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Research

Our centre organizes and has actively participated in scientific research with universities and institutes at home and abroad. Some of the most recent are:

- Long term research into the reproductive physiology and corresponding hormonal profiles of ASIAN BLACK BEARS (Selenactos thibetanus) organized and carried out by the IZW (Institut fur Zoo und Wildtierforschung) of Berlin, Germany (2001-2002).

- Research project in 2005 into Leishmaniasis and other parasites in the ASIAN BLACK BEAR (Selenactos thibetanus), carried out by the University of Pisa, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Department of Animal Pathology, Prophylaxis and Nutritional Higiene.

- Research project in 2006-2007 into the use of the contraceptive Deslorelin for birth control in our male ASIAN BLACK BEARS (Selenactos thibetanus), carried out by the University of Padua, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Department of Clinical Veterinary Science, and by the University of Bari, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Department of Animal Production, and by the Einaudi Veterinary Centre of Bari.

- Research project regarding the ASIAN BLACK BEAR (Selenactos thibetanus), entitled “Testerone level assesment after Gnrh stimulation test in adult Asiatic Black Bears”, carried out by the University of Bari, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, and by the Einaudi Veterinary Centre of Bari. This study was presented at the SIRA Meeting in Alghero (SS) in May 2007.

- Research project in 2006-2007 into the evaluation of electrocardiophic parameters in the ASIAN BLACK BEAR (Selenactos thibetanus) under sedation, carried out by the University of Bari, Faculty of Veterinary Science, Department of Animal Health and Welfare, by the University of Padua, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Department of Clinical Veterinary Science, and by the Department of Agricultural and Forestry Sciences, as well as the Einaudi Veterinary Centre of Bari. This project was presented as a case report in May 2007 at the IZW (Institute for Zoo and Wildlife research) meeting in Edinburgh, UK.

- Research project in 2005-2006 into electrophoretic data of ASIAN BLACK BEARS (Selenactos thibetanus) carried out by the University of Padua, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Department of Clinical Veterinary Science and the Departmente of Agricultural and Forestry Sciences. This project was presented as a case report in May 2007 at the IZW (Institue for Zoo and Wildlife research) meeting in Edinburgh, UK.

- Research project into the immobilization using anaesthetics of the ASIAN BLACK BEAR (Selenactos thibetanus) carried out by the Einaudi Veterinary Centre of Bari in 2008 and published in the same year by the American magazine “PubMed” of the U.S. National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health and by the U.S. magazine “Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine” under the title “Reversible immobilization of Asiatic Black Bear with detomidine-tiletamine-zolazepam-atipamezole”.

- Research project entitled “Hematological and serum biochemical values of captive Asiatic Black Bear”, into the hematological values of the ASIAN BLACK BEAR (Selenactos thibetanus) carried out by the University of Bari, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, and by the Einaudi Veterinary Centre of Bari. The project was presented as a case report at the “International Conference on Desease of Zoo and Wild Animals” in May 2009 in Bekse-Bergen, in Holland.

- International surrey in 2001 regarding the POLAR BEAR (Ursus maritimus), published by Paris Zoo, Francia.

- Abb Tusk Survey into techniques regarding ENCLOSURES FOR BEARS, organized by the Bad Fischau - Austria, in 2000

- Marine mammal tag space survey in 2001 regarding the BOTTLENOSE DOLPHIN (Tursiops truncatus) published by Rhenen Zoo, Holland.

- Participation in the completion of data for a survey regarding the status of vitamins in the BOTTLENOSE DOLPHIN (Tursiops truncatus) in 2012, carried out in aquariums and zoos all over Europe and published by the Universitat Zurich/Switzerland and Duisburg Zoo in Nurnberg, Germany.

- Participation in the completion of data for a survey regarding the ophthalmic pathologies of PINNIPEDS in captivity, organized by the University of Parma, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, and by the Institute of Clinical Veterinary Medicine, in 2000.

- Long term research (1999-2004) into the hormonal profiles and the ovarian cycles of female ELEPHANTS, particularly regarding the female African Elephant residing at the Zoo Safari of Fasano, carried out by the DPZ (Deutsches Primatienzentrum, Abteilung Reproduktionsbiologie) of Gottingen, Germany.

- Participation in the completion of data regarding Clostridium pathologies in AFRICAN ELEPHANTS (Loxodonta africana) and ASIAN ELEPHANTS (Elephas maximus), carried out by Budapest Zoo and Botanical Gardens, Hungary, in 2011.

- Participation in the completion of data regarding ENCLOSURES FOR ELEPHANTS, carried out by the European Elephant Group of Grunwald, Germany in 2003.

- Participation in the completion of data regarding CAPTIVE ELEPHANTS, for the survey carried out in 2011 by the Centre for Animal Welfare and Ethics, University of Queensland/Gatton/Australia.

