Institute News

San Diego Zoo Global Researchers Help Rear and Release Aga on Rota

For more than 2 million years, the native forests on the islands of Guam and Rota were home to several thousand crows of a species found nowhere else on Earth. But over the last 60 years, the Mariana crow—called the aga, in the Chamorro language—has completely disappeared from the island of Guam and rapidly declined on neighboring Rota. Today, there are only about 175 Aga left on the planet.

Continued Efforts to Reintroduce Rare Crow Species to Native Forests of Hawai’i Island

After years of conservation work that included painstakingly tracking, breeding and releasing almost 100 endangered Pacific pocket mice, researchers from San Diego Zoo Global have discovered that mice reintroduced into Orange County, California’s Laguna Coast Wilderness Park have begun to breed on their own.

Procedure Marks Milestone in San Diego Zoo Global’s Efforts to Save the Critically Endangered Northern White Rhino from Extinction

Significant Data Collected During Treadmill Study

Female Bear Prepares to Walk on Treadmill

Tatqiq, a 580-pound polar bear at the San Diego Zoo, is making new strides in her “fitness” training. Animal care staff and scientists at the Zoo’s Institute for Conservation Research have been preparing the 17-year-old female to voluntarily take part in a U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) project that is studying the energy demands polar bears face in the Arctic—an example of the role that zoos play in conservation science.

San Diego Zoo Global Rushes to Provide Emergency Aid to Kenyan Sanctuary

 

The critically endangered hirola antelope is facing an uncertain future today, as a severe drought in northern Kenya threatens its survival. Conservationists and ecologists are concerned that the continued lack of rainfall—already taking a devastating toll on the area’s livestock and wildlife—could decimate this species, which many consider to be the most endangered antelope on the planet.

Successful Captive Breeding of the Endangered Pacific Pocket Mouse Results in Its Relocation into the Species' Historic Range

The population of Orange County, California is growing, but its newest group of residents won’t block any views of the ocean. Fifty endangered Pacific pocket mice, which make their homes underground, are about to be relocated into an area of Laguna Coast Wilderness Park, part of OC Parks.

Five More Endangered Birds Take Flight in Native Forest

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