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March Arrives with a Splash of Green
Many of our plants and animals wear green all year long. Happy St. Patrick's Day! 
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March 2019

Tales of Discovery at the Library
New Fact Sheets: Cape Porcupine & Toco Toucan
Book of the Month: The Tangled Tree
New Books
What Are We Reading?
What Are We Writing?

Tales of Discovery at the Library

Looking for answers? Don't be bashful! Your SDZG librarians are happy to help our team members with work-related information needs. We're great hunters, online or in print. Here are some tales to inspire you ...

  • The Safari Park's Animal Care Center is raising an Indian muntjac. To provide the best possible care, Keeper Danielle Alifano wanted to learn about natural history and behaviors, especially how babies nurse and time mom spends with them. We were excited to find a detailed article on Indian muntjac behavior in captivity, including mother-young interactions—but it was in French! Librarians do appreciate a challenge (and Google Translate). Danielle was happy to receive a translation of the relevant section, with a second article and two species overview chapters.
  • Could we identify the theme music from Zoorama?  This fun question came from our Customer Service team. We searched our Archives collection and it's the cry of a gibbon fading into Carnival of the Animals by Camille Saint-Saens, according to a script we have for the first episode in 1955.  This was verified with additional online sources.   
  • Manager Christy Powell at Zoo Horticulture needed to dig deep to identify some Erythrina (coral tree) species. She had two obscure partial citations for original reports on the species, and asked us for help tracking them down. No problem, we love to play sleuth! After deciphering the abbreviations, we located online copies of the 1855 and 1913 articles in the Biodiversity Heritage Library. Christy also needed access to high-definition image files for herbarium voucher specimens. The JSTOR Global Plants database turned out to be the go-to place for this, so we arranged a demo trial. "There are baby seed pods forming and that is what I wanted to confirm. Thanks so much!"
Information discovery can be a great support for your work in field, lab, and managed care settings. We encourage you to take advantage of our library research services!

New Fact Sheets:
Cape Porcupine & Toco Toucan

Introducing the Cape Porcupine (Hystrix africaeaustralis)

and the Toco Toucan (Ramphastos toco) Animal Fact Sheets.  

These are both in our brief fact sheet format. 

Want to be among the first to know about new SDZG Library Animal Fact Sheets? Scroll down to the end of this newsletter and click to "update subscription preferences," then select the checkbox next to Animal Fact Sheet Alerts.   

Book of the Month

The Tangled Tree (bookcover)

The Tangled Tree

A Radical New History of Life


By David Quammen (2018)

Recent discoveries in molecular biology have changed our understanding of evolution and life's history, with powerful implications. Perhaps the most startling discovery to come out of this new field—the study of life's diversity and relatedness at the molecular level—is horizontal gene transfer (HGT), or the movement of genes across species lines. The Tangled Tree is a brilliant guide to our transformed understanding of evolution, of life's history, and of our own human nature  —Book jacket

"The Tangled Tree is a thrilling story of some of biology's most incredible discoveries, and a rich portrait of the fascinating people behind them. This is David Quammen at his best: funny, tenacious, lucid, charming, and relentlessly compelling." —Ed Yong, author of I Contain Multitudes

Request the Book of the Month

New Books

Ashley, Laurence M. 1962. Laboratory anatomy of the turtle. QL666 .C5 A84 1962 ZOO HOSP

Krienitz, Lothar. 2018. Lesser flamingos : descendents of Phoenix. QL696 .C56 K75 2018 MAIN

Responsive Management. 1998. Wildlife and the American mind : public opinion on and attitudes toward fish and wildlife management. QL82 .R477 1998 MAIN

Smallwood, James E. 1992. A guided tour of veterinary anatomy : domestic ungulates and laboratory mammals. SF762 .S73 1992 ZOO HOSP

Woodman, Neal. 2018. American recent Eulipotyphla : nesophontids, solenodons, moles, and shrews in the New World. SERIALS : SMITHSONIAN CONTRIBUTIONS

What Are We Reading?

Our Recent Returns shelf gives insight into what SDZG team members are reading and watching.

recent returns at the SDZG Library

What Are We Writing?

Here is a sample of recent SDZG staff publications. Please send us your citations for the next newsletter!

Farré M, Li Q, Zhou Y, Damas J, Chemnick LG, Kim J, Ryder OA, Ma J, Zhang G, Larkin DM, et al. 2019. A near-chromosome-scale genome assembly of the gemsbok (Oryx gazella): an iconic antelope of the Kalahari desert. Gigascience 8(2). doi:10.1093/gigascience/giy162.

Presotto A, Fayrer-Hosken R, Curry C, Madden M. 2019 Jan 28. Spatial mapping shows that some African elephants use cognitive maps to navigate the core but not the periphery of their home ranges. Animal Cognition. doi:10.1007/s10071-019-01242-9

de la Rosa CA. 2018. An inexpensive and open-source method to study large terrestrial animal diet and behaviour using time-lapse video and GPS. Methods in Ecology and Evolution. doi:10.1111/2041-210X.13146.

Swaisgood RR, Greggor AL. 2019. Applications of animal behavior to conservation. In: Choe J, editor. Encyclopedia of Animal Behavior. Vol. 1. 2nd ed. Oxford, UK: Academic Press. p. 220–229.

Zikovitz AE, Stalis IH, Bicknese EJ, Rideout BA, Pye GW. 2018. Resolution of a localized granuloma caused by Mycobacterium avium-intracellulare complex on the cere of a Bruce’s Green Pigeon (Treron waalia). Journal of Avian Medicine and Surgery 32(4):322–327. doi:10.1647/2016-218.

Zimkus Breda M., Hassapakis CL, Houck ML. 2018. Integrating current methods for the preservation of amphibian genetic resources and viable tissues to achieve best practices for species conservation. Amphibian and Reptile Conservation. 12(2):1-27 (e165). Open access:

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