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September 2016

The Bald and the Beautiful - Vultures!
Beautiful Sunbird Fact Sheet
Zoo & Conservation News
Book of the Month
New Books & DVDs
Recent Returns

The Bald and the Beautiful - Vultures!

Include learning more about vultures in your celebration of International Vulture Awareness Day, September 6, and test out trial access to new content in our Search Everything online service.  Click here to get started, and take a closer look.

Bald and beautiful? Although bare-faced, you'll see some species do have plumage on their heads.  But all vultures provide a beautiful service as important scavengers that help make terrestrial habitats “clean” by disposing of dead animals (carrion).  

We'll have access to expanded content in Search Everything until September 30.  This is a great time to research and explore, and let us know what you think.  Please note, access to is limited to SDZG Staff and Volunteers.       

Beautiful Sunbird Fact Sheet

Our second featured bird is abundant enough in Africa that most scientific investigation has passed it by. The Beautiful Sunbird, Cinnyris pulchellus, is a small, nectar-sipping bird that you’ll find visiting flowers in West and East Africa. Though common in the wild, they’re rarely seen in captivity. At the San Diego Zoo and Safari Park, we’re lucky enough to have devoted keepers who look after a small number of Beautiful Sunbirds—though these delicate fliers are generally housed off-exhibit.

Wondering why the Zoo’s keepers scramble to gather hundreds of spiders whenever a new sunbird chick hatches? Or how these birds disguise their nests using lichen and cobwebs? Or what the Xhosa people’s proverb “he has a sunbird’s tongue” means? We hope you’ll check out The Zoo Library’s new Beautiful Sunbird fact sheet to learn more.

Click on the image or link above, and take some sweet sips of what this little bird is all about. Special thanks to our reviewers Professor Bob Cheke (author of Sunbirds, 2001), Dave Rimlinger (Zoo Curator of Birds), and Athena Wilson (Zoo Keeper) for sharing their sunbird knowledge and stories.

Zoo & Conservation News

Busy saving species from extinction? No spare time to keep up with the news? Looking for conversation starters? Try SDZG Library's weekly news roundup, Zoo & Conservation News.

Every Friday, subscribers receive an email with headlines, pictures, and links to the latest news on zoos and aquariums; animal health and welfare; animal, plant, and ecosystem biology and conservation; and zoo and conservation technologies.

Everyone is welcome to subscribe or view online. Please share this great resource with your colleagues at the AZA Annual Conference!

Book of the Month

Camera trapping for wildlife research

Camera Trapping for Wildlife Research


Francesco Rovero & Fridolin Zimmermann, eds. (2016)

This book provides a much-needed guide to the sound use of camera trapping for the most common ecological applications to wildlife research.

  • Selecting the right camera type
  • Set-up and field deployment of your camera trap 
  • Defining the sampling design: presence/absence, species inventory, abundance; occupancy at species level; capture-mark-recapture for density estimation; behavioural studies; community-level analysis 
  • Data storage, management and analysis for your research topic, with illustrative examples for using R and Excel
  • Using camera trapping for monitoring, conservation and public engagement.

Each chapter is essential reading for students, scientists, ecologists, educators and professionals involved in wildlife research or management. 

Request the Book of the Month

New Books & DVDs

Beentje, Henk. 2016. The Kew plant glossary : an illustrated dictionary of plant terms (2nd ed.). QK9 .B44 2016 REF

Bro-Jorgensen, Jakob, and David P. Mallon, eds. 2016. Antelope conservation : from diagnosis to action. QL737 .U53 A575 2016 MAIN

Brown, Megan. 2016. Reproduction in a captive whooping crane flock [videorecording]. ICR SEMINAR SERIES

Jorgensen, Mark C. 2015. Desert bighorn sheep. QL737 .U53 J655 2015 MAIN

Lederer, Roger J. 2016. Beaks, bones, and bird songs : how the struggle for survival has shaped birds and their behavior. QL698.3 .L43 2016 MAIN

Mesnick, Sara. 2016. Culinary conservation : market-based incentives for vaquita conservation [videorecording]. ICR SEMINAR SERIES

PBS. 2016. Nature's perfect partners [videorecording]. QL785 .N38 2016 DVD

Petignat, Andry. 2015. Baobabs of the world : the upside-down trees of Madagascar, Africa and Australia. QK495 .M27 P48 2015

Rideout, Bruce. 2016. Preventing bird window collisions : how we are doing and what our guests think about it [videorecording]. ICR SEMINAR SERIES

Rovero, Francesco, and Fridolin Zimmermann, eds. 2016. Camera trapping for wildlife research. QH541.15 .C358 2016 MAIN

Thomson, Robert C., et al. 2016. California amphibian and reptile species of special concern. QL653 .C2 T46 2016 MAIN

USGS, USFWS. 2010. The heat is on : desert tortoises & survival [videorecording]. QL785 .N38 2010 DVD

Wich, Serge A., and Andrew Marshall, eds. 2016. An introduction to primate conservation. QL737 .P9 I585 2016 MAIN

Recent Returns

What's been piquing our interest these days?  Take a peek at the Recent Returns shelf to see what we're reading and watching at the Zoo, Park, and Institute. 

Staff and Volunteers can request books and DVDs by searching our catalog online or the LibraryWorld app.  Click Hold next to items and we'll deliver through interoffice mail or at our next Library Outreach.  Return items back through interoffice to Library-Beckman Center when you're done.  Easy!    

San Diego Zoo Global Library

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The San Diego Zoo Global Library is open to staff and volunteers. Please call before making a special trip, as we occasionally need to step out of the Library.

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M-F, 8:00 am - 4:30 pm


Outreach Events

Park —
Employee Lounge

Tuesday, September 27
10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Zoo —
Front St. Lounge

Wednesday, September 21
9:00 am - 1:00 pm

Zoo —
Richmond Lounge

Thursday, September 15
9:00 am - 1:00 pm

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