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Pro tip: Never let your gourd down. ? #orangutan #fallfun #gourdgeous? #ohmygourd (?: Ion Moe)
Pro tip: Never let your gourd down. ? #orangutan #fallfun #gourdgeous? #ohmygourd (?: Ion Moe) | © instagram.com/sandiegozoo
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Charlie the Amur leopard was born on May 27th and came to us on a Species Survival Plan recommendation.… read more
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Charlie the Amur leopard was born on May 27th and came to us on a Species Survival Plan recommendation. He was rejected by his mother and hand reared, and is now being introduced to Mystique so he can learn how to be a cat. 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. #LeopardLessons #LeopardsOfInstagram #SanDiegoZoo #EndExtinction | © instagram.com/sandiegozoo
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Sita the baby silver leaf langur is our #wcw. #Langur babies are orange while their parents are black.… read more
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Sita the baby silver leaf langur is our #wcw. #Langur babies are orange while their parents are black. It’s thought this color distinction makes it easier for the whole troop to identify and look after the infants. The youngster’s color usually changes within the first six months, when the juvenile becomes an almost perfect copy of the adults. ?: Debbie Beals #MonkeyMusings #SilverLeafLangur #SanDiegoZoo #EndExtinction | © instagram.com/sandiegozoo
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Trick or treat yo self ? #SanDiegoBoo #TreatsNotTricks
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Trick or treat yo self ? #SanDiegoBoo #TreatsNotTricks | © instagram.com/sandiegozoo
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A doglike face, claws and teeth like a cat, and related to mongooses—the #fossa may be weird, but it… read more
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A doglike face, claws and teeth like a cat, and related to mongooses—the #fossa may be weird, but it reigns on the African island of Madagascar. Skilled predators, fossas hunt lemurs, wild pigs, reptiles, rodents, and birds. They’re loners that move so swiftly and silently, one minute they’re there, the next they’re gone. #SDZOOAfricaRocks #HangInThere #PupPlaytime | © instagram.com/sandiegozoo
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Since it's #CatDay, we figured they could have their #Halloween treats early. ??#Meowloween #SanDiegoZoo… read more
Since it's #CatDay, we figured they could have their #Halloween treats early. ??#Meowloween #SanDiegoZoo #BigCatsLittlePumpkins | © instagram.com/sandiegozoo
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"Swimming" lessons are going swimmingly. ? Hippos actually can't swim or float. They're too dense so… read more
"Swimming" lessons are going swimmingly. ? Hippos actually can't swim or float. They're too dense so they just push off the ground. #hippo #underwater #cuteprincess | © instagram.com/sandiegozoo
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Fu’s fearless little boy is growing by leaps and pounds! One cup of hippo milk is approximately 550 calories,… read more
Fu’s fearless little boy is growing by leaps and pounds! One cup of hippo milk is approximately 550 calories, and this guy never misses a meal. Keepers estimate the calf now weighs 115-120 lbs. #bigboy #riverhippo #sandiegozoo | © instagram.com/sandiegozoo
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¡ʎɐᗡ ɥʇoןS ןɐuoıʇɐuɹǝʇuI ʎddɐH ? #InternationalSlothDay #UpsideDown #SanDiegoZoo
¡ʎɐᗡ ɥʇoןS ןɐuoıʇɐuɹǝʇuI ʎddɐH ?#InternationalSlothDay #UpsideDown #SanDiegoZoo | © instagram.com/sandiegozoo
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?Taste testing the water #TongueOutTuesday #BabyHippo #SanDiegoZoo #EndExtinction
?Taste testing the water #TongueOutTuesday #BabyHippo #SanDiegoZoo #EndExtinction | © instagram.com/sandiegozoo
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?Although he's still nursing, this fearless #BabyHippo loves to mimic his mom. #PumpkinPachyderm #Hippoween… read more
?Although he's still nursing, this fearless #BabyHippo loves to mimic his mom. #PumpkinPachyderm #Hippoween #MondayMotivation #EndExtinction #SanDiegoZoo | © instagram.com/sandiegozoo
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Meet Charlie (nicknamed Axle), a 4-month-old Amur leopard who was hand-raised at another facility and… read more
