October 2, 2011 the foundation attended the Open House of
Animal Rescue Kennemerland. It was a busy day and there was
much information spread about skunks. The new skunkpen passed
the test very well. We want to thank all volunteers for all
their help, without this help we could not attend the day.
The skunks have been exemplary and drewa lot of attention.
A photographer took pictures at the Open House, click
here to view.
Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM)
September 2010 the foundation was asked to cooperate in research
study of parasitic worms in skunks in the Netherlands. Because
we regularly deal with worm infections in rescued skunks that
seemed a very interesting study and have agreed to cooperate.
In April 2011 three researchers (two veterinarians and a parasitologist)
of the RIVM came by to have a look at the shelter. They wanted
an idea of how the skunks were kept and whether any hints
could be given in terms of quarantine and collecting fecal
samples. The researchers were pleasantly surprised when they
saw the shelter and we were showered with compliments. The
study is still continuing but it appears that some dewormers
don't work properly in skunks and deworming at least four
times a year is probably not sufficient. That skunks are particularly
susceptible to worms we knew already, but that there so many
species of worms occurred was quite a surprise. So far there
are 6 different species of worms found, several of which can
also cause very nasty health risks in humans. The investigation
is still ongoing and once it is completed we will process
the information on this site.
July 2011 the Foundation was invited to the annual ferret
day from an association of ferretsowners Frettig Gestoord.
There was quite a lot of information distributed that day.
For many it was not known that skunks are not among the mustelids
and therefore are not related to ferrets.
the spring of 2011 we received a request from a group of students
at the High School in Ghent (Belgium) to help with a project.
They had to do a presentation about skunks. Now there are
skunks kept as pets in Belgium but it was not easy to find
an organization where they could come visit. So they traveled
185 km () to the Netherlands and down to the Meern. Hats off
for you! After the students arrived we were asked many questions
and a lot of pictures of the rescue skunks were taken. A reaction
of the students;
are a group of students at the college in Melle, Belgium.
For our high school, we had to delve into the life of the
skunk. To our regret we found almost no information. Then
one of us found the website of The Dutch Skunk Foundation.
Here they were very excited to receive us, and we have an
almost inexhaustible source of information found in Kim and
Hennie. During our visit to The Dutch Skunk Foundation, we
also note that unfortunately not everyone is able to be a
good pet owner for these special animals. We were however
surprised by the number of colors of skunks that exist and
their differences from each other. So it was very instructive
for us as completely ignorant students. The icing on the cake
came at the end of our business visit to the foundation when
we saw these animals in person and we could hold them in our
arms our selves. An unforgettable moment.
Faith, Peter, Lien and Amy "
the autumn of 2010, the foundation was approached by Artis.
The zoo is creating a number of new residences and wanted
information about skunks to see if they would be suitable
new residents for the new enclosures. After some email exchanges,
two caretakers came along and experienced the skunks live.
It was a pleasant and instructive evening. Extensive information
was shared about diet, behavior and housing. The caretakers
of course, immediately saw their chance to handle a few skunks
and be up close. Skunks seem less suitable residents for the
new enclosure. Because of their nocturnal behavior and the
winter rest they would be difficult to see to the public.
Artis will now look at other animal species that are more
visible during the opening hours of the zoo.
for the Protection of Animals dep. Zeist
some interns that study animal care pay a visit with the location
Meern as part of their training period with the Society for
the Protection of Animals dep. Zeist. They help along by cleaning
cages, nail clipping, and other typical tasks that have to
happen at an animal shelter. They will also receive detailed
information about skunks and their housing, feeding and behavior.
Of course there is also time and space to to play and cuddle
with the skunks. After a long day, the interns often return
back home with with a satisfied feeling and ringing in ears
and a lot of interesting stories.