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SAN DIEGO ZOO CHALLENGES GAMERS TO HELP POLAR BEARS BEAT THE HEAT AND MAKE A POLAR PLEDGE

Posted at 12:00 am April 1, 2010 by admin

Online Games by RED Interactive Put Players in the Paws of a Polar Bear

The San Diego Zoo added new online games and a new social networking element to its Web site in celebration of the reopening of its polar bear exhibit. The Conrad Prebys Polar Bear Plunge, which reopened at the Zoo on March 26, was updated with several new features that show how polar bears live in the Arctic and the environmental changes they are facing due to climate change. The Web site brings many of the interactive features of the Zoo’s exhibit online.

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SAN DIEGO UNIFIED PORT DISTRICT SUPPORTS SAN DIEGO ZOO COASTAL STREAM RESTORATION EFFORTS BY GRANT

Posted at 12:00 am March 31, 2010 by admin

The San Diego Zoo received a $45,750 grant from the San Diego Unified Port District for its coastal stream restoration program, Stream Team Stewards. The collaborative program, in partnership with Ground Works San Diego, served more than 600 students at six elementary schools in southeastern San Diego. The six elementary schools that participated in the Stream Team Stewards program were: Valencia Park, Nye, Carver, Sherman, Chollas-Mead, and Encanto.

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BUTTERFLIES TAKE WING AT SAN DIEGO ZOO'S WILD ANIMAL PARK

Posted at 12:00 am March 30, 2010 by admin

15 new bird species added to annual springtime event

Spring has landed at the San Diego Zoo’s Wild Animal Park as blue morphos, orange-barred tigers, zebra longwings are among thousands of butterflies emerging during Butterfly Jungle, the annual springtime event presented by Baskin-Robbins that runs through April 18.

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SCIENTISTS CHILL ENDANGERED FROGS TO SPUR BREEDING

Posted at 12:00 am March 5, 2010 by admin

Twenty-four Mountain Yellow-Legged Frogs in Special Refrigerator at San Diego Zoo’s Institute for Conservation Research

In an effort to encourage breeding in a critically endangered frog, scientists at the San Diego Zoo’s Institute for Conservation Research” have placed 24 mountain yellow-legged frogs into special refrigerators. The cold temperatures mimic high-elevation winter conditions that cause the frogs to hibernate. Typically, mountain yellow-legged frogs display mating behaviors after emerging from hibernation.

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SAN DIEGO ZOO PREPARES TO RE-OPEN POLAR BEAR EXHIBIT

Posted at 12:00 am March 3, 2010 by admin

Life-size polar bear replicas were set into place on Wednesday as the San Diego Zoo continues construction on the guest-side of the Conrad Prebys Polar Bear Plunge exhibit. The updated features of the exhibit will give guests a chance to crawl into a polar bear’s snow den, pop their heads through a seals breathing hole in the ice, and climb into an Arctic research helicopter.

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500-POUND TORTOISES MOVING AT SPEEDY PACE

Posted at 12:00 am March 1, 2010 by admin

Galápagos tortoise No. 5, nicknamed Speedy and estimated to be between 110 and 130 years old, was chasing after vegetables at the San Diego Zoo on Monday.

It was quite a sight as zookeepers lured Speedy and 16 other tortoises, weighing between 400 to 600 pounds, onto a trailer by using yams to entice them out of their old home, a place some of the tortoises have known since arriving at the San Diego Zoo in 1928. The exhibit is being remodeled leaving the old-timers out of public view for the first time in decades. (more…)

WILDLIFE ART CONTEST PROMOTES ENDANGERED SPECIES DAY

Posted at 12:00 am February 26, 2010 by admin

San Diego Zoo offers animal inspirations

Native wildlife will be the focus of an art contest that will award the winner a trip to Washington, D.C., as part of the activities of Endangered Species Day in May.
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MAMMOTH STEP TAKEN TO FORM NEW HERD AT SAN DIEGO ZOO

Posted at 12:00 am February 23, 2010 by admin

Jewel has seen and even spent time in an adjacent exhibit to her new herdmates, but she hadn’t physically met them since arriving at the San Diego Zoo from Texas until Tuesday.

