One Day in Suzhou for the Yangtze Giant Softshell Turtle

One Day in Suzhou for the Yangtze Giant Softshell Turtle

With the last remaining breeding pair in captivity, the Yangtze giant softshell turtle Rafetus swinhoei is one of the world’s most critically endangered species. Housed together at China’s Suzhou Zoo,[…..]

Nature’s Excellent Engineering Feat: The Egg

Nature’s Excellent Engineering Feat: The Egg

Have you ever wondered why eggs are shaped the way they are?  Or why egg shape varies with the species? Most eggs have one tapered and one wider end to[…..]

California Condors: Little Things, Big Effects

California Condors: Little Things, Big Effects

In spring of 2011, I served as a summer research fellow at the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research. Here I learned that I could contribute to the conservation of endangered species in a way I never dreamed possible: on a molecular level!   read more

Primating?

Primating?

Primate spotting makes for a fantastic day at work, but it’s really all about counting. Counting animals is a basic necessity in wildlife conservation.   read more

Condor Feeding Behavior

Condor Feeding Behavior

After fledging, a growing young condor starts to eat on its own, with the parents continuing to feed the youngster every once in a while. At the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, we do things a bit differently, as the fledged birds are moved to a remote socialization pen with other young release candidates and a mentor bird or two.   read more