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These 5 Bee-haviors Save Bees

These 5 Bee-haviors Save Bees By Elizabeth Argyle If you like chocolate, coffee, or produce, then you like bees! Bees belong to a group of animals called ‘pollinators’, which includes bats, hummingbirds, and insects that assist in plant reproduction by carrying pollen from one plant to another. Pollinators are responsible for the production of approximately 1/3 of the food on our plates. Populations of bees and other pollinators
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Recognizing Flying Mammals

It’s Bat Appreciation Day! Did you know that there are bats on Sweetwater Marsh? Bats utilize the Marsh for foraging and roosting, including one bat of special significance, the pallid bat. Up until the 1980’s, records indicate that Sweetwater Marsh was likely home to a pallid bat colony, but they have not been seen in the area since. In 2015, a single pallid bat
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Guess What’s Blooming?

The Del Mar manzanita is one of the rarest plants we have on site. It grows only in San Diego County and a limited area of northern Baja. It is most commonly found in the Del Mar coastal area, hence its name. It prefers to grow on rocky outcrops and ridges. Like other manzanita, as well as other chaparral and coastal sage scrub plants,
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Saving the Endangered Ridgway’s Rail

Saving the Endangered Ridgway’s Rail By Jessica LaFave Did you know that the Living Coast is one of the only zoos in the world where guests can see a light-footed Ridgway’s rail? In addition to our current Ridgway’s rail resident, we now have a breeding pair on exhibit! These two rails come to us at a very exciting time, since they will become our
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Can You Spot this Fish?

Can You Spot this Fish? By Lindsay Bradshaw, Animal Care Manager The spotted bay bass (or spotted sand bass) is a fish unlike any other.  He is large, silver, and covered in dark spots.  He can swim quickly, but also likes to rest at the bottom, propping himself up with his two large pectoral fins.  Here at the Living Coast, we feed our spotted bay
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What’s the Deal with Sharks?

What’s the Deal with Sharks? By Lindsay Bradshaw, Animal Care Manager 🎵“They say I’m the tyrant of the sea.  Everyone, everyone’s afraid of me.  I wish I could see just what they see.  Does anyone have a mirror?  I think of myself as cuddly!  As cute and nice as a shark can be.  But people scream when they see me… does anyone have a
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