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  • There is one species, in particular, so close to extinction that we felt compelled to begin work with communities immediately. On the eastern side of the Baja peninsula in the northern Gulf of California (or Sea of Cortez) exists the most endangered marine mammal in the world. The vaquita marina (Phocoena sinus), a type of porpoise, is inadvertently caught in nets intended for fish and shrimp, including a lot of illegal fishing, and recent population estimates are at fewer than 100 individuals.

    Helping Vaquita Porpoises

    There is one species, in particular, so close to extinction that we felt compelled to begin work with communities immediately. On the eastern side of the Baja peninsula in the northern Gulf of California (or Sea of Cortez) exists the most endangered marine mammal in the world. The vaquita marina (Phocoena sinus), a type of porpoise, is inadvertently caught in nets intended for fish and shrimp, including a lot of illegal fishing, and recent population estimates are at fewer than 100 individuals.

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  • Su’nan left the nest and was able to fly up to the high perches in her pen on October 17 at the age of 172 days. The youngest condor to fledge at the Park was 123 days old, which makes Su’nan a bit of a late bloomer, but that is OK.

    Moving Day for Condor Su’nan

    Su’nan left the nest and was able to fly up to the high perches in her pen on October 17 at the age of 172 days. The youngest condor to fledge at the Park was 123 days old, which makes Su’nan a bit of a late bloomer, but that is OK.

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  • Suni died a natural death at age 34 on October 18, 2014, leaving only six northern white rhinos in the world. This subspecies is critically endangered and is extinct in the wild: three remain at the conservancy in Kenya, a zoo in the Czech Republic houses one, and two live at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park.

    Northern White Rhinos in Peril

    Suni died a natural death at age 34 on October 18, 2014, leaving only six northern white rhinos in the world. This subspecies is critically endangered and is extinct in the wild: three remain at the conservancy in Kenya, a zoo in the Czech Republic houses one, and two live at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park.

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  • Now seven months old, gorilla Joanne is starting to develop her own little personality at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. These days she can be seen spending more and more time on her own two feet (and hands), investigating her world.

    Gorilla Joanne: Little Miss Personality

    Now seven months old, gorilla Joanne is starting to develop her own little personality at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. These days she can be seen spending more and more time on her own two feet (and hands), investigating her world.

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  • About every 18 months, something very exciting happens in the East African field enclosure at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park: we have newborn giraffes! When these big babies are born after a 15-month gestation period, they stand 6 feet (1.8 meters) tall and weigh up to 150 pounds (68 kilograms)!

    Giraffes: A Creche Full of Cuties!

    About every 18 months, something very exciting happens in the East African field enclosure at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park: we have newborn giraffes! When these big babies are born after a 15-month gestation period, they stand 6 feet (1.8 meters) tall and weigh up to 150 pounds (68 kilograms)!

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  • Since Halloween is around the corner, it’s time to learn about some creepy critters that have been haunting cultures around the globe. It’s also time to separate fact from fiction, […]

    9 Culturally Haunting Animals

    Since Halloween is around the corner, it’s time to learn about some creepy critters that have been haunting cultures around the globe. It’s also time to separate fact from fiction, […]

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  • Let’s face it, sometimes being awake is overrated, and it seems like these critters agree. Enjoy these 13 animals who are so over being awake, and try not to catch […]

    13 Animals That Are So Over Being Awake

    Let’s face it, sometimes being awake is overrated, and it seems like these critters agree. Enjoy these 13 animals who are so over being awake, and try not to catch […]

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  • We’re having fun with our Facebook followers this Halloween by hosting costume contests. The Safari Park is having a human costume contest, and the San Diego Zoo is having a […]

    Facebook Halloween Costume Contests

    We’re having fun with our Facebook followers this Halloween by hosting costume contests. The Safari Park is having a human costume contest, and the San Diego Zoo is having a […]

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  • Today the West Java Natural Resources Conservation Agency (BKSDA) of the Ministry of Forestry, the Indonesian Police (Lampung office) and the Wildlife Conservation Society’s (WCS) Wildlife Crimes Unit supported by San Diego Zoo Global announced the arrest of two wildlife traffickers trading tiger parts online. 

"These recent arrests send a clear message to wildlife traffickers that Indonesia is serious about wildlife crime," said Joe Walston, WCS vice president for field conservation.

