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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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