Tag Archives: Mother’s day

San Diego Zoo mother & baby snapshots

In honor of Mother’s Day, I wanted to share a few snapshots from our trip to the San Diego Zoo last month.

Here’s a giraffe calf and mother:


Capybaras are the largest living rodents: there’s mom and a young upstart.

Capybara mom and baby at the San Diego Zoo

And the best for last: hippos charmed everyone who came by to visit.



A biologist’s take on Mother’s Day

This Mother’s day tribute is so good that it can’t wait until next year, or even for my Saturday video feature. It’s completely fabulous– the lyrics, the delivery, the biological illustrations, and the solid science backing it up. See more on his YouTube channel. Forward it to your mother, your favorite biologist, or your favorite scientist mom!

Hat tip to my friend and colleague, Tom Hayden.


A Mother's Day Torte

Sachertorte from the Hotel Sacher, Vienna. Copyright © 2005 David Monniaux

My mother will get the joke. About 10 years ago, after a trip to Europe when my mother lost her luggage, I bet her a slice of decadent European cake that she’d get the suitcase back. She did.

Though the stars haven’t aligned so that I can get my cake (in Europe, of course!), this slice is my way of wishing all mothers a very happy day.