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  1. Alligator-eyes

    Cats in Australia (wildlife)

    Hi We just got our permanent visas approved so now it’s very real! I’m really upset at the thought of leaving my cat behind when we go, I’ve looked into various companies to help with the move and waiting for a few quotes. But I’m concerned about the wildlife-cane toads, snakes, poisonous spiders etc. He is currently my spider catcher and does like to bring in a mouse or two, I’m concerned he might try to catch something that will end up killing him as he’s grown up being able to catch anything. Does anyone have experience of moving with a cat (particularly one which likes to have freedom outdoors) and if there has been any issues with wildlife?
  2. ChristophJPlatt

    Working With Animals

    Hi Everyone, Moving out to Oz in November (for approximately 16 months, but could be more). I have some experience working with animals and am looking to see if what opportunities are out there for this. Being on a subclass 417 working visa, means it could only be for 6 months at a time. But, just hoping to see how available the field is and what sort of processes I may need to go through to get myself working with animals in Oz. Any advice or news of vacancies would be greatly appreciated and may hopefully help others in the same situation. I'll be staying in NSW (Syndey/Cronulla) initially but am very open to moving around. Hope to hear from all you conservationists out there. Chris
  3. The Pom Queen

    Should we keep animals in zoos?

    We recently visited Singapore Zoo and the Night Safari and although I have worked as a wildlife ranger I'm starting to feel it is cruel to have animals caged up. I understand that they can be beneficial in protecting endangered species but then do they still need to be locked in a cage, couldn't we have a huge nature reserve?
  4. The Pom Queen

    Worlds Deadliest Animals

    Here is a list of the worlds dangerous animals. While their brightly coloured bodies might look attractive, their backs ooze a slimy neurotoxin that is meant to keep predators away. Each frog produces enough of the stuff to kill 10 humans. Where: Poison dart frogs like the humid, tropical environments of Central and Latin America. They tend to be found in tropical rainforests and sometimes freshwater marshes, lakes and swamps.
  5. Guest51810

    Animals escape

    Lions, tigers and grizzly bears have terrorised a small US town after escaping from a nearby animal park. The dangerous predators were among almost 50 animals that were reported to be wandering around the rural Ohio town of Zanesville. They were spotted after the owner of Muskingum County Animal Farm was found dead and the cages unlocked. "We've got a little bit of a list compiled. Mainly, there were grizzly bears and black bears there. There were cheetahs, there were lions, and there were tigers. "These were the primary things that we would be concerned with. Any kind of a cat species and any kind of a bear species right now is what we're mainly concerned with," explained Sheriff Matt Lutz. The police department received panicked calls from people who had spotted the beasts roaming on a nearby highway. Schools have been ordered to close and residents have been told to stay inside while the hunt continues. There have been no reports of any injuries. Officers shot a number of animals when they arrived at the park where they discovered the owner, 62-year-old Terry Thompson, dead and the fences unsecured and cages open. Mr Thompson had been released from prison three weeks earlier after serving a one-year term for firearms charges, according to the Columbus Dispatch newspaper. The 40-acre preserve housed large cats, various bears, wolves, giraffes and camels, as well as orangutans and cheetahs, still in their cages. All 48 of the large animals on the grounds were thought to have escaped. "One of the deputies told me they felt they had shot approximately 25 on the way up to the house to check on Mr Thompson," said Sheriff Lutz. "So, you know, that number could be high or low, depending. You know, when they're shooting animals in all directions, it's hard to keep track." Kate Riley, 20, whose family owns a nearby cattle farm, said Mr Thompson would come and take their dead cows to feed his lions. "He'd have claw marks all over him," she told the newspaper. She added that she believed Mr Thompson's wife had recently left him and moved out. Staff from the Columbus Zoo and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources were called in to help police handle the situation.
  6. Guest

    Transfur Animals - anyone used them

    Hi all, We're thinking of using Transfur animals for taking our two cats out to Australia. Has anyone used them? We can't find much information on them, but they seem friendly and professional. Many thanks.
  7. Emma2

    Do Australians like Animals??

