Archive for May 2010
Kalluk checks out new neighbor Kaniq.
Last week, a new couple moved into the Polar Bear Plunge neighborhood at the San Diego Zoo: a male and female Arctic fox. They are three years old and absolutely enchanting to get to know. The male is a polar phase, meaning he is completely white in his coloring, and the female is a blue phase, which means she has gray or black mixed with her winter white! We chose their names using the language of the Inuit and their fur colors; our male is Kaniq, or frost, and our female is Isiq, the word for smoke.
Making your way in the world today takes everything you’ve got.
No, you’re not crazy, it is familiar. It’s the first line in the song from the TV show, CHEERS.
It feels familiar, too, because we seem to always be behind in our lives, whether it’s school or work, family or friends, house chores or hobbies. Where does all the time go? We’re a nation of over-workers, and we have exhaustion to show for it. So adding the responsibility of being eco-friendly to your To-Do list may seem overwhelming.
Kalluk refocuses his energy.
Spring arrived at the San Diego Zoo’s Polar Bear Plunge a few days early this year. Chinook and Kalluk began breeding on March 17 and then abruptly stopped on March 24. Last year, the season lasted from February to June! Although it’s possible we could see more, we are not expecting it to be likely. Chinook’s behavior gives us no indicators like last year that she will cycle again, and even though Kalluk has shown some behavioral frustration, he has not shown any interest in Chinook for almost a month. So what could this mean?