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  • Luke’s mother, a traditionally colored ellipsen waterbuck, was pregnant for eight months before giving birth to Luke in the exhibit. Luke looks like the negative of his mom: instead of a chestnut-brown coat, Luke’s is bright white.

    Luke, a Leucistic Waterbuck

    Luke’s mother, a traditionally colored ellipsen waterbuck, was pregnant for eight months before giving birth to Luke in the exhibit. Luke looks like the negative of his mom: instead of a chestnut-brown coat, Luke’s is bright white.

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  • Sure, our species has achieved some pretty amazing things, but some animals can do things that we could never dream of doing. Behold 7 animal life-hacks that will make you […]

    7 Animal Life-Hacks That Will Make You Jealous

    Sure, our species has achieved some pretty amazing things, but some animals can do things that we could never dream of doing. Behold 7 animal life-hacks that will make you […]

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  • Leroy the giraffe calf isn’t the only baby commanding lots of guest attention at the Safari Park these days. Parvesh, a greater one-horned rhino calf, was born to Alta on February 25, 2014. Like Leroy, he was born in a maternity corral.

    Rhino Calf Makes Own Rules

    Leroy the giraffe calf isn’t the only baby commanding lots of guest attention at the Safari Park these days. Parvesh, a greater one-horned rhino calf, was born to Alta on February 25, 2014. Like Leroy, he was born in a maternity corral.

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  • It’s been warm in San Diego lately, and some of you may be wondering how our giant pandas are kept comfy. Senior Keeper Kathy Hawk filled me in on the hot-weather protocol used in the San Diego Zoo’s Panda Trek.

    Pandas Keep Cool

    It’s been warm in San Diego lately, and some of you may be wondering how our giant pandas are kept comfy. Senior Keeper Kathy Hawk filled me in on the hot-weather protocol used in the San Diego Zoo’s Panda Trek.

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  • Ever since they had arrived at the Charles Darwin Research Station in the Galápagos as young chicks or embryos yet to hatch, we had spent all of our time hovering over them and attending to their every need with one goal in mind: to send healthy mangrove finches back to Isabela Island for release. It was an exciting and hectic time as we prepared to transfer the oldest chicks while the younger chicks were still being fed every hour!

    Mangrove Finch: Chick Transfers

    Ever since they had arrived at the Charles Darwin Research Station in the Galápagos as young chicks or embryos yet to hatch, we had spent all of our time hovering over them and attending to their every need with one goal in mind: to send healthy mangrove finches back to Isabela Island for release. It was an exciting and hectic time as we prepared to transfer the oldest chicks while the younger chicks were still being fed every hour!

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  • When it comes to the Animal Kingdom, there’s a lot of misinformation out there, and some of it’s downright ridiculous. It’s difficult to know who to trust and where to […]

    7 Animal Myths You Probably Believed

    When it comes to the Animal Kingdom, there’s a lot of misinformation out there, and some of it’s downright ridiculous. It’s difficult to know who to trust and where to […]

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  • Leroy, a Uganda giraffe, was born in a maternity corral on January 8, 2014. At two weeks old, Safari Park veterinarians determined that Leroy suffered from a severe bacterial infection that they treated with antibiotics and IV fluids, making nursing impossible. His human keepers became his surrogate parents and bottle-fed him three to five times a day.

    From Milk to Solids for Young Giraffe

    Leroy, a Uganda giraffe, was born in a maternity corral on January 8, 2014. At two weeks old, Safari Park veterinarians determined that Leroy suffered from a severe bacterial infection that they treated with antibiotics and IV fluids, making nursing impossible. His human keepers became his surrogate parents and bottle-fed him three to five times a day.

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  • A rare white ellipsen waterbuck calf stood out among his herd as he roamed his exhibit with his mother early this morning at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. The Safari Park has successfully bred over 20,000 rare and endangered mammals for decades (278 of those were ellipsen waterbuck), but this is its first-ever animal born with leucism, a condition that causes an animal to have reduced pigmentation.

