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Conservation

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You’re probably aware of the good work that the Santa Barbara Zoo does with our own animals. However, many people are not aware of the work we do in the wild.

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Back from the Brink

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The Santa Barbara Zoo is a partner in the heroic effort to save California condors in the wild.

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Nest Monitoring

Intensive monitoring of each wild condor nest allows SB Zoo, U.S. Fish and Wildlife, and partner organizations to administer emergency aid to chicks in need.

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Veterinary Support

After administering vaccinations to a 60-day old wild chick in its nest, a Santa Barbara Zoo vet ascends a sheer cliff face.

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Restoration

By picking up small trash items in the wilderness, Santa Barbara Zoo staff and volunteers prevent condors from unwittingly feeding these items to their chicks.

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Unique & Endangered

Island foxes on four of the eight California Channel Islands are recovering well from near extinction just ten years ago.

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Fox Monitoring

A Santa Barbara Zoo staff member assists the National Park Service in monitoring released Channel Island foxes.

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Knowledge and Understanding

The Santa Barbara Zoo was the first institution to breed foxes on the mainland, allowing us to add to our natural history knowledge of this rare species.

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Veterinary Support

Santa Barbara Zoo veterinary staff are on-call to assist with procedures and emergencies on the Islands.

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In Our Own Backyard

Nearly one-third of amphibians worldwide – almost 2,000 species – are threatened with extinction. Many are in our own backyard.

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Frog watch
USA Partner

The Santa Barbara Zoo is a participant in Frogwatch USA, a long-term monitoring program to help conserve amphibians across the nation.

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Monitoring & Research

Santa Barbara Zoo staff assist the United States Forest Service in monitoring threatened and endangered species in the Los Padres National Forest.

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Protection

Santa Barbara Zoo staff place an exclosure around a red-legged frog egg mass to protect it from predation by invasive species.

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For more information, to volunteer, or to otherwise support our work, please contact Dr. Estelle Sandhaus, Director of Conservation and Research at (805) 962-5339, ext. 192 or esandhaus@sbzoo.org.

The Santa Barbara Zoo is dedicated to the preservation, conservation, and enhancement of the natural world and its living treasures through education, research, and recreation.

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