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Butterfly Jungle Opens March 12 at San Diego Zoo Safari Park

It’s Time to Spread Your Wings and Fly, Little Butterfly: Annual Butterfly Jungle Lands at the San Diego Zoo Safari ParkThe butterflies are fluttering, the birds are chirping, and the nectar plants are in. This week, the San Diego Zoo Safari Park’s Butterfly Jungle opens to the public, and the excitement is palpable. Thousands of butterflies from more than 20 species will flitter around guests as they make their way through the tropical Hidden Jungle aviary. Safari Park visitors will get the chance to see butterflies from Asia, Africa and Central, South and North America—including the electric blue morpho, the exotic giant owl, and the brilliant orange Julia. There may even be a surprise species or two this year.

“We are always pleasantly surprised if we get an unusual species that is on our import permit, and so will our guests be,“ said Michael Mace, curator of birds at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. “With 20 species of butterflies, there’s every color, shape and size for everyone.” Guests will also be mesmerized by the lush greenery and many exotic birds that populate Hidden Jungle, such as red-crested turacos, African pygmy geese and beautiful sunbirds.

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Health of Giraffe Calf Baridi Improving Daily at San Diego Zoo Safari Park

How to Feed a Six-foot, Five-inch Baby Special Bottle Feeding for a Recuperating One-month-old Giraffe CalfThe future of Baridi, a giraffe calf, looks promising this week, after animal care staff at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park labored day and night nursing him back to health. The newest member of the herd was born last month, to the joy of zoo employees and guests—but that joy turned to concern after Baridi was discovered to be extremely ill, with a severe infection that made it impossible for him to stand. Baridi was quickly admitted to the Paul Harter Veterinary Medical Center at the Safari Park, where he received IV fluids and around-the-clock specialized care until he was able to move around on his own. Animal care staff said the challenge of nursing Baridi was a fulfilling experience.

“Taking care of Baridi has been a very rewarding experience for all of us keepers,” said Lissa McCaffree, lead keeper in the Animal Care Center nursery at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. “He’s been a pleasure to work with. He has a great personality, and we looked forward to feeding him every day.”

Nursery staff members said Baridi will soon be strong enough to join the herd’s other four young giraffes—Congo, Siri, Yamikani and Kafele—in the East Africa exhibit, where they are often seen together in a crèche, or nursery group. It is typical for young giraffes to stay together in a herd while their moms forage. The Safari Park’s giraffe breeding program has produced more than 164 giraffe calves since the Park opened in 1972.

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Nola’s Legacy Will Benefit Science and Efforts to Return Northern White Rhinos From Brink of Extinction

RHINO WITH A RUNNY NOSE: RARE RHINO UNDERGOES VETERINARY EXAM AT SAN DIEGO ZOO SAFARI PARKWhile Nola, a critically endangered northern white rhino who died Nov. 22 at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, is still being mourned by those who worked closely with her, as well as people from around the globe, scientists at San Diego Zoo Global are focusing on how Nola’s contributions to science could eventually help save her species from extinction.

Taking a science-based approach, Oliver Ryder, Ph.D., director of genetics; Barbara Durrant, Ph.D., director of reproductive physiology; and their teams at the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research Frozen Zoo — along with collaborators at Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla and at the Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Medicine in Berlin— are working to develop and perfect assisted reproductive technology to save the northern white rhino from extinction.

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Iconic Northern White Rhino Nola Passes Away at San Diego Zoo Safari Park

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Since the news of the death of Nola, a critically endangered 41-year-old northern white rhino who died yesterday at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park was announced, San Diego Zoo Global has received an overwhelming outpouring of sympathy from around the globe.

“There are no words to adequately express the depth of the loss of Nola”, stated Randy Rieches, curator of mammals at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. “All of us at San Diego Zoo Global are grateful for the outpouring of condolences we have been receiving. Nola was truly an amazing animal and her story resonated with people not only in San Diego, but globally. It is a very difficult time for our staff right now as they have worked with and cared for Nola for 26 years. Our hearts are broken over the loss of Nola and knowing her subspecies is now three individuals from extinction makes it even more difficult for of all of us who work with and love rhinos. But, we are not willing to give up.”

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Nola the Northern White Rhino Under Medical Care Once Again at San Diego Zoo Safari Park

CRITICALLY ENDANGERED NORTHERN WHITE RHINO AT SAN DIEGO ZOO SAFARI PARK RETURNS TO THE FIELDNola, a critically endangered 40-year-old female northern white rhino, who has been under close medical watch for the past 11 days in a boma at the San Diego ZoNola, a critically endangered 41-year-old northern white rhinoceros who has been under medical care since early September for a recurring abscess on her right hip, underwent a second medical procedure earlier this month at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park.

The elderly animal has been on antibiotics and keepers have been flushing the abscess site daily, but it is still an area of concern. In an effort to get to the source of the infection, veterinarians lanced deep into the abscess, but they weren’t immediately able to provide a definitive answer as to what is causing the ailment. During the procedure, the team opened the abscess site, allowing it to drain better and also alleviating any pressure buildup that can cause pain for the animal. A fine needle aspiration, skin samples and blood tests also were taken.

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