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ired of the same old Thanksgiving? Come to the Safari Park or the Zoo for your holiday feast instead! Our chefs are cooking up the perfect celebratory meal to share with family and friends on Thanksgiving Day, November 28, 2013, featuring all the fall favorites, served with a side of adventure!

SAN DIEGO ZOO SAFARI PARK Thanksgiving Buffet At the Safari Park’s Hunte Nairobi Pavilion, a lavish buffet offers Thanksgiving favorites and chef’s specialities, as well as a buffet just for the kids. Two seatings are available, at noon and 3 p.m. Cost is $42.95 for adults and $18.95 for children ages 3 through 11, plus tax and parking (nonmembers add Park admission).

SAN DIEGO ZOO Albert’s Thanksgiving Dinner At the Zoo’s Albert’s Restaurant, enjoy a gourmet, threecourse Thanksgiving feast with all the trimmings. The menu boasts free-range turkey, slow-roasted prime rib, seared seabass, or vegetarian wild mushroom risotto, plus decadent desserts. Cost is $37.95 for adults and $13.95 for children ages 3 through 11, plus Zoo admission for nonmembers.

SAN DIEGO ZOO Treetops Thanksgiving Buffet At the Zoo’s Treetops Banquet Room, a bountiful buffet offers continuous seating from 11:30 a.m. until 4 p.m. Selections include turkey, prime rib, traditional side dishes, salads, artisan breads, and a dessert bar. Cost is $42.95 for adults and $18.95 for children ages 3 through 11, plus Zoo admission for nonmembers.

To reserve your Thanksgiving celebration, call the Safari Park at 619-718-3000 or the Zoo at 619-557-3964.

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wildlife 8 Spirit of the Tiger Tigers are revered worldwide, and yet they are at serious risk of extinction. Humans are both the tiger’s greatest threat and greatest hope—find out what is being done to save these big cats. BY KAREN E. WORLEY

12 Calendar The 2014 calendar is a tribute to tigers, with four of the world’s six tiger subspecies represented in beautiful photos.

explore 38 Worldwild Tours Travel with San Diego Zoo Global in 2014 and experience the world’s wonders!

more 2 Chairman’s Note 4 Through the Lens 5 Save the Date 6 You Said It 40 What’s in Store 42 Support 44 From the Archives

on the cover: Bengal tiger Panthera tigris tigris Photo created at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom

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on this page: Sumatran tiger Panthera tigris sumatrae Photos by Ken Bohn, SDZG Photographer photos on pages 10, 18, 28 & 30: Created at Columbus Zoo All calendar photos by Ken Bohn, SDZG Photographer

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Exciting Successes AS WE START WINDING DOWN 2013, I want to share some great news with you

about the emerging results of our rebranding efforts for the organization. This has been a wonderful year for us in many ways, and as our members, you share in that success. In 2011, our organization made significant changes based on more than a decade of research, discussion, and observation. There had been a growing awareness that the identity, purpose, and “personality” of each main branch of our organization, and their relationships to one another, were not clear to the general public, and that this lack of understanding could well be holding us back. We had also decided to focus more than ever on our conservation work and our role as a conservation organization. It was time to turn in a new direction. We started with rebranding our research facility as the San Diego Zoo Institute for Conservation Research. The word “institute” clearly referred to a place where scientific discovery took place, and the scientists felt the new name gave their research more weight. It also connected them to the world-famous Zoo—in essence, the Zoo got credit for the conservation work of the Institute, and the Institute got linked more definitively to the Zoo’s worldwide reputation. With fieldwork taking place in more than 35 countries, we are much more than three facilities in San Diego. That emphasis then brought about the next change: renaming the overall organization as San Diego Zoo Global, which more accurately reflects our expanded mission. With these changes, we found that the pieces were fitting together much better, and the roles within the organization were becoming clearer. The remaining piece of the puzzle was the Park, and the rebranding effort there was the most difficult. We decided, after a great deal of analysis, deliberation, and even soul searching that the Wild Animal Park needed to become the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. This decision was not made lightly or hastily, and we do know that some of our members still prefer the old name. It was important, however, to give the Park the same weight and identifying connection that had been given to the Institute, and we needed to differentiate the experience visitors had at the Park—taking safaris—from the traditional zoo experience. We were convinced this was the right course. I am pleased to let you know that, to date, these changes have been even more successful than we initially hoped. As Bob McClure, the Safari Park director said, he “expected it to take at least a year or two for things to turn around. But by the time we hit summer that first year, it was clear that it was turning. The finances started to improve, and we were doing better than our budget projections.” Attendance was up, including the number of visitors who were not members, and the percentage of guests who purchased an additional safari rose from 3.5 percent to nearly 10 percent. People seemed to be getting the message about what the Park is and what it offers. As it turned out, 2012 was the best financial year in the Park’s history. And now, we’re seeing that 2013 is on track to beat 2012’s figures. These are funds that can now be invested back into the Park and San Diego Zoo Global. In addition, we wanted to measure how awareness of our organization might have changed after the rebranding efforts. Harris Interactive conducted a national online survey this past spring, and the findings were very encouraging. Some of the highlights: • The San Diego Zoo still had higher “unaided awareness” than any other zoo in the nation. • Familiarity with the Safari Park had jumped by 13 percentage points since a 2011 survey, to 71 percent. • More than any other destinations included in the survey, the Safari Park was seen as a place to learn about conservation. • San Diego Zoo Global was seen as an international conservation organization by 15 percent of those surveyed, up 6 percentage points from the 2011 survey. It has been enormously gratifying to see these changes taking place and to know that San Diego Zoo Global is on such a positive track. Even more important is the knowledge that so many more people are now discovering and experiencing our conservation work, many for the first time, and learning how they, too, can make a difference for wildlife. This process certainly had its share of conflicts and bumps in the road, but I want to thank all of you as our members for your support and dedication. Seeing what is possible when we work together is truly inspirational.

