Sandy Masuo is the Greater Los Angeles Zoo Association's associate editor in the Publications Division in addition to being a pop culture journalist, educator, horticulturalist, and published novelist. Her debut novel – a murder mystery set in a zoo – is entitled Unnatural Selection: Lessons of Life and Death on the Paper Trail and was published last year under the nom de plume Rosana DuMas.
The past year has been a roller coaster ride for everyone—wildlife included. In addition to the challenges of the pandemic, wildfires added unexpected twists to what was generally an exceptional year for the mountain yellow-legged frog (MYLF) conservation program.
Cooler temperatures and less daylight mean most of us will be hunkering down with movies, books, and puzzles until spring. Many animals have more intense strategies for chilling out during the winter months.
This year’s virtual celebration of one of our favorite animal holidays — International Vulture Awareness Day — is part of two full weekends of online presentations and activities to mark California Biodiversity Day.