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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.

Love On A Leash: Therapy Dogs Spread Love Throughout San Diego

Love On A Leash: Therapy Dogs Spread Love Throughout San Diego

Sept. 5
By Kenny Goldberg

A friendly dog can help you feel better. That's the concept behind Love on a Leash, a nonprofit group that brings therapy dogs to people who need an emotional boost.

Report: As More People Visit Theme Parks, SeaWorld Attendance Drops

Report: As More People Visit Theme Parks, SeaWorld Attendance Drops

May 25
By City News Service

A new report says attendance at SeaWorld San Diego plunged 7 percent last year, a time when increasing numbers of people visited theme parks in the U.S. and abroad.

PETA To Announce Plan For Orca Seaside Sanctuaries

PETA To Announce Plan For Orca Seaside Sanctuaries

April 27
By Megan Burke, Maureen Cavanaugh

The animal rights group is hosting a news conference in San Diego Wednesday protesting SeaWorld's continued practice of keeping orca whales in captivity.

San Diego's Baby Southern White Rhino Could Mean Scientific Breakth...

San Diego's Baby Southern White Rhino Could Mean Scientific Breakthrough

April 6
By Katie Schoolov

A baby southern white rhino born Saturday at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park may represent success for zoo researchers who have been working for eight years to solve the reproductive problems among the captive-born population.

6 Cheetah Cubs Make Public Debut At San Diego Zoo Safari Park

6 Cheetah Cubs Make Public Debut At San Diego Zoo Safari Park

March 28
By Susan Murphy

The 4-month-old fur balls and their proud mom have moved into their new exhibit, where visitors to the park can watch them play and explore.

Dead Gray Whale Washes Ashore At Torrey Pines

Dead Gray Whale Washes Ashore At Torrey Pines

March 24
By City News Service

The discovery of the juvenile whale carcass near the Del Mar city limits was reported Thursday morning.

San Juan Capistrano Trying To Lure Swallows To Mission

San Juan Capistrano Trying To Lure Swallows To Mission

March 22
By Associated Press

Cliff swallows were once common at the mission, perching and nesting on its walls. They have just finished a month-long migration from Argentina and are nesting in Southern California.

Several Ocean Beach Parrots Killed In Recent Days

Several Ocean Beach Parrots Killed In Recent Days

Feb. 24
By Steve Walsh

A wildlife expert is concerned about the recent shooting of parrots on Point Loma.

San Diego Receives Dogs Rescued From Korean Dog Meat Farm

San Diego Receives Dogs Rescued From Korean Dog Meat Farm

Feb. 24
By City News Service

The San Diego chapter of Humane Society International has received more than 20 dogs rescued from a Korean dog meat farm.

Scientists Examine Southern White Rhinoceros To Save Near-Extinct C...

Scientists Examine Southern White Rhinoceros To Save Near-Extinct Cousins

Feb. 4
By City News Service

The San Diego Zoo Safari Park launched an effort to examine the reproductive systems of southern white rhinoceros brought to San Diego in an attempt to save their near-extinct cousins.

Southern White Rhino Baby Makes Debut At San Diego Zoo Safari Park

Southern White Rhino Baby Makes Debut At San Diego Zoo Safari Park

Oct. 16
By City News Service

Kianga, which means sunshine in Swahili, was born Tuesday to mother Kacy and father Maoto — their second calf together. She's the 94th of her species born at the Safari Park.

Does California Coastal Commission Have Authority To Ban Breeding A...

Does California Coastal Commission Have Authority To Ban Breeding At SeaWorld?

Oct. 12
By Megan Burke, Maureen Cavanaugh

The California Coastal Commission approved SeaWorld's request to expand the holding tanks for its killer whales on the condition that it halts its breeding program.

Lawmakers Ask Obama To Update Animal Welfare Act

Lawmakers Ask Obama To Update Animal Welfare Act

July 31
By City News Service

A group of federal lawmakers called on President Barack Obama's administration to update 20-year-old rules governing the treatment of captive marine mammals, such as killer whales at SeaWorld San Diego.

San Diego Zoo Breaks Ground On $68M Africa Exhibit

San Diego Zoo Breaks Ground On $68M Africa Exhibit

July 29
By City News Service

The eight-acre Africa Rocks project is the largest in the San Diego Zoo's history.

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