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Richard B. Gulley, Chairman William H. May, Vice Chairman Sandra A. Brue, Secretary Robert B. Horsman, Treasurer

BOARD OF TRUSTEES

M. Javade Chaudhri Berit N. Durler Clifford W. Hague Nan C. Katona Patricia L. Roscoe Steven G. Tappan Judith A. Wheatley David S. Woodruff, Ph.D., D.Sc.

TRUSTEES EMERITI Frank C. Alexander Kurt Benirschke, M.D. Weldon Donaldson Thompson Fetter Bill L. Fox Frederick A. Frye, M.D. George L. Gildred Yvonne W. Larsen John M. Thornton Albert Eugene Trepte Betty Jo F. Williams

William E. Beamer, General Counsel Douglas G. Myers, President/CEO Charles L. Bieler, Executive Director Emeritus

THE FOUNDATION OF SAN DIEGO ZOO GLOBAL OFFICERS

John E. Gartman, Chair Murray H. Hutchison, Vice Chair Margie Warner, Secretary Maryanne C. Pfister, Treasurer Mark A. Stuart, President Richard B. Gulley, Ex officio Douglas G. Myers, Ex officio

BOARD OF DIRECTORS Christine L. Andrews Richard A. Baldwin Joye D. Blount Rick Bregman Lisa S. Casey Douglas Dawson Berit N. Durler, Ex officio U. Bertram Ellis, Jr. Arthur E. Engel Fran Golden Craig L. Grosvenor Judith C. Harris Richard M. Hills Craig A. Irving Susan B. Major Susan N. McClellan Michael D. McKinnon George A. Ramirez Joyce Summers Thomas Tull

ALBERT’S RESTAURANT SPECIAL EVENTS

Late Harvest Winemaker Dinner

Saturday, November 9, 2013 Featuring

Reception with animal ambassadors at the Treetops Banquet Room, 6 to 6:45 p.m. Dinner immediately following at Albert’s Restaurant. Executive Chef Chris Mirguet and Albert’s Chef Charles Boukas have created the perfect menu to accompany the selected varietals from Benziger Family Winery. VP Mark Burningham will be present to explain the Benziger’s commitment to biodiversity and sustainability that creates such outstanding wine. $89 per person, plus tax and gratuity. Guests will be seated at tables of 8. Must be 21 years or older to attend. For reservations, call 619-557-3964 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily.

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M ildly W iledDinner N ew Ye a r’s E v Tuesday, December 31, 2013 Seating begins at 5 p.m. Ring in the New Year a little early with us and enjoy a delicious dinner specially prepared by Executive Chef Chris Mirguet and Albert’s Chef Charles Boukas. Start your New Year off right! $65 per person, plus tax and gratuity (nonmembers add Zoo admission); wine pairing available for an additional $15.

Call 619-557-3964 between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. daily to make your reservations.

