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Teeny Steps: Captive Breeding of Pacific Pocket Mice Yields 12 Pups

Posted at 11:15 pm August 14, 2013 by PR
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Teeny Steps: Captive Breeding of Pacific Pocket Mice Yields 12 Pups

     Two Pacific pocket mouse pups that ventured away from their mother were photographed outside of their artificial burrow during the night of Aug. 13. The week-old offspring, which weigh just one gram each, are typically found with their mother and two other siblings nesting inside a four-ounce baby food jar but become more active at night. The jar and PVC pipe are designed to mimic the tunnels and burrows the Pacific pocket mice would dig in the wild.
 
     These pups and their mother are part of a captive breeding program for this critically endangered species managed by staff at the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research in cooperation with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. During this inaugural breeding season four females have given birth to a total of 12 offspring.
 
     This is the first time scientists have tried to breed this species in captivity. The Pacific pocket mouse, thought to be extinct in the 1980s, was rediscovered in 1993 and today exists at just three sites along the California coast. Scientists working on the captive breeding program for the Pacific pocket mouse expect to increase the overall population and also maintain genetic diversity in the species.

Photo taken on Aug. 13, 2013, by Ken Bohn, San Diego Zoo.

                  
 
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Another Panda Birthday at San Diego Zoo

Posted at 9:21 pm August 5, 2013 by PR
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PHOTO NEWS RELEASEAnother Panda Birthday at San Diego Zoo
Yun Zi Receives Ice Cake for His Fourth Birthday

     Yun Zi (pronounced yoon zah), a male giant panda, checked out his birthday cake this morning at the San Diego Zoo. The birthday boy turned four years old today and received an elaborate four-foot-tall ice cake, topped with a big ice “4″ and filled with some of his favorite treats - apples and yams. Yun Zi’s celebration came just one week after his brother, Xiao Liwu (pronounced sshyaoww lee woo), celebrated his first birthday at the Zoo.
 
     Yun Zi’s four-tiered cake was made by the Zoo’s forage staff and took one month to complete. The cake had a contemporary, modern look with different sizes and orientations for each tier. The ice tiers were colored with food coloring, filled with apple and yam pieces, and decorated with pureed yam frosting applied with traditional frosting tubes and tips. Additional decorations included fruit slices, bamboo stalks and leaves, and some drizzled honey.
 
     Yun Zi, known by keepers to be a very busy boy and fond of “redecorating” his exhibit, broke off small pieces of the ice and ate some of the fruit before snapping off the “4″ and then toppling the entire cake to the ground, delighting panda fans watching from the exhibit and online at the Zoo’s Panda Cam. He moved on to eating bamboo in one of his favorite spots, presumably waiting for his cake to melt a bit, making it easier to get to the rest of the treats.
 
     The San Diego Zoo is home to four giant pandas. The two oldest, Bai Yun and Gao Gao, are the parents of four-year-old Yun Zi and one-year-old, Xiao Liwu. Giant pandas are on a research loan to the San Diego Zoo from the People’s Republic of China.Photo taken on Aug. 5, 2013, by Ken Bohn, San Diego Zoo.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Giant Panda Climbs Cake During First Birthday at San Diego Zoo

Posted at 9:25 pm July 29, 2013 by PR
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Photo News ReleaseGiant Panda Climbs Cake During First Birthday at San Diego Zoo
     Giant panda cub Xiao Liwu reached for treats at the top of his birthday cake this morning at the San Diego Zoo. The panda received the three-tiered ice cake in honor of his first birthday. The exhibit queue was filled with guests looking to get a glimpse of mom and cub moments after the Zoo opened to the public.
 
     The cub, whose name means “little gift”, now weighs 41 pounds and measures 3 feet, 4 inches tall. Xiao Liwu is still nursing and not eating solids but was very interested in the sweet treats that were placed in and around his cake.
 
     Staff from the Zoo began creating the cub’s cake three weeks ago and finished it off with bows made out of bamboo leaves, colored pieces of ice, and a “1″ on top. The cake design included a bowl in the bottom tier that was filled with the giant pandas’ favorite fruits and vegetables  – yams, carrots and apples.
 
