|San Diego Zoo (Taken 2.18.2021)|
And now here we are. I love the San Diego Zoo and I'll do what I can to maintain the level of membership that I have, though there isn't a direct equivalent, but it also really, really pisses me off. I love the organization, I love the conservation efforts and partnerships they have around the world, but jacking up their prices right now feels super tone-deaf. All that said, I'll probably make a visit later today. We'll see. In the meantime, stay safe out there.
- COVID ActNow School Guidance
For the next five to eight months, safe in-person learning will mean focusing on the areas of trust, transportation, infection control, occupational health and safety standards, testing, and vaccination. The return to classrooms will have critical academic and social benefits for children across America. The goal of zero or near-zero transmission within a school is not only ideal, it is possible, because it can be achieved with the right infection control measures.
- Democratic leaders criticize Biden administration's "outmoded" guidance on aerosol COVID-19 spread - CBS News (3.2.21)
Numerous studies have demonstrated that aerosols produced through breathing, talking, and singing are concentrated close to the infected person, can remain in air and viable for long periods of time and travel long distances within a room and sometimes farther.
- COVID-19: Key Insights from GAO’s Oversight of the Federal Public Health Response - GAO
- NIH study finds that people with SARS-CoV-2 antibodies may have a low risk of future infection - NIH (2.24.21)
- CDC director to states: Don't roll back COVID-19 safety measures - Becker's Hospital Review (3.2.21)
Seventy thousand cases a day seems good compared to where we were just a few months ago. Please hear me clearly: At this level of cases with variants spreading, we stand to completely lose the hard-earned ground we have gained.
- McConnell asks the Supreme Court to obliterate the Voting Rights Act - Popular.info (3.2.21)
- The T**** administration quietly spent billions in hospital funds on Operation Warp Speed - STAT News (3.2.21)
- San Diego Zoo Global becomes San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance, jacks membership rates. The new membership packages seem to indicate that the San Diego Zoo will move to a paid parking situation, too. (See press release at end of this post)
- US forces: Rockets hit airbase in Iraq hosting US troops - AP News (3.3.21)
- Other Reading/Watching:
- Posting less, posting more, and tired of it all: How the pandemic has changed social media. One year in, Covid-19 has altered everything, including how we use social media. - Vox/Recode (3.1.21)
- San Diego County:
- County of San Diego’s Emergency Rental Assistance Program (Open through 3/16)
- San Diego County COVID Watch
- 8,399 Cases (2/14-2/27)
- 3,964 Interviewed
- 2,300 Claim no potential community exposure
- 1,515 Household exposures
SAN DIEGO ZOO WILDLIFE ALLIANCE NEWS RELEASE
San Diego Zoo Global Evolves into the San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance, Integrating Collaboration, Innovation and Partnerships to Tackle Wildlife’s Largest Challenges
To commemorate the transformation, world-renowned artist Romero Britto commissions one-of-a-kind masterwork, to represent the importance and urgency of San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance’s mission
SAN DIEGO (March 3, 2021) Today, on World Wildlife Day, San Diego Zoo Global is evolving into the San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance (SDZWA), broadening integrated approaches to protecting and conserving wildlife around the globe, an all-new brand identity which emphasizes the health of wildlife, people, and the environment are interconnected and linked to the health of our planet. The new name and vision of a world where all life thrives more accurately reflects the organization’s focus on wildlife conservation which started in Southern California over 100 years ago.
“While the San Diego Zoo is synonymous with some of the greatest advancements in wildlife care and conservation, our future depends on a sustained and committed focus to the health and well-being of all life on earth,” said Paul Baribault, president and CEO of San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance. “We must evolve to meet the growing needs of wildlife in the 21st century and we can’t do this alone. We are placing partnerships and hope at the heart of our organization through this transformation. As the first responders to wildlife in need, our reason for existence, and our responsibility, is to share our expertise to improve outcomes. That requires global collaboration in animal care, innovative solutions to halt the loss of biodiversity, and dedication to a one health approach.”
