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  • We've put together a fun video showing some of panda Xiao Liwu's milestones. The video was made for our San Diego Zoo Kids channel, a television broadcast channel featuring programming about unique and endangered animals species designed to entertain and educate guests about wildlife around the world.

    Xiao Liwu’s First 2 Years

    We've put together a fun video showing some of panda Xiao Liwu's milestones. The video was made for our San Diego Zoo Kids channel, a television broadcast channel featuring programming about unique and endangered animals species designed to entertain and educate guests about wildlife around the world.

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  • Today is World Orangutan Day! On this day, organizations around the globe are highlighting the plight of one of our closest living relatives, the tree-dwelling “person of the forest.”

    World Orangutan Day

    Today is World Orangutan Day! On this day, organizations around the globe are highlighting the plight of one of our closest living relatives, the tree-dwelling “person of the forest.”

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  • Lions and tigers love perfume and giant pandas enjoy the smell of cinnamon, but do the San Diego Zoo’s polar bears get a kick out of scent enrichment, too?

    Scents for Polar Bears

    Lions and tigers love perfume and giant pandas enjoy the smell of cinnamon, but do the San Diego Zoo’s polar bears get a kick out of scent enrichment, too?

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  • Upcycling reduces waste by using existing resources to create products rather than harvesting new raw materials. Think of it as converting trash into environmentally friendly products or art. How is this relevant to San Diego Zoo Global? We are a conservation organization dedicated not only to protecting wildlife and plants, but natural resources as well.

    Upcycling: Recycling at its Finest

    Upcycling reduces waste by using existing resources to create products rather than harvesting new raw materials. Think of it as converting trash into environmentally friendly products or art. How is this relevant to San Diego Zoo Global? We are a conservation organization dedicated not only to protecting wildlife and plants, but natural resources as well.

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  • World Elephant Day, launched on August 12, 2012, is now an annual event intended to celebrate this beautiful and majestic mammal and to bring attention to the plight of Asian and African elephants and the numerous threats they face. Sadly, elephant tusks are one of the major reasons elephants are threatened.

    World Elephant Day

    World Elephant Day, launched on August 12, 2012, is now an annual event intended to celebrate this beautiful and majestic mammal and to bring attention to the plight of Asian and African elephants and the numerous threats they face. Sadly, elephant tusks are one of the major reasons elephants are threatened.

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  • Although our senior panda, Gao Gao, is still off exhibit, he is much improved after his May surgery (see post Surgery for Gao Gao). I spoke with Gaylene Thomas, animal care supervisor, to get the latest scoop on Papa Gao.

    Gao Gao: Class Clown

    Although our senior panda, Gao Gao, is still off exhibit, he is much improved after his May surgery (see post Surgery for Gao Gao). I spoke with Gaylene Thomas, animal care supervisor, to get the latest scoop on Papa Gao.

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  • The naming poll results are in: the name for the California condor chick featured on the San Diego Zoo Global's Condor Cam is Su’nan, Chumash for "to continue to, to keep on"! She is now over 90 days old and is starting to get her big-bird feathers.

    Condor Chick: Name is Chosen!

    The naming poll results are in: the name for the California condor chick featured on the San Diego Zoo Global's Condor Cam is Su’nan, Chumash for "to continue to, to keep on"! She is now over 90 days old and is starting to get her big-bird feathers.

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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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  • Emerson, a male tortoise approximately 100 years old and weighing about 400 pounds, arrived at the Toledo Zoo from the San Diego Zoo late on Aug. 27 and is scheduled to be on exhibit at the zoo's Tiger Terrace area.

    Galapagos Tortoise Arrives at Toledo Zoo from San Diego

    Emerson, a male tortoise approximately 100 years old and weighing about 400 pounds, arrived at the Toledo Zoo from the San Diego Zoo late on Aug. 27 and is scheduled to be on exhibit at the zoo's Tiger Terrace area.

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  • The American Association of Zoo Keepers (AAZK) has announced that it has exceeded its expectations through its unique annual fundraising effort, Bowling For Rhinos. The event, which occurs in bowling alleys throughout the U.S. each spring, has raised more than $5 million since its inception in 1990.

    Unique Fundraiser for Rhinos Sets Record

    The American Association of Zoo Keepers (AAZK) has announced that it has exceeded its expectations through its unique annual fundraising effort, Bowling For Rhinos. The event, which occurs in bowling alleys throughout the U.S. each spring, has raised more than $5 million since its inception in 1990.

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  • Semba, a 24-year old African elephant, successfully delivered a female calf at 10:55 p.m. last night, Aug. 21, at the Reid Park Zoo in Tucson, Arizona. Both mother and calf appear to be doing well but are spending quiet time in the Click Family Elephant Care Center under the watchful eyes of the elephant team. The herd 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.

    Elephant Born at Reid Park Zoo Part of San Diego Zoo Global’s Satellite Herd

    Semba, a 24-year old African elephant, successfully delivered a female calf at 10:55 p.m. last night, Aug. 21, at the Reid Park Zoo in Tucson, Arizona. Both mother and calf appear to be doing well but are spending quiet time in the Click Family Elephant Care Center under the watchful eyes of the elephant team. The herd 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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  • A small songbird of the Hawaiian forest, the critically endangered palila has received a significant boost to its captive breeding population due to a successful breeding season at San Diego Zoo Global's Maui Bird Conservation Center.

