Jennifer Tobey

Blogger Profile: Jennifer Tobey

Jennifer Tobey is a research coordinator in the Behavioral Biology division at the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research. She has spent the last nine years studying mate choice in the San Diego Zoo’s colony of koalas as well as participating in koala field projects in Queensland and Victoria Australia. Recently, she has expanded her research to include behavioral work with both bonobos and orangutans, looking at activity budgets and social dynamics.
A Koala Career

A Koala Career

The growing concern in Australia from the koala researcher perspective, no matter where, is that this still doesn’t do enough and that the other populations of koalas need just as much protection.   read more

What Do Primates Do?

What Do Primates Do?

Most of my previous work with koalas focused upon mate choice and factors that influence it, but with primates, the research opportunities at the Zoo are more focused on the social interactions within groups of different primates.   read more

Koala Headlines

Koala Headlines

The debate and reason for the lack of protection for southern (Victorian) koalas is that there is a common misconception of the robustness of the southern ranging koala population, since there are high numbers in that region.   read more

Victorians: The Other Koalas

Victorians: The Other Koalas

I thought I might let you know about Victorian koalas, the Queensland koala’s southern “cousin.”   read more