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December 07, 2018
A frequent question I get asked is, “Do you work with the animals?” Yes and no. I am not in direct contact with the animals in our care. I don’t even see them on most days. Sometimes I hear the...
December 07, 2018
The Mojave Desert is being transformed. Solar energy is being sourced in this seemingly vast landscape. Housing is being built. Infrastructure is being expanded. All for the needs of our growing population....
November 30, 2018
It’s one thing to make a seed collection, dry it, and freeze it, but quite another to thaw it, germinate it, and propagate it. The value of our seed collections lies in our ability to use them. When I look at...
Scott Daugherty
November 30, 2018
I was a zoo keeper for the better part of 8 years. As a keeper, I took care of many of the animals you love to see when you come to the zoo. The animal care team is an integral part of each animal’s life,...
November 27, 2018
This fall we welcomed a new group of juvenile ‘alalā into the dense forests of the Big Island of Hawai’i. Much about this release felt very similar to last year’s. After leaving the aviary, the...
November 13, 2018
Day 4, 9 am, Cocha Cashu, Manu National Park, Peru. The water boils and churns as nine endangered giant otters vigorously pursue a school of fish. One otter swims under and up, and sends a spray of panicked ...
November 12, 2018
Burrowing owls (Athene cunicularia) are a migratory raptor species that utilize the open spaces of San Diego County, although they can be found from the frozen plains of Canada down to the open pampas of Patagonia...
November 12, 2018
On a gray Friday morning I piled into a truck with five others and headed south in search Dehesa nolina, or Dehesa beargrass (Nolina interrata), known to occur across the Mexican border near the vineyards of Valle...
November 06, 2018
Polar bears live in a remote and inhospitable environment. They can move remarkable distances on the sea ice, they’re large, and carnivorous. These traits have made polar bears exceptionally challenging to...
November 06, 2018
Last year, we began working in the Masoala National Park in northeast Madagascar, the island nation’s largest protected forest. The Masoala National Park encompasses most of the peninsula for which it is...

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