    A Stand-out Guy: Ellipsen Waterbuck Calf at San Diego Zoo Safari Park is Leucistic

    A rare white ellipsen waterbuck calf stood out among his herd as he roamed his exhibit with his mother early this morning at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. The Safari Park has successfully bred over 20,000 rare and endangered mammals for decades (278 of those were ellipsen waterbuck), but this is its first-ever animal born with leucism, a condition that causes an animal to have reduced pigmentation.

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  • Keepers at the San Diego Zoo worked on training a 14-year-old Komodo dragon this morning, using a target that the dragon is learning to walk over and respond to when shown. After the Komodo dragon, named Sunny, successfully completes the behavior by walking to where the target is placed, keepers reward him with a special treat to positively reinforce the behavior.

    Komodo Dragon Practices Target Training at San Diego Zoo

    Keepers at the San Diego Zoo worked on training a 14-year-old Komodo dragon this morning, using a target that the dragon is learning to walk over and respond to when shown. After the Komodo dragon, named Sunny, successfully completes the behavior by walking to where the target is placed, keepers reward him with a special treat to positively reinforce the behavior.

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  • Two cheetah cubs being hand raised by animal care staff at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park are receiving around-the-clock care and bottle feedings at the Park's Animal Care Center. The female cubs were born to a cheetah at the Safari Park's Cheetah Breeding Facility.

    Cheetah Cubs Snuggle Close at San Diego Zoo Safari Park

    Two cheetah cubs being hand raised by animal care staff at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park are receiving around-the-clock care and bottle feedings at the Park's Animal Care Center. The female cubs were born to a cheetah at the Safari Park's Cheetah Breeding Facility.

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  • The Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) announced that San Diego Zoo Global and Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo have received top honors with the 2014 Edward H. Bean Award for their African bush elephant program.  In 2003, the San Diego Zoo Safari Park and Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo airlifted 11 elephants from Swaziland, where they were scheduled to be culled (killed) due to park overpopulation.

    San Diego Zoo Global, Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo Recognized with Prestigious Bean Award

    The Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) announced that San Diego Zoo Global and Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo have received top honors with the 2014 Edward H. Bean Award for their African bush elephant program. In 2003, the San Diego Zoo Safari Park and Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo airlifted 11 elephants from Swaziland, where they were scheduled to be culled (killed) due to park overpopulation.

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  • The $10 million Ernest Rady Challenge that is providing funds for a new 8-acre Africa exhibit at the San Diego Zoo has been met. Nearly 3,800 donors contributed $20 million over the past 16 months—9 months before the June 2015 deadline—to meet a $10 million matching gift challenge from businessman and philanthropist Ernest Rady.

    Rady Challenge Match Met in Record Time at San Diego Zoo

    The $10 million Ernest Rady Challenge that is providing funds for a new 8-acre Africa exhibit at the San Diego Zoo has been met. Nearly 3,800 donors contributed $20 million over the past 16 months—9 months before the June 2015 deadline—to meet a $10 million matching gift challenge from businessman and philanthropist Ernest Rady.

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  • I was surprised, therefore, when Aimee called me the other morning to say that Parvati was chittering, making the sound an adult female fishing cat makes when she is in estrous and wants the attentions of a male.

    Fishing Cats: It Takes Two

    I was surprised, therefore, when Aimee called me the other morning to say that Parvati was chittering, making the sound an adult female fishing cat makes when she is in estrous and wants the attentions of a male.

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  • A published study indicates that lowland tapir populations may continue to drop in French Guiana, despite recent restrictions on hunting.  Researchers from the Office National de la Chasse et de la Faune Sauvage in French Guiana and San Diego Zoo Global reviewed data retrieved from camera traps in the Nouragues National Reserve over the last four years and compared this data to current harvest rates in the region.

    Study Indicates Hunting Restrictions for Tapirs May Not Be Enough

    A published study indicates that lowland tapir populations may continue to drop in French Guiana, despite recent restrictions on hunting. Researchers from the Office National de la Chasse et de la Faune Sauvage in French Guiana and San Diego Zoo Global reviewed data retrieved from camera traps in the Nouragues National Reserve over the last four years and compared this data to current harvest rates in the region.

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  • The San Diego Zoo Global Academy, an online resource for animal care professionals, won a coveted Brandon Hall Group award for excellence in the Certification category. The Academy, which was launched in 2012, is a new way for professionals working at zoological organizations around the world to learn best practices from leaders in the field.