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NOVEMBER 2013 VOL.LXXXVINO.11 MANAGING EDITOR KAREN E. WORLEY ASSOCIATE EDITORS PEGGY SCOTT DEBBIE ANDREEN STAFF WRITERS WENDY PERKINS KARYL CARMIGNANI SAN DIEGO ZOO GLOBAL PHOTOGRAPHER KEN BOHN DIGITAL IMAGING TECHNICIAN TAMMY SPRATT DESIGN AND PRODUCTION DAMIEN LASATER • CHRIS MARTIN HEIDI SCHMID • LISA BISSI JENNIFER MACEWEN PREPRESS AND PRINTING TRANSCONTINENTAL/PRINTED IN CANADA The Zoological Society of San Diego was founded in October 1916 by Harry M. Wegeforth, M.D., as a private, nonprofit corporation. The Zoological Society of San Diego does business as San Diego Zoo Global. ZOONOOZ® (ISSN 0044-5282) is currently published bimonthly. Publisher is San Diego Zoo Global, at 2920 Zoo Drive, San Diego, CA 92103, 619-231-1515. Periodicals postage paid at San Diego, California, U.S.A., and at additional mailing offices. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Membership Department, P.O. Box 120271, San Diego, CA 92112. Copyright® 2013 San Diego Zoo Global. All rights reserved. “ZOONOOZ” Reg. U.S. Pat. Office. All column and program titles are trademarks of San Diego Zoo Global. Annual Memberships: Dual $114, new; $99, renewal. Single $94, new; $82, renewal. Each membership includes unlimited entrance to the San Diego Zoo and the San Diego Zoo Safari Park.

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t seems like this year has flown by. But here we are in November, heading into the bustling holiday season. As you make your Thanksgiving plans, keep in mind that our chefs at the Zoo and Safari Park make an outstanding Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings—and you won’t have to cook, set the table, or do the dishes! Plus, you’ll be surrounded by wildlife for a pre- or post-meal stroll. Visit the koala colony in the Zoo’s Australian Outback, and along the way, say hello to the newly arrived Tasmanian devils. At the Park, Mombasa Lagoon is always a great spot to linger, and you can stop by to see Frank the gorilla, who just turned five this summer, as he and Monroe wrestle and play. In December, it’s Jungle Bells presented by Donkey Kong all the way at the Zoo, when the grounds stay open until 8 p.m. for holiday cheer with animal ambassadors, special presentations, glittering lights, delicious food treats like s’mores and hot chocolate, and, of course, “wild” shopping (remember that members get 10% off in our gift shops throughout November and December). I hope you’ll include us in your plans with friends, family, and out-of-town guests, and I wish you very Happy Holidays!

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8, 16, 22: KinderNights, at the Zoo 9, 16: Roar & Snore: The Park after Dark, at the Park 9: Albert’s Late Harvest Winemaker Dinner featuring Benziger Winery, at the Zoo

SAN DIEGO ZOO HOURS November 1–30: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. December 1–12 and 24: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. December 13–23 and 25–31: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

16, 23: KinderTots, at the Zoo

SAN DIEGO ZOO SAFARI PARK HOURS November 1–28: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. November 29–30: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. December 1 and 26–31: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. December 2–25: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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DECEMBER 7, 14: KinderTots, at the Zoo 13: Jungle Bells presented by Donkey Kong begins, at the Zoo 13, 14, 20: KinderNights, at the Zoo 14: Breakfast with Santa, at the Park 14, 21: Zoo Photography Workshop 20: Plant Day and Orchid Odyssey, at the Zoo 31: Albert’s Mildly Wild New Year’s Eve Dinner, at the Zoo

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you said it Grew up in San Diego only going to the San Diego Zoo. Every other zoo doesn’t even come close. Would love to take my boy. @_phxonfire Me and my new BFF Chuchamea are having [a] serious discussion. #summersafari @epalladin

These pandas are my escape from the crazy world we live in these days. I can come to the computer and turn these beautiful God-given creatures on and forget all the bad in the world and all my problems….Such joy these pandas bring to me as I cannot go out very much because of health issues. Thank you again for bringing this world to me! Sandy

Did anyone see the elephant play session in the pool today at about 10:30 a.m. EDT [on Elephant Cam]? There were up to nine ellies of different sizes in the pool together using their heads and trunks to splash, splash, splash! … What a treat it was to see this. Thank you SDZ. You made my day! Caroline

I for some reason thought that carrots were one of the polar bears’ main foods. I did not realize it was their snack. I will try to follow suit and improve on low-calorie snacking behavior. mosaic_world Nothing makes me happier than these @sandiegozoo Koalafornia commercials! #LikeTotesBananas @koshadelhi

