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June 21, 2019
We all need hope, but sometimes it is hard to see the distinction between hope and reality. Hope galvanizes our resolve as we make progress, no matter how miniscule the advance.  Previously, I wrote about the...
June 18, 2019
It’s been five months since we planted our Dudleya brevifoliacorms into sandstone bluffs along the San Diego coastline. We’ve had some success and some disappointment, and we’ve gleaned...
Nicole Egna
June 11, 2019
Since June 2017, people from all over the world have been heading on a virtual safari to northern Kenya to help study and conserve reticulated giraffe. Over 15,000 volunteers have logged onto Wildwatch Kenya.org (...
June 10, 2019
I was an invited guest speaker for a course in the joint Master’s degree program between San Diego Zoo Global and Miami University of Ohio (learn more about the Masters Degree Program here).  The...
May 31, 2019
It was not the expected or hoped for diagnosis in a young, critically endangered bird. The blue-crowned laughingthrush (Garrulax courtoisi) male was only a year and a half old and had presented to the zoo’s...
May 16, 2019
 Stem cells are amazing! They have the potential to become any cell type in the body. We all start as stem cells in the early days of development, but as we grow, most of our cells lose that ability.Recent...
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...

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