- Research project regarding the evaluation of the efficiency of ivermectina for the control of intestinal strongilidi in GRANT’S ZEBRA (Equus burchelli), carried out by the University of Bari, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Department of Animal Health and Welfare, Parasitology and Parasital Deseases Section.

- Research project (2004-2007) regarding catarrhal fever in AMERICAN BISONS (Bison bison), carried out by the University of Bari, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Department of Public Health and Welfare of Animals, published in 2008 in the U.S. magazine “PubMed” of the U.S. National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health, and in the U.S. magazine “Journal of a Veterinary Diagnostic Investigation” under the title “Malignant catarrhal fever in a captive American Bison in Italy”.

- Participation in the completion of data regarding GORILLAS (Gorilla gorilla) for the “Gorilla Haven Gazette” of Colombus Zoo, Ohio, Usa (2001).

- Participation in the completion of data regarding the feeding of GORILLAS (Gorilla gorilla) in captivity, presented by Leipzig Zoo, Germany at the 4th European Zoo Nutrition Conference in 2005.

- Participation in the completion of data regarding an international project carried out in 2005 on the nutritional evaluation of the diets of GORILLAS (Gorilla gorilla) in EEP zoos. This project was carried out by the Royal Veterinary College of the University of London, UK, and the Institute of Zoology of the Zoological Society of London, UK, with the participation of the Department of Animal Nutrition of St. Louis Zoo, Missouri, US, and the AZA (Ape Taxon Advisory Group).

- Participation in the completion of data regarding NIGHT SHELTERS FOR GORILLAS (Gorilla gorilla), carried out in 2004 by the University of Tuebingen, Germany, Department of Physiology and Animal Ecology.

- Participation in the completion of data regarding captive GORILLA (Gorilla gorilla) rearing, entitled “Gorilla rearing status/EEP approved” and carried out by the Australian National University.

- Research project in 2002 involving the gathering of samples of GORILLA (Gorilla gorilla) and CHIMPANZEE (Pan troglodytes) Dna within the Zoo Safari of Fasano, presented in the same year at the GEFI (Italian Forensic Geneticists) Conference in Verona by the Simef (Medical and Forensic Investigation Studio) of Reggio Calabria. The aim of the project was to establish the validity of Forensic kits for the analysis of human and non human dna in the legal sector.

- Research project (2006-2009) for a survey in genetics entitled “Evaluation of integrins and sarcoglycans in masseter muscle of chimpanzees: an immunohistochemical and molecular study”, with samples taken from the masseter muscles of CHIMPANZEES (Pan troglodytes) and HAMADRYAD BABOONS (Papio hamadryas). The survey was carried out by the University of Chieti-Pescara, Faculty of Medicine and Surgery, Department of Orthodontics and Medical Genetics, and by the University of Messina, Department of Biomorphology and Biotechnology, by the University of Rome “La Sapienza”, Department of Experimental Medicine, by the University of Rome “Tor Vergata”, Department of Biology, and by the Centre for Research into Aging “G. D’annunzio Foundation”, Chieti-Pescara.

- Research project into the zoonoses potentially transmittable by the HAMADRYAD BABOON (Papio hamadryas). This project was carried out by the University of Bologna, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Department of Public Veterinary Health and Animal Pathology in 2008. In the same year it was presented at the National SO.I.PA of Pisa and was published in the scientific magazine “Parassitologia”.

- Research project into parasitosis in HAMADRYAD BABOONS (Papio hamadryas), carried out by the University of Bari, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Department of Health and Animal Welfare, in 2005.

- Research project (2007-2008) entitled “Survey on the largest community of HAMADRYAD BABOONS (Papio hamadryad) existing in captivity (Zoo Safari of Fasano) with particular reference to the phenomenon of “infanticide”, carried out by the Univeresity of Pisa, Faculty of Science, Department of Ecological Sciences and Biodiversity.

- Participation in the research project (2004) into CONFISCATED PRIMATES living in faunal parks, organized by the University of Turin, Faculty of Science, Department of Animal and Human Biology.

- Long term participation in programmes of PET THERAPY and DOLPHIN THERAPY for the disabled, in collaboration with associations such as the Arion in Rome, the Italian Society of Ethological Pedagogy, Institutes of Medical Research, etc... The activity terminated some years ago due to restrictive regulations.

- Participation in a practical survey (2005) regarding the situation of LARGE FELINES in captivity, organized by the University of Milan, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Institute of Zootechnics.

- Participation in a survey on the stereotypes of LARGE FELINES in captivity, intitled “Estudio de las relaciones entre las condiciones de cautiverio y la aparicion de estereotipias en tigres (Panthera tigris) y leopardos (Panthera pardus)” and carried out by the University of Madrid, Spain, Faculty of Science, Department of Biology, in 2009-2010.

- Theoretical-practical course of formation for vets dealing with wild and zoo animals, relating to LARGE FELINE MEDICINE, organized by the Sivas Zoo Organization and held at the Zoo Safari of Fasano in 2005.

