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  • If you visit the San Diego Zoo’s Polar Bear Plunge these days, you might see something new: Tatqiq is wearing a white collar! While Tatqiq seems to be enjoying both wearing this new accessory and the training involved in putting it on and taking it off every day, our motives for having her wear it are focused on conservation science.

    Polar Bear Tatqiq Wears It Well

    If you visit the San Diego Zoo’s Polar Bear Plunge these days, you might see something new: Tatqiq is wearing a white collar! While Tatqiq seems to be enjoying both wearing this new accessory and the training involved in putting it on and taking it off every day, our motives for having her wear it are focused on conservation science.

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  • Giving thanks is certainly in season, but our gratitude for the support of our members, donors, sponsors, and partners extends far beyond the holiday. Plus, we thank our dedicated volunteers […]

    What We’re Thankful For

    Giving thanks is certainly in season, but our gratitude for the support of our members, donors, sponsors, and partners extends far beyond the holiday. Plus, we thank our dedicated volunteers […]

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  • If you have yet to see our silvered leaf langurs, make sure to view them on your next visit to the San Diego Zoo. This group of 13 monkeys moved into its exhibit in June. They can be found in the glass building next to the orangutans.

    Silvered Leaf Langurs: Active Monkeys

    If you have yet to see our silvered leaf langurs, make sure to view them on your next visit to the San Diego Zoo. This group of 13 monkeys moved into its exhibit in June. They can be found in the glass building next to the orangutans.

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  • At the San Diego Zoo, employees have the opportunity to attend professional development courses to expand our knowledge base and to make the Zoo a stronger organization. For the past three years, the Zoo’s Reptile Department has sent an employee to the St. Augustine Alligator Farm in Florida to attend a 10-day Association of Zoos and Aquarium course called Crocodilian Biology and Captive Management.

    The International Language of Crocodiles

    At the San Diego Zoo, employees have the opportunity to attend professional development courses to expand our knowledge base and to make the Zoo a stronger organization. For the past three years, the Zoo’s Reptile Department has sent an employee to the St. Augustine Alligator Farm in Florida to attend a 10-day Association of Zoos and Aquarium course called Crocodilian Biology and Captive Management.

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  • This new site is a California State Wildlife Area, a little piece of land next to a State Park but otherwise surrounded by a freeway, cropland, and cattle farms. Over five nights we caught five species of small mammals, including endangered Stephen’s kangaroo rats, from which we collected genetic samples.

    Protected Habitat in Southern California

    This new site is a California State Wildlife Area, a little piece of land next to a State Park but otherwise surrounded by a freeway, cropland, and cattle farms. Over five nights we caught five species of small mammals, including endangered Stephen’s kangaroo rats, from which we collected genetic samples.

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  • What are those big buffalo in the Asian Savanna field exhibit at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park? This is one of the most commonly asked questions on Caravan Safari tours. They are Indian gaur (Bos frontalis gaurus), the largest wild cattle species.

    Gaur Game Plan

    What are those big buffalo in the Asian Savanna field exhibit at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park? This is one of the most commonly asked questions on Caravan Safari tours. They are Indian gaur (Bos frontalis gaurus), the largest wild cattle species.

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  • As a senior animal trainer at the San Diego Zoo, I always tell our guests that San Diego Zoo Global has dozens of conservation projects worldwide. But until recently I had never gotten to experience any of our off-site programs. While planning a vacation to the islands of Lanai and Maui in Hawaii, I realized "Hey—we have that bird facility over there!" I had heard about the Maui Bird Conservation Center (MBCC) and the work they do with critically endangered Hawaiian bird species, and I was lucky to be able to visit the MBCC, even though the facility is typically closed to the public.

    Meeting Endangered Birds on a Tropical Island Getaway

    As a senior animal trainer at the San Diego Zoo, I always tell our guests that San Diego Zoo Global has dozens of conservation projects worldwide. But until recently I had never gotten to experience any of our off-site programs. While planning a vacation to the islands of Lanai and Maui in Hawaii, I realized "Hey—we have that bird facility over there!" I had heard about the Maui Bird Conservation Center (MBCC) and the work they do with critically endangered Hawaiian bird species, and I was lucky to be able to visit the MBCC, even though the facility is typically closed to the public.

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  • Tatqiq, a female polar bear at the San Diego Zoo, is wearing a bit more than her fur coat these days. Visitors to the Zoo and watchers of the Zoo’s Polar Cam may see a white collar occasionally around her neck while keepers are conditioning the bear to participate in an upcoming research project about polar bear behavior in the Arctic.

    Collaring for Conservation: San Diego Zoo Polar Bear Being Conditioned to Wear Accelerometer

    Tatqiq, a female polar bear at the San Diego Zoo, is wearing a bit more than her fur coat these days. Visitors to the Zoo and watchers of the Zoo’s Polar Cam may see a white collar occasionally around her neck while keepers are conditioning the bear to participate in an upcoming research project about polar bear behavior in the Arctic.

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  • A week-old baby Francois’ langur held on tightly to a subadult as members of the San Diego Zoo’s langur troop foraged and climbed around their exhibit this morning. Francois’ langurs, also known as Francois’ leaf monkeys, practice alloparenting, which means every family member participates in raising the infant.

