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  • Last week I saw firsthand how difficult the drought has been on our native snakes. While walking through the coastal sage, I found a large, female red diamond rattlesnake (Crotalus ruber). She was very thin and could barely move. I presume she had recently given birth (rattlesnakes in San Diego County give birth to live young in August and September) and just did not have enough body mass to make it through her pregnancy.

    Drought: Reptiles Don’t Like It, Either!

    Last week I saw firsthand how difficult the drought has been on our native snakes. While walking through the coastal sage, I found a large, female red diamond rattlesnake (Crotalus ruber). She was very thin and could barely move. I presume she had recently given birth (rattlesnakes in San Diego County give birth to live young in August and September) and just did not have enough body mass to make it through her pregnancy.

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  • Once caught, our next challenge was to try to take a blood sample from each iguana to measure baseline stress hormones. From the moment we caught each iguana, we had exactly three minutes to successfully collect the blood. Any time over three minutes meant that stress hormones (or glucocorticoids) had already reached the iguana’s circulation, meaning we were measuring its stress response to the capture, which was not our goal. As you can imagine, this made for a very exciting three minutes!

    Catching Rock Iguanas: Easier Said than Done!

    Once caught, our next challenge was to try to take a blood sample from each iguana to measure baseline stress hormones. From the moment we caught each iguana, we had exactly three minutes to successfully collect the blood. Any time over three minutes meant that stress hormones (or glucocorticoids) had already reached the iguana’s circulation, meaning we were measuring its stress response to the capture, which was not our goal. As you can imagine, this made for a very exciting three minutes!

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  • Changes are happening at the San Diego Zoo, and all for the better, of course! Ground was broken for our new Asian leopard habitat, to be located next to Panda Trek in our Panda Canyon. With the preparation and construction of this wonderful new home for our snow leopards and Amur leopards comes noise.

    Pandas On and Off

    Changes are happening at the San Diego Zoo, and all for the better, of course! Ground was broken for our new Asian leopard habitat, to be located next to Panda Trek in our Panda Canyon. With the preparation and construction of this wonderful new home for our snow leopards and Amur leopards comes noise.

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  • Izu, the Safari Park’s male African lion, met his four newest cubs for the first time on exhibit before the Park opened to the public.

    No Hakuna Matata for this King

    Izu, the Safari Park’s male African lion, met his four newest cubs for the first time on exhibit before the Park opened to the public.

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  • Typing this from a café in Laos, I am thinking about and facing one of the greatest threats to biodiversity: the illegal trade in wildlife and wildlife parts. I’m looking at a sign in a shop across the road, advertising elephant ivory for sale. Recently, I walked through the local night markets, with wildlife parts such as muntjac horns, turtle shells, pangolin scales, bear teeth, leopard cat teeth, and wild pig tusks, among others, for sale.

    Understanding Wildlife Trade In Asia

    Typing this from a café in Laos, I am thinking about and facing one of the greatest threats to biodiversity: the illegal trade in wildlife and wildlife parts. I’m looking at a sign in a shop across the road, advertising elephant ivory for sale. Recently, I walked through the local night markets, with wildlife parts such as muntjac horns, turtle shells, pangolin scales, bear teeth, leopard cat teeth, and wild pig tusks, among others, for sale.

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  • Safari Park giraffes are most active during the summer months. Six giraffe calves were born this summer! The giraffes range across their entire 60-acre habitat and chow down on acacia leaves offered by guests on Caravan Safari tours.

    Who Likes Rain: Giraffes, Rhinos, or Elephants?

    Safari Park giraffes are most active during the summer months. Six giraffe calves were born this summer! The giraffes range across their entire 60-acre habitat and chow down on acacia leaves offered by guests on Caravan Safari tours.

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  • You don’t have to be an animal expert to appreciate the natural world. In fact, simple short cuts like the fun facts listed below, can be very conducive to gaining […]

    7 Animal Facts You Didn’t Learn In School

    You don’t have to be an animal expert to appreciate the natural world. In fact, simple short cuts like the fun facts listed below, can be very conducive to gaining […]

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  • San Diego Zoo Global was notified this weekend that Suni, a 34-year-old northern white rhinoceros at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya, had died. While the cause of death hasn't been determined, it is not believed to be an incident of poaching. The death of this male northern white rhino adds another challenge in the fight to prevent this critically endangered species from going extinct.

    San Diego Zoo Safari Park Home to 2 of 6 Remaining Northern White Rhinoceroses

    San Diego Zoo Global was notified this weekend that Suni, a 34-year-old northern white rhinoceros at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya, had died. While the cause of death hasn't been determined, it is not believed to be an incident of poaching. The death of this male northern white rhino adds another challenge in the fight to prevent this critically endangered species from going extinct.

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  • Zoo InternQuest is a seven-week career exploration program for San Diego County high school juniors and seniors. Students have the unique opportunity to meet professionals working for the San Diego […]

    ANIMAL CARETAKER AT HEART

    Zoo InternQuest is a seven-week career exploration program for San Diego County high school juniors and seniors. Students have the unique opportunity to meet professionals working for the San Diego […]

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  • Zoo InternQuest is a seven-week career exploration program for San Diego County high school juniors and seniors. Students have the unique opportunity to meet professionals working for the San Diego […]

    READY TO LEARN!

