Debra Shier

Blogger Profile: Debra Shier

Debra Shier, Ph.D., is a scientist in the Applied Animal Ecology Division of the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research. For the last 17 years, she has studied the application of behavioral ecology to conservation with an emphasis on captive breeding/reintroductions and translocations in small mammals. She received a bachelor's degree in biopsychology from the University of California, Santa Barbara, a master's degree in biology from San Francisco State University, and a master's and a doctorate in animal behavior with an emphasis on wildlife conservation from the University of California, Davis.
1st Pocket Mouse Born

1st Pocket Mouse Born

The very first Pacific pocket mouse pup born at our facility was born on Tuesday, June 11! Right away, the female covered her nest jar and tube entrance with sand, creating a dark and warm environment for her pup.   read more

Pocket Mice Breed in Captivity for First Time!

Pocket Mice Breed in Captivity for First Time!

I was crossing my fingers anticipating the first interaction. Female #13 came out of her tube first and started sand bathing. Male #25 emerged about a minute later.   read more

Pocket Mice Arrive

Pocket Mice Arrive

They’re here! On July 20, we transferred the first critically endangered pocket mice to the new Pacific Pocket Mouse Conservation Breeding Facility, located in an off-exhibit area at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park.   read more

Bringing in the Pacific Pocket Mouse

Bringing in the Pacific Pocket Mouse

After nearly five years of proposals and planning, tonight we begin our trapping effort to bring the first Pacific pocket mouse (PPM) founders into managed care for conservation breeding. I am both exhausted and excited!   read more

Pacific Pocket Mouse: Help Is on the Way

Pacific Pocket Mouse: Help Is on the Way

Like many San Diegans, this pocket-sized mouse lives in Southern California’s coastal zone. It’s actually endemic to the region, meaning that it is found here and nowhere else.   read more