    Bright-Orange Langur Born at San Diego Zoo

    A week-old baby Francois’ langur held on tightly to a subadult as members of the San Diego Zoo’s langur troop foraged and climbed around their exhibit this morning. Francois’ langurs, also known as Francois’ leaf monkeys, practice alloparenting, which means every family member participates in raising the infant.

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  • There are a lot of myths floating around out there about the bird that defines the holiday season, the iconic North American turkey. It’s time to bust some of those […]

    5 Turkey Myths Busted

    There are a lot of myths floating around out there about the bird that defines the holiday season, the iconic North American turkey. It’s time to bust some of those […]

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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 […]

    Runnin’ Wild with the Herd

    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 […]

    Surprise for the Interns!

    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 […]

    Nutritionists to the Rescue

    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 […]

    Caring for the Birds in Our Backyard

    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 […]

    Monkeying around with Primates!

    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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  • I had the privilege of interviewing Dr. Jennifer Parsons, an associate nutritionist at the San Diego Zoo. Although she manages diets for all of the animals at the Zoo, her specialty is a particular diet for a highly specialized species: bamboo makes up 99 percent of a wild giant panda’s diet.

    It’s Alive! Look Inside Our Giant Pandas’ Favorite Food

    I had the privilege of interviewing Dr. Jennifer Parsons, an associate nutritionist at the San Diego Zoo. Although she manages diets for all of the animals at the Zoo, her specialty is a particular diet for a highly specialized species: bamboo makes up 99 percent of a wild giant panda’s diet.

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  • We’re running an impromptu giveaway with the Safari Park’s Facebook followers. By entering, you agree to these terms and conditions. Good luck! 1. NO PURCHASE IS NECESSARY TO ENTER OR […]

    Facebook Tiger Caption Contest

    We’re running an impromptu giveaway with the Safari Park’s Facebook followers. By entering, you agree to these terms and conditions. Good luck! 1. NO PURCHASE IS NECESSARY TO ENTER OR […]

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  • Today, Mila, the African elephant from New Zealand, celebrated the first anniversary of her arrival to the San Diego Zoo with some special edible treats. The 42-year-old elephant arrived in San Diego on Nov. 14, 2014, through collaboration with the Franklin Zoo Charitable Trust.

    New Zealand Elephant Celebrates Anniversary at San Diego Zoo

    Today, Mila, the African elephant from New Zealand, celebrated the first anniversary of her arrival to the San Diego Zoo with some special edible treats. The 42-year-old elephant arrived in San Diego on Nov. 14, 2014, through collaboration with the Franklin Zoo Charitable Trust.

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  • A five-week-old African serval kitten was weighed by animal care staff at the San Diego Zoo this morning. The small kitten, weighing in today at three pounds, was born to first-time mother Onshe at the Zoo’s Kopje area on October 7.

    African Serval Kitten Gets Weighed at San Diego Zoo

    A five-week-old African serval kitten was weighed by animal care staff at the San Diego Zoo this morning. The small kitten, weighing in today at three pounds, was born to first-time mother Onshe at the Zoo’s Kopje area on October 7.

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  • The San Diego Zoo Global Keauhou Bird Conservation Center (KBCC) on the island of Hawai‘i has received a $10,000 grant from the Bill Healy Foundation for its Discovery Forest project. Hawai‘i’s forests are important to the health and well-being of Hawai‘i’s endemic wild birds; the Discovery Forest helps to restore two additional acres of native forest habitat.

    Hawaiian Discovery Forest Receives Grant from Bill Healy Foundation

    The San Diego Zoo Global Keauhou Bird Conservation Center (KBCC) on the island of Hawai‘i has received a $10,000 grant from the Bill Healy Foundation for its Discovery Forest project. Hawai‘i’s forests are important to the health and well-being of Hawai‘i’s endemic wild birds; the Discovery Forest helps to restore two additional acres of native forest habitat.

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  • As you know, there have been a lot of things going on with our African elephant herd this year at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. For instance, you may have seen our trainers working with the elephants in different areas. You may have wondered what they doing with the elephants’ faces! Well....

    Taking Care of Tusks

    As you know, there have been a lot of things going on with our African elephant herd this year at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. For instance, you may have seen our trainers working with the elephants in different areas. You may have wondered what they doing with the elephants’ faces! Well....

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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 […]

    Pathology: The Coolest Science You’ve Never Heard Of

    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 ability opportunity to meet professionals working for the San […]

    Passing on to Pathology

    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 […]

    Womb Service

    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 […]

    Calves, Cubs, Pups, Oh My!

    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 […]

    Plants are Better than Animals, and You Know It

    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 […]

    Necropsy, Histology and Pathology…Oh My!

    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 […]

    Primed for Primates

    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 […]

    Baby be Mine

    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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  • Conservationists from San Diego Zoo Global joined U.S. and Mexican officials to celebrate the establishment of a new condor breeding program at the Chapultepec Zoo in Mexico City yesterday. The new program is significant because it will feature the first breeding pairs of condors to live in Mexico City in recent years.

    Breeding Pairs of Condors a First for Mexico City

    Conservationists from San Diego Zoo Global joined U.S. and Mexican officials to celebrate the establishment of a new condor breeding program at the Chapultepec Zoo in Mexico City yesterday. The new program is significant because it will feature the first breeding pairs of condors to live in Mexico City in recent years.

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