    Wildlife Crime Unit Assists in Stopping Illegal Tiger Parts Trade

    Today the West Java Natural Resources Conservation Agency (BKSDA) of the Ministry of Forestry, the Indonesian Police (Lampung office) and the Wildlife Conservation Society’s (WCS) Wildlife Crimes Unit supported by San Diego Zoo Global announced the arrest of two wildlife traffickers trading tiger parts online. "These recent arrests send a clear message to wildlife traffickers that Indonesia is serious about wildlife crime," said Joe Walston, WCS vice president for field conservation.

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  • A four-month old African lion cub played with a pumpkin this morning at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. Animal care staff had set out pumpkins for the lion pride this morning as a special Halloween enrichment treat.

    Pumpkin Playtime at San Diego Zoo Safari Park

    A four-month old African lion cub played with a pumpkin this morning at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. Animal care staff had set out pumpkins for the lion pride this morning as a special Halloween enrichment treat.

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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 […]

    Biologists of Tomorrow

    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 […]

    Rolling with the Reptiles

    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 […]

    Of Condors and Men

    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 […]

    Conservation Education at its Best

    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 Intern Quest 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 […]

    What’s the Haps on the Herps?

    Zoo Intern Quest 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 […]

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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 […]

    A Star in the Conservation Community

    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 […]

    Fearless

    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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  • Many of you have been wondering how some of our San Diego Zoo-born pandas are doing since their arrival in China. We are happy to report that both Zhen Zhen and Yun Zi are doing very well!

    Pandas Zhen Zhen and Yun Zi

    Many of you have been wondering how some of our San Diego Zoo-born pandas are doing since their arrival in China. We are happy to report that both Zhen Zhen and Yun Zi are doing very well!

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  • This morning, primate keepers at the San Diego Zoo finished the final preparations to celebrate the youngest ape at the Zoo. Sumatran orangutan Aisha (pronounced EYE-sha) turns one year old on Saturday, October 25, and the orangutan exhibit will be filled with enrichment items to mark the occasion.

    San Diego Zoo Set to Celebrate its Youngest Orangutan

    This morning, primate keepers at the San Diego Zoo finished the final preparations to celebrate the youngest ape at the Zoo. Sumatran orangutan Aisha (pronounced EYE-sha) turns one year old on Saturday, October 25, and the orangutan exhibit will be filled with enrichment items to mark the occasion.

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  • The past year has flown by! Our little orangutan Aisha is celebrating her first birthday on Saturday, October 25, 2014, at the San Diego Zoo. Aisha’s growing confidence is evident every day.

    Orangutan Aisha is One!

    The past year has flown by! Our little orangutan Aisha is celebrating her first birthday on Saturday, October 25, 2014, at the San Diego Zoo. Aisha’s growing confidence is evident every day.

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  • After undergoing a 78-day incubation, one of the longest of all birds, a rare kiwi chick hatched this morning at the San Diego Zoo's Avian Propagation Center. Animal care staff made the decision to intervene with the hatching of this newest chick when it didn't proceed as it should.

    Rare Kiwi Chick Hatches at San Diego Zoo

    After undergoing a 78-day incubation, one of the longest of all birds, a rare kiwi chick hatched this morning at the San Diego Zoo's Avian Propagation Center. Animal care staff made the decision to intervene with the hatching of this newest chick when it didn't proceed as it should.

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  • San Diego Zoo Global and the San Diego County Water Authority today announced new outreach efforts at the San Diego Zoo and San Diego Zoo Safari Park to encourage water conservation as statewide drought conditions become more severe. Three consecutive dry years and record-setting heat in 2014 have stretched California's water supplies thin, forcing water agencies to draw down reservoirs and enact mandatory water conservation measures to save as much as possible for 2015.

    San Diego Zoo Global and San Diego County Water Authority Join Forces to Combat Drought

    San Diego Zoo Global and the San Diego County Water Authority today announced new outreach efforts at the San Diego Zoo and San Diego Zoo Safari Park to encourage water conservation as statewide drought conditions become more severe. Three consecutive dry years and record-setting heat in 2014 have stretched California's water supplies thin, forcing water agencies to draw down reservoirs and enact mandatory water conservation measures to save as much as possible for 2015.

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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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  • 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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  • Conservation 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 […]

    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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