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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.

Procedure Marks Milestone in San Diego Zoo Global’s Efforts to Save the Critically Endangered Northern White Rhino from Extinction

Researchers at the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research accomplished their first artificial insemination attempt on a southern white rhinoceros earlier this month—a key step in San Diego Zoo Global’s science-based, collaborative efforts to develop and perfect assisted reproductive technologies to save the critically endangered northern white rhino. Only three northern white rhinos currently remain on Earth.

Significant Data Collected During Treadmill Study

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.

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.

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.

San Diego Zoo Global will co-host the inaugural Illegal Wildlife Trade Symposium Sept. 25–27, 2017, planned as an annual event to address a growing international threat to species survival. Presented by the Oxford Martin Programme on the Illegal Wildlife Trade, TRAFFIC (The Wildlife Trade Monitoring Network) and the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research, this unique gathering of conservationists will unite experts and scientists from around the world to discuss evolving perspectives on the demand for illegal wildlife products.

Volunteers Complete Two Years of Giraffe Conservation Work in Two Months

Deep in the Peruvian rain forest, San Diego Zoo Global researchers are getting a first-ever, up-close look at one of the Amazon’s top predators. A high-definition, 24-hour camera installed in the canopy is documenting a harpy eagle nest, allowing scientists to observe a pair of birds after the recent hatching of their chick. While previous observations of this apex predator species have been limited to small samples of data collected from the ground, this new perspective aims to evaluate the birds’ diet and breeding behaviors from the upper reaches of the Amazon.