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

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

Meeting Endangered Birds on a Tropical Island Getaway

Meeting Endangered Birds on a Tropical Island Getaway

…I always tell our guests that San Diego Zoo Global has dozens of conservation projects worldwide. But until recently I had never gotten to experience any of our off-site programs. While planning a vacation to the islands of Lanai and Maui in Hawaii, I realized “Hey—we have that bird facility over there!”   read more

Condors Saticoy and Cuyamaca Flying Free

Condors Saticoy and Cuyamaca Flying Free

…many of our regular viewers have been inquiring about the status of the two previous years’ Condor Cam chicks, Saticoy and Cuyamaca. Recently, we have received updates from the field biologists that are monitoring and caring for the young birds, and we are excited to share the updates with you!   read more