Gorillas at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park were treated to an icy surprise as they came out of their bedrooms this morning, May 18, 29014. Animal care staff had placed ten edible ice sculptures filled with special enrichment treats such as yams, papayas, and various browse, including bamboo shoots, hibiscus and ginger for the gorillas to enjoy. The ice sculptures were created by the Park’s nutrition team as a way to highlight San Diego Zoo Global’s “10 Reasons for Hope for 2014” and to continue the weekend-long celebration of Endangered Species Day.
While there are many projects that San Diego Zoo Global is currently involved in (132 conservation projects in 62 countries), the “10 Reasons for Hope for 2014” are a way to recognize ten of the species that San Diego Zoo Global is working with this year. The species highlighted for this year’s 10 Reasons for Hope, each represented with an ice sculpture, include mountain yellow-legged frogs, giant pandas, Tecate cypresses, Tasmanian devils, California condors, Pacific pocket mice, Anegada iguanas, Ebo gorillas, mangrove finches, and alala (or Hawaiian crows).
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