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First Condor Chick of Season at San Diego Zoo Safari Park

Posted at 11:36 pm March 11, 2013 by PR
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First Condor Chick of Season at San Diego Zoo Safari Park
     Wesa, a two-week-old California condor chick, hatched on February 24, 2013, making this chick the first of the season at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. Wesa has maintained a healthy weight and has quite an appetite according to keepers, eating up to 15 mice daily. 
 
     Ron Webb, a San Diego Zoo Safari Park senior condor keeper, has been monitoring Wesa closely and has been puppet rearing the chick as part of preparing Wesa to be released into the wild one day. 
 
     “The puppet is like a fancy glove,” said Rob Webb, senior condor keeper, “It covers our hands so the chick does not get any beneficial experiences from people. We do not want it imprinting on people or getting used to us when it goes out into the wild.  We want it to be a nice, wild animal, not relying on people for food.”
 
     Wesa is a part of the San Diego Zoo Safari Park’s highly successful California condor breeding program.  Since the California Condor Recovery Program began in the 1980s, when there were only 22 condors left in the world, the Safari Park has hatched 173 chicks and released more than 80 birds into the wild. Today, there are over 400 condors, half of which are flying free at release sites in Baja California, Mexico, California and Arizona. 
 
     Photo taken on March 11, 2013, by Ken Bohn, San Diego Zoo Safari Park.
 
 
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San Diego Zoo Safari Park Takes the Lead in Condor Breeding Program

Posted at 10:33 pm March 11, 2013 by PR
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San Diego Zoo Safari Park Takes the Lead in Condor Breeding Program
     Senior condor keeper Ron Webb closely examines a condor egg about to hatch.  Using a technique known as candling, Webb is able to closely examine the egg using a bright, warm light.  
 
     Ron Webb, who has been working with California condors for over 15 years, is able to monitor growth and the development of blood vessels, and gage when exactly this chick will be ready to pip, or break through the egg, which he estimates is about 21 days from today. 
 
     This condor egg is part of the San Diego Zoo Safari Parks highly successful condor breeding program.  Since the California Condor Recovery Program began in the 1980s, when there were only 22 condors left in the world, the Safari Park has hatched 173 chicks and released more than 80 birds into the wild. There are approximately 390 California condors, half of which are flying free at release sights in Baja California, Mexico, California and Arizona.  

     Photo taken on March 11, 2013, by Ken Bohn, San Diego Zoo Safari Park.

 
 
 
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Eight-Day-Old Southern White Rhino Takes “Charge” at San Diego Zoo Safari Park

Posted at 12:30 am March 6, 2013 by PR
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PHOTO NEWS RELEASEEight-Day-Old Southern White Rhino Takes “Charge”
At San Diego Zoo Safari Park

     Kayode, an eight-day-old male southern white rhino, spent the morning running and interacting with his mother at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. The youngster was eager to explore all the fun the 55-acre East African Plains habitat had to offer but stuck close to Mom while doing so. 
 
     Kayode, which means “he brings joy” in the West African language of Yoruba, was born the afternoon of Feb. 25 in full view of his keepers and Park visitors. The calf weighed an estimated 125 pounds at birth and, when full grown, can weigh between 4,000 to 5,000 pounds.
 
     The southern white rhino is classified as “near threatened” due to poaching threats and illegal use of rhino horn. There are an estimated 20,000 southern white rhinos remaining in the wild. Kayode is the 93rd southern white rhino born at the
San Diego Zoo Safari Park and the 6th 3rd-generation calf born.Photo taken on March 5, 2013, by Ken Bohn, San Diego Zoo Safari Park.


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Butterfly Jungle On Its Way

Posted at 12:13 am March 1, 2013 by PR
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FEB. 28, 2013
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Butterfly Jungle On Its Way
First Pupae Shipment Arrives at San Diego Zoo Safari Park
 
     Butterfly keepers carefully examined the newest butterfly pupae, which arrived at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park this morning. This first shipment came from Costa Rica carrying 500 butterfly pupae.
 
