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.
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.