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Meet Charlie (nicknamed Axle), a 4-month-old Amur leopard who was hand-raised at another facility and has joined us to be raised near other leopards. He can be seen with the other Asian leopards near Panda Trek, but isn't always out and about. #Caturday #ThatFaceTho (?: Deric Wagner) | © instagram.com/sandiegozoo
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Oh boy... We're thrilled to announce Funani's 3-week-old #hippo calf is a daring & adventurous male!… read more
Oh boy... We're thrilled to announce Funani's 3-week-old #hippo calf is a daring & adventurous male! Mom & son will be on exhibit Tue, Thurs, & weekends, which is subject to change because the hippos are ultimately in charge.  See more in the link in our bio. #BoyMeetsWorld #GenderReveal #BabyHippo #HippoHippoHooray | © instagram.com/sandiegozoo
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Hippos can vocalize on land & in water?. We've got some big #hippo calf news surfacing later this week… read more
Hippos can vocalize on land & in water?. We've got some big #hippo calf news surfacing later this week so stay tuned. ? #BabyHippo #KeeperVideo #SanDiegoZoo #EndExtinction | © instagram.com/sandiegozoo
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All cat eyes on Mystique, our new melanistic (black) Amur leopard. Melanism (the opposite of albinism)… read more
All cat eyes on Mystique, our new melanistic (black) Amur leopard. Melanism (the opposite of albinism) is a rare, naturally occurring adaptation that causes the skin to darken through the development of melanin. At 3-years-old, Mystique is a bit shy, but loves to explore her habitat and is most active around sunset.  #Caturday #NotAPanther #BigCats #SanDiegoZoo (photo: Debbie Beals) | © instagram.com/sandiegozoo
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11 giraffes are killed every single day. Without your help, certain species of giraffes could be completely… read more
11 giraffes are killed every single day. Without your help, certain species of giraffes could be completely extinct in 4 years. Will you help us save them? Click the link in our bio. #TurnThingsAround #EndExtinction #SaveTheGiraffes #Giraffe #Giraffes #StopKillingAnimals #Endangered #EndangeredSpecies #SanDiegoZoo #WildlifeConservancy #SanDiegoZooGlobal #WildAnimals | © instagram.com/sandiegozoo
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Today was Otis' first day back on exhibit since the hippo calf's birth. For now, the hippos on exhibit… read more
Today was Otis' first day back on exhibit since the hippo calf's birth. For now, the hippos on exhibit will rotate with either Otis or Funani & the calf. We don't have a set schedule yet, but will keep you posted. #Hippos #HappyAsAHippo #SanDiegoZoo #SlowMotion | © instagram.com/sandiegozoo
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Funani's hippo calf is over 1 week old and doing well. We are still waiting to confirm if it's female… read more
Funani's hippo calf is over 1 week old and doing well. We are still waiting to confirm if it's female or male-- stay tuned! #BabyHippo #CuriousCalf #HipToBeRound #SanDiegoZoo #BabyAnimals(?: Alison Aber) | © instagram.com/sandiegozoo
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These baby rock hyraxes are still learning how to interact with their habitat (and each other ?). #SiblingRivalry… read more
These baby rock hyraxes are still learning how to interact with their habitat (and each other ?). #SiblingRivalry #SDZooAfricaRocks #RockHyrax #BabyAnimals #SanDiegoZoo | © instagram.com/sandiegozoo
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Newborn hippos are only able to hold their breath for about 40 seconds at a time, so our little calf… read more
Newborn hippos are only able to hold their breath for about 40 seconds at a time, so our little calf spends a lot of time next to mom in the shallow end of the pool. #HipToBeRound #BabyHippo #HappyHippos | © instagram.com/sandiegozoo
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Feisty & furry, these fossa pups know how to have fun. #FossaFun #FeistAndFurrious #BabyAnimals #SDZooAfricaRocks… read more
Feisty & furry, these fossa pups know how to have fun. #FossaFun #FeistAndFurrious  #BabyAnimals #SDZooAfricaRocks #Madagascar | © instagram.com/sandiegozoo
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Funani's hippo calf is just 4 days old and doing well. According to keepers, the calf is already very… read more
