A new study on polar bear metabolism, behavior, and foraging success sheds important light on their energy demands. The study, published in the journal Science, found that polar bears have metabolic rates greater than previously predicted and greater than other terrestrial mammals of similar size. The study reinforces the understanding that polar bears are reliant on a diet of fat-rich seals to survive in the energetically-demanding Arctic.
February 01, 2018
Continued Efforts to Reintroduce Rare Crow Species to Native Forests of Hawai’i Island
September 28, 2017
After years of conservation work that included painstakingly tracking, breeding and releasing almost 100 endangered Pacific pocket mice, researchers from San Diego Zoo Global have discovered that mice reintroduced into Orange County, California’s Laguna Coast Wilderness Park have begun to breed on their own.
September 14, 2017
Procedure Marks Milestone in San Diego Zoo Global’s Efforts to Save the Critically Endangered Northern White Rhino from Extinction
July 25, 2017
Significant Data Collected During Treadmill Study
May 09, 2017
Female Bear Prepares to Walk on Treadmill
Tatqiq, a 580-pound polar bear at the San Diego Zoo, is making new strides in her “fitness” training. Animal care staff and scientists at the Zoo’s Institute for Conservation Research have been preparing the 17-year-old female to voluntarily take part in a U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) project that is studying the energy demands polar bears face in the Arctic—an example of the role that zoos play in conservation science.
February 14, 2017
San Diego Zoo Global Rushes to Provide Emergency Aid to Kenyan Sanctuary
The critically endangered hirola antelope is facing an uncertain future today, as a severe drought in northern Kenya threatens its survival. Conservationists and ecologists are concerned that the continued lack of rainfall—already taking a devastating toll on the area’s livestock and wildlife—could decimate this species, which many consider to be the most endangered antelope on the planet.
December 07, 2016
Successful Captive Breeding of the Endangered Pacific Pocket Mouse Results in Its Relocation into the Species' Historic Range
The population of Orange County, California is growing, but its newest group of residents won’t block any views of the ocean. Fifty endangered Pacific pocket mice, which make their homes underground, are about to be relocated into an area of Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, part of OC Parks.