Protected Habitat for Our Endangered Species

Protected Habitat for Our Endangered Species

Since our Southern California winter hasn’t seemed to hit yet (it is still warm here, even by our standards!), I was able to squeeze in one more week to check out a new potential field site for the spring.   read more

Gaur Game Plan

Gaur Game Plan

Indian gaur are threatened due to hunting, habitat loss, and domestic cattle diseases, like Johne’s disease. Our researchers are using mathematical models to monitor transmission of these types of diseases to help save Indian gaur.   read more

Moving Day for Condor Su’nan

Moving Day for Condor Su’nan

But the most exciting piece of news is that our youngest chick and star of this year’s Condor Cam, Su’nan, has finally fledged! Su’nan left the nest and was able to fly up to the high perches in her pen on October 17 at the age of 172 days.   read more

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