Bagging Tasmanian Devils: Can We Save a Misunderstood Creature?

Bagging Tasmanian Devils: Can We Save a Misunderstood Creature?

Tasmanian devils are bedeviled with a most hideous disease, and conservationists are having a devil of a time dealing with it. It would be funny, the devil jokes, if it wasn’t so sad.   read more

The World for a Desert Tortoise

The World for a Desert Tortoise

Suddenly, one fierce reptile charged out! She scampered all the way from the back of the burrow, legs swimming through dirt and pebbles. She ran at me as if she wanted to fight! All I could think of was Al Pacino, as Tony Montana in the movie “Scarface,” confronting me.   read more

Mangrove Finch: Chick Transfers

Mangrove Finch: Chick Transfers

It was an exciting and hectic time as we prepared to transfer the oldest chicks while the younger chicks were still being fed every hour!   read more

Pocket Mice Powerhouses

Pocket Mice Powerhouses

We set out a trap next to what looked like a good pocket mouse burrow (these are Los Angeles pocket mice, closely related to the Pacific pocket mice we are breeding at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park). Their burrow entrance is roughly the size of a penny, so you have to be looking closely to find them!   read more

Condor Chick Fostering: Close to Fledging

Condor Chick Fostering: Close to Fledging

On August 27, at 121 days of age, California condor chick Su’nan took her most recent step toward leaving the nest: she jumped up onto the barrier between her nest box and the adjoining roost area.   read more