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  • This week, I had the opportunity to observe two new additions to San Diego Zoo’s bear canyon. Sahaasa and Kayla, 2-year-old sibling sloth bears, got busy making themselves at home—and watching each go about it in their own way was quite interesting!

    Who You Calling “Sloth?”

    This week, I had the opportunity to observe two new additions to San Diego Zoo’s bear canyon. Sahaasa and Kayla, 2-year-old sibling sloth bears, got busy making themselves at home—and watching each go about it in their own way was quite interesting!

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  • ‘Tis the season to be jolly! What could be more merry than Santa’s sleigh? Well, without his dexterous reindeer, Old Saint Nick’s mode of transportation would not get very far. […]

    10 Festive Reindeer Facts

    ‘Tis the season to be jolly! What could be more merry than Santa’s sleigh? Well, without his dexterous reindeer, Old Saint Nick’s mode of transportation would not get very far. […]

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  • We don’t get to see much of our senior panda, Gao Gao, on Panda Cam. But rest assured he is looking good, eating well, and, in the words of San Diego Zoo keeper Karen Scott, he seems “happy.” Gao is even at his ideal weight: 170 pounds (77.2 kilograms).

    Lazy Gao Day

    We don’t get to see much of our senior panda, Gao Gao, on Panda Cam. But rest assured he is looking good, eating well, and, in the words of San Diego Zoo keeper Karen Scott, he seems “happy.” Gao is even at his ideal weight: 170 pounds (77.2 kilograms).

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  • As guests walk through Panda Trek at the San Diego Zoo, they are always surprised at our “cool goats” on the hillside. Indeed, the takins have been amazing to watch and work with over the years and have been a huge success for the zoological community here in the United States. Currently, we have a female herd of five individuals ranging in age from 14 to almost 2.

    Talkin’ about Takins

    As guests walk through Panda Trek at the San Diego Zoo, they are always surprised at our “cool goats” on the hillside. Indeed, the takins have been amazing to watch and work with over the years and have been a huge success for the zoological community here in the United States. Currently, we have a female herd of five individuals ranging in age from 14 to almost 2.

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  • After fledging, a growing young condor starts to eat on its own, with the parents continuing to feed the youngster every once in a while. At the San Diego Zoo […]

    Condors: Feeding Time Manners

    After fledging, a growing young condor starts to eat on its own, with the parents continuing to feed the youngster every once in a while. At the San Diego Zoo […]

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  • When a male reptile in the San Diego Zoo collection passes away, it is my job to freeze his sperm. Unfortunately, there has been so little research done on freezing […]

    The Python Challenge

    When a male reptile in the San Diego Zoo collection passes away, it is my job to freeze his sperm. Unfortunately, there has been so little research done on freezing […]

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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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  • A 3-week-old greater one-horned rhino calf received a morning bottle feeding at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. After his feeding, he ventured out of his nursery stall for some fresh air and exercise with his keepers.

    Greater One-horned Rhino Calf Being Hand-raised at San Diego Zoo Safari Park

    A 3-week-old greater one-horned rhino calf received a morning bottle feeding at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. After his feeding, he ventured out of his nursery stall for some fresh air and exercise with his keepers.

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  • A meerkat sits in the middle of a wreath inside its enclosure this morning at the San Diego Zoo. The wreath was one of four made by animal care staff, […]

    San Diego Zoo Gives Enrichment Wreaths to Meerkats

    A meerkat sits in the middle of a wreath inside its enclosure this morning at the San Diego Zoo. The wreath was one of four made by animal care staff, […]

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  • A northern white rhino, Angalifu, passed away in the early hours of this morning, Sunday December 14. The male rhino, who was estimated to be 44 years of age, was […]

    Elderly Northern White Rhino Passes Away at San Diego Zoo Safari Park

    A northern white rhino, Angalifu, passed away in the early hours of this morning, Sunday December 14. The male rhino, who was estimated to be 44 years of age, was […]

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  • A 7-month-old cheetah cub, Ruuxa, was full of energy as he sprinted and chased his puppy companion, Raina, during a training session at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park earlier this week. Safari Park trainers observed the male cheetah playfully instigate a wrestling match and tackle Raina, a female Rhodesian ridgeback.

