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

To Fledge or not to Fledge…

To Fledge or not to Fledge…

Many viewers have been worried about this Condor Cam chick’s health and/or development. First of all, let me assure you that Su’nan is very healthy and safe. We are not concerned that she is a “late bloomer.”   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

Bagging Tasmanian Devils: Can We Save a Misunderstood Creature?

Bagging Tasmanian Devils: Can We Save a Misunderstood Creature?

Tasmanian devils are bedeviled with a most hideous disease, and conservationists are having a devil of a time dealing with it. It would be funny, the devil jokes, if it wasn’t so sad.   read more