    We are planning on going to Queensland (Brisbane/Gold Coast) for 6-12 months and stay if we like it but I am a bit concerned that the Australians don't seem to be pet lovers? It is just the impression I'm getting from reading all the forums. We have 2 dogs who I would get flown out to us if we decided to stay permanently in Oz (parents are going to look after them in the mean time). But I don't want to feel like an outcast because my dogs are barking or not be able to walk them anywhere. I am a huge animal lover and will have to leave behind my chickens, guinea pigs, elderly cats and elderly horse. I would hate to live in a place where I felt like I was upsetting people by having animals. Any advise or words of wisdom?? Maybe I'm just getting cold feet!?? Emma :eek:
  8. Hi Basically, we'll be moving to Qld in August/September this year. I'll be 18. Brother will be 16. My intention is to do a Diploma in IT and then carry on to Uni, but my brother wants to work with animals. I've found a list of stuff that he could potentially do... - TAFE Queensland All over the TAFE website it mentions stuff about Certificate 2/3/4 in Captive Animals and stuff like that which sounds like it's quite similar to something he was hoping to go on and do after GCSE's here. So he'll be of school leaving age by the time we get there anyway and will have finished year 11 (GCSE's done) here. So is there anything in particular that will stop him doing one of those kinds of courses and will it matter which level he does i.e. Cert 2, 3 or 4?? Any help (pleeeeease) Luke
  9. Hi all, we are in the process of applying at the moment. My wife is an A+E Nurse so she is all but sorted. My lifelong obsession is reptiles and marine creatures but being from North Wales the only chance ive had to work with these is my private collections or holidays abroad. Obviously im not expecting to drop straight into my perfect job but as there is an abundance of these creatures in OZ i wondered if anyone had any advice that I could take so I can start my research into this from sunny Wales. We are hoping to move to QLD if that helps, Any advice, tips or news would be great Sean
  10. Hi everyone, i'm bex & just started the process of moving to perth. I really want to get back to working with animals & from what i've heard OZ seems to be into the protection of its indigenous animals & conservation in a big way. Would like to eventually set up a wildlife rescue centre with the emphasis on rehabilitation but need to study up on the care & management first to ensure the animals welfare. Would love to hear from anyone with imformation on the sort of work & training available over there, would like to do voluntary work aswell. Be happy.:smile: Bex.
  11. Guest

    Bad treatment of animals

    I want an opinion, there is a cat that lives in a building opposite me in an apartment on the top floor, 12th floor, that is always sitting at the window staring out and has nowhere to go but the balcony, I find it really sad when I look at him and he is just staring at the birds and cant get out. Does anybody think this is wrong that a cat should live this way, plenty of times I have thought of calling somebody about it. I took a picture of the cat just now and it is really quite sad.
  12. There are many animals displaced due to the fires, and some families are looking for foster homes for their animals I have been told. I have some more information coming on that tomorrow, an email was circulated at my sister's school where she is teaching, and also she tells me that the Oakleigh Police Station here in Melbourne was a drop off point for pet supplies such as food etc. The relief centre at Whittlesea seems to have quite a few dogs tied up with ropes etc, so leads were being asked for. For more details anyone can call them. Just sharing some info. The RSPCA also taking donations for the animals. May have some more info tomorrow. Thanks!
  13. HI All , A group of us write on a site AsiaDana.com (sorry Tim if im outside the guidelines to mention this ) We all write about zoos ,wild life in danger .Charities that need help or general well being of all groups associated to charities etc .The interest of all people is different and we are keen to know of zoos that need help to rebuild and make for a better life for the animals .Charites world wide that need help or specialisest work such as doctors and the like .We are linked to many great people .Very keen to hear anyones stories .I do hope we are not out of order in asking . Many Thanks Tony Peel Zoo | Wildlife Park | Mandurah |Western Australia
  14. ok alot of you people have been asking about all the dangerous animals in australia, so i dedided to do some reasearch and copied this up from http://blog.hotelclub.com/the-10-most-dangerous-animals-in-australia/ (go here for images, so you no what your looking out for.:GEEK:) now these animals may sound dangerous but if you stay out of there way, they'll stay out of your's (and by the way only one of these are spiders) I take no credit for this. (i just copied and paste to help you guys.) The 10 Most Dangerous Animals in Australia As fascinating as Australia might be, the Land Down Under is not without dangers, especially when it comes to the rich fauna. When choosing to travel to Australia, be sure to consider all the continent has in store, especially poisonous or lethal animals. 1. The Box Jellyfish One of the most extremely lethal animals in the world, and implicitly Australian, often found on the continent. Found on the coast alongside the Great Barrier Reef, the box jellyfish possesses an extremely powerful venom. The stings are terribly painful and often fatal. Be sure to include a bottle of vinegar in your first aid kit if you’ll be traveling in areas abound with these jellyfish. Vinegar applied for 30 seconds to the sting, then removing the tentacles with a towel, will reduce the damage. But you will need to seek medical attention as soon as possible. 2. The Taipan The taipan is a large, fast and highly venomous snake often found throughout Australia. The taipan has the most toxic venom out of all the species worldwide, has a dark brown color and is often found in sugar fields where it hunts for rats. The snake is usually found in the far north of Australia, in Queensland, the Northern Territory and Western Australia, where the winter is mild. Taipan’s usually stay away from people but once cornered or threatened, they strike several times. 3. Saltwater Crocodile The largest living member of the crocodilians and reptiles, the saltwater crocodile can grow up to 18 feet (5.45 meters) in length and is often found in Thailand, Vietnam and Northern Australia. They have been known to take on animals such an adult water buffalo and have often attacked people. It is usually well camouflaged both underwater or on dry land and strikes at an amazing speed. Its most powerful attack - the death roll - consists of grabbing its prey and rolling powerfully until it dies. 4. Blue Ring Octopus Another serious threat for those that wish to explore the waters of Australia is the blue-ringed octopus - one of the most toxic sea creatures in the world found off the coast of Australia, New Guinea, Indonesia, and the Philippines. Even though the octopus is only the size of a golf ball, there is no known antidote for its powerful venom. It causes motor paralysis, eventually leading to cardiac arrest. First aid treatment consists of pressure on the wound and mouth-to-mouth breathing that can last for several hours. 5. Stone Fish Known as the most venomous fish in the world, the stone fish lives on the bottom of the reefs, camouflaged as a rock. It lives above the Tropic of Capricorn but can be found in the Queensland Great Barrier Reef as well. It’s venom comes from the dorsal area, that is lined with 13 spines, causing shock, paralysis and tissue death depending on the severity of the sting. First aid consists of immobilizing the venom by bandaging the affected area then applying a hot compress. The pain is said to be so excruciating that it lead to amputating the affected limb. 6. Red Back Spider This species found all over the continent is Australia’s most famous deadly spider. The red striped spider has a neurotic venom that induces severe pain, however, deaths are rare. Thousands of people are bitten but only approximately 20% of the victims require treatment. Generally, the children and the elderly are the most exposed to the spider’s threat. This is one of the few spider species that displays sexual cannibalism while mating. 7. Brown Snake There are several types of brown snakes but the Pseudonaja is the genus commonly found in Australia. Known as one of Australia’s most deadly creatures, the brown snake has a venom which quickly kills if it goes untreated. Even young snakes are capable of delivering a fatal bite to humans. 8. Tiger Snake The tiger snake is another of the many venomous snakes found Australia, particularly in the southern regions. The striped snakes are not generally aggressive and retreat whenever they have the chance. The tiger snake is known as one of the deadliest snakes in the world. Although anti-venom is readily available, mortality rates are around 45% if the bite is left untreated. In most states, the species is protected and any harming or injuring lead to a fine of up to $4,000. 9. Great White Shark This exceptionally large shark known as the white death is known as world’s largest known predatory fish. They can be found in great numbers on the southern coasts of Australia and, even though they have often been depicted as fatal to humans, they do not target them as a prey. Many of the attacks we’re not fatal, the shark only performing test-biting, out of curiosity. Humans are not a good meal, considering the shark’s slow digestion compared to the human’s muscle to fat ratio. 10. Funnel Web Spider The darkly colored spiders resembling tarantulas have fangs and chelicerae with ample venom glands, that can even penetrate fingernails or shoes. They can be found in the eastern coast of Australia, New South Wales, Victoria or Queensland. First aid consists of applying a bandage and wrapping the bitten limb. As with other spiders, the main treatment is the anti-venom.
  15. Guest

