Oh my goodness!  STOP's first partnership already!  The San Diego Zoo and Safari Park are world-renowned organizations, and being able to partner with them will be a dream come true for all of us!  We never expected our idea to attract this kind of attention already.  I can say that we truly live in an exceptional and supportive community.  We might be able to make an ever greater difference in the burrowing owl's conservation already, and I can't wait to get started!

This is our future mentor's email:


Hello STOP members,

Thank you for contacting us. It's great to see so much passion for the conservation of this species. As well as the breeding program at the Safari Park we are also about to launch a field conservation program here in San Diego County, so your email is very timely.

I would like to explore with your further how we might be able to work together on burrowing owl conservation. I am hiring a scientist to run this project and she will start February 1. Once she is in place we can discuss some possibilities. Your project idea is exceptional.  We are planning work in habitat restoration in the Otay Mesa area.  There will be a lot of work involved so there very way may be a role for your group to help us, or to implement your ideas.

Mike Mace, our curator of birds at the Safari Park, and his team are also keen to meet with you and discuss possibilities. Perhaps we can meet to discuss some options in February.

Again thanks and we look forward to working with you in the future.

Best regards,

Ronald R. Swaisgood, Ph.D.

Brown Endowed Director's Chair, Applied Animal Ecology
Co-Head, Giant Panda Conservation Unit

San Diego Zoo's Institute for Conservation Research
15600 San Pasqual Valley Road
Escondido, CA 92027-7000


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