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At 5 ft. long, the West African dwarf #crocodile is 1 of the smallest 🐊 species and feeds mostly on 🦀, 🐌 , 🐸, & 🐟. #SDZooAfricaRocks #CrocThisWay #CrocAndRoll #SanDiegoZoo

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Even though they share their habitat with giant pandas 🐼, red pandas need our help. #TheOriginalPanda is #endangered due to habitat loss, hunting, & the pet trade and some estimate there are fewer than 2,500 left in the wild. In honor of #InternationalRedPandaDay, please help us spread the word about this fluffy, red #firefox .
#IRPD2017 #Pandamonium

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👋 It's #FossaFriday! Many myths surround Madagascar's top predator, but one is the belief that their scent kills poultry. That's unlikely, but fossas do use scent to communicate and keep track of each other. #mythunderstood #fossapups #sdzooAfricaRocks (📷: Craig Chaddock)

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Okapi #Poll: which sticks out more-
Mosi's tongue 👅 or Mosi's ears?

#TheFloppyEaredOkapi #Endangered #EndExtinction #SanDiegoZoo

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There's a new cub in town. The Safari Park received a special delivery from @smithsonianzoo and now #RescueCub has a #bff. Follow @sdzsafaripark for 🐯cub-dates.
#TigerTime #DoubleTrouble #SDZSafariPark #EndExtinction

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🍪 Cookie the honey badger has some #TongueOutTuesday👅 attitude.
#DirtBath #SunsOutTonguesOut #DontCare #SDZooAfricaRocks #SanDiegoZoo (📷Debbie Beals)

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Help us wish 🐼Bai Yun a happy 26th birthday🎁. Not only is she a mother of 6, she was also the first giant panda to successfully give birth to surviving cubs in the United States—at a time when the species was on the brink of extinction. Find out what goes into a #PandaParty thru the link in our bio.
#AgeIsJustANumber #BirthdayBear #EndExtinction #SanDiegoZoo

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4 furry fossa pups and a first-time fossa mom are now roaming about Africa Rocks. "One is adventurous, one shy, one more vocal, and one is lighter in color,"says keeper Lacy. Learn more #FossaFacts through the link in our bio.
#SDZooAfricaRocks #Madagascar #Mongoose #IslandWildlife

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Our ring-tailed lemurs, fossas and honey badger are settling in to their new home in Madagascar Forest at #sdzooAfricaRocks! Click the link in our bio for details. 😎

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Island hop over to Africa Rocks and check out these Madagascar mammals. Madagascar Forest opens this weekend with lemurs, fossas, and a feisty honey badger. #SDZooAfricaRocks #IslandLife #Madagascar #SanDiegoZoo #LaborDayPlans

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There are more than 9,800 known species of birds, but what makes a bird, a bird? 🤔These 4 traits:
1. Warm-blooded
2. Egg-laying 🥚
3. Vertebrate (have a backbone)
4. Feathers
Flock to see our 5 aviaries with birds from around the world. 🌍
#BirdNerd #Birding #Aviary #BirdBrain #SanDiegoZoo
(📷s by Ian Gill)

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Our floppy-eared #okapi calf, Mosi, now has access to the whole habitat for closer viewing👀. #ProTip: He's typically out & about in the morning.
#TheFloppyEaredOkapi #SanDiegoZoo #EndangeredAnimals #EndExtinction

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The @sdzsafaripark has a new 🐯cub in its care. This tiger was rescued while being illegally trafficked into the U.S. Follow this #RescueCub's story @sdzsafaripark.
#EndExtinction #TigerCub #SDZSafariPark

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A fishing cat may seem like an oxymoron since most cats don't like water, but this cat is built for 💦. Webbed paws, a short tail, and a stocky build make #FishingCats the ultimate marsh-dwellers and predators.
#CatFishingIRL #FishingCaturday #SanDiegoZoo

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There's no denying these furry bundles of energy are cute. Spotted-necked #otters are made for water💧. Sleek bodies, webbed feet, and a large flat tail help them swim, while opposable "thumbs" allow them to use rocks to break open shells and get to the food inside🦀. Our otters put on quite a show and are often playing together at the bottom of Hippo Trail.
#ItOtterBeFriday #OtterlyAdorable #CuteAnimals #SignificantOtter #SanDiegoZoo

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Mosi #TheFloppyEaredOkapi calf ain't afraid to flaunt the flop. #ShakeThoseEars #FlailAndFlop #SanDiegoZoo #EndExtinction