#hippo #sandiegozoo #nighttimezoo @ronyyedid

Thank you for your explanation of the interaction between the parents and the [condor] chick.… I am also amused to know that condor parents have the same problems with their growing children as their human counterparts! LOL. MaewasfromNJ Dear @sandiegozoo, you have been positively delightful. Thanks for a wonderful start to my time in San Diego! @siempreuntigre

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My grandma loves wild animals. So this year for her 89th birthday, I took her on the Caravan Safari adventure at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, where she got to experience getting up close and personal and feeding the animals. If you’re an animal lover like she is, this is one experience you won’t forget. #summersafari Joe Rassavong

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You don’t know how much we appreciate the keepers and the cam monitors!! Your work brings such joy into our homes when we are far, far away from the SDZ. When I was ill and up all night, I was very lucky to find the camera watching one of the [polar] bears sleeping on the sand overnight.... Bear hugs all around!! JSantaMonica

One last pic... #sandiegozoo #sunset #skyfari #seeyaSD @chrisalopez

So glad there are caring people like you caring for our beautiful animals. They’re so intelligent. @lin4869

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Wild Gifts This year!

Treat family, friends, or yourself this season to the amazing tours, programs, and special experiences at the San Diego Zoo and Safari Park. A day with gorillas and leopards or giraffes and rhinos is the perfect present for the animal lovers on your list. Adventures like a Caravan Safari at the Park or an Inside Look Tour at the Zoo are sure to make this a holiday to remember.

Call 619-718-3000 to reserve your holiday gifts today!

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Photos by Ken Bohn SDZG PHOTOGRAPHER

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In what distant deeps or skies Burnt the fire of thine eyes? On what wings dare he aspire? What the hand, dare seize the fire?

Is there a more mesmerizing sight than a tiger striding through the forest on silent, velvet paws, the master of all that its green-gold eyes survey? The tiger is one of the world’s most revered animals, a symbol of power, strength, and regal dignity. The tiger holds a prominent place in the legends of many Asian countries and is a popular emblem, mascot, and icon worldwide. Formidable, graceful, intense, compelling, fierce, and awe inspiring, tigers have come to represent the essence of wildness itself—making their struggle to survive in today’s world all the more poignant.

Tigers in Jeopardy There’s no getting around it: tigers are in danger of extinction. In the past 100 years, the total number of tigers has been reduced by 95 percent, leaving only about 3,200 (all subspecies combined) to stalk the habitats where they used to reign. The Javan, Bali, and Caspian tiger subspecies are now extinct, and there are less than 400 Sumatran tigers left. Tigers now occupy only about six to seven percent of the worldwide range they once lived in, and the remaining habitat is often fragmented, creating isolated pockets that are insufficient to support healthy populations. This relentless decline is the result of particular factors: conflicts with human populations over livestock and territory; loss of habitat, including the prey species tigers need to survive; and illegal hunting for tiger skin and body parts used in traditional medicines and as talismans. The human fascination with the beauty and strength of tigers has been a large part of their undoing—because people are so enthralled with these cats, the skin, teeth, claws, whiskers, bones, and even blood of tigers have become commodities, sold for consumption and superstitions. However, there is no scientific basis to support the supposed restorative qualities of tiger parts, and those who love and respect tigers realize that the living, breathing cats themselves are much greater and more valuable than any piece of them could ever be.

Humans: The Tiger’s Greatest Enemy— and Its Greatest Hope Clearly, the long-term survival of this spectacular species is in jeopardy, and tigers urgently need conservation and education efforts to save them. Humans have driven tigers to the brink of extinction— but humans can also bring these glorious big cats back. Many organizations around the world are bringing their expertise, resources, and capabilities together to save tigers. For example,

Tyger! Tyger! burning bright In the forests of the night, What immortal hand or eye Dare frame thy fearful symmetry? —from “The Tyger” by William Blake the Global Tiger Initiative—an alliance of governments, international organizations, the conservation and science community, companies in the private sector, and local communities—continues to work on saving and protecting tigers and their habitat across 13 countries that have historically been part of their range. New tiger reserves are being established; financial and training support has increased for anti-poaching efforts and patrols; camera traps and GPS technology are being used to locate, monitor, and study tigers; and widespread community education efforts are underway. Some places are seeing positive results from these dedicated initiatives and programs, including Nagarhole National Park in southwestern India, which has seen an increase in its Bengal tiger population in the past few years. The tiger is a resilient species, and if provided with sufficient habitat and prey and protected from poachers, the cat can bounce back. San Diego Zoo Global is providing support to make this rebound a reality, especially in Indonesia, by aiding in the protection of the critically endangered Sumatran tiger (see sidebar on page 10). We are also partnering with the Wildlife Conservation Society on a program that includes patrols in national parks to protect tigers and ways to mitigate conflicts between humans and tigers. There is much work to be done, and the urgency is great, but if organizations and individuals work together, we can make a difference in saving tigers from extinction.

