Author: Jared Paddock

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Safari West staff and conservation writer.

Conservation Corner: Settling for Second. The Evolutionary Cost of Trophy Hunting

Now that Valentine’s Day is here and spring is upon us, that season when a young man’s fancy turns to love is just around the corner. It seems with all this...

February 12, 2016 by Jared Paddock

Animal Update: How’s Gizmo?

Gizmo Jaxon the patas monkey; star of the Safari West Name That Monkey extravaganza! Remember that adorable little guy? You fans of Safari West helped name him back in August...

February 12, 2016 by Jared Paddock

Safari Spotlight: The Nile Lechwe

Have you heard the term sexual dimorphism? Don’t worry if you haven’t. Like most fancy science words, it’s a simple idea hidden in a confusing term. Basically, if a species...

February 12, 2016 by Jared Paddock

Safari Spotlight: So Many Guineafowl!

“Some of your speckled turkeys got out.” "What's that fat, blue-headed bird?" “Why do you let your weird chickens run loose?” This is a small sampling of the questions and comments we get...

January 21, 2016 by Jared Paddock

Generation Conservation: Meet Mercedie

Last month, we spotlighted young Teylana Jenkins, a conservation advocate and one of the youngest donors we’ve ever come across. To say we were excited to see such passion in...

January 21, 2016 by Jared Paddock

Safari West: Our Story

Out of Africa, into Sonoma County Welcome to a new year; a time of remembrance and reflection, a time to look back on where we’ve come from and forward to where...

January 21, 2016 by Jared Paddock

Conservation Corner: Remembering Nola

Keystone Species and the Value of an Ecosystem Nola, a Northern White Rhinoceros and resident at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, died this November. On the 22nd of that month,...

December 1, 2015 by Jared Paddock

Safari Spotlight: the Cape Buffalo

In this month’s Spotlight, we cast our attention on the Cape Buffalo. While not as well known as the giraffe or the rhinoceros, the cape buffalo is nonetheless one of...

December 1, 2015 by Jared Paddock

Meet Teyla!

Cheetah Conservation Hero! Once upon a time zoos and wildlife parks existed mostly as venues to experience the mysterious and the fantastical. They were places where the behemoths and monsters of...

December 1, 2015 by Jared Paddock

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