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Sara Ferguson, DVM, Giraffe Conservation Foundation
May 10, 2019
Of the four species of giraffe found in Africa (Masai, Northern, Reticulated and Southern), the Northern giraffe’s range is by far the most fragmented, with many remaining populations restricted to...
May 08, 2019
A “recap”, or recapture, is a term that scientists use when a wild study animal is recaptured in the field after the preliminary capture and release.   For example, I am currently studying a...
May 08, 2019
The Red-diamond rattlesnake (Crotalus ruber) is San Diego’s largest rattlesnake species, reaching up to nearly six feet in length. A protected species, this beautiful, brick-red, girthy creature is primarily...
Kristina Heston
April 29, 2019
Those of you who have been following our Burrowing Owl Cam may have noticed a change in the number of eggs in the burrow.  This female laid her first egg on April 2, 2019.  Unfortunately, she...
April 24, 2019
A good rainstorm in San Diego can be hard to come by. So when a series of storms come through the county and drench the land, as happened this year, there is much rejoicing…until the cool, wet weather begins...
April 16, 2019
My story begins with a bird. The largest bird in North America in fact. The California condor, which once spread its massive wings over most of the southern portion of the country, unfortunately now is only found...
April 16, 2019
Mahatma Gandhi claims there are seven sins in the world. Throughout a particular course of my graduate degree program, I kept the first of these sins in mind: “wealth without work.” You see, I am an...
April 11, 2019
Successful and enduring conservation inherently demands that a cross-disciplinary team approach be implemented. So, when I look back at the San Diego Zoo’s Giant Panda Conservation Program, I can say without...
March 19, 2019
Over the fall, I engaged in an independent study project while enrolled in the Advanced Inquiry Program through San Diego Zoo Global and Miami University. I believe this semester was one of the most transformative...
March 18, 2019
“There are 186 applications.” That was the sentence that I kept saying in my head when we started reviewing the pool of candidates for the Rookies for Recovery Program. Apparently, up and coming...

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