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Increasing Number Of Leopard Sharks Off La Jolla Attracts Snorkeler...

Increasing Number Of Leopard Sharks Off La Jolla Attracts Snorkelers, Scientists

Aug. 18
By Katie Schoolov

Changing ocean temperatures have brought more leopard sharks to La Jolla Shores this summer than the previous two years, and the public can join Birch Aquarium for guided shark snorkels through September.

42-Year-Old SeaWorld Orca Dies

42-Year-Old SeaWorld Orca Dies

Aug. 16
By City News Service

SeaWorld is in mourning Wednesday for the matriarch of the park's orca family.

Research Marine Mammal's Move To Tourist Park Causes Stir

Research Marine Mammal's Move To Tourist Park Causes Stir

Aug. 8
By Associated Press

Compared with other marine mammals, 40-year-old Kina has lived a particularly winding and high-profile life.

San Diego Researchers Race To Keep Rhinos From Going Extinct

San Diego Researchers Race To Keep Rhinos From Going Extinct

Aug. 7
By Erik Anderson

San Diego Zoo researchers are working to save a critically endangered rhino species that is teetering close to extinction. Scientists are using southern white rhinos as surrogates in a last-ditch effort to save northern whites.

San Diego Zoo Makes First Attempt At Inseminating Southern White Rhino

San Diego Zoo Makes First Attempt At Inseminating Southern White Rhino

July 25
By City News Service

Researchers at the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research announced Tuesday that they've made their first attempt to artificially inseminate a southern white rhinoceros, in an attempt to save the critically endangered northern white rhino.

San Diego's Top Weekend Events: The Comic-Con Buzz

San Diego's Top Weekend Events: The Comic-Con Buzz

July 14
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Nina Garin

Comic-Con may not start until next week, but there are some events happening before the big weekend, plus some sophisticated comic-related options.

La Mesa Could Become A Sanctuary City — For Ferrets

La Mesa Could Become A Sanctuary City — For Ferrets

July 7
By Tom Fudge

Ferret owners in La Mesa want the city council to make a strong statement in favor of legalizing ferrets as pets.

New Policy Limits San Diego Shelter Dogs To One 15-Minute Walk A Day

New Policy Limits San Diego Shelter Dogs To One 15-Minute Walk A Day

June 22
By Claire Trageser

The change was made in the hopes of ensuring all dogs get out at least once a day. But some volunteers at the shelter have concerns that the new rule will hurt bigger dogs who need more exercise.

'Megan Leavey' Tells Extraordinary Tale Of A Female Marine And Her Dog

'Megan Leavey' Tells Extraordinary Tale Of A Female Marine And Her Dog

June 8
By Beth Accomando, Matthew Bowler

Megan Leavey is a U.S. Marine corporal veteran who worked with a bomb sniffing dog during her tour in Iraq. Her story is now the basis for the film opening Friday and bearing her name and directed by "Blackfish's" Gabriela Cowperthwaite.

California Could Soon Have A State Dinosaur

California Could Soon Have A State Dinosaur

April 17
By Associated Press, Brooke Ruth

It's looking like California will soon have a state dinosaur: Augustynolophus morrisi. A bill to add the duck-billed dinosaur to the list of state insignia has passed the Assembly and is now headed to the state Senate.

Rare White Lion Arrives In San Diego County

Rare White Lion Arrives In San Diego County

April 6
By Katie Schoolov

Three lions, including a rare white lion, will make their home at the Lions, Tigers & Bears animal sanctuary in Alpine.

Sam The Galapagos Tortoise Celebrates 53rd Birthday In Encinitas

Sam The Galapagos Tortoise Celebrates 53rd Birthday In Encinitas

March 23
By Erik Anderson

A small crowd gathered Thursday morning in Encinitas to celebrate one of the planet's threatened land turtles — the Galapagos Tortoise.

San Diego Class Shows Dogs Are Naturals At Meditation

San Diego Class Shows Dogs Are Naturals At Meditation

March 7
By Claire Trageser

Meditation is becoming more common in helping people learn to calm down and worry less. But a six-week Wellbeing for Dogs + Their Humans class in La Jolla is taking the practice a step further, teaching meditation to dogs alongside their human companions.

Giving A Pet As A Gift? San Diego Humane Society Wants To Help

Giving A Pet As A Gift? San Diego Humane Society Wants To Help

Dec. 13
By Alison St John, Brooke Ruth

The San Diego Humane Society has a program that aims to make is easier to give a pet as a gift.

San Diego Zoo, Northrop Grumman Developing Drones To Study Polar Bears

San Diego Zoo, Northrop Grumman Developing Drones To Study Polar Bears

Nov. 29
By Maureen Cavanaugh, Michael Lipkin

Ecologists at the San Diego Zoo say the biggest threat to polar bears in the wild is climate change, but it can be difficult to observe the bears in their natural habitat. A collaboration between the zoo and aerospace giant Northrop Grumman hopes to develop unmanned drones to more easily study polar bears in the Arctic.

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