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