    Zoo InternQuest is a seven-week career exploration program for San Diego County high school juniors and seniors. Students have the unique opportunity to meet professionals working for the San Diego […]

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  • A Ukulele Playing, Creative Cooking Conservationist

    Zoo InternQuest is a seven-week career exploration program for San Diego County high school juniors and seniors. Students have the unique opportunity to meet professionals working for the San Diego […]

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  • Zoo InternQuest is a seven-week career exploration program for San Diego County high school juniors and seniors. Students have the unique opportunity to meet professionals working for the San Diego […]

    MY PASSION IS WITH NATURE

    Zoo InternQuest is a seven-week career exploration program for San Diego County high school juniors and seniors. Students have the unique opportunity to meet professionals working for the San Diego […]

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  • Zoo InternQuest is a seven-week career exploration program for San Diego County high school juniors and seniors. Students have the unique opportunity to meet professionals working for the San Diego Zoo, Safari […]

    A MIND LOOKING TO STUDY MINDS

    Zoo InternQuest is a seven-week career exploration program for San Diego County high school juniors and seniors. Students have the unique opportunity to meet professionals working for the San Diego Zoo, Safari […]

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  • Zoo InternQuest is a seven-week career exploration program for San Diego County high school juniors and seniors. Students have the unique ability opportunity to meet professionals working for the San […]

    FROM THE RANCH TO THE ZOO

    Zoo InternQuest is a seven-week career exploration program for San Diego County high school juniors and seniors. Students have the unique ability opportunity to meet professionals working for the San […]

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  • Zoo InternQuest is a seven-week career exploration program for San Diego County high school juniors and seniors. Students have the unique opportunity to meet professionals working for the San Diego […]

    Adventure is Out There

    Zoo InternQuest is a seven-week career exploration program for San Diego County high school juniors and seniors. Students have the unique opportunity to meet professionals working for the San Diego […]

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  • Zoo InternQuest is a seven-week career exploration program for San Diego County high school juniors and seniors. Students have the unique opportunity to meet professionals working for the San Diego […]

    The Animal Whisperer

    Zoo InternQuest is a seven-week career exploration program for San Diego County high school juniors and seniors. Students have the unique opportunity to meet professionals working for the San Diego […]

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  • Nandi, the new baby elephant at the Reid Park Zoo in Tucson, Arizona, is doing well and enjoying time with her herd at the Click Family Elephant Care Center. The family group is a satellite African elephant herd that originated at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park and is managed jointly by animal care staff at both zoos.

    San Diego Zoo Global Elephant Calf Doing Well in Arizona

    Nandi, the new baby elephant at the Reid Park Zoo in Tucson, Arizona, is doing well and enjoying time with her herd at the Click Family Elephant Care Center. The family group is a satellite African elephant herd that originated at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park and is managed jointly by animal care staff at both zoos.

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  • Because of the potentially disastrous effect of Johne’s disease on captive wildlife health and conservation, it is vital to identify those individuals at higher risk or more susceptible to the disease and prevent mortality.

    Who Will Catch Johne’s Disease?

    Because of the potentially disastrous effect of Johne’s disease on captive wildlife health and conservation, it is vital to identify those individuals at higher risk or more susceptible to the disease and prevent mortality.

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  • The San Diego Zoo broke ground for its newest habitat area for critically endangered Asian leopards Wednesday night during a small, after-hours ceremony for donors who contributed major gifts to the project. Adjacent to Panda Trek, the new habitat will be home to Amur leopards and snow leopards.

    San Diego Zoo Begins Construction on Asian Leopard Exhibit, $3 Million Dollar Project to Debut Summer of 2015

    The San Diego Zoo broke ground for its newest habitat area for critically endangered Asian leopards Wednesday night during a small, after-hours ceremony for donors who contributed major gifts to the project. Adjacent to Panda Trek, the new habitat will be home to Amur leopards and snow leopards.

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  • Pumpkins with peanut butter and hollowed-out gourds with fish inside were given to the animals in Lost Forest this morning at the San Diego Zoo as a special enrichment surprise. The animals live in a mixed-species exhibit that houses Allen's swamp monkeys, Schmidt's red-tailed monkeys, African spotted-necked otters, red river hogs, and a forest buffalo.

    Special Enrichment Delights Monkeys and Otters at San Diego Zoo

    Pumpkins with peanut butter and hollowed-out gourds with fish inside were given to the animals in Lost Forest this morning at the San Diego Zoo as a special enrichment surprise. The animals live in a mixed-species exhibit that houses Allen's swamp monkeys, Schmidt's red-tailed monkeys, African spotted-necked otters, red river hogs, and a forest buffalo.

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  • Many viewers have been worried about this Condor Cam chick’s health and/or development. First of all, let me assure you that Su’nan is very healthy and safe. We are not concerned that she is a “late bloomer.” Although she may be a little behind compared to some of our condor chicks, we have had birds fledge even later than this.

