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.
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.
For the second year in a row, I am a recipient of the Dan L. Duncan Scholarship presented by the Houston Safari Club and the American Conservation and Education Society. This year, 24 students with a desire to protect and promote hunting and the principles of conservation were given the award in front of Houston Safari Club members at their September monthly meeting. Gary Rose (far right) did a remarkable job introducing us all, bragging about all our various accomplishments like a proud parent.
This was my last year of eligibility for the award but so far during my tenure as a recipient, I've met many interesting people and have learned a lot about the industry. Thank you to Houston Safari Club for supporting me and my goals of African lion research and conservation!
Other news on the funding front, my project received 2 grants from Dallas Safari Club! An anonymous donor through the organization is paying for the Freezer/Mill I need to process all my bone samples and I received their general grant, highlighted on the grants page of their website with a photo of a lion!
Coupled with the money you all graciously donated through the Experiment.com Cat Challenge crowdfunding campaign (for which I came in 2nd), my project has enough funding to get me through the year!!!
The Challenge is 2-fold:
The project with the most BACKERS will receive an extra $1,000 added to their GOAL.
Our GOAL is $5,000 and we must receive 100% of our GOAL to get any of the money donated by the BACKERS.
Go to Experiment.com/liondiversity and show some support by making a donation. Any little bit helps! The more people who make donations the better. You can also help by spreading the word.
The Challenge (# of BACKERS) runs from today to Friday, June 10 @ 6PM ET
The Campaign (100% of GOAL) runs from today to Saturday, June 18
Your support is much appreciated! THANKS!!!
It was too cloudy in College Station to see the eclipse. It's nice that someone was able to capture a magical moment!