To bring all the efforts the San Diego Zoo does together as one cohesive team that strives to make the world better, the Zoological Society of San Diego turned San Diego Zoo Global is now the San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance!
This is more than just a sleek new logo and some new fonts. This change includes a restructuring of how we present ourselves and our work to the outside world. We want to make everything we do from animal care to research inside and outside of our facilities and across the world visible so you can share in the amazing stories that we live through every day.
We are so much more than just a Zoo and Safari Park. Sure, we have some remarkable places you can spend the day seeing some amazing animals, but we also have research and outreach happening across the globe aimed at improving the quality of life for all living things!
The biggest change for us researchers from the rebrand is the Institute for Conservation Research is no more. Though it was never the intension, having a separate entity within the organization for research made the science seem less accessible and inclusive. To more effectively bring the science to you, it is now just part of the San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance because the science isn't separate. We are one organization with a unified goal.
The San Diego Zoo's Long-Term Conservation Loan Agreement with China has come to a close. This means Bai Yun and Xiao Liwu will be headed to China sometime this spring as a new phase of panda conservation is set to begin.
For the past 25 year, the San Diego Zoo has been part of an international effort to prevent panda extinction that has met it's conservation goals. The news of this program ending is therefore heartwarming and heartbreaking all at the same time. It's incredibly impressive that the program has been such as success, especially in San Diego with our rock star Bai Yun as the helm. But, it's going to be sad and strange for the San Diego Zoo to not have any pandas, even if it's only for a short time. I'm also super bummed I won't have a chance to see them in person again before they head back to China but I am honored to say I was a part of such a successful conservation effort!
Gao Gao was the most recent panda to head back to China. He has been living it up at a panda retirement home while his offspring have been pumping out more little pandas as part of an ongoing breeding program. Now Mama and baby brother will be joining them in their native land.
Plans for the next phase haven't been revealed yet and when I asked for the inside scoop they just replied "stay tuned."
Check out all my panda posts. I love those pandas!
If you haven't been following the Bengal and Sumatran tigers who are now BFFs at the San Diego Zoos Safari Park, START NOW! I'll catch you up...
Two tiger cubs, each of whom ended up in their own isolating predicament on opposite sides of the country, have been brought together in one great best friends story!
Although unfortunate, their circumstances were quite timely and have brought together the cutest pair in town. Check out some the videos of their journey and be sure to follow the San Diego Zoo Safari Park on Twitter and Instagram to keep up with their adventures.
Wallis is a very special addition to the Park’s rhino family. She is as part of the Park's White Rhino breeding program planned to be a surrogate for the critically endangered Northern White Rhino whose only remaining females are all too old to breed.