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Western Pond Turtles Released on Presidio Campus as a Reintroduction Effort

Jordan Schaul | Posted 11.02.2015 | Green
Jordan Schaul

According to Jessie Bushell, San Francisco Zoo Director of Conservation and Western pond turtle Species Survival Plan (SSP) Coordinator: "The Western pond turtle's presence is a strong indicator of our ecosystem's health."

Tales of the Chapeau

Emillio Mesa | Posted 10.26.2015 | San Francisco
Emillio Mesa

Throughout the late 17th and early 18th century, hats appeared to be for the birds. Or at least, made of them. Oodles of feathers from exotic species, and sometimes even an entire stuffed bird, would be the main ornament of choice on ladies' millinery.

Birds of a Feather, Fashion Together

Emillio Mesa | Posted 12.30.2014 | San Francisco
Emillio Mesa

The flock of stylish femmes were greeted and graciously hosted by Lori Shigekane, Charley Zeches and Mindy Henderson. It was an uplifting exploration of psychology, zoology and what truly defines an "Exotic Bird."

This Ocean Art Is Beautiful And Horrifying At The Same Time

The Huffington Post | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 05.31.2014 | Green

They’re beautiful from a distance -- and appalling upon closer inspection. A styrofoam coral reef, a water bottle jelly fish and a plastic whale ...

LOOK: Baby Gorilla And Grandma Is The Cutest Thing You'll See Today

The Huffington Post | Lydia O'Connor | Posted 12.20.2013 | Green

The San Francisco Zoo is on an apparent mission to inundate you with baby animal cuteness. To wrap up a banner year of newborns, the zoo is finally re...

The Cutest Baby Animal You Didn't Know Existed

The Huffington Post | Lydia OConnor | Posted 11.18.2013 | Green

These furry, pig-like pups might be the cutest baby animal you didn’t know existed. The San Francisco Zoo just welcomed six newborn Chacoan pecca...

LOOK: You Need To See This Baby Gorilla Photo

Robin Wilkey | Posted 07.19.2013 | Green

Hold the presses. The San Francisco Zoo just welcomed a baby gorilla to the world on Wednesday -- and she's a total ham. Just two days after being...

LOOK: The Cutest Baby Penguins Learn to Eat On Their Own

Posted 07.15.2013 | Good News

Five baby penguins just enrolled in 'Fish School' at the San Francisco Zoo, where they’re learning to eat on their own and going through the awkward...

OMG: Look At The SF Zoo's New Baby Giraffe

Aaron Sankin | Posted 05.29.2013 | San Francisco

How can something so big be so freaking adorable? Early Wednesday morning, that was the question likely being asked by staffers at the San Francisc...

PHOTOS: Meet The SF Zoo's Adorable New Addition

Posted 05.26.2013 | San Francisco

It's a girl! The San Francisco zoo welcomed a rare Sumatran tiger cub last month, and this weekend, she officially debuted to the public. The pr...

LOOK: SF Zoo's Rhino Eats The Ravens For Breakfast

Hannah Bricker | Posted 02.01.2013 | San Francisco

The San Francisco Zoo is taking the phrase "crushing the competition" to a new level. On Thursday morning, Boone, the zoo's beloved black rhino, d...

PHOTOS: The SF Zoo's Prized Chimpanzee Passes Away

Hannah Bricker | Posted 01.08.2013 | San Francisco

The San Francisco Zoo lost one of its most exceptional animals over weekend. Tallulah, the matriarch of the chimpanzee troop, passed away January ...

WATCH: San Francisco Zoo Penguins Sing 'Jingle Bells'

Posted 02.14.2013 | San Francisco

Let's be honest. Penguins are pretty much the coolest arctic bird out there. Not only have they managed to successfully embrace gay marriage before...

PHOTOS: The Cutest Polar Bear Birthday You'll Ever See

Posted 01.16.2013 | San Francisco

Ladies and gentlemen, the miracle of nature is in full force over at the San Francisco Zoo. Two of the facility's beloved polar bears, Piké and Ul...

Meet The Giants' Most Adorable Good Luck Charm

Carly Schwartz | Posted 12.25.2012 | San Francisco

When it comes to the World Series, everyone has their superstitions. Our own editor got pooped on by a bird right when Pablo Sandoval hit his second h...

PHOTOS: San Francisco Zoo's Beloved Tapir Found Dead

Sarah Medina | Posted 08.28.2012 | San Francisco

Goober, the San Francisco Zoo's 18-year-old Baird Tapir, died this weekend after a two-year struggle with oral cancer. Zookeepers found his body i...

PHOTOS: Baby Wallaby Peeks His Head Out

Posted 05.19.2012 | San Francisco

Ladies and gentlemen, he sees the light. San Francisco Zoo officials delighted at the sight of their baby red-necked wallaby, who peeked his head o...

PHOTOS: Gene, San Francisco Zoo's Beloved Rhino, Passes Away

Carly Schwartz | Posted 05.02.2012 | San Francisco

It was a sad week for officials at the San Francisco zoo, who lost their beloved 24-year-old black rhino, Gene, to kidney failure on Monday. Gene, ...

Baby Golden Gate Park Bison Killed After Encounter With Small Dog

Aaron Sankin | Posted 01.05.2012 | San Francisco

A baby bison from the iconic herd in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park has died after an unfortunate encounter with a small dog. Around 9am on Wedne...

ADORABLE ALERT: New Residents Waddle Into San Francisco Zoo

Carly Schwartz | Posted 01.10.2012 | San Francisco

The San Francisco zoo received a gaggle of adorable new residents last week when six rescued penguins waddled into their new home. The birds, part ...

WATCH: Hipster Monkeys Take Over SF Zoo

Robin Wilkey | Posted 11.01.2011 | San Francisco

First, there was Puppy Cam. Then came Hipster Puppies. (Not to be confused with Hipster Dinosaurs.) Rounding out the trifecta of SF-centric adorea...

Gorilla In The Room Has Toothache

Posted 09.12.2011 | San Francisco

They say that an 800-pound gorilla can sit anywhere he wants. But when he's got a toothache, there's only one place he can go -- into the dentist's ch...

Bananas for My Elephant

Denise Vivaldo | Posted 07.10.2011 | Travel
Denise Vivaldo

Last year, I went to Thailand, which was my husband's dream vacation. A local tour guide told us about the "Spend the Day with An Elephant" excursion. I was in.

Letting The Tiger Out: How A Zoo Tragedy Helped Me Write My Book

Suzanne Rivecca | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Suzanne Rivecca

"That tiger's just pacing around your brain, making a mess in there," a writer friend told me. "You've got to let it out." Eventually, I did.

Baby Penguins March To New Home At San Francisco Zoo's Penguin Island (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

Huffington Post | Barbara Fenig | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

Four Magellanic penguin chicks marched to their new residence at the San Francisco Zoo's Penguin Island. The March of the Penguins event occurs annual...