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September 08, 2016
The rhinoceros is an iconic creature, long known to inhabit the African savannah and the forests of Asia.  Each continent is currently host to three living species, although in Africa one species – the...
Katharina Theresa Schmidt
September 06, 2016
Some people are really good at talking. They make words flow and always have something relevant to retort. They always seem comfortable and make you feel at home in the conversation. I am not one of those people....
August 29, 2016
This summer lots of people (myself included) have been spending large amounts of time, phone battery power and data trying to catch Pokémon in the augmented reality video game Pokémon Go. Like a few other...
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...

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