Building a New Home for Our Tigers Tigers have long been an important species to San Diego Zoo Global. Over the years, we have cared for Bengal, Siberian, Sumatran, and Malayan tigers and have had more than 100 births between the Zoo and the Safari Park. Currently, we have three Malayan tigers at the Zoo and five Sumatran tigers at the Safari Park, including youngsters Conrad and Thomas, born at the Park in March 2012. The Park’s cats, and their many admirers and visitors, will experience some wonderful new changes in 2014, as the brand-new Tull Family Tiger Trail opens next summer. This new home for our Sumatran tigers will feature three spacious exhibit areas, a spectacular waterfall and pool—with underwater viewing to watch the cats SAN DIEGO ZOO GLOBAL

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By Susie Ellis EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, INTERNATIONAL RHINO FOUNDATION, SAN DIEGO ZOO GLOBAL CONSERVATION PARTNER

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swim—shady trees and grass, logs for climbing and scratching, and a maternity den where we hope to continue to see cubs born. With so few Sumatran tigers left in the world, each one certainly counts. And people around the world can join us in celebrating and cheering on new cubs: Tiger Trail will also have a live, online Tiger Cam! Visitors to Tiger Trail will find much to explore. Look for information about the characteristics and behavior of tigers, their skill as top predators, and their role in their environment; life-size statues of the big cats; and a display about how conservation researchers track tigers to monitor their activity and protect them from poachers. You’ll also discover some of the threats tigers face as you encounter an illegal logging camp and market, and talk with staff about what conservationists are doing to provide solutions to the challenges. Designed with Sumatran elements throughout, the new exhibit will transport guests to the world of these magnificent cats. In celebration of our own upcoming “year of the tiger” at the Safari Park, this ZOONOOZ calendar for 2014 is all tigers, featuring four of the world’s six tiger subspecies in monthly photos to honor their mesmerizing beauty and regal spirit. We hope you enjoy this tribute to Panthera tigris and spread the word—long live the tiger!

In patrolling the reserve, International Rhino Foundation rangers come upon a snare trap set by poachers. They will dismantle and remove the trap, and they are armed in case of potential conflict with the poachers themselves.

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n the wilds of southern Sumatra are two of the last remaining bastions for some of the most spectacular wildlife in Indonesia: Bukit Barisan Selatan and Way Kambas national parks. Unfortunately, many of the animals living in these parks are also some of the most endangered. In an effort to protect Sumatran rhinos and Sumatran tigers, as well as sun bears and Asian elephants, San Diego Zoo Global has been supporting the conservation efforts of the International Rhino Foundation (IRF). The goal of IRF’s program is to protect Sumatran rhinos and other large mammals and allow their populations to stabilize and grow. San Diego Zoo Global is a major contributor to IRF and its work to save tiger and rhino habitats. IRF, in conjunction with its local partner, Rhino Foundation of Indonesia, operates Rhino Protection Units to help protect about 75 of the 100 remaining Sumatran rhinos and 40 to 50 of the less than 400 Sumatran tigers left on Earth. The main cause of decline for both rhinos and tigers in this region is poaching. Rhinos are taken for their horns, which, unfortunately, are worth more per ounce than gold, and 80 percent of the Sumatran tiger deaths are attributed to poaching for their bones, which, like rhino horns, are used in traditional Asian medicine. IRF has fielded seven Rhino Patrol Units in Bukit Barisan Selatan and five in Way Kambas. Patrol unit members are highly trained, four-person anti-poaching teams that monitor wildlife, deactivate traps and snares, and apprehend illegal intruders, including poachers. Rangers on patrol in Way Kambas see many signs of tigers during their patrols, such as footprints and scratches on trees. There are efforts underway to install camera traps so conservationists can use photos and video to gain a better understanding of the behavior of animals in the area. The information gathered will be used in conservation work designed to better protect these beautiful species long term.

At the San Diego Zoo Safari Park

Saturday, December 14, 2013, 9 to 11 a.m. Santa Claus is coming—to the Safari Park, and he wants to have breakfast with you and your family! Join us at the Park’s scenic Kilima Point for a bountiful breakfast buffet with the jolly ol’ elf himself. $22.95 for adults and $14.95 for children ages 3 through 11, plus tax and parking (nonmembers add Park admission).

