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I thought I’d share my grad school project with everyone to help promote conservation and share how it benefits not only certain species, but entire ecosystems as well. For example, rhinos are an iconic species that are important to their environment because their large body size allows them break down trees and shrubs, which result in large clearings of open savanna (notice how it blends in with its surroundings in the first photo). This in turn allows species like cheetahs to accelerate at top speeds and have better hunting success. It also allows large herds of zebras and impalas to have access to grazing vegetation necessary for their survival. Without rhinos or any other large megafauna in the area, there would be uncontrolled growth of trees and shrubs, resulting in more woodland habitats than open savanna/grassland habitats that many species are adapted for. It goes to show that if we take one piece out of the environment, it can affect the entire ecosystem. This was one of many things that I learned during my time in Namibia this summer through my #earthexpeditions with @projectdragonfly. I hope to inspire others to learn more about conservation ecology and its significance to all threatened ecosystems around the world.
If that wasn't adorable enough, shingleback skinks are one of the few in the animal kingdom that can have a single mate for life 💕 #sundayfunday #yawn #socute #skink #shingleback #lizard #reptile #reptilesofinstagram #sandiegozoo #sandiegozooglobal #hireme #video #videooftheday #🦎 #🦖 #😍
Timber and Gray Wolves! Curator's Club Breakfast at the San Diego Zoo #sandiegozoo #sandiegozooglobal
Eurasian Eagle Owl, Curator's Club Breakfast at the San Diego Zoo #sandiegozoo #sandiegozooglobal
Curator's Club Breakfast San Diego Zoo #sandiegozoo #sandiegozooglobal
Happy World Okapi Day! This beautiful animal remained unknown to the modern world until 1901, and to this day few people have encountered them in the wild. Residing only in the dense tropical forests of the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Okapi has experienced over a 50% population decline due to poaching and habitat destruction, mostly through illegal mining and timber operations, which are exacerbated by the species’ small range. Please support places like the San Diego Zoo, which plays a pivotal role in breeding a reserve population for this species and works directly with the Okapi Conservation Project in the Congo to preserve this species and its native forest habitat. #sandiegozoo #sandiegosafaripark #sandiegozooglobal #okapi #okapiconservationproject #favoriteanimal
We visited the zoo this weekend! Had a great time the kids learned some new things too! #sandiegophotographer #sdlifestyle #sd #sdphotography #sandiegozoo #sandiegozooglobal #nationalgeographic
I don’t think you can ask for a better day. Being out with my lovely ladies, and getting to bond with these animals is amazing. #sandiegolife #sandiegozoosafaripark #sandiegozooglobalwildlifeconservancy #sandiegozooglobal #safaripark #wildlifeconservation #sandiegogram #loveforanimals #loveforanimals ❤️ #giraffelove #rhinoceros #saveanimals #keeprhinoshorny
Quill you be going to the @sdzSafariPark soon? If so, stick around the Animal Care Center, you may get to see this cutie! #Repost @lisadiazphotography ・・・ The Cutest Baby Porcupine I’ve Ever Laid Eyes On 😍#babyporcupine #porcupine #nursery #sdzsp #sandiegozoosafaripark #sandiegozooglobal #sdzsp #zoo #zoophotography #babyanimals #cuteface #wildlifeplanet #nature_sultans
2-month old Zuli, African elephant, born at the San Diego Safari Park. Nearly 7 weeks after he was born, he welcomed a baby sister from a different mother. The joy of seeing not one, but 2 baby African elephants grow up with one another will be very special. 🐘 #africanelephant #zooborns #elephant #elephantlover #endangeredspecies #sandiegozooandsafaripark #zoo #sandiegozooglobal #visitthezoo #special #babylove #funatthezoo #motherslove #motherandson
❤️M’Bari❤️ One of my top favorite cats.🐾Oct 6, 2018 he will be 15 years old this month. #PhotoDelightsByDebbieBeals #LionsByDebbieBeals #SanDiegoZoo #SanDiegoZooGlobal #Nikon
Feeling Blessed that I get to see this Guy Every Week. 🖤🖤🖤🖤🖤#Ruuxa #zoophotography #wildlifephoto #wildlifephotography #zoo #sdzsp #sandiegozooglobal #sandiegozoosafaripark
Kids Free in October!!! . . During the month of October kids get in Free to San Diego Zoo and Safari Park. . . Also at Sea World kids get in Free per paid adult admission . . Take advantage of this great deal!!! @sandiegozoo @seaworldsandiego @sdzsafaripark
It’s still pool season here in San Diego! ☀️Did you know that a Polar Bears can smell a seal from a mile away? 😲 Now that’s one impressive nose! Although Polar Bears have no natural predators they are listed as #threatenedspecies due to climate change and an increase in industrial-scale human activities. 🌏 • • • #polarbear #sandiego #sandiegozoo #sandiegozooglobal #conservation #endextinction #animalsareawesome #animalphotography #polarbearswim #polarbearlover #polarbearsofinstagram
4 your birthday I'd like 2 honor your decision 2 gift your money 2 the San Diego Zoo when U left us. What a wonderful gift 2 those who won't squabble over its importance. 2 years later and it's still really rough without U. #sandiegozoo #sandiegozooafricarocks #sandiegozooglobal
When the work of our Twiga Walinzi (Giraffe Guards) is covered by the incredible @amivitale - here during some school programs, with the creepiest giraffe head ever #Halloween . . . . . . . . @sararacamp @r.e.s.c.u.e @giraffe_conservation @sandiegozoo #sandiegozooglobal #giraffe #conservation
Yay! It’s October and throughout the month of October , kids 11 and under receive free admission to the @sandiegozoo and @sdzsafaripark with an adult. There will be special events on the weekend and you can ride the guided bus or kangaroo bus for only $5! A maximum of 10 children are free per each supervised ticketed adult. Link in bio. #sandiegozoo #sandiegozoosafaripark #sandiego #sandiegozooglobal #balboapark #california #cali #sandiegophotos #sandiegophotography #sandiegophotographer #photoshoot #photography #photographer #nikon #model #filmphotography #film #dailyphoto #balboaparksandiego #zoo #kidsfree #kidsfreeinoctober
Have a blooming Saturday 🌺💕 #weekendvibes #flowerpower 🌸 #naturephotography 📸: by me, back in 2011 at @sandiegozoo
Spent a wonderful day at the amazing San Diego Zoo #cruising #emeraldprincess #sandiegozooglobal
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