- Research project carried out in 2004 regarding the monitoring of the reproductive functionality of TIGERS (Panthera tigris) by means of fecal hormone analysis, organized by the University of Padua, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Department of Experimental Veterinary Science.

- Research project (2007) into the use of the contraceptive Deslorelin for birth control in female TIGERS (Panthera tigris), carried out by the University of Padua, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Department of Clinical Veterinary Science, and by the Univsersity of Bari, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Department of Animal Production.

- Research project into MGA hormonal implants inserted into LIONESSES (Panthera leo) for birth control purposes, carried out in 2005 by the AZA (American Zoo Association), the Contraceptive Advisory Group, the University of California, USA, Department of Veterinary Medicine, with the collaboration of the University of Bari, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Department of Animal Health and Welfare, and by the University of Messina, Department of Veterinary Medicine Sciences. The survey was presented as a case report entitled “Short term contraception in zoo felids (Panthera leo) using Melengestrol Acetate Implants - a Clinical approach”at the 39th annual meeting of the SSR (Society for the Study of Reproduction) held in Omaha, Nebraska, USA in July-August 2006.

- Research project on LIONS (Panthera leo) entitled “Biochemical characterisation of MU-Opioid Receptor in Panthera leo Epididymal Sperm Cells” carried out by the University of Bari, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, and presented as a case report at the 39th Annual Meeting of the SSR (Society for the Study of Reproduction), held in Omaha, Nebraska, USA in July/August 2006.

- Research project into serologic and molecular definement of pathogens endoparisites diffused by ticks in LIONS (Panthera leo), carried out by the Experimental Zooprophylactic Insitute of Sicily, and by the University of Messina, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Department of Veterinary Medical Science. The survey was presented at the EAZWV (European Association of Zoo and Wildlife Veterinarians) meeting held in Budapest, Hungary, in May 2006, and published in 2007 in the US “Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine”.

- Research project into the evaluation of motor function in LIONS (Panthera leo) in captivity, carried out in 2008 by the University of Teramo, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Department of Semeiological Veterinary Medicine.

- Case report on LEOPARDS (Panthera pardus) entitled “Uterine corpus and cervix fibroleiomyona in a leopard: case report”, carried out by the University of Bari, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, presented at the EAZW meeting held in Leipzig, Germany, in April/May 2008.

- Research project in 2007 into the sexing of PENGUINS (Spheniscus humboldti) by Dna analysis of feathers, by the University of Bari, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Department of Animal production, published in 2008 in the american scientific magazine “Animal reproductive science” under the title “Dna sexing in humboldt penguins from feather samples”.

- Research project into assisted reproduction and conservation programes “ex situ” of PROTECTED WILD AVIFAUNA, carried out by the University of Bari, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Department of Animal Production in 2007.

- Research project into the determination of sex of a EMUs (Dromaius novaehollandiae), by means of PCR, carried out by the University of Bari, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Department of Animal Production “2008”.

- Research project into the determination of sex from testacean membrane, of JAPANESE QUAILS (Coturnix japonica), carried oit by the University of Bari, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Department of Animal Production (2008).

- Research project into the use of marbofloxacina for therapeutic purposes on RED EARED SLIDERS (Trachemys scripta elegans), carried out by the University of Bari, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Department of Animal Health and Welfare. The study was presented as a case report in May 2007 at the IZW (Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research) meeting in Edinburgh, UK.

- Case report on the RED EARED SLIDER (Trachemys scripta elegans), carried out by the University of Bari, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, entitled “Hematology Reference Range Values for Captive Red Eared Sliders” and presented at the EAZW meeting held at Leipzig, Germany, (April/May 2008).

- GENERAL EEP TAG SURVEY (1999) orgnized by the EAZA, Holland

- Participation in the completion of data regarding the FEEDING OF ANIMALS by visitors in faunal parks, carried out in 2005 by the Tama Zoological Park, Tokyo, Japan.

- Participation in the completion of data regarding EDUCATIONAL ACTIVITY in zoological parks all over the world, carried out by Zoocollege, Holland (2006).

- Participation in the completion of data regarding a survey into EDUCATIONAL ACTIVITY in zoos, entitled “Zoo Education: a comparative international study of zoo intentions and the visitor experience”, carried out by Murdoch University, School of Education, Murdoch, W.Australia (2001).

- Participation into the completion of data regarding research into the ANALYSIS OF PLANT COMMUNITIES in Italian zoos and the study of plant/animal relations, carried out in 2012 by the University of Genoa, Faculty of Science Department for the Study of the Territory and its resources

and numerous other collaborations of various types with local and national universities, from simple college theses and apprenticeships, to our courses of formation for the use of tele-anaesthesia equipment (rifles, blowpipes, anaesthetic drugs, etc...) with local authority agencies in Puglia and Campania.