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August 29, 2016
Tracking desert tortoises in the Mojave Desert just outside Las Vegas, Nevada is what the San Diego Zoo Global’s desert tortoise research team does on a weekly basis. The team releases captive tortoises...
August 24, 2016
As the sun goes down over the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, my work day begins at the off exhibit Pacific pocket mouse captive breeding facility. I don a pair of latex gloves and- ever so gently- tease open a fluffy...
Dr. Melia Nafus
August 23, 2016
As a wildlife biologist my absolute favorite parts of working in the desert are the native denizens, aka the creatures. Once upon a time, I thought the desert was a swirling inferno of heat and emptiness. While I...
August 19, 2016
It has been a nerve wracking month since we released 50 Pacific pocket mice (PPM) into the wild at Laguna Coast Wilderness Park. Each day I wonder how the mice are adjusting to their new environment and a million...
August 19, 2016
This year we have focused most of our seed collection efforts in the southern-most extent of San Diego County. The area around Otay Mountain is very unique floristically and is home to many plant populations found...
Tom Ryan
August 12, 2016
California’s beauty is world-renowned, from its diverse landscapes and rugged topography, to its stunning coastal deserts. But this beauty has a downside - California has the highest population among all...
August 02, 2016
Earlier this year I wrote a piece discussing San Diego Zoo Global’s Native Plant Seed Bank, and our involvement in the California Plant Rescue (CaPR) project. To read more about the goals of the project, and...
Angela Kemsley
July 27, 2016
Desolate. Boring. Barren. At first glance these words seem the perfect descriptor of the long, flat drive along Mexican Highway 40 through the Sonoran Desert. Despite the multitude of countries and towns I have...
July 19, 2016
The San Diego Zoo’s desert tortoise research team in Las Vegas, Nevada sometimes wonders what goes on in the world of the desert tortoise when they aren’t looking. New technology has assisted at...
July 19, 2016
Each week in June, we eagerly returned to lower Dark Canyon within the San Bernardino National Forest. Treading lightly with eyes carefully scanning every rock, log, and crevice in the creek bed, we walked in and...

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