     Animal care staff also stuffed boxes with alfalfa and biscuits and hung them from the trees in the exhibit he shares with his mom, Bai Yun. The cub was able to show off his agility when he climbed and balanced on limbs while opening the boxes.
 
     Xiao Liwu is the son of Gao Gao, a wild-born male giant panda who arrived at the San Diego Zoo on Jan. 15, 2003. His mother, Bai Yun, a 21-year-old captive-born female giant panda, arrived at the San Diego Zoo in September 1996.
 
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Photo taken on July 29, 2013, by Ken Bohn, photographer, San Diego Zoo. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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San Diego Zoo Safari Park Proud of “Gnu” Calves

Posted at 11:05 pm July 12, 2013 by PR
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San Diego Zoo Safari Park Proud of “Gnu” Calves
   
     A white-bearded gnu calf, or wildebeest, was on the heels of its mother this morning in the African Plains exhibit at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. The calf is one of four wildebeest born at the Safari Park during the last month.
 
     The Safari Park is experiencing a summertime baby boom and guests visiting the Park might be able to see more than 100 exotic baby animals including Thomson’s gazelles, East African eland, scimitar-horned oryx, South African springbok, Ankole cattle, eastern bongo, gemsbok, Kenya impalas, and the endangered Przewalski’s horse.
 
     Wildebeest calves weigh approximately 40 pounds at birth and, when full grown, can weigh 260 to 600 pounds. Within minutes of being born, the youngster was standing and running, following its mother as they moved with their herd.
 
     The wildebeest is native to the plains and open woodlands of Africa. Wildebeest still number in the thousands in numerous areas of eastern and southern Africa, which is a testament to local efforts and foresight to conserve and manage these animals.  The San Diego Zoo Safari Park has had 306 white-bearded gnu births since opening in 1972.   
 
  Photo taken on July 12, 2013, by Ken Bohn, San Diego Zoo Safari Park.
 

 
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Hippos at San Diego Zoo Begin to Share Exhibit

Posted at 10:24 pm July 2, 2013 by PR
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Photo News ReleaseHippos at San Diego Zoo Begin to Share Exhibit
 

     Hippos Otis and Funani were reunited this morning at the San Diego Zoo after spending the last 2 1/2 years apart. During the introduction, the two were very interested in each other and showed only slight signs of being territorial, with 3,600-pound Funani making it clear, by showing her teeth and nipping at Otis, that the rock in the middle of the 150,000-gallon pool was hers and Otis, who weighs 3,900 pounds, might want to find another place to be.
 
     Animal care staff are preparing the two animals to live together full time. The hippopotamus is a social animal known to live in groups of 10 to 30 animals in the rivers and lakes of central Africa. For the last two years, Otis and Funani alternated their days on exhibit while Funani cared for their calf, Adhama, born on January 28, 2011. Adhama, whose name means honor or glory in Swahili, was recently weaned from his mother and transferred to the Los Angeles Zoo; Otis is on loan from that zoo.
 
     If the reintroduction continues to go well and keepers don’t see signs of aggression or territorial fighting, Zoo guests can expect to see Otis and Funani sharing the exhibit.Photo taken on July 2, 2013, by Ken Bohn, photographer, San Diego Zoo. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Peccary Babies Sniff New Digs

Posted at 10:16 pm July 1, 2013 by PR

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PHOTO NEWS RELEASEPeccary Babies Sniff New Digs

     Two Chacoan peccary babies sniff their new home at the San Diego Zoo this morning. These two peccaries were part of a litter of three born on June 19, adding to the current population of nine Chacoan peccaries currently at the Zoo.
 
     These youngsters can often be seen using their large circular snout to dig and root around their exhibit. Keepers say the babies have been staying close to each other and often play by running and jumping around together, a behavior known as frisky hopping.Photo taken on July 1, 2013, by Ken Bohn, San Diego Zoo.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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African Acrobats Take Entertainment to New Heights at Summer Safari at San Diego Zoo Safari Park

Posted at 12:03 am June 28, 2013 by PR

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African Acrobats Take Entertainment to New Heights at

Summer Safari at San Diego Zoo Safari Park

 

Coupling breathtaking acrobatics with resounding African drumbeats, four members of the Ethiopian Pole Climbers troupe awed guests earlier today during Summer Safari festivities at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park.