    Cheetah Cub at San Diego Zoo Safari Park Shows Off Speed

    A 7-month-old cheetah cub, Ruuxa, was full of energy as he sprinted and chased his puppy companion, Raina, during a training session at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park earlier this week. Safari Park trainers observed the male cheetah playfully instigate a wrestling match and tackle Raina, a female Rhodesian ridgeback.

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  • Sloth bear siblings moved to their new exhibit this morning at the San Diego Zoo after completing quarantine at the Zoo’s animal hospital. The bears were quick to explore all the features of the habitat including the felled-tree climbing structure, a raised platform and puzzle feeders that reward the animal with food treats when jostled or rolled.

    Sloth Bear Siblings Make Debut at San Diego Zoo

    Sloth bear siblings moved to their new exhibit this morning at the San Diego Zoo after completing quarantine at the Zoo’s animal hospital. The bears were quick to explore all the features of the habitat including the felled-tree climbing structure, a raised platform and puzzle feeders that reward the animal with food treats when jostled or rolled.

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  • Studying the social interaction of bears through the use of camera traps and visual observations requires that humans be able to tell individuals apart. A study done using volunteers to […]

    With Experience, People Can Tell Bears Apart

    Studying the social interaction of bears through the use of camera traps and visual observations requires that humans be able to tell individuals apart. A study done using volunteers to […]

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  • A monocled cobra at the San Diego Zoo received an extensive medical exam earlier today in preparation for its release from quarantine. With safety as a main priority, reptile keepers carefully took the venomous animal from its quarantine holding area, placed it in a container and transported it to the Zoo’s Jennings Center for Zoological Medicine.

    Leucistic Monocled Cobra Undergoes Extensive Medical Exam at San Diego Zoo

    A monocled cobra at the San Diego Zoo received an extensive medical exam earlier today in preparation for its release from quarantine. With safety as a main priority, reptile keepers carefully took the venomous animal from its quarantine holding area, placed it in a container and transported it to the Zoo’s Jennings Center for Zoological Medicine.

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  • A 10-day old eastern Angolan colobus monkey was held by a member of the troop this morning at the San Diego Zoo’s Lost Forest. This is the 20th offspring for mother Lulu, whose name means pearl in Swahili. This new baby was born on Nov. 21. Lulu has had four generations of offspring and is approximately 29 years old, making her the oldest Angolan colobus monkey to give birth.

    Colobus Monkey Baby Cuddles Close at San Diego Zoo

    A 10-day old eastern Angolan colobus monkey was held by a member of the troop this morning at the San Diego Zoo’s Lost Forest. This is the 20th offspring for mother Lulu, whose name means pearl in Swahili. This new baby was born on Nov. 21. Lulu has had four generations of offspring and is approximately 29 years old, making her the oldest Angolan colobus monkey to give birth.

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  • The Valle de Aguán spiny-tailed iguana is a critically endangered species found in Honduras.  A recent survey of people living in the region shows that, although residents are aware of the endangered status of the species, the iguana continues to be hunted for food.  Of particular concern is the preference for the consumption of female iguanas that are gravid (carrying eggs in their body).

    Preference for Gravid Females Makes Rare Iguana Consumption Unsustainable

    The Valle de Aguán spiny-tailed iguana is a critically endangered species found in Honduras. A recent survey of people living in the region shows that, although residents are aware of the endangered status of the species, the iguana continues to be hunted for food. Of particular concern is the preference for the consumption of female iguanas that are gravid (carrying eggs in their body).

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  • A wild wonderland awaits at the San Diego Zoo during the sixth season of Jungle Bells presented by California Coast Credit Union, New this year at the Zoo’s annual holiday event is the Northern Frontiers Holiday Forest with decorated trees designed to entertain during the day and a light display that will delight at night.

    Hippo Holidays: San Diego Zoo Hosts Annual Jungle Bells Celebration

    A wild wonderland awaits at the San Diego Zoo during the sixth season of Jungle Bells presented by California Coast Credit Union, New this year at the Zoo’s annual holiday event is the Northern Frontiers Holiday Forest with decorated trees designed to entertain during the day and a light display that will delight at night.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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