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Wildlife sanctuary and conservation organization with 140+ projects in 80+ countries. ๐Ÿฆ snapchat: sandiegozoo http://bit.ly/SDZG2016

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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. ๐Ÿ˜€ Let the weekend begin! #TGIF #monkeybusiness #mandrillmadness (photo: Mary-Ellen Jordan)

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A mammal like no otter ๐Ÿ˜› The spotted-necked otter is called "fisi maji," which means water hyena in Swahili. #tongueouttuesday #ottertude #getotterhere (๐Ÿ“ท 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. ๐Ÿฏ๐Ÿฏ๐ŸŽ‰ #tigertiger #birthdayboy #brotherlylove #tbt (photo: Deric Wagner)

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An Alba a day keeps the sad face away. ๐Ÿ˜Š๐ŸŽ #bearycute #appleofmyeye #Andeanbear #quitethespectacle #sandiegozoo

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Hold still! Momgoose knows best. ๐Ÿ˜› 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. ๐Ÿ˜‚ #meerkatmonday #groupphoto #moblife #smile (๐Ÿ“ท 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 Globalโ€™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 Zooโ€™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 ๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ’ค 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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The slow food movement was made for #sloths. ๐Ÿ˜‹ These charismatic creatures may begin eating solid foods as early as 4 days old, but they also continue to nurse until they are 4 months old, when mothers typically wean their babies. Consueloโ€™s little one enjoys apples. #slowcooker #nomnom #slothlife #imlovingit

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How well do you know polar bears? Test your I.Q. and automatically be entered to win 4 spots for our Animals in Action experience. Click the link in our bio to take the quiz. Good luck and happy holidays! (๐Ÿ“ท by Ion Moe) #giveaway #polarbear #quiz #sdzjunglebells #sandiegozoo

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Valerio has grown into quite the handsome cat. ๐Ÿ˜ผ As the only big cat species in the New World, #jaguars have dominated the rituals and stories of the people who live there. Some tales say that jaguars can move between worlds because they are at home both in the trees and on the ground, and they hunt both day and night. Today, the jaguar continues to be considered a symbol of royalty, intelligence, beauty, and strength. #Caturday #bigcatsofinstagram (๐Ÿ“ท: Mike Wilson)

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After being extinct in the wild for over a decade, โ€˜Alalฤ have returned to the forests of #Hawaii! Watch the incredible moment they took to their native skies and help us wish them luck. Click the link in our bio for more information on this conservation milestone. #EndExtinction

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Meet our newest ambassadors in the Children's Zoo, 4-month-old rock hyrax pups Tande & Kiazi. ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ #rocknbuds #rockhyrax #rockhoppers

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If youโ€™ve watched domestic dogs play, you already know something about how #wolves communicate. Certain behaviors are meant to communicate messages to other pack members, but these carnivores also leave behind messages by scent marking. Allow Shadow to demonstrate. #takeawiff #wolfpack #scentedmessages

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Fade on fleek. The drillest #rockinhairdo of the week ๐Ÿ˜‚ Mandrills are easily recognizable by their furry head crests, manes and golden beardsโ€”and their bright coloration, with red nose and lips, and thick purple and blue ridges along the sides of the nose. At two months of age, this little guy will start to lose his baby hair and grow his adult coat. #mandrillmohawk #freshfade #babyboydrill #lol

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Calling all Instagram-ers! Itโ€™s time for our annual Jungle Bells Instameet. Join us at the Zoo on Saturday 12/17 at 9 am for an exclusive meet-up and photo challenge. Enjoy holiday cheer, enter the free raffle, and compete with fellow phone-graphers for cool prizes. Click the link in our bio to RSVP. โ›„๏ธ #sdzjunglebells #happyholidays #sandiegozoo

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Two tiny new reasons to โค๏ธ the world's largest rodent. Buttercup's latest #capybara babies were born in the Zoo's Elephant Odyssey on November 26. The youngsters have been busy staying close to mom and exploring their habitat, as well as testing out the waters and learning to swim! #biggestsmallestrodent #waterpigs #sandiegozoo

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Sad News today. Giraffes are now listed as Vulnerable after a new report shows their populations have dropped 40% over the last 20 years. If this trend continues, these iconic watchtowers of Africa could become extinct within a generation. With approximately 95,000 individuals left in their native habitats, we haven't lost hope. Visit the link in our profile for more information on our #giraffe conservation projects and how you can help. #EndExtinction

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Two-toed bundle of joy! Introducing the new Linnaeusโ€™s two-toed sloth at the #SanDiegoZoo. Congrats to parents Conseulo and Nico. Check out Zoonooz for more info. ๐Ÿ˜ (Turn up the volume for some bonus squees!) #slothlove #slowandsteady

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#Caturday bone crusher. ๐Ÿฏ Tigers like Connor have impressive hunting gear and are strong enough to kill prey that weighs 4x their own weight. #bigcatappetites #bonecrusher (photo: Paul Maniag)

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Female #mandrill Kesi gave birth to a cute baby boy-drill. He is our first mandrill baby in over 14 years! Help us welcome this cutie to the group. #instacute #mamasboy #mandrillstyle

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Hang in there, it's almost Friday. ๐Ÿ™ƒ #pandapandapanda #mrwu #upsidedownrightsideup (photo: Mollie Rivera)

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How do you catch a fish without a fishing pole? With your BEAR hands. ๐Ÿป๐Ÿ˜‚ Do you have a better bear joke? Share it in the comments! #bearbuds #grizzlygang #bearpuns #sandiegozoo (photo: Debbie Beals)

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We released endangered penguins in South Africa with our local partners on Thanksgiving. Now we need your help this #GivingTuesday. Click the link in our profile and become a #penguin protector! Every $ you give will be doubled. ๐Ÿงโค๏ธ

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Ditch the Black Friday madness for some natural therapy. #optoutside #flashbackfriday

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#HappyThanksgiving! Weโ€™re grateful for our incredible staff, volunteers, members, donors, and guests for the continued support and dedication to preserving wildlife and habitats across the globe. โค๏ธ (๐Ÿ“ท: Penny Hyde) #tbt #throwback #sandiegozoo

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'Tis the season! Tatqiq, Chinook, and Kalluk woke up to a winter wonderland last week. Our #polarbears came to us as orphans. With little to no chance of survival in the wild, we're happy to provide them a sanctuary here. As the largest land carnivore, polar bears have no natural predators, but climate change has led to record-breaking sea ice losses and human activity continues to threaten their existence. San Diego Zoo Global is committed to saving these iconic Arctic ambassadors and you can help! Click on the link in our bio for more info. #sandiegozoo #endextinction #snowday #winterwonderland

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A year ago today, 4 became 3. ๐Ÿ’” Nola, who was 1 of 4 remaining northern white rhinos, passed away at the @sdzsafaripark last year. She is still very much in our hearts and a constant inspiration to fight harder to #EndExtinction. #Nola4Ever

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Proud momgoose ๐Ÿ˜Š #momlife #mongoosemonday #adulting (photo by Penny Hyde)