Funani's hippo calf is just 4 days old and doing well. According to keepers, the calf is already very adventurous and tries to wriggle away from mom to explore, but for now they're still joined at the hip-po.?#HippoHippoHooray #HappyHippo #BabyHippo #SanDiegoZoo | © instagram.com/sandiegozoo
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It's the #FirstDayOfFall? and the first day ever for this newborn #hippo--Funani's 12th calf! Come see… read more
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It's the #FirstDayOfFall? and the first day ever for this newborn #hippo--Funani's 12th calf! Come see the pair on Hippo Trail and stay tuned for more info & video. | © instagram.com/sandiegozoo
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It's #WorldRhinoDay, but rhinos are vanishing at record speeds and more are killed every day. Help us… read more
It's #WorldRhinoDay, but rhinos are vanishing at record speeds and more are killed every day. Help us turn things around before it's too late--donate through the link in our bio. Thanks for joining the fight to #EndExtinction. | © instagram.com/sandiegozoo
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At 5 ft. long, the West African dwarf #crocodile is 1 of the smallest ? species and feeds mostly on ?,… read more
At 5 ft. long, the West African dwarf #crocodile is 1 of the smallest ? species and feeds mostly on ?, ? , ?, & ?. #SDZooAfricaRocks #CrocThisWay #CrocAndRoll #SanDiegoZoo | © instagram.com/sandiegozoo
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Even though they share their habitat with giant pandas ?, red pandas need our help. #TheOriginalPanda… read more
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 | © instagram.com/sandiegozoo
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? It's #FossaFriday! Many myths surround Madagascar's top predator, but one is the belief that their… read more
? 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) | © instagram.com/sandiegozoo
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Okapi #Poll: which sticks out more- Mosi's tongue ? or Mosi's ears? #TheFloppyEaredOkapi #Endangered… read more
Okapi #Poll: which sticks out more-Mosi's tongue ? or Mosi's ears?#TheFloppyEaredOkapi #Endangered #EndExtinction #SanDiegoZoo | © instagram.com/sandiegozoo
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There's a new cub in town. The Safari Park received a special delivery from @smithsonianzoo and now #RescueCub… read more
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 | © instagram.com/sandiegozoo
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? Cookie the honey badger has some #TongueOutTuesday? attitude. #DirtBath #SunsOutTonguesOut #DontCare… read more
? Cookie the honey badger has some #TongueOutTuesday? attitude. #DirtBath #SunsOutTonguesOut #DontCare #SDZooAfricaRocks #SanDiegoZoo (?Debbie Beals) | © instagram.com/sandiegozoo
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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… read more
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 | © instagram.com/sandiegozoo
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Our ring-tailed lemurs, fossas and honey badger are settling in to their new home in Madagascar Forest… read more
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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. ? | © instagram.com/sandiegozoo
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The @sdzsafaripark has a new ?cub in its care. This tiger was rescued while being illegally trafficked… read more
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 | © instagram.com/sandiegozoo
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Mosi #TheFloppyEaredOkapi calf ain't afraid to flaunt the flop. #ShakeThoseEars #FlailAndFlop #SanDiegoZoo… read more
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Mosi #TheFloppyEaredOkapi calf ain't afraid to flaunt the flop. #ShakeThoseEars #FlailAndFlop #SanDiegoZoo #EndExtinction | © instagram.com/sandiegozoo
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#Okapis may look like zebras, but they're actually the only living relatives of giraffes. Click the link… read more
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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 | © instagram.com/sandiegozoo
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Renown for their intelligence, long arms, and reddish hair, #orangutans are one of the most unique animal… read more
