Just one glimpse of the tiny gold-fronted leaf bird – a flash of green, yellow, and blue – is all it takes to understand the appeal of keeping such a beauty as a pet. But these other songbirds are being taken from the wild at unsustainable levels.
The connections we form with animals are special. They may differ from the bonds that develop with other humans, but they can affect us and enrich our lives just as deeply. The loss on November 29 of Pandora, 50-year-old matriarch of the L.A. Zoo’s chimpanzee troop, was felt powerfully by her simian and human family.
Notable recent births include two dozen critically endangered Santa Catalina Island rattleless rattlesnakes. In the wild, these snakes can only be found on one tiny island off the coast of Baja California. Given the stresses on wild populations, breeding programs like ours are essential for species survival.