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2014-04-09 16:01:29

The California condor was one of the first species to be listed under the Endangered Species Preservation Act in 1966 when the population was reduced to a handful of birds. Through a massive collaborative effort that included fieldwork and breeding in zoos, the condor population has grown to more than 400 birds, more than half of which are now free-flying in the wild. Unfortunately, there is overwhelming evidence that lead poisoning from accidental ingestion of spent ammunition is the leading...

2013-07-11 13:16:46

The population of the critically endangered large primate known as the drill (Mandrillus leucophaeus) has been largely reduced to a few critical habitat areas in Cameroon, according to a recently published study by researchers with the San Diego Zoo's Institute for Conservation Research. The study highlights the challenges faced by this species as its living area becomes ever more fragmented by human disturbance. In addition, the report directs conservation efforts towards key areas where the...

2012-09-05 06:26:44

SAN DIEGO, Sept. 5, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- San Diego-based tech leader, Cymer, Inc. (Nasdaq: CYMI) will celebrate its seventh consecutive year as presenting sponsor of the 32nd Annual San Diego Zoo Food & Wine Celebration on Saturday, Sept. 22. Since the event's inception in 1980, it has generated more than $5 million in proceeds that have been donated to the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research. Comprised of more than 150 dedicated scientists, the institute's research team is...

2011-12-20 12:38:28

The Nile crocodile is a species that was identified by ancient Egyptians. Genetic analysis done by a group of geneticists using samples taken from species throughout the animal's range and including DNA from mummified crocodile remains indicates that more than one species is known by this name. "This paper provides a remarkable surprise: the Nile crocodile is not a single species, as previously thought, but instead demonstrates two species - living side-by side - constitute what has been...

2010-09-13 08:00:00

SAN DIEGO, Sept. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- The 14th Annual Scientific Meeting of the Heart Failure Society of America (HFSA) will feature a discussion on the similarities in genomic diseases between animals and humans, titled "Comparative Genomics and Human Disease: Some Recent Contributions from Zoos." In his discussion, Dr. Oliver A. Ryder, Geneticist, Director and Kleberg Chair of Genetics at the Zoological Society of San Diego, will focus on how genetic diversity in great apes compares to our...