     Animal care staff will sort the pupae in a humidity- and climate-controlled room making sure the pupae are carefully sorted and counted. There, the pupae will emerge from their chrysalis and then be placed into an aviary at the Safari Park for Butterfly Jungle, a yearly event at the Safari Park.
 
     Butterfly Jungle takes place March 16 through April 7. Guests are completely immersed by thousands of butterflies as they walk through the Safari Park’s Hidden Jungle aviary. The 30 species of butterflies highlighted this year will hail from Africa, Asia and Central and South America and include the zebra longwing, orange-barred tiger and Grecian shoemaker. Old favorites such as the monarch, giant swallowtail and blue morpho also will be charming guests.
 
Photo taken on Feb. 28, 2013, by Ken Bohn, San Diego Zoo Safari Park.
 
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Posted at 11:22 pm January 17, 2013 by PR
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PHOTO NEWS RELEASEMILK FOR ‘MILI’

Rhino Calf Gets Bottle Feeding from Keepers at San Diego Zoo Safari Park
 
     Keepers at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park gave five-week-old rhino calf Shomili, or Mili, as keepers call her, a bottle feeding as part of her daily nutritional routine this morning.  Animal care has been giving the greater one-horned rhino calf bottle feedings since first time mother Sundari has not been able to give her calf all of the nutrition that she needs.
 
     Sundari is a young mother and her milk is not coming in the way keepers expected. Animal care staff made the decision to give a supplemental bottle feeding twice a day to make sure Shomili gets the nutrition a young, growing rhino requires.
 
     Weighing 128 pounds when she was born December 13, Mili now weighs 245 pounds and is developing right on track, keepers report. Photo taken on Jan. 17, 2013, by Ken Bohn, San Diego Zoo Safari Park.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Young, Old Celebrate Gorilla’s Birthday at San Diego Zoo Safari Park

Posted at 11:41 pm October 26, 2012 by PR

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Young, Old Celebrate Gorillas Birthday at San Diego Zoo Safari Park

Troop Matriarch and 3rd Oldest-known Gorilla Turns 55
     Vila, a western lowland gorilla at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, let the youngest member of the troop, Monroe, ride around on her back this morning.  Vila, who turns 55 this weekend, is the 3rd oldest-known gorilla in the world. Her keepers report that she is in remarkable condition and credit the climate of Southern California as one reason for Vila’s exceptional health.
 
     During her long life, Vila has served as a surrogate mother of several hand-raised gorillas and currently plays the role of “grandmother” to one-year-old Monroe.
 
     Vila was hand raised at the San Diego Zoo and is notable not only for her age but for the contributions she’s made to the understanding of this critically endangered species. She participated in a landmark six-year study on great ape intelligence, which contributed to the base of scientific knowledge that researchers now have on gorillas.

Photo taken on Oct. 26, 2012, by Tammy Spratt, San Diego Zoo.


 
 
 
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Baby Elephant Moves with Determination at San Diego Zoo Safari Park

Posted at 11:36 pm September 18, 2012 by PR

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Baby Elephant Moves with Determination at San Diego Zoo Safari Park

     On Tuesday San Diego Zoo Safari Park keepers announced the name of a female African elephant calf born on Aug. 28. The calf’s name is Qinisa, a Siswati word that means to act determinedly, act with energy, fulfill one’s word, or speak the truth. The name is pronounced (!) EEN-EE-seh (! is a tongue pop instead of a q sound). The name is very fitting, as the calf seems determined (successfully) to be developing faster than any of the 12 calves born to the Safari Park’s elephant herd. At only 1-week-old, Qinisa was sucking water into her trunk and using her trunk to pick up objects like sticks sooner than the other calves. The calf has gained 40 pounds in her first 21 days of life. The mother and calf can also be seen daily at the Park’s elephant habitat or via Elephant Cam on the Park’s web site or Safari Park iPhone app.

 
     The Safari Park is now home to 13 elephants – 4 adults and 9 youngsters. The adults were rescued in 2003 from the Kingdom of Swaziland, where they faced being culled. A lack of space and long periods of drought created unsuitable habitat for a large elephant population in the small southern African country. At the San Diego Zoo and the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, elephant studies are underway on nutrition, daily walking distance, growth and development and bioacoustic communication. Since 2004, San Diego Zoo Global has contributed $30,000 yearly to Swaziland’s Big Game Parks to fund programs like anti-poaching patrols, improve infrastructure and purchase additional acreage for the Big Game Parks.

