San Diego Zoo Safari Park

Vila, the gorilla, dead at age 60

One of the world’s oldest gorillas died Thursday at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. Vila was the matriarch of five generations and served as a surrogate mother for several hand-raised western lowland gorillas, according to the zoo. She celebrated her 60th birthday in October, becoming the world’s second oldest gorilla. “Vila touched many people throughout her lifetime,” said Randy Rieches, curator of mammals at…


Gorilla my dreams born at Safari Park

ESCONDIDO, CA. — In local birth news, it was a 4-pound baby girl for Kokomo and Winston, their second… Gorilla. A baby gorilla has been born at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, zoo officials said. The zoo announced Thursday that Kokomo, a critically endangered western lowland gorilla, gave birth to a daughter about two days ago. While the Kokomo kid weighs about 4 pounds,…


Zoo burns $1M in rhino items in 1st US bonfire of its kind

The San Diego Zoo burned items containing rhinoceros horn with an estimated black market value of $1 million in a symbolic gesture at its San Pasqual Valley Safari Park Thursday to show the U.S. is committed to ending illegal wildlife trafficking. Today @DirectorDanAshe is at @sandiegozoo! We’re burning #rhino horn to raise awareness & #endwildlifetrafficking. pic.twitter.com/8uKo8p284K — US Fish and Wildlife (@USFWS) September 8, 2016 The U.S. Fish…


It’s a butterfly jungle out there

(Editor’s Note: To order tickets, go to the Butterfly Jungle sidebar ad to the right and click.) San Diego Zoo Safari Park’s Butterfly Jungle is roaring back into life through April 10. Immerse yourself in a flutter of delicate wings. Each spring, Hidden Jungle gets an added dose of color during the Butterfly Jungle event, when thousands of colorful butterflies hatch and add their fluttering…


From water harvesting to butterfly gardening

Harvesting water: Beyond the barrel The Escondido Creek Conservancy (TECC) cordially invites you, the interested public to a free talk about harvesting rainwater. The talk centers on food security and the restoration of degraded lands, and takes place 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Elfin Forest Interpretive Center “This talk will explain how you can harvest thousands of gallons of rainwater on your property…