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It's that time of year again: #HolidaySeason! +Zovargo San Diego wanted to spotlight some animals from around the world that are showcased during this special time of year.

1. Reindeer: Reindeer are a species of deer who are native to arctic, tundra and mountainous regions of Northern Europe, Siberia, and North America. These animals weigh between 180 and 400 pounds!! Reindeers are known for being magical animals who pull Santa Claus's sleigh as he tries to deliver gifts on Christmas Eve.

2. Turtle Doves: These birds are related to the holidays from them being mentioned in the song 12 Days of Christmas. Turtle Doves are part of the same family as pigeons. Turtle Doves used to have more prominent numbers but have recently experienced a decline due to lack of seeds and grain as food during the meeting season. This has resulted in much shorter breeding seasons with fewer nesting spots. This decline is unfortunate because the presence of birds is said to "renew our faith and spirit and give blessings throughout the year".

3 Penguins: Penguins are animals that are associated with the holiday season because their living habitat: Snow! There are 17 different species of penguins and not all of them live in the snow, some are found on the coasts of South America, Africa, Australia, New Zealand and the Galapagos Islands. The Emperor Penguins are the only species that breeds and nests in Antarctica through the frigid winter.

4. Partridge: Partridges are related to the holidays from them being mentioned in the song 12 Days of Christmas as well. The symbolism of the partridge comes from the fact that in the winter months, these birds leave their large flocks and form monogamous pairs...in a pear tree.

5. Kangaroos: Surprisingly, Kangaroos are related to the holidays in Australia. There is a holiday song called Six White Boomers which is about how Santa switches from having reindeer fly his sleigh to white kangaroos. The theory behind the children's song is that the heat is too much for the reindeer so the kangaroos give them a little bit of a break. Santa Claus is said to change into some clothes that are more suitable for the warm Australian December.

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It's that time of year again: #HolidaySeason! +Zovargo San Diego wanted to spotlight some animals from around the world that are show cased during this special time of year.

1. Reindeer: Reindeer are a species of deer who are native to arctic, tundra, and mountainous regions of Northern Europe, Siberia and North America. These animals weigh between 180 and 400 pounds!! +Reindeer are relevant to the holidays because they are known for being magical animals who pull Santa Clauses sleigh as he tries to deliver gifts on Christmas Eve.

2. Turtle Doves: These birds are related to the holidays from them being mentioned in the song 12 Days of Christmas. Turtle doves are part of the same family as pigeons. Turtle Doves used to have more prominent numbers but have recently experienced a decline due to lack of seeds and grain as food during the meeting season. This has resulted in much shorter breeding seasons with fewer nesting spots. This decline is unfortunate because the presence of these birds are known to "renew our faith and spirit and give blessings throughout the year".

3. Penguins: #Penguins are animals that are associated with the holiday season because of it's living habitat: Snow! There are 17 different species of penguins and not all of them live in the snow; some are found on the coasts of SouthAmerica, Africa, Australia, New Zealand and the Galapagos Islands. The emperor penguin is the only species that breeds and nests in Antarctica through the frigid winter.

4. Partridge: Partridges are related to the holidays from them being mentioned in the song 12 Days of Christmas. The symbolism of the partridge comes from the fact that in the winter months, these birds leave their large flocks and form monogamous pairs...in a pear tree.

5. Kangaroos: Surprisingly, kangaroos are related to the holidays in Australia. There is a holiday song called Six White Boomers; it's about when Santa's sleigh flies into Australia, he trades in his reindeer for white kangaroos. The theory behind this children's song is that the heat is too much for the reindeer, so the kangaroos take over to give them a little break! Santa also changes into some clothes that are more appropriate to the warm Australian December.

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In spirit of it almost being #Thanksgiving, +Zovargo San Diego wanted to take a moment to give thanks to all of the people and organizations that help keep us running. Here at Zovargo we work very closely with organizations like +Girl Scouts San Diego, +Save The Frogs, +WeeCompanions, the New Children's Museum, Carlsbad Art Farm and Jimbos.
Without our partnerships with these organizations, we wouldn’t have been able to get where we are today. Zovargo is extremely appreciative and thankful to all the people and organizations that have taken time to support us and help us grow to where we are now. Each of Zovargo’s partners holds a special place in our hearts and here is a little bit about why we are so thankful for all of you.