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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 | © instagram.com/sandiegozoo
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Say hello to our newest floppy-eared okapi calf, Mosi. While most okapi ears straighten out a few weeks… read more
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 | © instagram.com/sandiegozoo
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Forget tacos ?. Check out this #TakinTuesday delight. Baby takin Shan Po is turning 1 month old and so… read more
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 | © instagram.com/sandiegozoo
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When everyone's complaining about the heat, but you live for #summer. ☀️ #LazySunday #NaturallyTan #DesertDweller… read more
When everyone's complaining about the heat, but you live for #summer. ☀️ #LazySunday #NaturallyTan #DesertDweller #hotfoxbuns (Photo: Helene Hoffman) | © instagram.com/sandiegozoo
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We celebrate World ? Day everyday by pampering these gentle, geriatric girls. #worldelephantday #sunsouttrunksout… read more
We celebrate World ? Day everyday by pampering these gentle, geriatric girls. #worldelephantday #sunsouttrunksout #sandiegozoo | © instagram.com/sandiegozoo
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Penguins ? can't fly, but they're perfectly shaped to move swiftly through the water to catch ?. These… read more
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 | © instagram.com/sandiegozoo
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When someone asks if the plural of mongoose is "mongeese"...OK technically yes, but do you see any wings?… read more
When someone asks if the plural of mongoose is "mongeese"...OK technically yes, but do you see any wings? ?#NoRelation #MongeeseMonday #SillyGoose (?:Craig Chaddock) | © instagram.com/sandiegozoo
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Excluding humans, the mountain ? has the largest range of any land mammal in the Western Hemisphere ?.… read more
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] | © instagram.com/sandiegozoo
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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… read more
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) | © instagram.com/sandiegozoo
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The beautiful, striped coat & that powerful, hypnotizing gaze make the #tiger one of the world’s most… read more
The beautiful, striped coat & that powerful, hypnotizing gaze make the #tiger one of the world’s most revered animals. Celebrate #GlobalTigerDay with 21 terrific ? facts (link in bio). #TigerPower #SanDiegoZoo #EndExtinction | © instagram.com/sandiegozoo
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Penguin or puffin?? Turtle or tortoise?? Buffalo or bison?? We put together a cheat sheet to identify… read more
Penguin or puffin?? Turtle or tortoise?? Buffalo or bison?? We put together a cheat sheet to identify which is which & who is who. Link in bio. #ZooAreYou? #sandiegozoo #EndExtinction | © instagram.com/sandiegozoo
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Is your #caturday as low-key as Liski's? ? #loungelikealeopard ?: Deric Wagner
Is your #caturday as low-key as Liski's? ?  #loungelikealeopard ?: Deric Wagner | © instagram.com/sandiegozoo
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These two new giraffe calves @sdzsafaripark are a step in the right direction for this vulnerable species.… read more
These two new giraffe calves @sdzsafaripark are a step in the right direction for this vulnerable species. ?But now you can join over 2,600 volunteers and help researchers track wild giraffes from your computer. See the link in our bio to help these gentle animals. #endextinction #citizenscience | © instagram.com/sandiegozoo
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Shoutout to our inspiring zookeepers for #NationalZookeeperWeek! ? Being a #zookeeper may seem glamorous,… read more
Shoutout to our inspiring zookeepers for #NationalZookeeperWeek! ? Being a #zookeeper may seem glamorous, but it's hard work. At the end of the day, it's all worth it for these passionate people committed to caring for animals in the name of conservation. #EndExtinction | © instagram.com/sandiegozoo
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Hanging poolside with this gorgeous lady! An ?'s trunk is so strong it can push down trees and so agile… read more
