Drought: Reptiles Don’t Like It, Either!

Drought: Reptiles Don’t Like It, Either!

Last week I saw firsthand how difficult the drought has been on our native snakes. While walking through the coastal sage, I found a large, female red diamond rattlesnake (Crotalus ruber). She was very thin and could barely move.   read more

The Genetics of Johne’s Disease Susceptibility

The Genetics of Johne’s Disease Susceptibility

Diseases such as Johne’s (pronounced yo-nees) disease have been reported in hoofed mammals at the San Diego Zoo and San Diego Zoo Safari Park, jeopardizing valuable animals designated to specific breeding programs or exhibits.   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

Better Late than Never

Better Late than Never

Growing up, I always knew I wanted to work in the field of wildlife conservation; however, I took a rather indirect path to get here. As an undergraduate, I was persuaded to follow in the footsteps of…   read more

World Elephant Day

World Elephant Day

World Elephant Day, launched on August 12, 2012, is now an annual event intended to celebrate this beautiful and majestic mammal and to bring attention to the plight of Asian and African elephants and the numerous threats they face. Sadly, elephant tusks are one of the major reasons elephants are threatened.   read more