It has been a busy year for us! As 2016 comes to an end, we’re taking a look back at some of the moments and accomplishments that made this year so significant.
- In February, we were the first zoological facility in the United States to captive breed and produce Solomon Island spiny monitors (Varanus spinulosus), which was a massive step towards species conservation. You can read the published article on our success story here.
- We added two endangered bird species to our collection and captive breeding program— a pair of blue throated conures (Pyrrhura cruentata) and a pair of blue headed macaws (Primolius coulonia). Through the management of these animals, we are participating in a global effort to stabilize the population and protect their species.
- Our community helped us celebrate the birth of many new Zoo additions— including the birth of a Grant’s zebra, five gray wolf puppies, a red-ruffed lemur, three rock hyrax, a hyacinth macaw, five Angel Island speckled rattlesnakes, a clutch of cape coral cobras and many more.
- Speaking of births— we gave “birth” to our new logo and website! Taking the first steps in the rebranding process was a must, and we are happy to continue our rebranding journey into the new year.
- We began the construction for our most impressive exhibit yet, which will be the home to a pair of gorgeous jaguars (Panthera onca). Equipped with a running river and two waterfalls, the new exhibit will be the perfect home for these water-loving cats.