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The Palms to Pines Branch of AALAS
presents
A Behind the Scenes Tour of
The Tennity Wildlife Hospital and Conservation Center
at The Living Desert
Friday, 31 May, and Saturday, 1 June, 2002
The Living Desert is a zoological garden park of 1200 acres near Palm Springs, CA, representing
many of the arid environments of the world. It was established in 1970 as a non-profit education
and conservation center, dedicated to preserving the plant and animal life of the desert. Desert
regions are often thought of as lifeless wastelands. Actually they are intricate and very fragile
ecosystems containing an astonishing variety of animal and plant life. Many species that are
extremely rare and seldom s een are represented here. The Living Desert is one of the m ost
successful zoological parks in the country and is fully accr edited by the American Zoological
Association. (Text taken from the Living Desert's website at www.livingdesert.org.)
Earlier this year, the
Living Desert opened a
state-of-the-art veterinary
hospital. The new Tennity
Wildlife Hospital replaced
much smaller quarters. It
cares for a variety of
animals, encompassing
reptiles, birds, and
mammals. The collection
is envisioned to expand
to include non-human
primates and giraffes.
an
AALAS members are
privileged to be able to
take a tour of the new
facility (pictured here)
and listen to veterinarian
Kevin Leiske speak about
some of the challenges
which face his staff in
handling and treating
'really' wild animals.
Palms to Pines will be your host for this special event and invites all th e local branches in the
area -- Southern California, Orange County, San Diego, North ern California, Nevada, and
Arizona -- to attend. To accommodate those traveling from a far, this AALAS meeting of the
'branches' has been scheduled for a Friday/Saturday combinat ion. For your interest in the
animal science side of things, come to check out the veterinary center with us on Friday. Then
spend the night (or two) at one of the local ho tels at off-season rates, so you can visit the
grounds on Saturday (tickets will be included). View the ma ny plants and animals that make
the desert their habitat along paved paths through 10 differ ent desert ecosystems, the Village
WaTuTu, Eagle Canyon, and the garden shop of desert plants. So, make a weekend of it and
bring your family. Do the drive, hobnob with colleagues, and relax at The Living Desert.
This flyer, with meeting updates, is available on the PTP
web site at www.aalas.org/ptpb/.
THE DETAILS for THE LIVING DESERT/AALAS MEETING
When? Friday starts with a welcoming reception at 4 PM in the great hall of the veterinary center. At 5:30, Dr.
Kevin Leiske will talk. Around 6, we'll break into groups and be treated to a behind-the-scenes view of the
new center including the public-viewing treatment area, quarantine, isolation, and more. Afterwards, we'll
have hors d'oeuvres with a bar hosted by our vendor friends.
Saturday can be spent touring the grounds after spend ing Friday night locally. Come back early
Saturday (as early as 7 AM before it's too hot). Tickets are included; distributed Friday night.
Where? The Living Desert is located at 47-900 Portola Ave., in Pa lm Desert, CA. See the star P on the maps
below. From wherever you live/work, head towards the Palm Springs/Indio area on the I-10 freeway.
North
From Los Angeles /
San Bernardino
Go East on the I-10, exit
going South on Monterey
Avenue. Crossing
Highway 111, turn left on
Haystack Rd. Right on
Portola Ave.
From Orange County/
Riverside
From San Diego area
From Indio / Arizona
Take the Hwy 91 East to
the I-215/Hwy 60 South
toward San Diego. Take
Hwy 60 East which will
merge into the I-10 East.
Go East on the I-10, exit
going South on Monterey
Avenue. Crossing
Highway 111, turn left on
Haystack Rd. Right on
Portola Ave.
Take the I-15 North to
the I-215 North toward
Riverside. Take the Hwy
60 East which will merge
into the I-10 East. Go
East on the I-10, exit
going South on
Monterey Avenue.
Crossing Highway 111,
turn left on Haystack Rd.
Right on Portola Ave.
(est. travel time ~ 2.5
hours)
Go West on the I-10, exit
at Hwy 111 toward
Indio/Palm Desert. Turn
Left onto Auto Center
Dr/Hwy 111. Turn Right
onto 46th Ave/Hwy 111.
Take Hwy 111 to Palm
Desert, turn south on
Portola Avenue, go 1
1/2 miles and follow
signs to the main
entrance on your left.
Once on Portola Ave., follow the signs to the main entrance on the left. There is plenty of free parking. In
case you get lost, the phone number at The Living Desert is 760-346-5694.
Proceed to the ticket entrance and identify yourself as an AALAS meeting attendee to gain entry and
obtain directions to the Tennity Center meeting area. It’s to the left past the entrance.
Cost?
$15 for A ALAS bra nch mem bers ($2 5 at th e doo r)
$ 5 for family members (yes, they are invited for both the meeting
and to tour The Living Desert)
RSVP: We need to plan ahead for space and
food. PLEASE help us and RSVP to Bruce
Kennedy, PTP Branch program chair, by
Friday, May 24. Phone 626-395-3020, or
e-mail [email protected] to RSVP
and/or obtain more information.
Make c hecks payab le to
PTPB AALAS. Mail to:
Bruce W. Kennedy MS RLATG
Facility Manager
Caltech MC 147-75
1200 E. California Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91125
! ! ! ! clip the slip below and send it off to RSVP
e THANKS so very much !!
Sponsoring vendors
AK Roseberry and Associates
Ancare
Charles River Laboratories
Simonsen Laboratories, Inc.
Techniplast USA
Name:
Institution :
# in party:
AALAS branch (as applicable):
e-mail:
total $$ remitted:
phone:
The Living Desert folks
Dr. Kevin Leiske, Amy Roberts,
Rick Uyemura, Meg Foley,
Karen Sausman, Sara Kennedy