Archive for the 'San Diego Zoo' Category

Posted at 9:51 pm June 4, 2013 by PR
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Showing Off Stripes: Okapi Calf Makes Debut at San Diego Zoo

     A 17-day-old female okapi calf at the San Diego Zoo took her first stroll around her exhibit this morning, staying near Mom and appearing a little tentative but curious about her new surroundings. The calf was born on May 19 and, until today, has been behind the scenes and out of public view in the Zoo’s okapi barn with her mother, Safarani.
 
     Animal care staff report the calf is healthy and progressing well and has almost doubled her birth weight in a little over two weeks. This is the fourth calf born to Safarani and the 23rd  okapi born at the San Diego Zoo.
 
     Okapis are native to the Ituri Forest, a dense rain forest in Central Africa. The species is near threatened, mainly due to habitat destruction. It is believed there are currently less than 25,000 okapis in the wild. There are less than 90 okapis in zoos in the United States.

Photo taken on June 4, 2013, by Ken Bohn, San Diego Zoo.


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Koalas at the San Diego Zoo Get a New Home

Posted at 10:48 pm May 22, 2013 by PR
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May 22, 2013
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Koalas at the San Diego Zoo Get a New Home
Conrad Prebys Australian Outback Opens May 24

     Female koala, Tonahleah, and her 10-month-old male joey, Gummy, settle into their new digs at the all-new Conrad Prebys Australian Outback exhibit at the San Diego Zoo.

 
     The 3-acre exhibit, opening to the public Friday, May 24, is the new home to koalas and other marsupial species from Australia including wallabies, wombats and an egg-laying mammal, the short-beaked echidna. Australian Outback also features aviaries of native Australian birds, like the kookaburra and bowerbird.
 
     The mother and joey are two of the 21 koalas at the San Diego Zoo. The San Diego Zoo has the largest breeding colony of Queensland koalas and the most successful koala breeding program outside of Australia. For more information about Australian Outback, visit  www.sandiegozoo.org/koalafornia/exhibit
 
Photo taken on May 22, 2013, by Ken Bohn, San Diego Zoo Global
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Taking a Long View

Posted at 11:48 pm May 17, 2013 by PR
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Taking a Long View

 
     A baby giraffe peeks out over the backs of the adults in her herd during her first day with the rest of the herd at the San Diego Zoo.  The youngster, who was born at the Zoo on Thursday, May 9, had been in a restricted “playpen” area of the habitat until animal care staff felt she was old enough to venture out into the larger space.
 
     Masai giraffes are native to Africa and are threatened in some areas.  Giraffes are about six feet tall at birth.

Photo taken on May 17, 2013, by Ken Bohn, San Diego Zoo.

 
 
 
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San Diego Zoo Announces Voting Results: Koala Joey Named Kirra

Posted at 10:43 pm May 14, 2013 by PR
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May 14, 2013
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San Diego Zoo Announces Voting Results: Koala Joey Named Kirra
 


     The San Diego Zoo today announced the name of a 10-month-old female koala who has been the focus of its Koala Cam since January. More than 4,000 people voted for the koala’s name and 40 percent of the vote went to the name Kirra, a word for “leaf” in the Aboriginal language.

 
     Keepers provided four names for the public to vote on and Kirra received 40 percent of the vote. The name is fitting, as the young koala started eating eucalyptus leaves at an early age. Kirra is the third joey born to her mother, Nariah, and can be seen in a temporary exhibit at the Zoo with females Orana and Sooki. These four koalas will be moving to the new Conrad Prebys Australian Outback this month and the exhibit will open to the public on Friday, May 24.     Photo taken on May 14, 2013, by Tammy Spratt, San Diego Zoo.
 
 
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San Diego Zoo Blooms for 20th Annual Garden Festival

Posted at 10:52 pm May 9, 2013 by PR
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May 9, 2013
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San Diego Zoo Blooms for 20th Annual Garden Festival

 
     Senior Horticulturist Paul Jarand takes guests on a tour of the Orchid House this morning at the San Diego Zoo.  The green house, which is filled with 500 species of orchids will be open from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. during Discovery Days: Garden Festival presented by Sparkletts, May 9 through 12, 2013.
 
     Garden Festival showcases the Zoo’s fabulous foliage with plant displays, self-guided walking tours, a scavenger hunt and opportunities to talk with Zoo horticulturists. Garden Festival is included with Zoo admission and membership. Visit www.sandiegozoo.orgfor more information on Garden Festival.
 
Photo taken on May 9, 2013, by Ken Bohn, San Diego Zoo.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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It’s Sunny and Raining Raisins for Play Days at San Diego Zoo

Posted at 10:07 pm March 26, 2013 by PR
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MARCH 26, 2013
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It’s Sunny and Raining Raisins for Play Days at San Diego Zoo

     Following a “raisin rain,” two lowland gorillas forage for the sweet treats in the thick grass of their exhibit at the San Diego Zoo on Tuesday. Twenty-four-year-old Paul Donn, a male silverback, and 18-year-old female gorilla Ndjia were treated to the fruit as part of the Zoo’s Play Days event, which highlights the various ways the Zoo provides enrichment activities for the animals to encourage and reinforce the animals’ natural behaviors including hunting, exploring, climbing and swimming.
 
