To Promote and establish a means to stimulate incentive and greater interest in the zoo keeping profession
To support deserving conservation projects to include educating the general public about the need for preserving our natural resources and animal life through these worthwhile efforts
To establish materials beneficial to zoo keeper education Learn all about SDAAZK’s participation in the 2014 Tri-City Medical Center Carlsbad Marathon on January 19. You can Run for Wildlife, be a volunteer, and join us for the carbo-load spaghetti dinner on January 18. Click here for details! Sign up to join us as we give back to the community. CLICK HERE to learn more!
This ten-spot female dragonfly benefits from the protection and preservation of the breeding grounds of the endangered population of the Great Lakes Piping Plovers. Conservation efforts include closing beaches to the public where piping plovers are nesting, removing invasive plant species, and other measures that benefit wildlife in the area.
The Great Lakes population of the piping plover (Charadrius melodus) was at a perilously low level. But intensive conservation efforts have seen the number of breeding pairs steadily climb from a low of 12 in 1983 to 66 currently. This fledgling was pulled from the wild as an abandoned egg and raised to be released into the wild in time to migrate south for the winter and hopefully return to breed. The project is an example of different agencies and organizations working together to benefit a species in peril.
Deep in the Amazonian Rainforests of Ecuador, the trees are the foundation of local life. The local Kichwa culture is working hard to stop the destruction of their rainforests. They have been working hard to create sustainable practices and tourism in the area. As I looked up at this enormous tree our guide told me, "This tree is as important to us as our own families. If feeds the ground, gives shelter to the animals, and fills our chest. We would have nothing if we didn't have these trees." Local grassroots conservation can be the most powerful tool to helping save our planets most delicate ecosystems.
December 4: Running for Wildlife Training. Meet at Murray Park entrance at Lake Murray. Time: 5:00 pm. Exercise for 1 hour then enjoy a meal provided by our sponsor for only $10 donation! CLICK HERE to learn more.
December 10: SDAAZK Meeting. Location: San Diego Zoo’s Warner Conference Room. Time: 5 pm. Email us at TheKeeperSDAAZK@cox.net for details. Our meetings are open to all. Become more involved in what your AAZK chapter does!
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