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New at SDZG Library
A salute from rhinos of yesteryear
to our new southern white rhino calf,
Edward, born to Victoria on July 28! 

Join us on a quick trip from what was to what will be. This 1979 Wild Animal Park Guide Book features two Southern white rhinos on the front cover and a beautiful northern white rhinoceros inside. We have a long history with these species and a promising future ahead. 

The First One : Updates and Photos from Victoria's Groundbreaking Pregnancy

August 2019

Collecting for Tomorrow
For PubMed Fans: Outside Tool
2020 Journal Subscriptions
Book of the Month: Nature's Giants
New Books & DVDs
What Are We Reading?
What Are We Writing?

Collecting for Tomorrow

What questions will our SDZG colleagues and community have 20 years from now? Information from the past can ...

  • Bring back memories
  • Support accreditations and reaccreditations
  • Answer who/ what/ where/ when/ how questions
  • Inspire creativity
  • Provide evidence of our long commitment to inspiring passion for wildlife and saving species from extinction

You might have some important evidence of past events. Consider sending these materials to the SDZG Library & Archives before you recycle or shred. Tomorrow's team members will thank you ... and maybe today's colleagues too! 

The Safari Park 50th anniversary is only a few years away. Time flies! Please send historical materials by interoffice mail to Library-Beckman Center, or call to arrange pick-up. If mailing, a brief note with your name, contact information and a little background (if known) is much appreciated. You are welcome to contact us with any questions or to discuss a potential donation in advance.

For PubMed Fans: Outside Tool

Would you like a handy way to quickly access or request the articles you find in PubMed? Then you need the Outside Tool! This new option enables your browser to identify you as a member of the SDZG team and access full-text articles or a pre-filled request form.

Use one of the methods described below to enable the Outside Tool. In either case, your search results will include an SDZG icon in the PubMed article abstract view. Click on the SDZG icon to either access the full text article or be directed to a partially filled request form. You must be onsite for the Outside Tool to work properly.

Two ways to enable the PubMed Outside Tool:

  1. Search PubMed using this special link: (bookmark it!). You can then access the full text or request it from the SDZG Library.
  2. Sign into NCBI or create an account. Then, select the San Diego Zoo Global Library as the Outside Tool in your NCBI Site Preferences. Creating an account requires a few more steps—but it gives you the ability to set up alerts, save searches, change default settings, and take advantage of other useful features. Click here for more detailed instructions on The Insider.

We welcome your feedback on this recently launched service. Note: This service is limited to team members onsite or logged into VPN only. Staff working offsite, please contact us for options. 

2020 Journal Subscriptions 

Lose access to your favorite subscription? Repeatedly bumping your head against a paywall?  Now is the time we consider subscription changes. It may be summer 2019, but it's time to plan for 2020.

Please contact us — we appreciate your input!

Book of the Month

Nature's Giants

Nature's Giants

The Biology and Evolution of the World's Largest Lifeforms


By Graeme D. Ruxton (2019)

Why aren’t bugs the size of elephants, or whales the size of goldfish? Biologist Graeme Ruxton explains how and why nature’s giants came to be so big— for example, how decreased oxygen levels limited the size of insects and how island isolation allowed small-bodied animals to evolve larger body sizes. Through a diverse array of examples, from huge butterflies to giant squid, Ruxton explores the physics, biology, and evolutionary drivers behind organism size, showing what it’s like to live large. — Publisher.

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New Books & DVDs

Alex, Charles Everett. 2019. Red panda amdoparvovirus: a nation-wide investigation of prevalence and possible origins [videorecording]. ICR SEMINAR SERIES

De Grahl, W. 1987. The grey parrot. QL696 .P7 G734 1987 MAIN

Falk, Donald A. 1996. Restoring diversity : strategies for reintroduction of endangered plants. QK86 .R47 1996 MAIN

Maschinski, Joyce. 2019. Expanding effective plant conservation [videorecording]. ICR SEMINAR SERIES

Robinson, Kelly. 2019. Biochemical warfare : the coevolution of pit viper venom and venom resistance among small mammals [videorecording]. ICR SEMINAR SERIES

Sheffler, Scott S. 2019. Federal grant recipient collaborations: "Contracts" and "Subawards" [videorecording]. ICR SEMINARS

Steinberg, Sheila L. 2015. GIS research methods : incorporating spatial perspectives. QH541.15 .S52 2015 MAIN

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!

Chen L, Qiu Q, Jiang Y, Wang K, Lin Z, ..., Chemnick LG, ... Ryder OA, et al. 2019. Large-scale ruminant genome sequencing provides insights into their evolution and distinct traits. Science. 364(6446):eaav6202. doi:10.1126/science.aav6202

Mfossa D, Ndimbe M, Abwe E, Morgan B. 2019. First video footage of the elusive Ebo gorillas in Cameroon. Gorilla Journal. 58:15–16. PDF

Pennington PM, Marshall KL, Capiro JM, Felton RG, Durrant BS. 2019. Ovulation induction in anovulatory southern white rhinoceros (Ceratotherium simum simum) without altrenogest. Conserv Physiol. 7(1):coz033. doi:10.1093/conphys/coz033

Sergiel A, Van Horn RC. 2019. Bear Sensory Systems. In: Vonk J, Shackelford T, editors. Encyclopedia of Animal Cognition and Behavior. Cham: Springer International Publishing. p. 1–9. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-47829-6_1745-1

Therkildsen NO, Wilder AP, Conover DO, Munch SB, Baumann H, Palumbi SR. 2019. Contrasting genomic shifts underlie parallel phenotypic evolution in response to fishing. Science 365(6452):487–490. doi:10.1126/science.aaw7271.

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