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PANDA VISIT HIGHLIGHTS FIRST DAY OF CHINESE NEW YEAR

Posted at 12:00 am February 14, 2010 by admin

An entourage representing the consulate general for the People’s Republic of China in Los Angeles visited the giant pandas at the San Diego Zoo today, the first day of the Chinese New Year. The group, including Deputy Consul General Sun Weide, was greeted upon arrival by the president of the Zoological Society of San Diego, Frederick A. Frye, M.D., and the San Diego Zoo’s Chief Executive Officer, Douglas Myers, before visiting the five giant pandas currently living at the Zoo’s Giant Panda Research Center.

“It is our understanding that the Chinese New Year celebration is an important cultural event,” said Frye. “This is one of the first official duties I have had since I took on leadership for this organization, and I am honored to begin this role by welcoming one of our most important conservation partners for a ceremonial and enjoyable visit to the San Diego Zoo.”

A physician with a long history of community service for children, Frye began his term as president of the Zoological Society of San Diego in January 2010. The retired pediatric physician held leadership positions at Children’s Hospital, Sharp Hospital, and the pediatric divisions of the UCSD Medical Center before assuming a leadership role with the governing entity for the San Diego Zoo.

Children in the consulate group were presented with panda postcards and a traditional red envelope filled with candy coins by Frye and his wife. The entire group spent the remainder of the day visiting the pandas (including baby panda Yun Zi) and touring the Zoo.

The 100-acre San Diego Zoo is dedicated to the conservation of endangered species and their habitats. The organization focuses on conservation and research work around the globe, educates millions of individuals a year about wildlife and maintains accredited horticultural, animal, library and photo collections. The Zoo also manages the 1,800-acre San Diego Zoo’s Wild Animal Park, which includes a 900-acre native species reserve, and the San Diego Zoo’s Institute for Conservation Research. The important conservation and science work of these entities is supported in part by The Foundation of the Zoological Society of San Diego.

KIDS AND MOMS ENJOY SAN DIEGO ZOO IN NEW WAY

Posted at 12:00 am February 4, 2010 by admin

Mommy Meetup allows mommy groups early admission, new adventures

Children and moms who are part of mommy groups, such as Mommy and Me, have a new way to enjoy the San Diego Zoo through Mommy Meetup. The Zoo’s Mommy Meetup program allows Mommy group participants -with a reservation- to get into the Zoo early and enjoy a special program that includes a chance to meet some of the many special creatures at the San Diego Zoo up close and personal.

“Here at the San Diego Zoo, we feel it is very important to help children connect to wildlife at an early age and are pleased we can offer a new experience for mommy groups through Mommy Meetup,” said Adrienne Niver, the San Diego Zoo’s Guest Programs Department manager.

The program is designed to allow mothers and their children up to 5 years old to enjoy a one-hour early morning special experience. The theme changes each month. The February theme is “Stories on the Wild Side.” In March, the focus is expected to be on orangutans. The program is offered Monday through Friday, beginning at 8:45 a.m.

There is no charge for this program; however participants are responsible for their own admission into the Zoo. The minimum number of moms for a Mommy Meetup is 12; the maximum is 22. Each Mommy group can participate once a month. Mommy group leaders sign up their groups on Meetup.com. (Search for San Diego Zoo).

The 100-acre San Diego Zoo is dedicated to the conservation of endangered species and their habitats. The organization focuses on conservation and research work around the globe, educates millions of individuals a year about wildlife and maintains accredited horticultural, animal, library and photo collections. The Zoo also manages the 1,800-acre San Diego Zoo’s Wild Animal Park, which includes a 900-acre native species reserve, and the San Diego Zoo’s Institute for Conservation Research. The important conservation and science work of these entities is supported in part by The Foundation of the Zoological Society of San Diego.