Call 619-718-3000 or visit sdzsafaripark.org/santa for reservations.

Our GIFT CARD for the HOLIDAYS A great holiday gift idea!

The holiday dilemma: what to get for those hard-to-shop-for people. Give them the Zoo and Safari Park! Our gift cards are just the ticket for the animal lovers in your life. And for the holiday season, purchase a gift card of $50 or more and receive a FREE plush animal. You can purchase our gift cards online or by calling 619-718-3000. Your plush will be mailed to any domestic street address you specify. Shipping and handling charges may apply. The gift cards can be used toward any Zoo and Safari Park purchases. Not valid with any discounts. Offer valid through January 31, 2014, while supplies last. What could be better than giving that special someone a koala—and giraffes, monkeys, rhinos, bears, tortoises, parrots, and tigers, too!

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PROTECT WHAT’S IMPORTANT CHARITABLE GIFT ANNUITIES are a wonderful way for a person to receive guaranteed fixed payments for life while also leaving a lasting gift for wildlife.

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Travel the World with the San Diego Zoo

WORLDWILD IF YOU LOVE ANIMALS and exploring faraway places, travel with the San Diego Zoo’s WorldWild Tours™ to some of the wildest places on Earth in 2014 and 2015. Our itineraries highlight the wildlife at each destination and include expert naturalists and a San Diego Zoo escort, plus a group of like-minded travelers. For brochures, visit sandiegozoo.org/travel or call Julia Altieri at 619-685-3205.

TANZANIA: A TREASURE TROVE OF WILDLIFE March 1–12, 2014, with post-tour extension to Rwanda. Experience some of Africa’s best wildlife viewing on the savannas of the Serengeti and other premier parks. Lions and vast herds of wildebeest and zebras, along with elephants, giraffes, and flamingos, make this a mesmerizing adventure. Zoo Escort: Amy Parrott $5,995 plus airfare (per person, double occupancy*)

COSTA RICA FAMILY ADVENTURE July 26–August 2, 2014 This family adventure in paradise features something for everyone: a boat ride through Tortuguero National Park, jungle nature walks, a zipline ride through the forest canopy, a swim in the Arenal Volcano hot springs, and cooking lessons featuring Costa Rican specialties. Zoo Escort: Maggie Reinbold $2,249, adult, $1,749, child includes round-trip airfare from San Diego (per person, double occupancy*)

BRAZIL’S PANTANAL: “SOUTH AMERICA’S SERENGETI” CHINA AND ITS GIANT PANDAS July 3–14, 2014, with pre-tour extension to Tibet and post-tour extension to Hong Kong.

September 19–30, 2014, with pre-tour extension to Iguassu Falls and posttour extension to Rio de Janeiro.

If you’ve ever dreamed of cuddling a giant panda cub, this grand tour of China offers the ideal opportunity! Experience up-close encounters with these endearing bears at breeding centers and explore Beijing, Shanghai, and the Yangtze River.

Explore one of Earth’s richest ecosystems and the world’s largest wetland: Brazil’s Pantanal. It’s a wildlife-watcher’s paradise, home to jaguars, capybaras, tapirs, giant river otters, anteaters, capuchin and howler monkeys, hyacinth macaws, caimans, and hundreds of other species.

Zoo Escort: Joanne Leidenberger

Zoo Escort: Georgeanne Irvine

$5,195 plus airfare (per person, double occupancy*)

$8,995 plus airfare (per person, double occupancy*)

TOURS Exclusive Private Jet Tours GALÁPAGOS ISLANDS AND ECUADOR

OCEANIA AND THE SOUTHERN SEAS March 16–April 6, 2014, with stops in Hawaii, French Polynesia, New Zealand, Australia, Borneo, and Vanuatu.

October 17–27, 2014, with post-tour extension to Machu Picchu. Up-close encounters with giant tortoises, bluefooted boobies, marine iguanas, sea lions, penguins, and frigate birds are experiences of a lifetime as you explore these volcanic islands. You’ll stay on a yacht as well as at the Galápagos Safari Camp. See Andean condors at a reserve on the mainland, too. Zoo Escort: Kea Spurrier $7,395 plus airfare (per person, double occupancy*)

Travel through sparkling seas and lush rain forests on this voyage of discovery that visits some of the most beautiful places on the planet. Along the way you’ll walk on the wild side with awe-inspiring outdoor adventures, sample local flavors and indulge in international delicacies, and learn about the histories, myths, and cultures of the people and places you visit. Zoo Escort: Alan Lieberman $69,950 plus round-trip airfare to departure city (per person, double occupancy*)

