A new study is shedding light on the importance of one critical resource for Andean bears living in the dry mountain forests of Peru: water. The study—a collaboration between the Norwegian University of Life Sciences and San Diego Zoo Global, with assistance from the Spectacled Bear Conservation Society–Peru—found that Andean bears focus much of their tree-rubbing behavior on shrubs and trees that are located on trails near water holes.

Five More Endangered Birds Take Flight in Native Forest

Success Further Boosts San Diego Zoo Global’s Efforts to Save the Critically Endangered Northern White Rhino from Extinction

San Diego Zoo Global’s Mariana Islands Bird Species Recovery Center aviaries were severely damaged by Typhoon Mangkhut, which moved through the region Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018. Animal care staff sheltered in the center, located on Rota, bringing in all of the critically endangered aga birds that are housed at the facility.

Prickly Plantings Boost Rare Bird Species in Biodiversity Reserve

Team Now Preparing for Additional Releases This Fall

In their forest home in the Pu‘u Maka‘ala Natural Area Reserve on Hawai‘i Island, 11 ʻAlalā - native Hawaiian crows - appear to be doing well following several days of heavy rain generated by Hurricane Lane. The critically endangered birds, which are the first to have been successfully released into the wild from conservation breeding facilities last fall, are among the wildlife that experienced more than 30 inches of rain during the storm.

Conservationists in Hawai‘i are rejoicing over the first successful breeding of ‘akikiki in captivity. The ‘akikiki is a critically endangered bird species found only in the remote forests of Kaua‘i, and the young fledgling represents a significant step in efforts to save this small Hawaiian honeycreeper.

Researchers at the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research received tissue biopsies from two rare and critically endangered vaquita porpoises at the end of 2017. The material, containing living cells, was collected from two female vaquitas that came under human care during an attempt to bring individuals of the species into a breeding program.

Long-term Project to Protect Endangered Birds by Starting New Colony Helps Save Species

Polar bears are one of the most mobile quadrupeds on the planet—often walking vast distances on the Arctic sea ice in search of food. Previous research in the 1970s and 1980s suggested that these bears were inefficient walkers that use two times more energy to travel than other mammals. Now, newly released information from an ongoing polar bear energy study indicates that the costs of walking in these large Arctic bears may not be so expensive as once thought.