Archive for the 'Zoo Journal' Category

Jungle all the Way

Posted at 3:08 pm December 8, 2010 by Matt Steele

Guest blogger Kellian Adams is the institutional mastermind for SCVNGR.

Note: Anyone can play our Jungle Bells scavenger hunt, but we recommend playing with the SCVNGR mobile phone app!

I love my job, and I especially love it when I get to work with great organizations like the San Diego Zoo and fun events like Jungle Bells, taking place December 11 to January 2.  I work as the “institutional mastermind” (ie: museums specialist) for a very cool mobile gaming company called SCVNGR.


Behind-the-Scenes with Birds

Posted at 11:44 am December 8, 2010 by Kimberly Carroll

Eurasian eagle owl Einstein poses with a trainer.

The Inside Look: Festival of Flight bird tours were a wild and wonderful way to see the San Diego Zoo in action last month. I am an educator who leads behind-the-scenes adventures at the Zoo. Our bird tour experiences were so unique this year that I was as excited as the guests to experience our special animal interactions! The Zoo’s bird collection is incredible and includes almost 400 species and subspecies, which comes to about 3,500 individual birds. During our special tours, we got to spend some time with our feathered friends and meet the keepers who keep them happy, healthy, and entertained.


Hollywood Christmas Parade

Posted at 1:34 pm December 6, 2010 by admin

Jan Seeley rode in the Safari Park “float” in the Hollywood Christmas Parade after winning our Facebook contest. Jan has been a frequenter and loyal fan of the Safari Park since it opened and even did her rehab for her double knee replacement surgery by walking through the Park regularly.

On November 23rd I received a Facebook message from Matt Steele, the Social Media Planner for the San Diego Zoo. A few days earlier I had entered a contest on the San Diego Zoo’s facebook to tell why I would like to ride shotgun in the San Diego Zoo Safari Park’s entry at the Hollywood Christmas Parade. I read some of the other entries and thought they sounded much better than mine, so I didn’t give it much thought after that.

I was so surprised when I received the message giving me the particulars for the Parade, and that I would be riding in the cab of the Photo Caravan truck. I had to read it twice before I realized I had actually won! What a wonderful surprise. (more…)

Late Harvest Winemaker Dinner featuring Stags’ Leap Winery

Posted at 4:11 pm November 23, 2010 by Matt Steele

When I arrived a few minutes before the reception of last Saturday’s 2010 Late Harvest Winemaker Dinner featuring Stags’ Leap Winery at Albert’s Restaurant, I caught Chef Chris Mirguet standing behind the beautiful, plentiful buffet table waiting to sauté some duck. I asked him how everything was coming together, and he smirked confidently—a response I’m getting used to at this point. Chris launched into a brief history lesson on Albert’s special dinners, noting that they have been hosting winemaker dinners for at least a decade. “Of course we’re working hard to make sure everything’s good to go, but there’s never a feeling of uncertainty, like we can’t execute and provide a great meal.” I would fault Chris for his unabashed confidence if his meals didn’t deliver. As one of many satisfied diners, I can tell you that they do.


A Prescription for New Ideas

Posted at 11:21 am November 23, 2010 by Jon Prange

In past blog posts we have shared our views on why the San Diego Zoo finds biomimicry so exciting (see previous post, Butterfly Sparks Industry Revolution). Recall that our attempts to save species are increasingly compromised by their loss of habitat in the wild. Habitat is disappearing due to the depletion of resources. Biomimicry is learning from nature. If we could look to nature for inspiration for future innovations, it is quite possible that the plants and animals might “speak to us” about new technologies, designs, and products. All could be more sustainable, efficient, effective, and, from their perspective, take strain off of the environment.

How could a trip to the San Diego Zoo be part of a prescription for new ideas and game-changing innovations?


Zoo Outreach: Special Delivery!

Posted at 1:55 pm November 18, 2010 by Rachelle Marcon

Once a month I have the great honor of visiting the children’s ward at the Kaiser Permanente hospital in San Diego as part of the San Diego Zoo’s outreach program. It is truly a heartwarming experience for my colleagues and me. One month we had a great time and some extra help from our friend, Yvette McClain, who works in the Zoo’s Merchandising Department.


Super Easy Trapeezee

Posted at 12:03 pm November 9, 2010 by Matt Steele

I’ve done a lot of crazy things in my life, including jumping off a lot of very high places into water of questionable depth. I’m talking no frills, no fancy tricks, just run, jump feet first, and pray for the best. Sometimes it worked out fine, other times not so much. Heights are no problem for me, but being nimble and lithe from up high has never been my strong suit. Nevertheless, I always take opportunities to do amazing things from high places, so when I was asked to take part in the trapeze training class that we’ll be hosting during our Festival of Flight I jumped on it. I thought it would be a breeze. Swing back and forth a few times on a trapeze, maybe do a trick or two and go home, right? Wrong. (more…)

Flight of a Scaredy Cat

Posted at 3:48 pm November 8, 2010 by Yadira Galindo

Yadira prepares to fly!

Flight. Birds do it, airplanes do it, but people? Yes, I did it. Well, kind of. I jumped off a 20-foot-high ledge, did a back flip, and landed on my back staring at the sky wondering, “Are you crazy?” Oh, the things I’ll do for work!

During Mission Fed’s Discovery Days: Festival of Flight, running November 11 to 14, the San Diego Zoo is offering a special opportunity to take part in a Flying Trapeze class. My job was to experience it in advance and allow myself to have my shocked image used for photo and video publicity in advance of the four-day Festival of Flight. Just one little catch: I’m afraid of heights. (more…)

Butterfly Sparks Industry Revolution

Posted at 3:56 pm November 5, 2010 by Dena Emmerson

Blue morpho

About a month ago I wrote about the success of the San Diego Zoo’s first fall biomimicry event: Biomimicry, Innovation, and Sustainability, featuring Pete Foley of Procter and Gamble (see Biomimicry Fall Event Series). I am excited to report that our second event, held Wednesday, October 27, was also a hit!

The topic was “Biomimicry and the Efficiency Revolution” and featured a biomimicry case study. Cheryl Goodman, director of marketing for Qualcomm MEMS Technologies, Inc., took us on the journey from biological inspiration to biomimetic implementation of mirasol®, a display innovation from Qualcomm. Her talk was entitled, “mirasol® Case Study: How the humble butterfly may spark an industry revolution.”


Day in Life of Safari Park Keeper

Posted at 11:52 am November 5, 2010 by Matt Steele

When the alarm shattered my cozy unconsciousness at the ungodly hour of 4:30 am, I could already tell that the public’s perception of what keepers do isn’t entirely true. They don’t just frolic through grassy fields with animals all day. They wake up at the crack of dawn, they sweat all day in the hot sun, and they get their hands very dirty to take care of the animals we all love. After a day shadowing keepers at the Safari Park, I have renewed respect for the role they play in protecting and preserving the precious wildlife of our planet for future generations to enjoy.