The Science of Sustainability

Amy Gotliffe

Amy Gotliffe

Amy Gotliffe is Conservation Manager at the Oakland Zoo. She is a Detroit transplant, enjoying the good Bay Area life for 17 years. She has a degree in communications, holds several teaching credentials and has a Masters Degree in Environmental Education. She has worked at various Bay Area educational and environmental institutions, teaching second grade, working on campaigns, planting pollinator gardens, producing earth day events and generally spreading the word about wildlife and green living. She currently works at The Oakland Zoo where she serves as the Conservation Manager. There, she coordinates support for international, national and local conservation efforts, produces a Conservation Speaker Series, produces the zoo's Earth Day event, leads eco-trips, teaches the various educational programs and heads up an on-site Green Team. On her list of other passions are travel, photography, music and the lindy hop. :-)

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Chickens in the House

Chickens in the House

Raising chickens offers a good life for our feathered friends, a sense of peace, a connection to nature and our food source, eggs with high nutritional value, a composting and fertilization system, free entertainment and another reason to rise and shine.

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Can We Live With Wolves?

Can We Live With Wolves?

I fell in love with wolves after reading Never Cry Wolf by Farley Mowat ten years ago. Their grace, playfulness, loyalty, keen sense of hearing and smell, and beauty made my heart bow low in respect.

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An Urban Layover for Birds: MLK Jr. Regional Shoreline

An Urban Layover for Birds: MLK Jr. Regional Shoreline

Squeezed between the Oakland International Airport and the Coliseum lies one of the best kept secrets of the bay: Martin Luther King Jr. Regional Shoreline Park, a birding hot spot. I had no idea.

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Wonderin' Where the Lions Are

Wonderin' Where the Lions Are

North Beach was my first SF home, and going to sleep while listening to the distant barks of the sea lions let me appreciate the fact that I was living in a magical town by the sea, on a pretty cool planet called Earth.

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When It Comes to Birds, Oil and Water Don't Mix

When It Comes to Birds, Oil and Water Don't Mix

The International Bird Rescue and Research Center has been working non-stop to save wildlife that suffers from oil spills and other disasters. Their work includes training volunteers, consulting with the petrol industry, and managing a professional emergency response team.

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Working Dogs for Conservation

Working Dogs for Conservation

With unemployment at an all time low, it seems controversial that some very solid jobs are going to non-humans, but there are just some things that humans will never be qualified to do.

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Fostering Sustainable Behavior – A Powerful, New Perspective

Fostering Sustainable Behavior – A Powerful, New Perspective

What would it take you to change your shower to a low-flow shower head? Be honest.

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Wildlife + Creative Thinking = Hope: A Day at the Wildlife Conservation Expo

Wildlife + Creative Thinking = Hope: A Day at the Wildlife Conservation Expo

This year's Wildlife Conservation Network Expo in full swing at the Mission Bay Conference Center. It’s a sunny, fall day in October and I am driving into San Francisco. I pass the colorful Love Parade floats revving up without a glance of longing. I pass the turn towards Golden Gate Park for Hardly Strictly Blue […]

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Repeat After Me: Monkeys Have Tails.

Repeat After Me: Monkeys Have Tails.

If you leave the zoo learning one thing about primates, learn that monkeys have tails and apes do not.

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The Cove

The Cove

The Cove is a new documentary about dolphins that might just make you an activist.

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Nature Play: Notes from the Field

Nature Play: Notes from the Field

At Nature Play, a new Oakland Zoo camp, campers need little guidance to make peace with Nature, and each other.

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Holistic Help for Hornbills

Holistic Help for Hornbills

They're handsome, they're huge, they mate for life and they are endangered.

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What's the Scoop on Kitty Poop?

What's the Scoop on Kitty Poop?

I am a cat owner who cares about the environment. What to do about their poop presents quite a conundrum.

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Predators in Peril in Uganda

Predators in Peril in Uganda

Last October, I gazed out at the expanse of Queen Elizabeth Park, in Uganda, close to the comfy Mweya Safari Lodge where we were staying. The landscape was beautiful, peaceful…and kind of empty. Though we had seen a large and lovely herd of elephants the evening before, on this fine, clear morning, the habitat was clearly missing one of the most important parts of the eco-system: predators. All we could find were tracks.

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What Makes Us Care About Nature?

What Makes Us Care About Nature?

This question comes up endlessly in the world of environmental education. How do you inspire a person to learn, care and then take action for the environment? As someone whose professional goal is to inspire earth stewardship, I often ask anyone who will answer this big question.

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Gorilla Cough

Gorilla Cough

Forgive me for being Gorilla-Crazy and writing yet another blog about these creatures, but anyone who has completed a gorilla trek understands the obsession and concern. One issue: We make them sick.

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Zoos as Centers for Conservation

Zoos as Centers for Conservation

When you think of a zoo, what comes to mind? Animals in habitats? Children? Goat petting? Have you ever thought of zoos as supporters of wildlife conservation in the field?

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Mountain Gorillas and their Human Guides: A Symbiotic Relationship

Mountain Gorillas and their Human Guides: A Symbiotic Relationship

In the natural world, there are many symbiotic relationships, those in which two species benefit from each other. Humans, it seems, are rarely part of such a partnership, so it was all the sweeter to believe I had discovered one.

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No Pond Turtle Left Behind

No Pond Turtle Left Behind

By creating the best possible environment for the turtles, they grow 3-4 times faster than they would in the wild.

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Not Just a Cup but a Just Cup

Not Just a Cup but a Just Cup

Good morning! Any coffee lovers out there? It gives me great pleasure that my cup comes from Thanksgiving Coffee Company, Oakland Zoo's caffeine supplier. Not only is the coffee delicious, but their like-minded mission makes them a great match for Oakland Zoo.

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