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April 02, 2020
Bears are often labelled intelligent animals, although there have not been many studies to evaluate their cognitive abilities and there are different aspects to what we generally call intelligence. One assessment...
March 31, 2020
In the ongoing fight against extinction, the Reproductive Sciences team does our part with many different species. For Reproductive Sciences, one of our main focuses is on assisted reproductive techniques for the...
March 30, 2020
As the new year began, in Reproductive Sciences new projects and collaborations were on the horizon for the Endocrinology Team. We excitedly tended to our cell line in preparation for multiple experiments, but we...
March 27, 2020
In the Reproductive Sciences Endocrinology Lab, we study hormones. Why study something as miniscule as a hormone in a 4,000-pound animal like a rhino? Hormones are small but mighty chemical messengers that travel...
March 25, 2020
We are surveying a beautiful oxbow lake in the buffer zone of Manu National Park for otter presence. With me on the rubber boat is one of my research assistants, Romina Najarro. Romina joined the project at the...
March 23, 2020
The first time I saw a tiger in the wild it was Christmas morning of 1998. I was perched precariously on the back of an elephant, a mode of temporary transportation utilized by the Indian Forest Department to bring...
March 23, 2020
When does a number actually represent more than itself? When we are talking about animals that represent their greater species. Back in December, as wildfires raged through the Blue Mountains in New South Wales, Dr...
March 10, 2020
As pathologists at San Diego Zoo Global, when we receive animals for necropsy we always do a thorough systematic examination in order to determine the cause of death. Depending on the species, we may focus in...
March 09, 2020
In my last blog, I described how and why there came to be so many endemic species in our region. We have disproportionately large numbers of both paleoendemic and neoendemic species, which, I explained, was the...
Karyl Carmignani
February 19, 2020
The great thing about citizen science projects is that just about anyone can participate. A rich diversity of projects exists, so you can pick your passion or curiosity and help out from the comfort of your…...

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