Photo taken on Sept. 18, 2012, by Tammy Spratt, San Diego Zoo Safari Park.

 
 
 
 
 
 
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Baby Elephant Makes Grand Entrance at San Diego Zoo Safari Park

Posted at 10:30 pm August 28, 2012 by PR
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Baby Elephant Makes Grand Entrance at San Diego Zoo Safari Park
     SAN PASQUAL VALLEY – Hours after birth on Tuesday, an unnamed female African elephant made her public debut at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. The 205-pound calf was born at 3:39 a.m. to the Safari Park’s matriarch, Swazi. The calf was on her feet within a few minutes of birth. The average gestation period for African elephants is 649 days or 22 months. A newborn calf averages 200 to 268 pounds. The calf was born on exhibit, and when the Park opened at 9 a.m., guests were able to see Swazi and the newborn in person. The mother and calf can also be seen daily at the Park’s elephant habitat or via Elephant Cam on the Park’s web site or Safari Park iPhone app.
 
     The Safari Park is now home to 13 elephants – 4 adults and 9 youngsters. The adults were rescued in 2003 from the Kingdom of Swaziland, where they faced being culled. A lack of space and long periods of drought created unsuitable habitat for a large elephant population in the small southern African country. At the San Diego Zoo and the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, elephant studies are underway on nutrition, daily walking distance, growth and development and bioacoustic communication. Since 2004, San Diego Zoo Global has contributed $30,000 yearly to Swaziland’s Big Game Parks to fund programs like anti-poaching patrols, improve infrastructure and purchase additional acreage for the Big Game Parks.

Photo taken on Aug. 28, 2012, by Ken Bohn, San Diego Zoo Safari Park.

 
 
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Summer Safari Is a Crowd Pleaser at San Diego Zoo Safari Park

Posted at 12:28 am June 30, 2012 by PR
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Summer Safari Is a Crowd Pleaser at San Diego Zoo Safari Park

     On Friday, San Diego Zoo Safari Park guests were amazed by the astonishing acrobatic feats of this summer’s exhilarating entertainment during a sneak peek of Summer Safari. Visitors were stunned by the agility of internationally recognized acrobats using poles, ladders, hula-hoops and their own strength! Summer Safari officially kicks off Saturday, June 30 and continues through Aug. 19 with family-friendly performances from drummers, singers and interactive, life-size animal puppets such as a lion. Also debuting Saturday is the renovated Nairobi Station, an African-themed village square, where guests will encounter animals up close all day and where you can interact with pygmy goats or Robert, the digital talking zebra. Children will have the opportunity to spend some of their energy in the new village playground. Summer Safari is included with Safari Park admission of $42 for ages 12 and older and $32 for children 3-11. Kids 2 and younger are admitted free. Visit www.sdzsafaripark.org for more information.

Photo taken on June 29, 2012, by Tammy Spratt, San Diego Zoo Safari Park.


 
 
 
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Momma’s Boys Make Debut at San Diego Zoo Safari Park

Posted at 11:43 pm June 26, 2012 by PR
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Momma’s Boys Make Debut at San Diego Zoo Safari Park

     The San Diego Zoo Safari Park’s two Sumatran tiger cubs took a catnap after a morning spent exploring their exhibit. Conrad claimed the top spot, while brother Thomas chose to be near, rather than on their mother, Delta. The 3-month-old male cubs made their public debut on Tuesday and will be on exhibit on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays, from 9 a.m. to noon. The Safari Park is fund-raising to build a new, forested tiger haven that will offer up-close views of these fascinating felines and highlight conservation efforts for the species. To learn more about the new Tiger Trail exhibit or to donate, visit www.tigermatch.org. There are fewer than 350 Sumatran tigers in the wild. Scientists estimate that this species could be extinct in its native Sumatra by 2020 unless drastic measures are taken to protect and preserve it.

Photo taken on June 26, 2012, by Tammy Spratt, San Diego Zoo Safari Park.

 
 
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