    The animals in aus.

    Hi i like snakes,i hate spiders :realmad: , hate insects like most people, like kangaroos and the cute koalas, :cute: I think the birds out there will be great, and i hope i get to see Australia zoo one day:notworthy: Please post what animals you like, love or hate or any fears. Ethan :jimlad:
  16. Hi.. I was wondering if anyone has ever taken animals from europe to Australia? If so, Did you use an agent? Thanx.
  17. Guest

    Rentals and Animals

    Hi Guys I keep hearing that Dogs are not welcome tenants?! A little concerned as I will hopefully be arriving with three in tow. I am hopefully heading to Central Queensland, employment willing. Of course am hoping to rent before making a purchase. Any input gratefully received. Thanks in anticipation. SCoop x
  18. Hi All Can anyone recommend a good reference book on Australian animals? I have looked in the usual bookstores and found only reference books on Australia as a whole with the odd chapter on animals but never one devoted to animals as a whole... Would be really grateful if anyone of you have seen or read one and can let me have the title etc... Thanks min x:wubclub:
  19. Guest

    moving with animals

    hi there we are currently going through the visa process and have come to a stand still my vet has told me that there are several areas where you cannot walk dogs or let cats out anyone got any advise ? where is the best place to live with animals??:wacko:
  20. Guest

    Taking animals to oz

    I am not asking about the actual move,nor asking for recommendations for transporters .. (theres enough info on that here already) but i am asking those of you who have taken animals out,have your pets been able to cope with the climate for instance,in the case of dogs,are there enough place to walk them,or is it like what is happening over here,more and more dog free areas springing up.what anout licences,do you need them for dogs ...? what about dog poo bins etc ..... what animal foods are avaible over there,same sort of choices as over here? If i am going to move our pets around the world,i want to at least take them for a decent walk and let them run off the lead .......
  21. Hi, Just spoke to a lovely lady from PETS ON THE MOVE . She has quoted for both our dogs Baily - german shepherd and Lucy - Lurcher £3000.00 for everything !!!! I thought it was going to be about 6000.00. Her cost is door to door. She is sending me a letter to confirm. I got her name from Ali who said she used them for her cat. Thanks Ali. Will let you know more when i find out. PS I had read that there was a 5 month waiting list for quarantine in Aus but she said that Sydney was the largest and space there is fine. yvonne