Girl Scouts San Diego and Zovargo have been partners since Zovargo was founded and we have such a strong connection with the mission of Girl Scouts. We are so very grateful to be able to provide badge programs for the Girl Scout community and work with people whose values fit so perfectly with ours.
Zovargo is also thankful for our partner Save The Frogs because uniting with them has provided a larger platform to highlight efforts that are underway in helping maintain and restore critical frog habitats and literally help save all amphibian species from extinction.
Zovargo is also thankful for our partnership with Wee Companions because they put so much effort into making sure small companion animals don’t get forgotten in shelters. Thanksgiving is a time to be thankful for all things in life, and all animals should receive thanks at this time of year (and all year) as well.
The New Children’s Museum is also a partner with Zovargo. This museum is filled with interactive exhibits that promote skills needed by future leaders including confidence and independence. We are ever so thankful to be able to partner with organizations that are innovative and align with Zovargo’s values and animal program styles.
Carlsbad Art Farm is a partner for Zovargo during the summer of 2017. We partnered together in order to offer local students a unique opportunity to connect to animals, art and nature.
Another partner of Zovargo’s is Jimbos! We are forever thankful for Jimbo’s and their donations of fresh produce to all of our animal ambassadors here at Zovargo.

Last but certainly not least, Zovargo is extremely thankful for all the school’s that have booked us to come and share information about animals and how to preserve their environments. We appreciate the opportunity to come and speak and educate the future generations on ways to keep animals and their environments thriving.

Zovargo knows how important it is to have people and organizations stand behind you and support your mission and values. We are so very thankful for everyone who has taken time to appreciate all that we do to educate and conserve the beautiful world around us. We couldn’t have achieved all that we have without the help and support of our community. We are thankful for all of you!

Thank you so much, and Happy Thanksgiving!
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In spirit of it almost being #Thanksgiving, +Zovargo San Diego wanted to take a moment to give thanks to all of the people and organizations that help keep us running. Here at Zovargo we work very closely with organizations like +Girl Scouts San Diego, +Save The Frogs, +WeeCompanions, the New Children's Museum, Carlsbad Art Farm and Jimbos.
Without our partnerships with these organizations, we wouldn’t have been able to get where we are today. Zovargo is extremely appreciative and thankful to all the people and organizations that have taken time to support us and help us grow to where we are now. Each of Zovargo’s partners holds a special place in our hearts and here is a little bit about why we are so thankful for all of you.

Girl Scouts San Diego and Zovargo have been partners since Zovargo was founded and we have such a strong connection with the mission of Girl Scouts. We are so very grateful to be able to provide badge programs for the Girl Scout community and work with people whose values fit so perfectly with ours.
Zovargo is also thankful for our partner Save The Frogs because uniting with them has provided a larger platform to highlight efforts that are underway in helping maintain and restore critical frog habitats and literally help save all amphibian species from extinction.
Zovargo is also thankful for our partnership with Wee Companions because they put so much effort into making sure small companion animals don’t get forgotten in shelters. Thanksgiving is a time to be thankful for all things in life, and all animals should receive thanks at this time of year (and all year) as well.
The New Children’s Museum is also a partner with Zovargo. This museum is filled with interactive exhibits that promote skills needed by future leaders including confidence and independence. We are ever so thankful to be able to partner with organizations that are innovative and align with Zovargo’s values and animal program styles.
Carlsbad Art Farm is a partner for Zovargo during the summer of 2017. We partnered together in order to offer local students a unique opportunity to connect to animals, art and nature.
Another partner of Zovargo’s is Jimbos! We are forever thankful for Jimbo’s and their donations of fresh produce to all of our animal ambassadors here at Zovargo.

Last but certainly not least, Zovargo is extremely thankful for all the school’s that have booked us to come and share information about animals and how to preserve their environments. We appreciate the opportunity to come and speak and educate the future generations on ways to keep animals and their environments thriving.

Zovargo knows how important it is to have people and organizations stand behind you and support your mission and values. We are so very thankful for everyone who has taken time to appreciate all that we do to educate and conserve the beautiful world around us. We couldn’t have achieved all that we have without the help and support of our community. We are thankful for all of you!

Thank you so much, and Happy Thanksgiving!
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Veterans Day Weekend

Happy Veterans Day weekend to all of our retired veterans and active members. Here at +Zovargo San Diego we appreciate all that you do and we know first hand how important your work is. Our very own creator and CEO, Amanda Plante, is a +U.S. Navy Veteran. She currently works as a trainer and web application administrator for the Navy as a Department of Defense employee.

Veterans Day is observed annually on November 11th because in 1918, major hostilities of +WorldWar1 were formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month (November 11).

Zovargo wants to give back to military families and all it's active and retired members by offering a free animal education and conservation program. This free event will take place during January of 2018 so please stay tuned for more information! Zovargo thanks all of you for your service and bravery. Happy Veterans Day!