Hanging poolside with this gorgeous lady! An ?'s trunk is so strong it can push down trees and so agile that it can pick up a single piece of straw. S/O to keeper Robbie Clark for this fabulous capture. #elephantlove #thenoseknows #poolparty | © instagram.com/sandiegozoo
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Rapidly declining Arctic sea ice spells trouble for #polarbears. Scientists have documented a 40% loss… read more
Rapidly declining Arctic sea ice spells trouble for #polarbears. Scientists have documented a 40% loss in summer sea ice extent since 1979. Polar bears rely on sea ice to survive, but they aren’t alone. Sea ice is as important to the Arctic ecosystem as soil is to a forest. Reducing CO2 emissions is the only way to rewrite the future and protect polar bears. Be a hero for wildlife & click the link in our bio to see how you can protect the Arctic ecosystem. #ArcticSeaIceDay #EndExtinction @polarbearsinternational | © instagram.com/sandiegozoo
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Happy #SharkAwarenessWeek. ? Leopard sharks are harmless bottom feeders, and often gather in waters off… read more
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Happy #SharkAwarenessWeek. ? Leopard sharks are harmless bottom feeders, and often gather in waters off #SanDiego this time of year. The phenomenon draws snorkelers, kayakers and eco-tourists. #LeopardSharks are plentiful, but are occasionally taken by recreational anglers or as by-catch by commercial fisheries. #Sharks are facing many threats in the wild. They're poached for their fins, which are consumed as a “delicacy,” and their habitats and food sources are shrinking due to human activity. Join us in celebrating how important sharks are to our oceans. #SDZooAfricaRocks #EndExtinction #sandiegozoo | © instagram.com/sandiegozoo
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Help us wish pretty Paloma the #sloth a happy 3rd birthday! ?? #SlothLove #slothsofinstagram #sandiegozoo… read more
Help us wish pretty Paloma the #sloth a happy 3rd birthday! ?? #SlothLove #slothsofinstagram #sandiegozoo #TwoToedSloth | © instagram.com/sandiegozoo
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The South American native word for #jaguar, yaguara, means "animal that kills in a single bound." #GrumpyCat… read more
The South American native word for #jaguar, yaguara, means "animal that kills in a single bound." #GrumpyCat #sandiegozoo #EndExtinction (?: Paul E.M. @canon_ed) | © instagram.com/sandiegozoo
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When you're hungry but don't want to get out of bed. ? #mondaymotivation #thestruggleisreal #bearnecessities… read more
When you're hungry but don't want to get out of bed. ? #mondaymotivation #thestruggleisreal #bearnecessities #sandiegozoo (? by Jeff Jonas) | © instagram.com/sandiegozoo
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Toucan play that game ? Twin toucan chicks are spreading their wings in the Parker Aviary! This is the… read more
Toucan play that game ? Twin toucan chicks are spreading their wings in the Parker Aviary! This is the 1st time toco toucans have hatched at the Zoo in over 30 years. #birdsofinstagram  #spreadyourwings #toucandoitifyoutry | © instagram.com/sandiegozoo
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Kids these days. ? #playful #primates #gorilla #toddlershenanigans #sandiego (? by Barbara Michels)
Kids these days. ? #playful #primates #gorilla #toddlershenanigans  #sandiego (? by Barbara Michels) | © instagram.com/sandiegozoo
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Shark week came early for Africa Rocks! We're diving into new territory at the Cape Fynbos habitat. For… read more
Shark week came early for Africa Rocks! We're diving into new territory at the Cape Fynbos habitat. For the first time ever, #sandiegozoo is home to leopard #sharks. Click the link in our bio to learn more.  #sdzooAfricaRocks #leopardshark | © instagram.com/sandiegozoo
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Nothing to see here. Just a #GiantAnteater having a giant #PoolParty ? ? by Barbara Michels #SanDiegoZoo
Nothing to see here. Just a #GiantAnteater having a giant #PoolParty ? ? by Barbara Michels #SanDiegoZoo | © instagram.com/sandiegozoo
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The 2nd #flamingo chick of the season is here and #FABULOUS. ? Do these knobby legs come with a manual?… read more
