Even less known is that culturally, San Diego county retains the highest number of Native American Reservations of any county across the country.
San Diego Zoo Global has an ongoing project with the Maijuna indigenous people managing the fruit harvest of aguaje palms.
Tropical deciduous forests (also called tropical dry forests) are extremely rare ecosystems.
This work involves documenting what plant species cattle and elk prefer to eat and what species they avoid, while at the same time monitoring forest regeneration following fire in forest plots with different densities of cattle and elk.
In an effort to restore these protected lands, we’ve been bringing in California ground squirrels, a “keystone” species that helps engineer the grassland ecosystem.
The connections between nature and culture are seen clearly in Native American art forms, such as basket weaving. Traditional weaving is wholly dependent on upon the native plants and resources found in natural ecosystems.
Scientists with the Institute for Conservation Research initiated a collaborative research effort to better understand the ecology of this important ecosystem and how it can be managed and support the needs of local communities who rely on resources from the forest for their livelihoods.
However, there is one problem: many fish hatcheries may actually do more harm than good when they reintroduce captive fish back into the wild.
In 2005, an unwanted guest hitched a ride to the Islands; a tiny insect called the Erythrina gall wasp (EGW). It invaded Hawaii and decimated thousands of native and non-native Erythrina trees and left others with leaves gnarled and misshapen.
After nearly two years of planning and brainstorming, the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research is launching a new program focused on burrowing owls and their habitat right here in San Diego County.
At the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research winter does not officially arrive until all of the southern mountain yellow-legged frogs Rana muscosa are tucked into their hibernation chambers.
Mamane forest is critical habitat for the Palila Loxioides bailleui, a species of Hawaiian honeycreeper for whom the seedpods of the Mamane provide a vital food source.
Future pronghorn antelope conservation goals include continuing captive breeding, reintroduction, education, habitat protection, and development of improved husbandry and medical protocols.
Twenty-one years after the first experimental release of 4 endangered, zoo-hatched male Andean condors in the Colombian Andes, we must take a moment to reflect on the successful release of more than 60 zoo birds released in five locations in the high-plains of the South American massif.
The islands of the Caribbean support 11 species of large herbivorous lizards in the family Iguanidae, commonly called iguanas. Ten of these iguana species are endemic to the Caribbean, which is to say they are found nowhere else on earth.
Since its inception in 2005, the Indian Turtle Conservation Program has expanded greatly to better aid in the recovery India’s imperiled turtles. Originally, a single species conservation project, this program has now become a larger multi-species program.
Two perspectives on California condor conservation from scientists at the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research.
Humans have been visiting, living, fishing, and ranching these islands for almost 13,000 years.
The Mojave desert tortoise is a threatened species living right here in the Mojave Desert, just a stone’s throw from the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research.
Last summer, we tested whether placing mountain lion scent on a kangaroo rat release site would reduce visitation on this site by medium sized predators that prey on kangaroo rats compared to a control site with no
The past year was very successful in the ongoing efforts of conserving the endangered light-footed clapper rail.