    San Diego Zoo Global Academy Wins Best Certification from Brandon Hall Group

    The San Diego Zoo Global Academy, an online resource for animal care professionals, won a coveted Brandon Hall Group award for excellence in the Certification category. The Academy, which was launched in 2012, is a new way for professionals working at zoological organizations around the world to learn best practices from leaders in the field.

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  • Four African lion cubs cautiously followed their mother out of their den onto their new exhibit this morning at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. To the delight of Safari Park visitors, the cubs provided lots of ooh and aah moments, and plenty of photo opportunities, as they approached the viewing windows at Lion Camp and then began exploring the habitat.

    Four African Lion Cubs Debut at San Diego Zoo Safari Park

    Four African lion cubs cautiously followed their mother out of their den onto their new exhibit this morning at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. To the delight of Safari Park visitors, the cubs provided lots of ooh and aah moments, and plenty of photo opportunities, as they approached the viewing windows at Lion Camp and then began exploring the habitat.

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  • This morning, a dental procedure on giant panda Bai Yun was performed by a team of veterinary service staff. I was fortunate enough to attend and watch!

    Panda Bai Yun’s Tooth

    This morning, a dental procedure on giant panda Bai Yun was performed by a team of veterinary service staff. I was fortunate enough to attend and watch!

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  • Veterinary staff at the San Diego Zoo performed a dental procedure on giant panda Bai Yun this morning at the Zoo's Jennings Center for Zoological Medicine. Keepers had noticed a chip in one of Bai Yun's lower canines.

    Dental Procedure Performed on San Diego Zoo’s Giant Panda

    Veterinary staff at the San Diego Zoo performed a dental procedure on giant panda Bai Yun this morning at the Zoo's Jennings Center for Zoological Medicine. Keepers had noticed a chip in one of Bai Yun's lower canines.

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  • The fossa also has an amazing variety of weird vocalizations. It can hiss, snarl, cluck, and make an extremely high-pitched squeal, just to name a few.... Listen to the amazing sounds they made during a visual introduction:

    Fossa: Madagascar’s King of the Jungle

    The fossa also has an amazing variety of weird vocalizations. It can hiss, snarl, cluck, and make an extremely high-pitched squeal, just to name a few.... Listen to the amazing sounds they made during a visual introduction:

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  • Ruuxa, a male cheetah cub who recently underwent surgery to repair growth abnormalities in his front limbs, showed great signs of improvement as he took a walk with his trainers and puppy pal, Raina, earlier today at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. The young cheetah is on limited activity to allow his limbs to heal but he is showing no signs of slowing down.

    Cheetah Cub at San Diego Zoo Safari Park Doing Well After Surgery with Support of Puppy Companion

    Ruuxa, a male cheetah cub who recently underwent surgery to repair growth abnormalities in his front limbs, showed great signs of improvement as he took a walk with his trainers and puppy pal, Raina, earlier today at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. The young cheetah is on limited activity to allow his limbs to heal but he is showing no signs of slowing down.

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  • On August 27, at 121 days of age, condor chick Su’nan took her most recent step toward leaving the nest: she jumped up onto the barrier between her nest box and the adjoining roost area. She quickly hopped back into her nest, but that’s okay.

    Condor Chick Ready to Fledge

    On August 27, at 121 days of age, condor chick Su’nan took her most recent step toward leaving the nest: she jumped up onto the barrier between her nest box and the adjoining roost area. She quickly hopped back into her nest, but that’s okay.

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  • A 4-week-old greater one-horned rhino calf and her mother explored the Asian Plains exhibit this morning at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. The female calf, named Petunia, stayed close to her mother while venturing out and exploring the 40-acre exhibit.

    Rhino Birth at San Diego Zoo Safari Park Adds to Greater One-Horned Rhino Breeding Success

    A 4-week-old greater one-horned rhino calf and her mother explored the Asian Plains exhibit this morning at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. The female calf, named Petunia, stayed close to her mother while venturing out and exploring the 40-acre exhibit.

