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   San Diego Zoo Wish List
   P.O. Box 120551
   San Diego, CA 92112
   619-557-3914    
 
 

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All funds from our Wish List program help support the purchase of enriching items such as toys and treats for all species at the Zoo and Safari Park, as well as needed hospital equipment, and you can even help sponsor one of our current conservation projects!

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Click here for more information about Camera Traps for Dr. Chia Tan

Camera Traps for Dr. Chia Tan
San Diego Zoo Global is working with our colleagues in Southeast Asia, especially China, on activities collectively known as "The Asian Leaf-eating Monkey Program," designed to address conservation research, training, and education issues in areas with endangered leaf monkeys. We have made great progress and are continuing our efforts there. In 2011, we installed 40 remote camera traps to monitor habitat use and movement patterns of the last remaining population of Guizhou snub-nosed monkeys in China, estimated at about 750 individuals. Dr. Chia Tan, who is leading the charge on this project, is in need of 50 more camera traps! Camera trapping is a noninvasive technique to study animals in the wild. Camera traps can operate continuously for months, and the data can greatly enhance our knowledge of the species and their conservation needs. Dr. Tan will also use these camera traps for her field projects in Madagascar to expand our knowledge of lemur behaviors as well as research field projects in Vietnam to study the behaviors of endangered red-shanked douc langurs and other mammals and birds in the Son Tra Nature Reserve. She also wants to monitor human activity in this protected area to reduce illegal exploitation of natural resources. [47 out of 50 Needed]

$250.00   

Click here for more information about Flamingo Food!

Flamingo Food!
You'll be instantly drawn to our Caribbean flamingos as you enter the Zoo. With their flamboyant color and amusing behaviors, flamingos make the perfect welcoming committee! Our flock numbers over 100 flamingos, and for these birds, the more the merrier! For just $7, you could help supply special pellets that are made just for our flamingos! At the San Diego Zoo as well as the Safari Park you will see a variety of flamingos, such as the greater and lesser flamingos, Chilean and Andean flamingos, and, of course, the Caribbean flamingos.

$7.00   

Click here for more information about Enrichment for Macaws!

Enrichment for Macaws!
Our macaws in the Children's Zoo--Sammy, Huckleberry, Blueberry, Rizo, and Azul--love to play with mini piņatas, sisal ropes, mirrors, bells, and various other toys! These enrichment items provide hours of playtime, including chewing and shredding, and keepers can also fill them with various seeds and fruit treats! Your donation of $11 could help fund enrichment items for the macaws and other exotic birds at the San Diego Zoo and Safari Park.

$11.00   

Click here for more information about Crickets, Worms, and Fruit Flies!

Crickets, Worms, and Fruit Flies!
Your $12 donation could help purchase 5 cups of giant-sized mealworms and 2 cups of crickets--what a deal! Our hornbills, cranes, parrots, owls, eagles, and secretary birds all love these extra-large mealworms and crickets! And our hummingbirds--although small in size--have a large appetite and are offered fruit flies along with a special nectar in their daily diet.

$12.00   

Click here for more information about Hornbills and Parrots!

Hornbills and Parrots!
Our parrots--Charlie and Lima--love to play with Linkables®, which come in red, blue, and green, and they link together for endless challenging activities! Our hornbills like the extra-large Kong Wobblers®, which are heavy-duty and can withstand the long, down-curved bill from Tuzo and Grover, our hornbills at the Safari Park! They also dispense yummy fruit treats! Birds of all shapes and sizes need lots of daily enrichment, so by donating $15 to the San Diego Zoo Global enrichment program, you could help many species at the San Diego Zoo and Safari Park!

$15.00   

Click here for more information about Treats for the Laughing Kookaburra!

Treats for the Laughing Kookaburra!
The laughing kookaburra is the largest member of the kingfisher family. Most kingfishers are brightly colored and specialize in diving into streams and ponds to catch fish. The kookaburra, however, has neutral-colored feathers in beige and brown and rarely eats fish: it prefers insects, reptiles, frogs, and rodents! This remarkable bird is famous for eating snakes by grabbing one behind the head, smacking it on the ground, and swallowing it headfirst; and although kookaburras here at the Zoo do not feast on snakes, they do enjoy mice and insects. For just $15, you could help supply a month's worth of rodents and insects for our kookaburras as well as other carnivores at the San Diego Zoo and Safari Park.

$15.00   

Click here for more information about Birds of Prey like to Play!

Birds of Prey like to Play!
Miniature fountains, wooden blocks, wicker baskets, and ropes are all things that our birds of prey like to play with here. Enrichment items like these encourage water play, foraging, chewing, shredding, and they also help keep beaks and talons sharp for the Safari Park's golden eagle, Tonka, and African fish eagle, Cairo. Your donation of $16 could provide enrichment items for all our birds of prey at the San Diego Zoo and Safari Park.

$16.00   

Click here for more information about San Diego Burrowing Owls in Decline

San Diego Burrowing Owls in Decline
The burrowing owl is a local species declining rapidly in San Diego County. That's why San Diego Zoo Global is working with various federal and local agencies to help them. Our very own Dr. Ron Swaisgood is working on an adaptive management approach to recover burrowing owl populations and restore their grassland ecosystem. His plan to launch a California-wide program includes a study of the ecological and genetic factors that may be contributing to the owls' decline. Your donation of $19 could help Ron and his Animal Applied Ecology Wildlife Conservation team with their research.

$19.00   

Click here for more information about Thick-billed Parrot Conservation

Thick-billed Parrot Conservation
The thick-billed parrot population has dropped since the early 1900s. Although its range once extended from Arizona and New Mexico to Venezuela in South America, it is now found mostly in the Sierra Madre Occidental Mountains of northern Mexico. What has happened? Hunting and logging in the parrots' pine forest habitat and the illegal capture of birds for the pet trade are the greatest threats facing thick-billed parrots today. San Diego Zoo Global participates in the Species Survival Plan for the thick-billed parrot and is part of a group of conservation organizations supporting field studies and working to save the birds' remaining habitat. Your gift of $25 could help our wildlife conservation field teams develop a long-range plan to help save them from extinction.

$25.00   

Click here for more information about California Condors: Back from the Brink of Extinction

California Condors: Back from the Brink of Extinction
As of May 31, 2013, the total California condor population stands at over 400! Of those, 237 have been released back into the wild. The first California condor released into Baja California, Mexico, as part of the California Condor Recovery Program was seen flying back in to San Diego County on April 5, 2007. It's quite a comeback story! Condors still need the watchful eye and careful protection of conservationists who want to see them survive into the future. Your gift of $50 could help Dr. Oliver Ryder and many others continue their efforts to save the California condor from extinction.

$50.00   

Click here for more information about We're Wild about You!

We're Wild about You!
There is never a dull moment at our veterinary hospitals! Whether it's lion cubs, baby gorillas, or a giraffe calf, your donation of $100 will go toward much-needed equipment and supplies for our veterinary hospitals at the San Diego Zoo and Safari Park. These funds will be collected each month to help purchase items such as blanket warmers, heart rate and blood pressure monitors for procedures that require anesthesia, neonate incubators, X-ray equipment, and even specialized baby bottles for newborns.

$100.00   

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