Vaquita: The Most Endangered Marine Mammal

Vaquita: The Most Endangered Marine Mammal

On the eastern side of the Baja peninsula in the northern Gulf of California (or Sea of Cortez) exists the most endangered marine mammal in the world. The vaquita marina Phocoena sinus, a type of porpoise, is inadvertently caught in nets intended for fish and shrimp…   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

Catching Rock Iguanas: Easier Said than Done!

Catching Rock Iguanas: Easier Said than Done!

Once we located individuals of interest, we set about stalking them. A number of our team members then attempted to catch iguanas of interest with varying degrees of success. Sometimes the lizards were just too fast and would elude our attempts with ease!   read more

Understanding Wildlife Trade In Asia

Understanding Wildlife Trade In Asia

Typing this from a café in Laos, I am thinking about and facing one of the greatest threats to biodiversity: the illegal trade in wildlife and wildlife parts. I’m looking at a sign in a shop across the road, advertising elephant ivory for sale.   read more

Would a 3-month Course in Remote Amazonian Field Site Change Your Life?

Would a 3-month Course in Remote Amazonian Field Site Change Your Life?

Would three months living and studying in one of the most remote field stations in the tropical rain forest change your life? At the Cocha Cashu Biological Station’s annual field ecology course in Peru, offered by San Diego Zoo Global, that’s our mission—to change lives.   read more