Tapir Nose

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How do you pick up branches if you don’t have opposable thumbs?  If you’re a tapir, you use your nose!  Contessa the tapir enjoys a freshly cut branch on exhibit.  Tapirs are herbivores, so this leafy limb is a great treat for her.

Brown Bears…

COMING SOON! We look forward to welcoming brown bears by fall. We have already started modifications to the old polar bear habitat to get ready for them. Brown bears need more shallow water space and we will combine the two smaller parts of the habitat into one large space. We are working with state and… read more

Coming Soon – Black and White Ruffed Lemurs

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We will be starting modifications to the old mandrill habitat soon. We look forward to welcoming a breeding pair of Black and White Ruffed lemurs by fall. Although exact placement plans are not finalized yet, the Zoo’s Curator, Jim Schnormeier, is working with other accredited zoos and the Species Survival Plan® (SSP) to determine how… read more

A Visit With Shaba

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2-27-13: From Elephant Supervisor, Sue Tygielski Last month I had a great opportunity to visit the San Diego Zoo’s Safari Park and meet up with my elephant training colleagues.  It’s always a treat to visit with them and watch them work with the elephants.  I look forward to every opportunity to learn from fellow elephant… read more

Elephant “Shaba” Update 2-27-13

From Zoo Elephant Manager Sue Tygielski: Last month I had a great opportunity to visit the San Diego Zoo’s Safari Park and meet up with my elephant training colleagues.  It’s always a treat to visit with them and watch them work with the elephants.  I look forward to every opportunity to learn from fellow elephant… read more

Zoo Caper Summer Camp Registration Starts 2/19/13 at 8am!

Zoo Caper Summer Camp will open for registration at 8am on Tuesday, February 19th!  Multiple camp sessions will be available for campers entering 1st through 6th grade, with different topics and activities for each age group.  Click here for schedule and pricing information. The best part is that Zoo Members get a discount!  Buy a… read more

Visit the Elephant Training Wall 1-29-13

How do Keepers safely work with elephants? Through a barrier, like this one, that allows controlled access. Next time you’re in Expedition Tanzania, check to see whether there’s a session going on at the training wall!

Male Lion Cubs to Depart Soon for Their New Homes! 11-30-12

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Can you believe the Zoo’s African lion “cubs,” born in July of 2011, have gotten this big?  Male “Abuto,” pictured here with his brother “Ayotunde,” will be moving to the Zoo’s health center on Monday to start crate training for his transfer to Colorado’s Cheyenne Mountain Zoo in late December or early January.  Ayotunde will… read more