The 2nd #flamingo chick of the season is here and #FABULOUS. ? Do these knobby legs come with a manual? #PrettyInPink #SanDiegoZoo (?: Deric Wagner) | © instagram.com/sandiegozoo
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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… read more
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 | © instagram.com/sandiegozoo
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For the 1st time in our history, we have an underwater dive team! Reptile keepers are training to care… read more
For the 1st time in our history, we have an underwater dive team! Reptile keepers are training to care for the 200,000-gallon pool that will house African #penguins, fish & bottom-dwelling leopard #sharks. The countdown to #sdzooAfricaRocks has officially begun. ? #sandiego #justkeepswimming | © instagram.com/sandiegozoo
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Koalas are naturally solitary animals that are mostly active at night and spend a majority of their time… read more
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) | © instagram.com/sandiegozoo
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#BearHug anyone? ? pic by Helene Hoffman
#BearHug anyone? ? pic by Helene Hoffman | © instagram.com/sandiegozoo
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A fleeting glance from Guapo the #jaguar | #BigCats like jaguars have the best 3-D vision of all carnivores,… read more
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. | © instagram.com/sandiegozoo
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With only about 40 left in its native habitat, the #AmurLeopard exists on the cusp of extinction. We're… read more
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) | © instagram.com/sandiegozoo
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#BellyRubsRule #ThursdayThoughts #tbt #baby #jaguar ?: Deric Wagner
#BellyRubsRule #ThursdayThoughts #tbt #baby #jaguar ?: Deric Wagner | © instagram.com/sandiegozoo
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Hop on Skyfari presented by @AlaskaAir and share your experience using #alaskaskyfari to be entered to… read more
Hop on Skyfari presented by @AlaskaAir and share your experience using #alaskaskyfari to be entered to win air travel to an Alaska Airlines destination of your choice. Click the link in our bio to learn more. #skyfari #sandiegozoo #AlaskaAirlines | © instagram.com/sandiegozoo
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It's time for another round of #cheetah + #puppy playtime. ?? Tombi-Jeanne & Ilangha are getting accustomed… read more
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 | © instagram.com/sandiegozoo
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Karen the #daydreamer. ? S/O to @zoogirlsd for this fan feature! #redheadsrule #orangutan #sandiego #sandiegozoo
Karen the #daydreamer. ? S/O to @zoogirlsd for this fan feature! #redheadsrule #orangutan #sandiego #sandiegozoo | © instagram.com/sandiegozoo
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Congrats to Kiazi @sdzsafaripark on the birth of her 1st calf! The female is the 96th southern white… read more
Congrats to Kiazi @sdzsafaripark on the birth of her 1st calf! The female is the 96th southern white #rhino born at our sister facility, and her arrival provides additional evidence that scientists may have solved the reproduction riddle of this species. Check out Zoonooz for more info. #rayofhope #EndExtinction #rhinocalf #sdzsafaripark | © instagram.com/sandiegozoo
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Miss Sassy Pants (aka Devi) is on her way to being a grown-up #hippo, so this #throwback is dedicated… read more
Miss Sassy Pants (aka Devi) is on her way to being a grown-up #hippo, so this #throwback is dedicated to her. Tap the link in our bio for more info on Devi's whereabouts. #MissSassyPants #tbt❤️ #hiphopanonymous #sandiegozoo | © instagram.com/sandiegozoo
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Dripping with susssspense #RowleysPalmPitViper #ReptilesRock #snakestagram #sandiegozoo ? by Peter Csanadi
Dripping with susssspense #RowleysPalmPitViper #ReptilesRock #snakestagram #sandiegozoo ? by Peter Csanadi | © instagram.com/sandiegozoo
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In 1997 the Zoo's second #albino #koala was born. He was named Onya-Birri, meaning "ghost boy." Despite… read more
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 | © instagram.com/sandiegozoo
