COHS biology students go behind the scenes at the San Diego Zoo Wild Park.

June 02, 2017

On January 24, 2017, COHS biology students were given the opportunity to gain behind the scenes access to a conservation research lab and explore a variety of organisms at the San Diego Zoo Wild Park.
During their time at the conservation lab, students gained knowledge of the African elephant and the role that zoos play in the recovery effort of this vulnerable species. Students used state-of-the art equipment and techniques to diagnose the reproductive state of the park’s female elephants via the enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA). After data was collected and analyzed, students discussed key elements for breeding success among African elephants.

This field trip was a rewarding experience for all the students involved:

“It was a really cool thing to find out whether your elephant was pregnant, gave birth, or just a baby. I found it really interesting that humans have almost the same reproductive system as elephants.” -Priscila Manzo

“It was very humbling to be able to be around such a natural landscape and to be close to the animals. Some of my favorites were the birds and of course the fennec foxes!” -Breana Ramos

I would like to give a special thanks to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service who made this amazing opportunity possible for our students.
Submitted by: Jessica Malinchak

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