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  • Frank, the biggest gorilla brother at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, turned 6 years old on September 4, 2014! Keepers threw a birthday party for Frank and the entire troop, complete with paper streamers, decorated cardboard box presents, popcorn, sugar-free popsicles, and a big birthday banner.

    Gorilla Frank Turns 6

    Frank, the biggest gorilla brother at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, turned 6 years old on September 4, 2014! Keepers threw a birthday party for Frank and the entire troop, complete with paper streamers, decorated cardboard box presents, popcorn, sugar-free popsicles, and a big birthday banner.

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  • The monocled cobra found in Thousand Oaks, California, after an extensive search has been moved to the San Diego Zoo. The snake, which is an all-white form of the usually black-and-white species, arrived at the Zoo about 4 p.m. on September 5.

    White Cobra Finds Home at San Diego Zoo

    The monocled cobra found in Thousand Oaks, California, after an extensive search has been moved to the San Diego Zoo. The snake, which is an all-white form of the usually black-and-white species, arrived at the Zoo about 4 p.m. on September 5.

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  • A 3-month-old fennec fox is full of energy and ready to play in the Children's Zoo Nursery at the San Diego Zoo. The young male, who weighs just 1.5 pounds, is in quarantine before training to serve as an animal ambassador for his species.

    Pouncing, Playful Fennec Fox at San Diego Zoo

    A 3-month-old fennec fox is full of energy and ready to play in the Children's Zoo Nursery at the San Diego Zoo. The young male, who weighs just 1.5 pounds, is in quarantine before training to serve as an animal ambassador for his species.

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  • An African lion’s life is typically all about sleeping, napping and resting… but that isn’t necessarily true for the Safari Park’s Lion Camp rock stars. Ken and Dixie managed to […]

    Ken and Dixie’s Bite Club

    An African lion’s life is typically all about sleeping, napping and resting… but that isn’t necessarily true for the Safari Park’s Lion Camp rock stars. Ken and Dixie managed to […]

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  • Accompanied by his puppy companion, a male cheetah cub at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park underwent surgery to repair growth abnormalities in his limbs on Wednesday, Sept. 3. The Rhodesian ridgeback puppy, named Raina, accompanied him to the veterinary hospital and waited nearby throughout the entire procedure.

    Cheetah Cub at San Diego Zoo Safari Park Recovering from Surgery with Puppy Companion by His Side

    Accompanied by his puppy companion, a male cheetah cub at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park underwent surgery to repair growth abnormalities in his limbs on Wednesday, Sept. 3. The Rhodesian ridgeback puppy, named Raina, accompanied him to the veterinary hospital and waited nearby throughout the entire procedure.

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  • There was a lot of anticipation before little Qinisa's second birthday on August 28. The keepers had prepared a five-layer cake made of ice infused with an alfalfa pellet and soaked beet-pulp mixture. What a treat for an elephant girl on a hot day!

    Elephant Qinisa Turns 2

    There was a lot of anticipation before little Qinisa's second birthday on August 28. The keepers had prepared a five-layer cake made of ice infused with an alfalfa pellet and soaked beet-pulp mixture. What a treat for an elephant girl on a hot day!

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  • Most people would consider the warthog as having a face only a mother could love. On June 7 at the San Diego Zoo, we celebrated the birth of two oinking bundles of joy that definitely disprove this theory!

    Two Little Pigs

    Most people would consider the warthog as having a face only a mother could love. On June 7 at the San Diego Zoo, we celebrated the birth of two oinking bundles of joy that definitely disprove this theory!

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  • The San Diego Zoo Safari Park's baby gorilla, Joanne, is learning to crawl and can be seen confidently sitting and eating by herself. The now five-month-old gorilla usually rides on mother Imani's back, but when Imani pauses or stops to forage, baby Joanne climbs off and spends time sitting and crawling around the nearby area.

    Baby Gorilla at San Diego Zoo Safari Park Crawling and Curious

    The San Diego Zoo Safari Park's baby gorilla, Joanne, is learning to crawl and can be seen confidently sitting and eating by herself. The now five-month-old gorilla usually rides on mother Imani's back, but when Imani pauses or stops to forage, baby Joanne climbs off and spends time sitting and crawling around the nearby area.

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