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Who has the longest tongue in the animal kingdom? 😝Get a taste of some tongue-tied adaptations in the link in our bio.
#SunsOutTonguesOut #TongueOutTuesday
#AnimalAdaptations #SanDiegoZoo

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#Okapis may look like zebras, but they're actually the only living relatives of giraffes. Click the link in our bio to learn more. #TheFloppyEaredOkapi #SanDiegoZoo #EndExtinction

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Renown for their intelligence, long arms, and reddish hair, #orangutans are one of the most unique animal species and the only great #ape native to Asia 🌏 Unfortunately, most of their habitat has been destroyed to make 🌴 palm oil plantations, and now orangutans are almost #extinct in the wild. Celebrate #WorldOrangutanDay by purchasing products that are RSPO-designated as containing certified #sustainable palm oil to help save these intelligent creatures.
#EndExtinction #Conservation #SanDiegoZoo #Endangered

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Say hello to our newest floppy-eared okapi calf, Mosi. While most okapi ears straighten out a few weeks after birth, Mosi's ears are moseying along at a slow rate. Okapis are naturally shy animals, but Mosi shares his mom's calm demeanor and loves the camera. Only a few zoos in the U.S. house the endangered okapi, and 3-week-old Mosi is the first okapi to be born at the Zoo in 4 years. #TheFloppyEaredOkapi #EverythingWillBeOkapi #CuriousCalf #BabyAnimals #ZooBorns

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The Japanese have a term for getting back to nature: shinrin-yoku. Forest bathing is said to clear the mind and heal the body. With 3,500 rare animals🐼 and 700,000 exotic plants 🌲, there's ample opportunity to forest bathe at the Zoo. See the link in our bio for the best spots.
#GreenCleanse #NatureHealsTheSoul #NaturalMedicine #GetOutdoors #OptOutside #SanDiegoZoo #ForestBathing

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Forget tacos 🌮. Check out this #TakinTuesday delight. Baby takin Shan Po is turning 1 month old and so far he loves to eat, sleep, and play. His keepers say he’s a daring and spirited youngster who can be seen climbing and hanging out with his dad and sister.
#TakinTakingOver #TalkinBoutTakin #ThisIsMyDay #BabyAwesomeness #CuteAnimals

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When everyone's complaining about the heat, but you live for #summer. ☀️ #LazySunday #NaturallyTan #DesertDweller #hotfoxbuns (Photo: Helene Hoffman)

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We celebrate World 🐘 Day everyday by pampering these gentle, geriatric girls. #worldelephantday #sunsouttrunksout #sandiegozoo

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Our next headliner is ready to rock in the newly opened West African forest habitat! 🐊 At 5 feet in length, West African dwarf #crocodiles are one of the smallest croc species. These perfectly petite crocs are surprisingly agile and excellent at making use of camouflage. Most amazing is that they’ve been seen hanging out in the lower branches of trees! #sdzooAfricaRocks #crocsrock #dwarfcrocs

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🦁The embodiment of power and courage, #lions are unique to other members of the large cat family. Lions are the only big cats that have manes, tufted tails, and live in social groups. Each member of the pride plays a role, with lionesses hunting and males guarding territory.
#ManeSqueeze #LeoLife #WorldLionDay #EndExtinction #SanDiegoZoo (2nd photo: Helene Hoffman)

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Penguins 🐧 can't fly, but they're perfectly shaped to move swiftly through the water to catch 🐟. These feathered torpedoes can hold their breath over 2 minutes and dive over 400 feet deep! #justkeepswimming #featheredtorpedos #flightlesswonders #sdzooAfricaRocks

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When someone asks if the plural of mongoose is "mongeese"...OK technically yes, but do you see any wings? 🙄
#NoRelation #MongeeseMonday #SillyGoose (📷:Craig Chaddock)

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Excluding humans, the mountain 🦁 has the largest range of any land mammal in the Western Hemisphere 🌎. Without them, populations of 🦌 and other animals would become too large for the habitat.
#TrueAdventureCat #CougarCaturday #BestInTheWest #sandiegozoo [📸: Marcia Siggins Jonas]

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An 🐘's skin can be up to 1 inch thick on some parts of its body. It’s also loose, which makes the #elephant look like it's wearing baggy pants or sagging stockings. But there’s a good reason for this—it keeps the animal cool by trapping moisture that takes longer to evaporate. Check out our live broadcast to learn more about our beloved pachyderms! #elephantlove #theskinnyonskin #sandiegozoo (📷: Gregory Asaro)

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