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San Diego Zoo
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Ever been flipped the tapir? These primitive large mammals have been around for 20 million years and have changed very little. #saycheese #smilemore #mondaymotivation (📷: Deric Wagner)

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The weekend forecast calls for rain, so take a lesson from Bai Yun and grab your umbrella! No crowds and unusual animal activity make rainy day visits totally worth it. 🐼☔️ (photo: Mollie Rivera)

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An unusual species has moved into the giant anteater exhibit near Skyfari West. Hint: They are a type of monogamous rodent. 🤔 #WhatisitWednesday #powercouple #relationshipgoals #animaltrivia

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Get your gerenooki on this #ValentineDay 💋❤ (photo: Deric Wagner)

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That face you make when ‪#Caturday‬ sneaks up on you. 😾 (photo: Deric Wagner)

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Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive. — Dalai Lama ❤ #wordsofwisdom #throwback #klipspringerkisses (📷: Ion Moe)

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When the world seems out of balance, consider the fact that male #pandas often perform “handstands” to leave scent marks. A handstand gets a panda’s rear end higher up the tree, and the panda with the highest scent mark is obviously the biggest—or at least the tallest. Scent marking enables these lovable bears to detect the sex, age, reproductive condition, social status, and even individual identity of others. 🐼❤ #turnthatfrownupsidedown #pandapandapanda #waybackWu #WuWednesday (📷: Mollie Rivera)

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Galápagos tortoises tend to lead a peaceful, lazy life that centers on eating, relaxing in the sun, or wallowing in puddles. They amble along at an astonishing 0.16 miles per hour. #lifegoals #tortoisetuesday #spiritanimal #slowandsteadywinstherace

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If humans had the metabolism of a #hummingbird, we would have to consume about 155,000 calories a day. #Food4Thought #dietgoals #fitnessmotivation (📷: Ian Gill)

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#Caturday Stoli. Shaken, Not Stirred. Our Eurasian lynx, Stoli, pounced back onto the scene for a few weeks in the Northern Frontier. Visitors to the San Diego Zoo can see our handsome boy next to the polar bears and reindeer. #cheerstothat #catsofinstagram (📷: Deric Wagner)

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Moving on up! The new home for our African 🐧s is taking shape. The new penguin habitat inside Africa Rocks will feature a beach area, penguin nesting areas, and rock work mimicking the granite boulders found at Boulders Beach in South Africa. Click the link in our bio for details. #newdigs #tuxedospacked #SDZooAfricaRocks

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While hippos like to feed on patches of short grasses (aka “hippo lawns”) close to water, they sometimes travel several miles to find food, making long trips on land to new lakes or rivers. Their ears help them hear the sounds of falling fruit, and their keen sense of smell helps them sniff out the tasty treats. #Hippos are mostly inactive unless eating, and this helps them conserve energy. #spiritanimal #hiphopanonymous #waterhorse #throwback (photo: Helene Hoffman)

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Baby Estrella is our #WildWednesday "star" ⭐️. Hint: turn the volume up for bonus squeaks. #wildwed #TwoToedSloth #sloth

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Have you ever heard someone refer to a #koala as a "koala bear?" Like bears, koalas are mammals, and they have round, fuzzy ears that resemble cute and cuddly teddy bears. Despite these characteristics, koalas are not bears. They’re members of a group of pouched animals called #marsupials. Can you name other marsupial species? 🐨#koalifornia (photo: Ion Moe)

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Despite what you hear in movies & on TV, mountain lions don't make that "wild cat scream" very often. More common vocalizations for this adaptable #cat include whistles, squeaks, growls, purrs, hisses & yowls. 😼 #meow #realcougars #canyouhearmenow (📷 by Paul Manaig)

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Squirrels are the rebels of the animal kingdom. Rules mean NOTHING to them. 😉 #wannafight #catchmeoutsidehowboutdat (📷 by Liz Sauer)

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Kiss me, you fool! 💋 #capykisses #worldslargestrodent #momlife (photo: Ion Moe)

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A little ❤ for your feed. #mandrillmoment #familylove #freehugs #squee (photo: Ion Moe)

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Do the #PhunkyPheasant The male argus pheasant has a rather elaborate courting display. How long do you think it will be until you see these sweet moves in da club? 🙌 (video by Bruno Enriquez Struck)

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A 🐯's night vision is six times better than a human's. #tigertuesday #nightvision #bigcatsofinstagram #fanphoto by @s_pollard

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When it rains in San Diego. ☔️ #MeerkatMonday #rainraingoaway #mobsquad #takecover (photo: Bob Worthington)

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2016 was a good year for Sichuan takins with the arrival of our little Hsi Hsi. #Takins have some pretty cool adaptations that help them stay warm and dry during the bitter cold of winter in the rugged Himalayan Mountains. A thick, secondary coat is grown to keep out the chill, and their large, moose-like snout has big sinus cavities to warm up inhaled air before it gets to the lungs. #staywarm #talkinbouttakins #winterfashion #throwback #tbt

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Current mood. 😀 Let the weekend begin! #TGIF #monkeybusiness #mandrillmadness (photo: Mary-Ellen Jordan)

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A mammal like no otter 😛 The spotted-necked otter is called "fisi maji," which means water hyena in Swahili. #tongueouttuesday #ottertude #getotterhere (📷 by Chuck Border)

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A bittersweet goodbye to Vine and some of our best 6-second memories. #RIPvine #goodbyevine #sandiegozoo #bestvines

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Happy 3rd birthday to our big cat nappers, Berani and Cinta. 🐯🐯🎉 #tigertiger #birthdayboy #brotherlylove #tbt (photo: Deric Wagner)

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An Alba a day keeps the sad face away. 😊🍎 #bearycute #appleofmyeye #Andeanbear #quitethespectacle #sandiegozoo

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Hold still! Momgoose knows best. 😛 While dwarf mongoose mothers are attentive, pup-care duties are shared by all members of the family group. #momlife #familytime #wereallinthistogether #tongueouttuesday

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When you don't know which camera to look at first. 😂 #meerkatmonday #groupphoto #moblife #smile (📷 by Mike Wilson)

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As we eagerly approach the end of the year, we cannot forget that wildlife conservation is a never-ending story. Major successes and minor setbacks reveal the continued fight to save species from extinction. From pronghorns to penguins, take a look at some of San Diego Zoo Global’s highlights from 2016 to ignite passion for wildlife in the year ahead. Click the link in our bio for details. #EndExtinction #wildlifeconservation

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It's clear that 2016 has been a wild year. Here are some of our favorite moments. #countdown #sandiego #bestof2016 #tbt

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The Journey shines bright during Jungle Bells. Our larger-than-life animal puppets are lit up and aglow for the holidays! This moving, musical processional of spectacular pageantry puppets and stilt walkers celebrates the San Diego Zoo’s extraordinary 100-year history and the journey to #EndExtinction. Join us for Jungle Bells through January 2. #HappyHolidays #sdzjunglebells

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Sweet dreams 🐼💤 Giant pandas like Mr. Wu get about 10 hours of sleep per day, a restful way to digest their low-calorie diet of bamboo. #goodnight #sandiego #bearycute #napexpert

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