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October 09, 2017
As a pathologist in Disease Investigations, one of my roles is protection of our vast animal collection through surveillance of diseases in native wildlife. Our two facilities, the Zoo and Safari Park, not only...
October 06, 2017
We visited beautiful locations this year and made seed collections from many very rare plant populations. This month I’m going to highlight a few of my favorite collections made this season, from plants that exist...
Garrett Lomanto
October 06, 2017
I wake up to another delightful, brisk Saturday morning on San Clemente Island, head down Ridge Road to Stone Station, making sure to avoid any scurrying foxes, and get the day started. My morning routine starts...
October 06, 2017
The pre-dawn alarm rouses the morning field team. The stars are still out, which means the ‘Alalā are still sleeping. After a quick breakfast guided by head lamp, we prepare for the day ahead. Every step of what we...
Matt Lucero
September 27, 2017
When most people hear Laguna Beach, images of sand, surf, and palm trees flash through their minds. While it may be known for its high-end homes, and amazing beaches, Laguna offers much more. Within its hills lie...
September 20, 2017
I breathe in the cool mountain air and peer through the bamboo stands straining to see a moving black and white form, a shadowy outline moving through the dense vegetation. I strain my neck, scanning back and forth...
August 31, 2017
Vernal pools are formed as a result of unique soil properties. A dense layer of soil on or near the surface, known as either a hard pan layer or a clay pan layer, stops the percolation of water into the earth,...
August 24, 2017
It is 5:00 p.m. on a Friday, I am wearing comically large blue gloves and bright pink-rimmed goggles as I hold the hose of spouting liquid nitrogen over the mouth of a small storage tank. This tank holds samples...
Kimberly Terrell
August 24, 2017
“Went to the convent to discuss freezing salamander sperm with a Mexican nun,” read a tweet from my friend and colleague, Dr. Kim Terrell of Memphis Zoo. Earlier this month, the two of us embarked on a journey to...
Peggy Boone
August 17, 2017
The San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research Terns and Plovers Program works on conserving California Least Terns and Western Snowy Plovers, two federally-listed species. The team conducts research,...

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