San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance’s expertise in caring for wildlife is at the core of what makes them a unique player in conservation. The deep and extensive knowledge from more than a century of experience around wildlife care, health, nutrition, and conservation science makes the Alliance invaluable in the global effort to save species. Their evidence-based approach leverages the diverse skills of their teams and partners, showcasing the limitless potential of how together, partners can change outcomes for wildlife in their native habitats. And it all starts with the plants and animals the Alliance supports at home in San Diego.
Unique to the San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance are the two “front doors” of the organization, the San Diego Zoo and Safari Park. These parks are essential to fulfilling the mission of San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance, transferring the knowledge that team members garner on the ground in San Diego, into meaningful and impactful conservation work around the globe. Over five million visitors annually walk through these two front doors, where they get to engage with and directly learn about some of the wildlife the organization is dedicated to saving.
At the core of their commitment to the wildlife at the San Diego Zoo and Safari Park, the San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance is showing up as a strong partner and collaborator with a global network of nearly 200 leading and renowned conservation organizations, including Save the Elephants, Polar Bears International, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Northern Rangelands Trust, and many others with a common goal of protecting the world’s wildlife.
“Saving wildlife starts with people and community involvement is key to successful conservation efforts,” says Nadine Lamberski, chief conservation and wildlife health officer at San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance. “We share our expertise, learn from the experiences of our partners, and work together with local communities to develop the tools needed to safeguard biodiversity which is necessary for a healthy, thriving planet.”
Over the past 105 years, the Alliance has conceptualized, developed, and honed a unique set of skills and strengths that have become a big part of the role they play in greater conservation efforts globally. This unique “Conservation Toolbox” includes expertise in conservation technology, ecological applications, reproductive management; community engagement; disease surveillance; genetic rescue; education; wildlife health, nutrition and care, and is also home to one of the Alliance’s most valuable assets for the world’s wildlife – the Wildlife Biodiversity Bank – a resource consisting of living cell lines that can be used to bring species back from the brink of extinction, as we just witnessed with the Przewalski’s horse and black footed ferret, to help us restore populations to their native habitats one day.
However, while the San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance has had major successes globally, there remain a host of threats to the planet, including climate change, biodiversity loss, invasive species, habitat degradation, human-wildlife conflict, wildlife trafficking, and emerging diseases, that require conservation organizations to step up their efforts more rapidly and more strategically than ever before, with a greater commitment to changing outcomes for wildlife.
“If the past twelve months have shown us anything, it’s that everything is interconnected,” says Lamberski. “2020 was our wake-up call and 2021 provides a turning point. We have the opportunity to build back better, to restore the balance of nature, and foster a healthy, equitable world where all life thrives.”
That’s the first step. The San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance further aims to make wildlife conservation understandable by all, providing our audiences with a heightened awareness of the opportunities and challenges that wildlife face today, and showing how real impact is achieved through partnerships around the globe. And, with their partners around the world, San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance is aligning to transform the future of conservation and save threatened species worldwide.
Tied to the launch, San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance sought to collaborate with a world-renowned artist whose art defines transformation and shares a mutual view of the world with a lens filled with hope. San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance partnered with world-renowned artist, Romero Britto, to unveil a commissioned one-of-a-kind mural to help convey the importance of this change and the urgent nature of the challenge wildlife faces. Britto’s work represents the importance of conservation, the urgency of the San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance’s mission and a renewed hope and awareness to the importance of saving wildlife worldwide.
“As an artist, I am in the business of hope. These wonderful creatures don't have a voice, so we must advocate for their future,” says Britto. “I believe my art can inspire someone and make them stop and really think about something in a new way that sparks action, awareness and hope. With this grand focus by San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance on the importance of partnerships, I look to share how I’ve been inspired by their mission, and can inspire more people to get involved and support their efforts to save wildlife.”
In the spirit of global conservation, Alaska Airlines has joined forces with San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance to donate 1 million miles to support San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance’s efforts.
San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance is committed to turning all guests into “Allies For Wildlife” to help support solutions to the greatest conservation challenges of our lifetime. San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance family and friends can help save the world’s wildlife by joining the Alliance by becoming a member, donating at SDZWA.org, visiting the San Diego Zoo and Safari Park and by using #SDZWA on social.