    To Fledge or not to Fledge…

    Many viewers have been worried about this Condor Cam chick’s health and/or development. First of all, let me assure you that Su’nan is very healthy and safe. We are not concerned that she is a “late bloomer.” Although she may be a little behind compared to some of our condor chicks, we have had birds fledge even later than this.

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  • Polar bears have, what seems to us, a long gestation period. A fertilized polar bear egg doesn’t implant or develop right away. Instead, it implants when triggered by the female’s body condition and environmental factors, most often between September and November.

    Well, Chinook?

    Polar bears have, what seems to us, a long gestation period. A fertilized polar bear egg doesn’t implant or develop right away. Instead, it implants when triggered by the female’s body condition and environmental factors, most often between September and November.

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  • Would three months living and studying in one of the most remote field stations in the tropical rain forest change your life? At the Cocha Cashu Biological Station’s annual field ecology course in Peru, offered by San Diego Zoo Global, that’s our mission—to change lives.

    Would a 3-month Course in Remote Amazonian Field Site Change Your Life?

    Would three months living and studying in one of the most remote field stations in the tropical rain forest change your life? At the Cocha Cashu Biological Station’s annual field ecology course in Peru, offered by San Diego Zoo Global, that’s our mission—to change lives.

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  • Petunia, the newest greater one-horned rhino calf at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, was born to Tanaya on August 1, 2014. The keepers heaved a collective sigh of relief when she and Tanaya were released from the maternity corral into the 40-acre Asian Plains exhibit with the other greater one-horned rhinos.

    Personable Petunia

    Petunia, the newest greater one-horned rhino calf at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, was born to Tanaya on August 1, 2014. The keepers heaved a collective sigh of relief when she and Tanaya were released from the maternity corral into the 40-acre Asian Plains exhibit with the other greater one-horned rhinos.

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  • The super-slick curls on this curl-crested aracari would make even the smoothest operator jealous.   There’s only one word to describe these giraffe ponytails: EPIC.   This secretary bird’s hairdo […]

    11 Animal Hairstyles Humans Should Aspire To

    The super-slick curls on this curl-crested aracari would make even the smoothest operator jealous.   There’s only one word to describe these giraffe ponytails: EPIC.   This secretary bird’s hairdo […]

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  • A baby Ethiopian mountain viper coiled up this morning at the San Diego Zoo's Reptile House. This venomous viper youngster is one of seven that was born at the Zoo just over a week ago. There are only four zoos in North America to have this species and the San Diego Zoo is the first to have bred them.

    San Diego Zoo Breeds Rare Vipers for First Time

    A baby Ethiopian mountain viper coiled up this morning at the San Diego Zoo's Reptile House. This venomous viper youngster is one of seven that was born at the Zoo just over a week ago. There are only four zoos in North America to have this species and the San Diego Zoo is the first to have bred them.

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  • Four African lion cubs played with their father for the first time this morning in Lion Camp at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. The almost four-month-old lions have been spending time at Lion Camp with their mother, Oshana, with only visual access to their father, Izu.

    Lion Cubs Share Exhibit with Father for 1st Time at San Diego Zoo Safari Park

    Four African lion cubs played with their father for the first time this morning in Lion Camp at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. The almost four-month-old lions have been spending time at Lion Camp with their mother, Oshana, with only visual access to their father, Izu.

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  • The precise number of animal species that exists on Earth, both past and present, is unknown. Following this logic, there’s a plethora of animals they didn’t teach you about in […]

    9 Animals You Never Knew Existed

    The precise number of animal species that exists on Earth, both past and present, is unknown. Following this logic, there’s a plethora of animals they didn’t teach you about in […]

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  • The Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) announced that San Diego Zoo Global received Top Honors in marketing for budgets over $175,000 for its Welcome to Koalafornia: The New Australian Outback campaign. The AZA Marketing Award recognizes excellence in marketing campaigns developed and executed by its AZA member institutions.

    San Diego Zoo Global Receives National Award for Excellence in Marketing

    The Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) announced that San Diego Zoo Global received Top Honors in marketing for budgets over $175,000 for its Welcome to Koalafornia: The New Australian Outback campaign. The AZA Marketing Award recognizes excellence in marketing campaigns developed and executed by its AZA member institutions.

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  • Tasmanian devils are bedeviled with a most hideous disease, and conservationists are having a devil of a time dealing with it. It would be funny, the devil jokes, if it wasn’t so sad. This magnificent animal, still best known as a Saturday morning cartoon, is facing a severe threat in the form of devil facial tumor disease (DFTD).

    Bagging Tasmanian Devils: Can We Save a Misunderstood Creature?

    Tasmanian devils are bedeviled with a most hideous disease, and conservationists are having a devil of a time dealing with it. It would be funny, the devil jokes, if it wasn’t so sad. This magnificent animal, still best known as a Saturday morning cartoon, is facing a severe threat in the form of devil facial tumor disease (DFTD).

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