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Good things come to those who wait, and when you’re a ? looking for a meal, patience is key. These #bigcats… read more
Good things come to those who wait, and when you’re a ? looking for a meal, patience is key. These #bigcats are patient hunters and can move slowly and quietly, stalking their prey for 20 or 30 minutes. #stalker #tiger #tigertuesday #goodthingscometothosewhowait (?: Paul E.M.) | © instagram.com/sandiegozoo
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Have you seen these fabulous feathers strutting around the Zoo? The Indian peafowl is the national bird… read more
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) | © instagram.com/sandiegozoo
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Bring on the belly rubs! ? #tbt #cutecats #cubsofinstagram #moveslikejaguar (?: Penny Hyde)
Bring on the belly rubs! ? #tbt #cutecats #cubsofinstagram #moveslikejaguar (?: Penny Hyde) | © instagram.com/sandiegozoo
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Ilangha's #TongueOutTuesday game is on point. ? A #cheetah has smaller teeth and larger nasal passages… read more
Ilangha's #TongueOutTuesday game is on point. ? A #cheetah has smaller teeth and larger nasal passages than other big cats, which may be an adaptation that allows the cat to take in more air during the recovery period after a sprint. #animalfact #catchmeifyoucan #spottedattheZoo (?: Deric Wagner) | © instagram.com/sandiegozoo
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Your Monday needs more #mongoose. ? With a length of 7 to 11 inches nose to tail, the dwarf mongoose… read more
Your Monday needs more #mongoose. ? With a length of 7 to 11 inches nose to tail, the dwarf mongoose is the smallest carnivore in Africa. #mongoosemonday #kopjekids #sdzooAfricaRocks (photo: Ion Moe) | © instagram.com/sandiegozoo
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The ? gets its name from its most famous feature: horns. The word #rhinoceros comes from the Greek words… read more
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) | © instagram.com/sandiegozoo
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Langur babies like Chi are orange while their parents are black. The color distinction makes it easier… read more
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 | © instagram.com/sandiegozoo
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The iconic African ? has suffered a massive population decline from an estimated 1 million breeding pairs… read more
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 | © instagram.com/sandiegozoo
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Meet Chi, our adorable 7-week-old Francois' langur. ? His family is working closely with keepers to ensure… read more
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 | © instagram.com/sandiegozoo
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“The love for all living creatures is the most noble attribute of man.” — Charles Darwin Love alone… read more
“The love for all living creatures is the most noble attribute of man.” — Charles DarwinLove 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 | © instagram.com/sandiegozoo
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Look at this little ham! Congrats to first-time #babirusa mom, Mary Kate, on her petite piglet. ? #cute… read more
Look at this little ham! Congrats to first-time #babirusa mom, Mary Kate, on her petite piglet. ? #cute #babypig #sandiego #thislittlepiggy | © instagram.com/sandiegozoo
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The green tree python spends a majority of its life in the trees. They rarely come down from their arboreal… read more
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) | © instagram.com/sandiegozoo
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Sigmund Freud said time spent with #cats is never wasted. We couldn't agree more. #TransformationTuesday… read more
Sigmund Freud said time spent with #cats is never wasted. We couldn't agree more. #TransformationTuesday featuring our very handsome Malayan #tiger, Connor. ? #thenandnow #tigertuesday #bigcatsofinstagram (?s: Mike Wilson) | © instagram.com/sandiegozoo
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When the food coma is unbearable. ? Brown bears are true omnivores and eat anything nutritious that they… read more
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) | © instagram.com/sandiegozoo
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Throwing it back to last #Caturday when generous donors gifted 16 tons of fresh powder to our snow leopards.… read more
