San Diego, California - This morning Supervisor Dave Roberts presented a check for $7,000 from the County of San Diego Neighborhood Reinvestment Fund to San Diego Zoo Global Chairman Rick Gulley. The check was awarded to the nonprofit organization in a brief ceremony under the curious eyes of a spectacled owl.

The funds will help create a digital field notebook titled "Life in a Biodiversity Hotspot" for use in the Eddy Family Outdoor Learning Lab, located next to the Beckman Center for Conservation Research at the Safari Park. The digital field notebook will introduce students and teachers from disadvantaged Title I schools in San Diego County to local wildlife found throughout the region.