Desert Memories

Frank holds a kingsnake.

October is Kids Free Days at the San Diego Zoo and San Diego Zoo Safari Park. Our Institute for Conservation Research staff are sharing their interactions and connections with nature at a young age and how these connections put them on their career paths. Read a previous post, Experiencing the Wonder of Nature.

One of my fondest memories as a kid was my first-ever camping trip in the Anza-Borrego Desert with my uncle. I still remember many of the amazing animals we saw that night: kangaroo rats hopping across our campsite, foxes darting across the road, and, of course, my first king snake, which was warming itself on the road at night. Since then I have been fascinated with conserving our natural resources, with a special fondness for the conservation of reptiles and amphibians.

Frank Santana is a research technician at the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research. Read his previous post, Frog Blog 2009.

2 Responses to Desert Memories

  1. Childhood memories are amazingly important in our becoming who we are as adults, as your blog so clearly shows, Frank. Maybe (just maybe) I’m a dedicated zooholic because my little brother used to chase after me wielding a garter snake! Or maybe because our Seattle backyard, small as it was, did have the snakes, snails, and especially the slugs, which really fascinated us, as did robins pulling an earthworm from the soil. Thanks for sharing your early experiences with us.

  2. Hi Frank, love your blogs. Especially my son, Alex. We met you last year on Save the Frogs Day at Mt. Palomar. Do you remember? I lost your cell number (because I lost my phone). We would love to come and see your work at the zoo during our spring break next week. Is that possible? You can email me above. Are you planning anything for this Save the Frogs Day? Hope you are doing well. Kind regards, Ingrid