruffed lemurs born at Paignton Zoo

Are these the sweetest babies in the world?

Authored by Paigntonzoo
Posted: Thu, 06/27/2019 - 10:20am

There are baby red ruffed lemurs at Paignton Zoo – and just look at them!

The charity zoo is a professional science and conservation body working internationally to help save these Critically Endangered primates – but sometimes all the serious stuff is pushed to one side by incredibly cute baby animals.

Head Keeper of Mammals Owen Taylor said: “When we were sure she was close to giving birth, we put some ropes up at the indoor viewing area to give her some additional privacy and the best opportunity of raising her offspring.”

InExeter announces backing for nine city centre events and projects

Authored by Exeter News Blog
Posted: Tue, 05/14/2019 - 2:30pm

InExeter has announced funding support for a series of events and projects.  Six events have secured funding from the city’s business improvement district, each of which add vibrancy to Exeter’s cultural offering.  

Seen in a Union Street window

Authored by Michael F W Walshe
Posted: Mon, 05/13/2019 - 6:47pm

Someone has put a really helpful summary of EU candidates up in their window today.  It shows which parties are Remain and which Leave and gives a few words from their manifestos.

Except the Conservatives have not issued an EU Election manifesto to date and only one of the Independents, Neville Seed, has done so. 

In an election with eight Parties, two of which are just-formed, and three Independents, any clarification is good and this one looks to have no bias.

Taking the broadest category - LEAVE or REMAIN - the poster shows:

Activa Contracts celebrates safer driving with first winner of Lightfoot Sponsored League

Authored by janeabsolutepr
Posted: Thu, 03/14/2019 - 9:40am

Paul Peers of Peel Ports Group, one of the UK’s largest port operators, has become the first winner of Activa Contracts’ latest risk management initiative run in partnership with Lightfoot, which recognises and rewards road safety skills.

The ‘Activa Contracts Lightfoot Drivers’ League’ encourages smoother, safer driving among the many fleets using both Activa contracted company cars and vans, and Lightfoot’s driver behaviour technology.   

Miss Devon becomes the youngest RSPCA trustee in the UK

Authored by claraccouture123
Posted: Thu, 03/14/2019 - 7:33am

The current Miss Devon, 23 year old Clara George, has become the UK’s youngest RSPCA trustee after having been co-opted to the board of the local branch, Little Valley Shelter in Exeter.

Bed Habits: Sleep Loss Epidemic Hits Brits

Authored by Rebeccacheesman
Posted: Wed, 03/13/2019 - 3:46pm

One in ten Brits get less than four hours sleep per night.

The nation is suffering from a ‘sleep-loss epidemic’ according to alarming new research* released to coincide with World Sleep Day (Friday 15th March).

New woodworking space opens in Exeter

Authored by Exeter News Blog
Posted: Tue, 03/12/2019 - 1:37pm

A new community woodworking facility, The Woodspace UK, has opened this week in Marsh Barton, Exeter, with a mission to provide flexible and affordable access to a professional workshop space, with equipment to support small businesses, freelancers and hobby woodworkers.