    First Breeding Season of Endangered Bird at Maui Bird Conservation Center Produces Six Chicks

    A small songbird of the Hawaiian forest, the critically endangered palila has received a significant boost to its captive breeding population due to a successful breeding season at San Diego Zoo Global's Maui Bird Conservation Center.

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  • Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell announced last week that the San Diego National Wildlife Refuge Complex will receive an additional $1 million in funding to reach new audiences and engage Southern California urban communities and youth in conservation and outdoor recreation. The outreach includes programs from a number of local conservation organizations, including a teacher education program being run by San Diego Zoo Global.

    Secretary of Interior Announces Additional $1 Million to Fund Urban Engagement Efforts at Southern California Wildlife Refuges

    Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell announced last week that the San Diego National Wildlife Refuge Complex will receive an additional $1 million in funding to reach new audiences and engage Southern California urban communities and youth in conservation and outdoor recreation. The outreach includes programs from a number of local conservation organizations, including a teacher education program being run by San Diego Zoo Global.

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  • A cheetah cub, Ruuxa, and his female puppy companion, Raina, wrestled, ran and played as they participated in training sessions earlier today, Aug. 18, at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. As part of their training, the young animal ambassadors, both now over 3 months old, ventured out of their current home at the Safari Park's animal care center to experience new surroundings and to begin acclimating to their future home behind the scenes at the Park's Benbough Amphitheater.

    Puppy Love for Cheetah Cub at San Diego Zoo Safari Park

    A cheetah cub, Ruuxa, and his female puppy companion, Raina, wrestled, ran and played as they participated in training sessions earlier today, Aug. 18, at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. As part of their training, the young animal ambassadors, both now over 3 months old, ventured out of their current home at the Safari Park's animal care center to experience new surroundings and to begin acclimating to their future home behind the scenes at the Park's Benbough Amphitheater.

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  • A 16-day-old male Masai giraffe and his mother were released into the San Diego Zoo Safari Park's South Africa exhibit earlier today, August 15. The lanky youngster was cautious when keepers first opened the gate into the field exhibit, but it didn't take long for him to acclimate to his new surroundings as he followed his mother to meet the rest of the giraffe herd, which includes his 3-week-old half-brother.

    Giraffe Herd Welcomes Newest Calf at San Diego Zoo Safari Park

    A 16-day-old male Masai giraffe and his mother were released into the San Diego Zoo Safari Park's South Africa exhibit earlier today, August 15. The lanky youngster was cautious when keepers first opened the gate into the field exhibit, but it didn't take long for him to acclimate to his new surroundings as he followed his mother to meet the rest of the giraffe herd, which includes his 3-week-old half-brother.

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  • Partially feathered and squawking for meals, alala chicks at San Diego Zoo Global's Keauhou Bird Conservation Center keep animal care staff busy. With nine new chicks being hand-reared this year, the rare bird's population now numbers 115 at the Center.

    Alala Breeding Season a Success

    Partially feathered and squawking for meals, alala chicks at San Diego Zoo Global's Keauhou Bird Conservation Center keep animal care staff busy. With nine new chicks being hand-reared this year, the rare bird's population now numbers 115 at the Center.

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  • San Diego Zoo Global awarded Charles Bieler the Conservation Advocate Medal at a luncheon held on Thursday, August 7, 2014, at the San Diego Sheraton Hotel and Marina.

    Conservation Medal Awarded to Notable San Diegan

    San Diego Zoo Global awarded Charles Bieler the Conservation Advocate Medal at a luncheon held on Thursday, August 7, 2014, at the San Diego Sheraton Hotel and Marina.

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  • Galapagos tortoises are known for living forever (up to 170 years old), and for being HUGE. The largest male at the Zoo, Speedy, weighs about 600 lbs. At that size, […]

    10 Photos of Giant Tortoises Chowing Down

    Galapagos tortoises are known for living forever (up to 170 years old), and for being HUGE. The largest male at the Zoo, Speedy, weighs about 600 lbs. At that size, […]

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  • Five 3-month-old South American coatis jumped on rocks, climbed trees, and dug in the dirt in their new habitat at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park.

    Curious Coatis Show Off Agility at San Diego Zoo Safari Park

    Five 3-month-old South American coatis jumped on rocks, climbed trees, and dug in the dirt in their new habitat at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park.

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  • A recent survey of mountain yellow-legged frogs released into the wild by San Diego Zoo Global wildlife conservationists indicates that the populations are showing signs of stress related to drought conditions in California.

    Rare Frogs Holding Their Own Despite Drought Conditions

    A recent survey of mountain yellow-legged frogs released into the wild by San Diego Zoo Global wildlife conservationists indicates that the populations are showing signs of stress related to drought conditions in California.

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  • A Southwest African meerkat pup is carefully watched over by its mother at the San Diego Zoo. The pup recently emerged from its burrow, and while it still spends most of its time below ground, it is beginning to spend longer periods of time above ground each day...

