Author: Jared Paddock

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Safari West staff and conservation writer.

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

Nikki and Nikki: The Keeper and the Giraffe

Christmas came a bit early this year at Safari West. On November 8th at about 3 in the afternoon one of our giraffes, a beautiful female by the name of...

December 1, 2015 by Jared Paddock

Conservation Corner: River Otters Return

As a conservation park and educational facility Safari West is proud to be a safe haven for many of Africa’s endangered species. From our growing herds of dama gazelle and...

November 1, 2015 by Jared Paddock

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Conservation Corner: River Otters Return