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Veterans Day Weekend

Happy Veterans Day weekend to all of our retired veterans and active members. Here at +Zovargo San Diego we appreciate all that you do and we know first hand how important your work is. Our very own creator and CEO, Amanda Plante, is a +U.S. Navy Veteran. She currently works as a trainer and web application administrator for the Navy as a Department of Defense employee.

Veterans Day is observed annually on November 11th because in 1918, major hostilities of +WorldWar1 were formally ended at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month (November 11).

Zovargo wants to give back to military families and all it's active and retired members by offering a free animal education and conservation program. This free event will take place during January of 2018 so please stay tuned for more information! Zovargo thanks all of you for your service and bravery. Happy Veterans Day!

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Creepy or cute? Halloween Animals and why we love them!

+Halloween always includes specific animals like bats, cats and spiders with huge webs – this can sometimes help promote the idea these animals are scary and creepy! We want to set the record straight and highlight what makes these +Animals interesting, cool and even adorable.

+Black Cats have the unfortunate reputation of bringing bad luck but all feline lovers know that they are just as sweet and loving as any other color of cat! In countries like Japan and Scotland it is believed that having a #blackcat cross your path or in your home is actually a sign of good luck!

Tarantulas are often singled out for being the most creepy due to the fact that a large number of people in the United States suffer from arachnophobia. This is likely due to their relatively huge size, and from their negative portrayals in films and TV shows. But instead of worrying about +Tarantula attacks, it’s much more interesting to learn about their cool abilities such as; when tarantulas molt, they also replace internal organs, such as stomach lining and can even regrow lost legs!

#Bats are famously linked to Halloween due to their association with blood sucking vampires! However, the vast majority of all bat species stick to insects and fruit, this means they can be an excellent natural ‘pest control’ eating billions of mosquitos! The one exception is the unsurprisingly named ‘vampire bat’, these three species live primarily in South America. These bats do live exclusively off blood, but rarely pose a risk to humans – livestock and birds are more impacted.

Rats have long been associated with dirty environments, disease transmission and as pests. However, anyone who has interacted with a pet rat can tell you how intelligent, clean and affectionate they are. #Rats are super smart little rodents that can learn their names and can even learn how to do some tricks. They are also incredible swimmers! Domestic rats are super snuggly, very social and they are great companion pets.

For more information on these cute halloween animals, check out the +Zovargo San Diego website at https://goo.gl/svJijW

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On September 9, +Zovargo San Diego was blessed with the opportunity to partner with the Make-A-Wish foundation and make a little boy's wish come true. Our wish was providing an up-close learning experience for a boy with a critical illness. He loves +Reptiles and it was incredible being able to grant his wish and watch his face light up with joy. Since 1980, Make-A-Wish has given hope, strength and joy to children with life threatening medical conditions.
Make-A-Wish San Diego is on track to grant over 250 wishes this year for kids in +San Diego and Imperial Counties. Check out more pictures on our Facebook page. https://goo.gl/n8MXco
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Here's a little 'Peep' at September's Animal Ambassador

Our animal ambassador for the month of September is our feathered friend, Peepers! She is a European House Sparrow who came to +Zovargo San Diego in March of 2015 from +Project Wildlife after being raised by people for about a year. We all had hopes that Peepers would be released back into the wild, flying free. However, she had already imprinted on humans and wasn't a good candidate to be released. We also suspect that she has a wing injury because she has trouble lifting herself help when she's trying to fly. If you come across a baby bird or an injured bird, turn to the expert rehabilitators rather than trying to care for it yourself. Peepers was raised by humans for her whole life, so she doesn't have a chance in the wild now. She now helps Zovargo to educate about how important it is for all birds to live in the wild, flying freely.

To learn more facts about Peepers and European House Sparrows, check out our full September Animal Ambassador. Just click "Z-blog" below.

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Here's a little 'Peep' at September's Animal Ambassador

Our animal ambassador for the month of September is our feathered friend, Peepers! She is a European House Sparrow who came to +Zovargo San Diego in March of 2015 from +Project Wildlife after being raised by people for about a year. We all had hopes that Peepers would be released back into the wild, flying free. However, she had already imprinted on humans and wasn't a good candidate to be released. We also suspect that she has a wing injury because she has trouble lifting herself help when she's trying to fly. If you come across a baby bird or an injured bird, turn to the expert rehabilitators rather than trying to care for it yourself. Peepers was raised by humans for her whole life, so she doesn't have a chance in the wild now. She now helps Zovargo to educate about how important it is for all birds to live in the wild, flying freely.

To learn more facts about Peepers and European House Sparrows, check out our full September Animal Ambassador. Just click "Z-blog" below.
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