Throwing it back to last #Caturday when generous donors gifted 16 tons of fresh powder to our snow leopards. ❄️❄️ #snowqueen #bigcatsofinstagram #snowleopard #coolcats | © instagram.com/sandiegozoo
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When your boss gives you a project at 4pm on a Friday. #thatawkwardmoment #tgif #monkeybusiness (?: Deric… read more
When your boss gives you a project at 4pm on a Friday. #thatawkwardmoment #tgif #monkeybusiness (?: Deric Wagner) | © instagram.com/sandiegozoo
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Happy Wu-ednesday! ? While it’s an established fact that compatibility is important to humans when picking… read more
Happy Wu-ednesday! ? While it’s an established fact that compatibility is important to humans when picking a mate, conservationists recently discovered that personality traits may play a large part in the mating behaviors and breeding success of the #giantpanda. Tag your boo and share the love. ❤️#pandalove #relationshipgoals #youcompleteme (photo: Mike Wilson) | © instagram.com/sandiegozoo
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Siblings always have each other's back. Tag yours. ?? #siblinglove #catsofinstagram #cheetahgirls (photo:… read more
Siblings always have each other's back. Tag yours. ?? #siblinglove #catsofinstagram #cheetahgirls (photo: Deric Wagner) | © instagram.com/sandiegozoo
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#Cheetah cub sisters Tombi-Jeanne & Ilangha had a #puppy play date. ???? #Caturday
#Cheetah cub sisters Tombi-Jeanne & Ilangha had a #puppy play date. ???? #Caturday | © instagram.com/sandiegozoo
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Meet Zola, who we affectionately call "Princess Dirt Pig." ? #AardvarkCrush #AdorbsAardvark #SanDiegoZoo
Meet Zola, who we affectionately call "Princess Dirt Pig." ? #AardvarkCrush #AdorbsAardvark #SanDiegoZoo | © instagram.com/sandiegozoo
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Life's short. Smile more. Tag someone for #MotivationMonday. ? #smilemore #pursuehappiness #spreadlove… read more
Life's short. Smile more. Tag someone for #MotivationMonday. ? #smilemore #pursuehappiness #spreadlove (photo: Shelley Weiss) | © instagram.com/sandiegozoo
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We're tickled pink with the start of the spring season. Let the countdown to flamingo chick season begin!… read more
We're tickled pink with the start of the spring season. Let the countdown to flamingo chick season begin! Chicks tend to hatch each year in late May to mid June. Nesting mounds will go up this Friday, so keep your eyes peeled the next time you visit our bright greeters. ? (Hint: turn the volume up for some tropical vibes) #tickledpink #springhassprung #chickseason | © instagram.com/sandiegozoo
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#MeerkatMonday mushiness! Meerkat mobs spend a lot of their time grooming and playing together to keep… read more
#MeerkatMonday mushiness! Meerkat mobs spend a lot of their time grooming and playing together to keep the family as a tight unit. This community existence helps the meerkats survive. Sound familiar? Tag your mob. ? #moblife #tightbond #sandiegozoogang (?: Paul Manaig) | © instagram.com/sandiegozoo
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Sibling spot cleaners. ?? #sistersister #cheetahgirls #letmegetthatspotout (video by Maureen O'Duryee)
Sibling spot cleaners. ?? #sistersister #cheetahgirls #letmegetthatspotout (video by Maureen O'Duryee) | © instagram.com/sandiegozoo
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We're crazy for Kenny the #coconutcrab! As the largest living land arthropod in the world, coconut crabs… read more
We're crazy for Kenny the #coconutcrab! As the largest living land arthropod in the world, coconut crabs are also called robber crabs because they're known to steal things from people on the beach. ? #crazyforcoconuts #crablife | © instagram.com/sandiegozoo
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Turn up the volume for ‪#NationalPuppyDay‬! Sonograms show the howl of a New Guinea singing dog is similar… read more
Turn up the volume for ‪#NationalPuppyDay‬! Sonograms show the howl of a New Guinea singing dog is similar to the song of the humpback whale. These cool canines use their tuneful howling to communicate with other “singers.” ? #singwithme #NewGuineaIdol #howlatthemoon | © instagram.com/sandiegozoo