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Animal Rescue Kennemerland

On 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.

 

National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM)

In 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.

 

Annual Ferret Day

In 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.

 

Belgian students

In 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;

"We 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.

Nynke, Faith, Peter, Lien and Amy "

 

Artis (Amsterdam Zoo)

In 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.

 

Society for the Protection of Animals dep. Zeist

Occasionally 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.