Summer Safari presented by LivingSocial offers guests an extravaganza of African dance, music, singing and amazing athletic feats by acrobats, as well as extraordinary encounters with wildlife. From the moment guests enter the Safari Park, they are immersed in African-themed festivities and up-close encounters with animals including lemurs at the all-new Lemur Walk, unique and amazing birds at the Frequent Flyers bird show, and a cheetah reaching full sprinting speed just feet away from spectators at Shiley’s Cheetah Run.

 Summer Safari runs now through Aug. 18 with extended Park hours from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. All Summer Safari festivities are included with admission or Safari Park membership.

 

Photo taken on June 27, 2013, by Ken Bohn, San Diego Zoo Safari Park.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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What’s Pink and Gray and Cute All Over?

Posted at 11:29 pm June 19, 2013 by PR
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What’s Pink and Gray and Cute All Over?

     A recently hatched Caribbean flamingo chick reaches up to its mother, hoping to be fed at the San Diego Zoo this morning. The Zoo currently has 118 Caribbean flamingos and this chick is one of seven hatched this year.
 
     When born, flamingo chicks have gray down feathers and are the size of a tennis ball with legs. After hatching, the chicks stay close to a parent, sitting with the mother or father for the first 5 to 12 days on a nest mound created for the chick.
 
     The San Diego Zoo and San Diego Zoo Safari Park are among only a handful of zoos in the world to raise offspring from three of the five flamingo species; Caribbean flamingos, a greater flamingo subspecies, Chilean flamingos and lesser flamingos. Together, the Zoo and Park have successfully hatched over 450 chicks.

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

 
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Yum, Yum Birthday Cake! Gorilla at San Diego Zoo Safari Park Celebrates Second Birthday

Posted at 10:26 pm June 17, 2013 by PR
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Yum, Yum Birthday Cake! Gorilla at
San Diego Zoo Safari Park Celebrates Second Birthday

     Monroe, a western lowland gorilla at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, celebrated his second birthday today, savoring a multicolored ice cake made of fruits and vegetables and adorned with yam and banana frosting, ginger leaves and jacaranda and hibiscus flowers.
 
     The young gorilla licked and picked blueberries off his cake before running about his exhibit, playing with numerous cardboard animals and toys made by Safari Park volunteers to provide special enrichment for the precocious primate. Monroe was born at the Safari Park on June 17, 2011, and keepers say they have enjoyed watching the little guy develop and grow. They describe him as independent, curious and perpetually on the go.
 
     Monroe’s birthday party attendees included his keepers, Safari Park guests and volunteers, Monroe’s parents Kokamo and Winston, aunt Vila, Amani and Kami, and best buddy, 4-year-old Frank.  Monroe and the troop are on exhibit daily at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. Western lowland gorillas are listed as critically endangered.

Photo taken on June 17, 2013, by Ken Bohn, San Diego Zoo Safari Park.


 
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Captive-bred Mountain Yellow-legged Frogs Released into Native Habitat

Posted at 9:32 pm June 13, 2013 by PR
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Captive-bred Mountain Yellow-legged Frogs Released into Native Habitat

     Researcher Frank Santana stands in Indian Creek preparing to release young, endangered mountain yellow-legged frogs. The froglets were bred and raised by Santana and other research staff at the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research for a year before they were released on June 12, 2013. Some of the froglets released were fitted with radio transmitters so researchers can track and monitor the frogs and begin to understand the activities of this endangered species. 
     The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service listed the mountain yellow-legged frog of southern California as endangered in 2002. Reduced to fewer than 200 individuals by 2003, efforts to boost the species’ population have included captive breeding, reintroducing captive offspring to historic habitat and conducting scientific research into the causes of the species’ decline.
 
     Watched over by a team of federal, state, and private scientists, the mountain yellow-legged frog continues to maintain a perilous toehold in the mountains of southern California. Mountain yellow-legged frogs live in perennial streams in portions of the San Gabriel, San Bernardino and San Jacinto mountains in southern California.

Photo taken on June 12, 2013, by Ken Bohn, San Diego Zoo Global


 
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