    Meer-ly Adorable: Meerkat Born at San Diego Zoo

    A Southwest African meerkat pup is carefully watched over by its mother at the San Diego Zoo. The pup recently emerged from its burrow, and while it still spends most of its time below ground, it is beginning to spend longer periods of time above ground each day...

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  • This summer, we hosted a delegation from the Sichuan Forestry Administration and China Wildlife Conservation Association as its members began their inspection tour of the zoo housing giant panda in the United States.

    Panda Collaboration

    This summer, we hosted a delegation from the Sichuan Forestry Administration and China Wildlife Conservation Association as its members began their inspection tour of the zoo housing giant panda in the United States.

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  • The young condor chick who hatched on April 29 and is visible on San Diego Zoo Global's Condor Cam now has a name: Su'nan, which means "to continue to or to keep on" in the Chumash language. An online naming contest conducted by San Diego Zoo Global's Wildlife Conservancy announced that Su'nan was the final winner, with 900 votes.

    Condor Cam Chick Name is Named

    The young condor chick who hatched on April 29 and is visible on San Diego Zoo Global's Condor Cam now has a name: Su'nan, which means "to continue to or to keep on" in the Chumash language. An online naming contest conducted by San Diego Zoo Global's Wildlife Conservancy announced that Su'nan was the final winner, with 900 votes.

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  • This is Xiao Liwu, aka Mr. Wu   Mr. Wu is a pretty good climber   He’s been climbing since he was little   Sometimes he hangs upside down   […]

    10 Photos That Prove Mr. Wu is a Super Awesome Gymnast

    This is Xiao Liwu, aka Mr. Wu   Mr. Wu is a pretty good climber   He’s been climbing since he was little   Sometimes he hangs upside down   […]

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  • Five juvenile western pond turtles were released into the Sycuan Peak Ecological Reserve today, July 31, 2014, by a team of federal, state and San Diego Zoo scientists.

    New Generation of Rare Turtles Released into San Diego Reserve

    Five juvenile western pond turtles were released into the Sycuan Peak Ecological Reserve today, July 31, 2014, by a team of federal, state and San Diego Zoo scientists.

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  • For more than four decades, Charles "Chuck" Bieler, executive director emeritus of San Diego Zoo Global, has been called a mentor, leader, and friend to the global zoo community. He has contributed to our organization's world-famous reputation in so many ways, setting the stage for a new-century approach to zoos as they worked together to save endangered species. We are proud to award Charles Bieler the Conservation Advocate Medal...

    Mentor, Leader, Friend to Zoo Community Receives Conservation Award

    For more than four decades, Charles "Chuck" Bieler, executive director emeritus of San Diego Zoo Global, has been called a mentor, leader, and friend to the global zoo community. He has contributed to our organization's world-famous reputation in so many ways, setting the stage for a new-century approach to zoos as they worked together to save endangered species. We are proud to award Charles Bieler the Conservation Advocate Medal...

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  • Xiao Liwu (pronounced sshyaoww lee woo), a male giant panda at the San Diego Zoo, turned two years old today and received a birthday party, complete with cake and presents.

    Birthday Celebration at San Diego Zoo: Giant Panda Xiao Liwu Turns Two!

    Xiao Liwu (pronounced sshyaoww lee woo), a male giant panda at the San Diego Zoo, turned two years old today and received a birthday party, complete with cake and presents.

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  • The two-year-old panda's party had a beach theme, so his exhibit was decorated with cardboard beach balls, jellyfish, and seahorses dangling here and there, cardboard gift boxes, and a pile of wood shavings to represent beach sand.

    Panda Xiao Liwu is Two

    The two-year-old panda's party had a beach theme, so his exhibit was decorated with cardboard beach balls, jellyfish, and seahorses dangling here and there, cardboard gift boxes, and a pile of wood shavings to represent beach sand.

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  • A recently recovered endangered species, the island night lizard, has been added to the list of reptile species at the San Diego Zoo. Five night lizards arrived at the Zoo on July 25, 2014, brought by the U.S. Navy to be available for guest viewing.

    Rare Night Lizards Form Satellite Population at San Diego Zoo

    A recently recovered endangered species, the island night lizard, has been added to the list of reptile species at the San Diego Zoo. Five night lizards arrived at the Zoo on July 25, 2014, brought by the U.S. Navy to be available for guest viewing.

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  • Supervisor Dave Roberts presented a check for $7,000 from the County of San Diego Neighborhood Reinvestment Fund to San Diego Zoo Global Chairman Rick Gulley on July 25, 2014. The check was awarded to the nonprofit organization in a brief ceremony under the curious eyes of a spectacled owl.

    San Diego Zoo Global Receives Neighborhood Grant for Field Notebooks

    Supervisor Dave Roberts presented a check for $7,000 from the County of San Diego Neighborhood Reinvestment Fund to San Diego Zoo Global Chairman Rick Gulley on July 25, 2014. The check was awarded to the nonprofit organization in a brief ceremony under the curious eyes of a spectacled owl.

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