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Feasting on Butterflies
Cotton-top Tamarin (Saguinus oedipus)

"Seniocebus meticulosus Elliot" by Louis Agassiz Fuertes, in: Elliott DG. 1912. A Review of the Primates. Image rights: public domain.

November 2019

Feasting Together
2019 San Diego Archives Crawl
New Fact Sheet: Red-winged Blackbird
Book of the Month: Mosi Musa
New Books & DVDs
What Are We Reading?
What Are We Writing?

Feasting Together

Thanksgiving is almost here! We hope you enjoy these information appetizers. Click the links to learn more about animals that share their bounty ...

Chimpanzees share food specifically with those who have been kind to them,
reinforcing social bonds.
Dholes can hold large amounts of meat in their stomachs, allowing them to bring food back to their pack members.
When a naked mole-rat finds a new food source, it carries a sample back to the nest. Other colony members then follow that individual’s scent trail to gather the rest of the food.
Images: © San Diego Zoo Global

2019 San Diego Archives Crawl

The SDZG Library & Archives Team enjoyed sharing our collections and learning more about the archive collections at other local institutions during the first San Diego Archives Crawl.

Thanks to Lilibeth Rodriguez, L. Bear Creative for the photos! Images: © L. Bear E.C. Creative. All rights reserved.

New Fact Sheet: Red-winged Blackbird

Image credit: © Jocelyn Anderson (Flickr). CC BY 2.0. Some rights reserved.
Does this bird look familiar? Likely so—it's one of the most abundant birds in North America!

But the Red-winged Blackbird is more than a prolific breeder with flashy red-and-yellow wing patches. Scientists have long been fascinated by this species' complex behavior. Red-winged Blackbirds travel up to 50 miles to feed, then gather in huge flocks to roost—up to several million birds in one location. In some areas, it's common for the blackbirds' parenting skills to be put to the test by cowbirds leaving one or more intruder eggs to be raised by an unwitting host (brood parasitism).
Image credit: © Biodiversity Heritage Library (Flickr).
CC BY 2.0. Some rights reserved.
Farmers do not find the Red-winged Blackbird quite as fascinating—mainly because of its appetite for corn, oats, and sunflower seeds. This case of human–wildlife conflict has been going on since the 1600s, when Midwest farmers began growing cereal crops.

Learn more about "redwings" in the SDZG Library's new fact sheet, and look for them in a marsh or park near you.

Book of the Month

Mosi Musa

Mosi Musa

A True Tale about a Baby Monkey Raised by His Grandma


By Georgeanne Irvine (2019)

Mosi Musa is a heartwarming, hardcover children’s book that features the true story about Mosi Musa, a baby vervet monkey at the San Diego Zoo, who had a challenging start to life because his mother showed no interest in caring for him. When Mosi’s Grandma Thelma steps in to raise him, keepers are relieved. Although the human caretakers need to bottle feed the tiny monkey, Grandma Thelma does the rest: cuddling, grooming, and protecting him. Together, Mosi and Grandma Thelma show how special—and important—grandmas truly are.

Mosi Musa’s endearing story, written by Georgeanne Irvine, is illustrated with colorful and engaging photographs, and includes a section featuring fun facts about vervet monkeys. Mosi Musa, published by San Diego Zoo Global Press, is part of its Hope and Inspiration Collection. — Publisher

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New Books & DVDs

Bond, Alan B., and Judy Diamond. 2019. Thinking like a parrot : perspectives from the wild. QL696 .P7 B66 2019 MAIN

Elephant Specialist Advisory Group. 2017. Understanding elephants : guidelines for safe and enjoyable elephant viewing. QL737 .P98 E43 2017 MAIN

Graf, Heike (ed.). 2016. The environment in the age of the internet. EBOOK

Irvine, Georgeanne. 2019. Mosi Musa : A true tale about a baby monkey raised by his grandma. QL76.5 .C35 S36 I782 2019 MAIN

McCoy, Tom. 2019. The aloes of Arabia. ZOO HORT

Meuser, Natascha. 2019. Zoo buildings. QL76 .M48 2019 MAIN

San Diego Zoo Global. 2019. San Diego Zoo Global animal care standards and operational guidelines. QL76.5 .C35 S36 S265 REF

Sutherland, William J., et al. (eds.). 2019. What works in conservation. EBOOK

Vogelnest, Larry,and Timothy Portas (eds.). 2019. Current therapy in medicine of Australian mammals. QL733 .C87 2019 ZOO HOSP / HARTER HOSP

Wilson, John W., and Richard B. Primack. 2019. Conservation biology in sub-Saharan Africa. EBOOK

ICR Seminars on DVD

Buchalski, Michael. 2019. Conservation genomics and management of bighorn sheep (Ovis canadensis) in California.

Chock, Rachel. 2019. Competition in Pacific pocket mouse communities and its application to reintroduction science.

Cooper, Kimberly. 2019. How (and why) the jerboa got its long legs.

Crudge, Brian, and Thona Li. 2019. Securing a future of bears in Southeast Asia: a multi‐pronged approach.

Meyer, Andrew. 2019. ReWild Mission Bay.

Shurin, Jonathan. 2019. How do climate, animals, and resources shape ecosystems?

Stern, Jenny. 2019. Why study bear hair? Insights from research on wild and zoo polar bears.

What Are We Reading?

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

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!

Campera M, Phelps M, Besnard F, Balestri M, Eppley TM, Nijman V, Donati G. 2019. Does forest management and researchers’ presence reduce hunting and forest exploitation by local communities in Tsitongambarika, south-east Madagascar? Oryx. 53(4):677–686. doi:10.1017/S0030605317001211

Doughty H, Veríssimo D, Tan RCQ, Lee JSH, Carrasco LR, Oliver K, Milner-Gulland EJ. 2019. Saiga horn user characteristics, motivations, and purchasing behaviour in Singapore. PLOS ONE 14(9):e0222038. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0222038

Greggor AL, Trimmer PC, Barrett BJ, Sih A. 2019. Challenges of learning to escape evolutionary traps. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution 7. doi:10.3389/fevo.2019.00408

Hammond TT, Blackwood PE, Shablin SA, Richards-Zawacki CL. 2020. Relationships between glucocorticoids and infection with Batrachochytrium dendrobatidis in three amphibian species. General and Comparative Endocrinology 285:113269. doi:10.1016/j.ygcen.2019.113269

Moss JB, Gerber GP, Welch ME. 2019. sHeterozygosity-fitness correlations reveal inbreeding depression in neonatal body size in a critically endangered rock iguana. Journal of Heredity. doi:10.1093/jhered/esz060

Thomas-Walters L, McNulty C, Veríssimo D. 2019. A scoping review into the impact of animal imagery on pro-environmental outcomes. Ambio. doi:10.1007/s13280-019-01271-1

Van Horn RC, Sutherland‐Smith M, Sarcos AEB, Thomas G, Shanks JA, Owen MA. 2019. The Andean bear alopecia syndrome may be caused by social housing. Zoo Biology 38(5):434–441. doi:10.1002/zoo.21512

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