INDIA’S WILD WORLD OF TIGERS February 12–26, 2015, with pre-tour extension to Jaipur and Agra and post-tour extension to Kaziranga National Park. Experience wild India as the forests and grasslands come alive with an incredible array of animals: Bengal tigers, black-faced langurs, gaur, barking deer, wild boars, jackals, sloth bears, and peafowl and many other spectacular birds. Explore three national parks and visit the temples of Khajuraho and the Ganges River in Varanasi. Zoo Escort: TBA $6,495 plus airfare (per person, double occupancy*)

AROUND THE WORLD September 30–October 22, 2014, with stops in Peru, Easter Island, Samoa, Australia, Cambodia, India, Tanzania, and Morocco. Immerse yourself in the underwater world of the Great Barrier Reef. Spend hours surrounded by a vibrant ecosystem and abundant wildlife in Tanzania. Welcome the sun among Angkor Wat’s temples, and climb the terraced steps of Machu Picchu. This itinerary tops any savvy traveler’s must-see list. Zoo Escort: Bruce Rideout, D.V.M., Ph.D. $69,950 plus round-trip airfare to departure city (per person, double occupancy*)

*Single travelers are encouraged to book WorldWild Tours™ on a twin-share or single basis.

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The Zoo’s male lion in The Harry and Grace Steele Elephant Odyssey was Sandy’s model for the ZOO 100 lion. “I think I saw M’bari blink!” Sandy said, after fitting his golden glass eyes.

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Sandra Brue

From Sculptor Extraordinaire to ZOO 100 Chair By Mary Sekulovich SENIOR EDITOR, DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT

SOME OF SANDRA BRUE’S EARLIEST and happiest memories are of visiting the San Diego Zoo with her family in the late 1940s. There’s a great photo of Sandy, age 3½, standing with her mother and cousins in front of the Andean condor exhibit. It’s a sunny day, and everyone is smiling. Today, Sandy is a lifelong fan of the Zoo, its animals, and its conservation mission. She is a member of the Zoo’s board of trustees and one of its officers, as well as the campaign chair of ZOO 100 (see sidebar)—and she is still smiling. Sandy’s experiences at the Zoo led to her love of animals. By the 1980s, she was part of the Zoo’s family of friends—and there were no major exhibit projects that Sandy did not support! Many local charities and other nonprofits also recognized Sandy for her generosity, yet the Zoo has always been at the top of her list. Sandy’s appreciation for wildlife and her artistic talent led her to launch Sandicast, Inc., in 1981. Every hand-cast sculpture, whether it’s a life-size giraffe calf or an adorable puppy, captures the personality of each animal. When Sandy began to sculpt exotic species, she knew she had to “experience animals in person” before she began the design process. She visited the Zoo or Safari Park so she could observe each species before beginning to sculpt. By the late 1980s, she had created her wonderful Endangered Species Collection, and 42

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these animal sculptures were donated to the Zoo to be given as donor recognition awards. After being a sculptor for 33 years—with more than 1,000 sculptures in her repertoire—Sandy tackled a much bigger project this year: sculpting a life-size lion for the ZOO 100 plaque, located near

ZOO 100 is an extraordinary opportunity to celebrate the centennial of the San Diego Zoo while investing in our next 100 years. As a ZOO 100 member, you will help us create a substantial endowment that will provide a secure future for our unparalleled animal and plant collections. For more information, please contact Amy Parrott, director of individual and planned gifts, at 619-685-3213 or aparrott@sandiegozoo.org.

CIRCLE OF FRIENDS These individuals represent the past, present, and future of San Diego Zoo Global. Their spirit of generosity has and will sustain our mission. Because of this exceptional support, we are honored to include them in our Circle of Friends. FOUNDER’S CIRCLE GOLD Donna Sefton

FOUNDER’S CIRCLE SILVER Dan and Vi McKinney Maryanne and Irwin Pfister Peg and Peri Urvek

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Skyfari East. As she says, “Creating the ZOO 100 lion was a really exciting project for me. I had never done a bas-relief this large before, and I had never sculpted an animal that was to be cast in bronze.” When she details the process, it is complicated and painstaking, yet Sandy enjoyed every aspect and appreciated the professional help from American Fine Arts Foundry in Burbank, California. So how did this dedicated artist and philanthropist become such a champion of the San Diego Zoo? Sandy reveals that when she went from being a visitor to a trustee, “I saw how the Zoo operated and was impressed