     The San Diego Zoo is home to eight western lowland gorillas, a species listed as critically endangered by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature.
During Play Days the Zoo is open from 9 a.m. until 7 p.m. through April 7 and also includes keeper talks and opportunities for guests to meet Zoo creatures up close - perhaps to feed one.

     Photo taken on March 26, 2013, by Ken Bohn, San Diego Zoo.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Panda Cub’s First Snow Day at San Diego Zoo

Posted at 10:33 pm March 19, 2013 by PR
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Panda Cub’s First Snow Day at San Diego Zoo

     It was all about new experiences as the youngest member of the panda family, Xiao Liwu, got to play in the snow for the first time today at the San Diego Zoo. The seven-month-old cub explored his snowy exhibit and had fun climbing all over mom Bai Yun, playfully nipping and wrestling with her in the snow.

 
     Over 15 tons of fresh snow was blown into the panda’s exhibit early this morning as part of an enrichment surprise for the pandas. The snow for the giant pandas was made possible by generous donors who contributed enough funds to the Zoo’s online Animal Care Wish List to provide 30,000 pounds of snow.

Photo taken on March 19, 2013, by Ken Bohn, San Diego Zoo.

 
 
 
 
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San Diego Zoo’s Newest Koalas Examined by Vetrinary Staff

Posted at 4:10 pm March 7, 2013 by PR

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San Diego Zoo’s Newest Koalas Examined by Veterinary Staff

     Kirstin Clapham, senior hospital keeper, carries a female Queensland koala into an exam room at the Jennings Center for Zoological Medicine at the San Diego Zoo. The koala, named Beejay, is one of three koalas who arrived in February from Dreamworld in Australia to join the Zoo’s breeding colony.
 
     Beejay and the two males, Simba and Bradlee, received their initial veterinary exams today that included overall body measurements, ear and eye exams, assessment of their teeth and radiographs of their hips and shoulders to check the health of their bones. Vets also took blood from the koalas to assess general health and and test for the presence the B-variant of the koala retrovirus. Tissue swabs were collected to test for the presence of chlamydia.
 
     The koalas will remain in quarantine for at least 30 days before they join the larger colony of koalas at the San Diego Zoo. Beejay will be housed with other female koalas and the male koalas, Simba and Bradlee, will have their own separate enclosures. Koalas are solitary creatures and typically only come together for breeding.
 
     The Conrad Prebys Australian Outback exhibit, opening at the Zoo Memorial Day weekend, will be the new home for all of the Zoo’s koalas. The Australian Outback exhibit will also feature other marsupial species from Australia including wallabies and wombats and an egg-laying mammal, the short-beaked echidna. Australian Outback will also have aviaries of native Australian birds, like the kookaburra and bowerbird. For more about Australian Outback, visit www.sandiegozoo.org/koalafornia/exhibit
 
     The San Diego Zoo has the largest breeding colony of Queensland koalas and the most successful koala breeding program outside of Australia. Researchers at the San Diego Zoo and the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research are studying koala populations both at the Zoo and in the wild to better understand the species complex ecology, mating behaviors and health. The information gleaned from this work will help further develop conservation strategies for koalas. San Diego Zoo Global is also partnering with the Dreamworld Wildlife Foundation in Australia to educate people about the threats facing native koala populations.Photo taken on March 6 2013, by Ken Bohn, San Diego Zoo.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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“Are You ‘Takin’ About Me?”

Posted at 10:55 pm February 19, 2013 by PR
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“Are You ‘Takin’ About Me?”

     Two-week-old takin calf Linshuh practiced his climbing at the San Diego Zoo this morning. Born on Feb. 2 and weighing around 19 pounds, Linshuh, whose name means “silver snake” in Mandarin, was appropriately named for the year of the snake and because of his extra-silvery coat of fur.
 
     Native to the Sichuan Province in China, takins are excellent climbers due to their unique split hooves, an adaption that helps them move around easily in a rocky habitat. Linshuh has already been practicing his climbing skills and is gaining confidence scampering up the rocky terrain in his habitat, one step at a time.
 
     Linshuh’s birth marks the 54th takin born at the San Diego Zoo, which is the most successful breeding program of Sichuan takins in the United States. The San Diego Zoo was the first zoo to exhibit Sichuan takins to the public and has had tremendous success with its takin breeding program. The Zoo has always kept a medium-size herd to keep genetic diversity for breeding; as a result, many births have occurred.

Photo taken on Feb. 19, 2013, by Ken Bohn, San Diego Zoo.


 
 
 
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Cheetah Takes the Stage at Cool Cats

Posted at 11:40 pm February 15, 2013 by PR
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FEB. 15, 2013
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Cheetah Takes the Stage at Cool Cats

     Guests got an up-close look at an African cheetah, Taraji, during a special animal presentation staring the cheetah today at the San Diego Zoo.
 
     Discovery Days: Cool Cats kicked off today at the San Diego Zoo and runs through Monday, Feb. 18, Guests can enjoy animal encounters, keeper talks, and special cat enrichment sessions. Animal presentations will be taking place throughout the day to give guests a special look at the San Diego Zoo’s cool cats.

Photo taken on Feb. 15, 2013, by Tammy Spratt, San Diego Zoo.

 
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