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What's the 1st thing you do when you move into a new habitat? Pool party! The African s explored their new digs in Conrad Prebys Africa Rocks this week. Our 5 animal ambassadors served as mentors to the new colony members & the introductions went swimmingly. Visitors will get to experience the Cape Fynbos habitat starting July 1. #sdzooAfricaRocks#penguins#sandiego#poolparty
Koalas are naturally solitary animals that are mostly active at night and spend a majority of their time napping and eating. Sound familiar? Tag a friend who appreciates life. #koalafornia#spiritanimal#sandiego (photo: Helene Hoffman)
A fleeting glance from Guapo the #jaguar | #BigCats like jaguars have the best 3-D vision of all carnivores, which helps them gauge distances when jumping. #GracefulGuapo photo by Paul E.M.
With only about 40 left in its native habitat, the #AmurLeopard exists on the cusp of extinction. We're working with other zoos to develop a sustainable and genetically diverse population of Amur #leopards that can contribute to new scientific knowledge and to the survival of the species in restored and protected native habitat. #LiskiTheLeopard#EndExtinction (pic by Mike Wilson)
It's time for another round of #cheetah + #puppy playtime. Tombi-Jeanne & Ilangha are getting accustomed to their #dogs in a non-threatening environment where everyone feels safe, so their lifelong relationships will be built on a solid foundation of trust & security. #bestfriendgoals
When you find out there’s only one day dedicated to otters… that’s otterly ridiculous! Every day should be #WorldOtterDay. Here at the #SanDiegoZoo we have Cape clawless & spotted-necked otters. Can you identify who’s who in these photos? #otterlyadorable#MammalLikeNoOtter (L-R: Deric Wagner, Marcia Siggins Jonas)
This #EndangeredSpeciesDay, we’re celebrating the fact that s are no longer endangered! Conservation works. San Diego Zoo Global and our many partners are leading the fight to #EndExtinction. Click the link in our bio and join us.
In 1997 the Zoo's second #albino#koala was born. He was named Onya-Birri, meaning "ghost boy." Despite the flurry of excitement around his appearance, Onya-Birri turned out to be a calm, confident koala that was nonchalant about all the attention. #ghostboy#koalafornia#throwback
Have you seen these fabulous feathers strutting around the Zoo? The Indian peafowl is the national bird of India and is protected in that country. To Hindus, the peafowl is a sacred bird; the spots on the peacock’s train symbolize the eyes of the gods. #peacockperfection#birdsofafeather#strutyourstuff (: Jerry Phan)
The 🦏 gets its name from its most famous feature: horns. The word #rhinoceros comes from the Greek words rhino (nose) & ceros (horn). A rhino's horn is made of keratin, the same material that makes up our fingernails & hair. Check out our story for more info on our rhino bffs, Jeezan & Jiyu. #bffgoals#naptime#sandiego (: Todd Lahman)
We interrupt your feed for a warming #throwback story. In 2011, Tinka was ejected from her mother's pouch. Since marsupials are born very tiny & unformed, animal care staff were presented with some special challenges. Our team carefully nursed her back to health with around-the-clock care, surrogate pouches, and bottle feedings. A year later, Tinka joined the rest of the parma wallabies & had her 1st joey in 2015! Since Tinka's name means "daylight," keepers affectionately named her joey Tinkai, meaning "night." #parmawallaby#TinkasTransformation#tbt#animalstories#sandiegozoo
Langur babies like Chi are orange while their parents are black. The color distinction makes it easier for the troop to identify and look after the infants. Their color usually changes within the first 6 months, when the juvenile becomes an almost perfect copy of the adults. #orangeisthenewblack#gingermonkey#langurlove#minime#sandiego
The iconic African has suffered a massive population decline from an estimated 1 million breeding pairs to only about 23,000 today. Their decline is largely due to the commercial harvesting of the birds’ eggs for food and their guano to sell as fertilizer. Although these practices have ended, other threats such as a lack of available fish due to overfishing, climate change, and oil spills continue to push their population numbers to lower levels. We’re collaborating to save these flightless wonders both at the #SanDiegoZoo and in South Africa. Click the link in our bio to learn more and join the fight to #EndExtinction. #WorldPenguinDay#happyfeet#blackandwhiteandcuteallover
Meet Chi, our adorable 7-week-old Francois' langur. His family is working closely with keepers to ensure he receives proper nutrition. The langur group is actively transferring Chi to keepers for feeding and playtime, and taking him back when the activities are over. Click the link in our bio to read Chi's story. #monkeybusiness#cute#sandiegozoo
“The love for all living creatures is the most noble attribute of man.” — Charles Darwin
Love alone will not be enough to save the thousands of plant and animal species hovering on the brink of extinction. Only science can do that. From the most recognizable megafauna, to the lesser-known plants and animals that call Earth home, we rely on science to understand and save species. This #EarthDay resolve to make a difference and inspire others to safeguard the beauty that surrounds us. #MarchforScience#EndExtinction
The green tree python spends a majority of its life in the trees. They rarely come down from their arboreal abodes except to lay eggs. Check out our story for a behind-the-scenes look at our historic Reptile House. #reptilemania#greenwithenvy#snakesnotonaplane#reptilehouse (photo: Paul Manaig)
When the food coma is unbearable. Brown bears are true omnivores and eat anything nutritious that they find. Most of their diet consists of plant matter, but they eat meat when the opportunity presents itself. Bears dig for roots, tubers, and insects, scavenge for carrion, and occasionally hunt prey like rodents, young deer, and elk. Their diet and eating habits contribute to a balanced, healthy ecosystem. #eatingislife#bearlyawake#foodcoma (photo: Deric Wagner)
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