After several trips to the American Fine Arts Foundry, lots of help from the Zoo’s construction and maintenance crew—and 127 hours of sculpting!—Sandy was happy to stand with her lion alongside Angel Meza (left) and Joaquim Quintero from the foundry crew.

by the dedication of our keepers as they provided the best animal care possible—it made me fall in love with the organization.” Sandy also mentions that when she travels, she stops at zoos all over the world—and in her opinion, “None come close to matching us!” She appreciates the San Diego Zoo

because it gives visitors the opportunity to see and learn about animals they might never encounter in the wild: “When we see animals in person, we see their majesty.” Sandy is also proud to be a supporter of an organization that links children with animals and educates them about wildlife conservation. “I appreciate the Zoo’s efforts to host more than 250,000 students from city schools each year. Children are captivated by animals, just as I am every time I sculpt an animal.” All of these experiences led her to become one of the first to join ZOO 100 in 2012 and then to be named as its campaign chair. Sandy notes that “Few organizations endure for 100 years. Our Zoo has a legacy of excellent animal care as well as a far-reaching conservation mission to bring species back from the brink of extinction.” Sandy also believes that investing in this endowment will have a tremendously positive effect: “Through ZOO 100, we can ensure that the Zoo’s excellent animal care programs and its dedication to wildlife conservation continue.” For that young girl who came to the San Diego Zoo and fell in love with animals all those years ago, there could be no better role. n

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Richard and Carol Millard

COLLEAGUE’S CIRCLE Marcia and Tim Swanson Karen L. Valentino

TRUSTEE’S CIRCLE

Charlotte and John Estrada Jack Fowler Arthur and Marlene Greenberg Terry Hazard

BENEFACTOR’S CIRCLE

John H. Coleman Lavonne H. and Almon L. Coover Helen K. Davis Bud and Gingy Ferguson Phyllis A. Irwin Janice S. Jessop Bernard Kulchin and Paula Taylor Michael and Kristin Lowery David and Lynn Rice Gil Rose and Stan Russell Elinor V. Schmidt Kathryn and William Scripps

To reach a Circle of Friends representative, please call 619-231-1515, option 2, ext. 4421.

If you’re looking for an imaginative, affordable gift that keeps on giving all year long and includes animal adventures and fun, a Zoo membership is the perfect present. Membership benefits include unlimited entrance to the Zoo and Safari Park for an entire year and so much more. And to make your holiday shopping easier, just go to zoomember.com to purchase your gift membership today, or call 619-231-0251.

You can help secure the future for wildlife!

Heritage Guild By creating a Charitable Gift Annuity or leaving the Zoological Society of San Diego in your will or trust, you can help protect wildlife. To receive more information, please call 619-744-3352 or visit our website at zoolegacy.org.

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from the archives

Hey, Babe! In this calendar issue about tigers, it seems fitting to highlight the Zoo’s very first tiger. Her name was Babe, and she was a Bengal tiger who arrived at the Zoo in 1924. Belle Benchley (the Zoo’s secretary at the time, who later became executive director) described Babe as friendly and showing “little of the animosity most tigers feel for human beings.” Babe lived at the Zoo for 15 years and raised 4 litters of cubs. Her first litter of two males and a female (seen at right with Belle and two Zoo staff members) caused great excitement among the staff, and the cubs were a big hit with visitors. They were described as “fine, fat, aggressive little cats, growing like weeds, afraid of nothing.” When they grew up, they went to zoos in the eastern US, spreading beautiful Babe’s legacy nationwide.

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Jungle Bells, Jungle Bells, San Diego Zoo All the Way! P R E SE N T E D B Y D ON K E Y KONG

December 13, 2013, through January 5, 2014

This December, ring in holiday merriment at the San Diego Zoo as we transform the grounds with lights, festive decorations, treats like s’mores and hot chocolate, animal encounters, and fun for the whole family. ‘Tis the season for holiday magic, including visits with Santa (through December 25), animal-shaped light sculptures, up-close visits with animal ambassadors, the Twinkle Light Trolley, and special entertainment. And this year, there’s a Southern Hemisphere twist: we’ll be celebrating the Zoo’s new Australian Outback exhibit with a variety of Aussie-inspired family fun. Don’t forget that “Happy Holidays Happen” at Albert’s Restaurant, with discounted drinks and appetizers from 3 to 5 p.m. Visit our website in December for a complete list of all the activities. Bring the kids, friends, neighbors, and out-of-town visitors, and join in the holiday cheer!

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