San Diego Zoo@sandiegozoo

Non-profit wildlife sanctuary & conservation org. w/ 140 projects in 80 countries. 🦁 Also follow @SDZSafariPark & @zookeeperrick. #EndExtinction

Shellebrate #WorldTurtleDay with 48 seconds of turtles and tortoises. How can you tell them apart? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
🐢 Tortoises are land dwellers; turtles live in water 🐢 Tortoise shells are more dome-shaped; turtles’ are flatter ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
😉 Tortoises race rabbits; turtles are trained in ninjutsu ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
#shellebrate #turtles #tortoise #sandiegozoo s/o to our #turtleyawesome partners @turtlesurvival


"There will be a day, I think, when if you wanna see a giraffe, you're gonna have to go to a zoo. And so we better be rooting for them to continue their conservation work."--Lesley Stahl tells 60 Minutes Overtime what she learned while reporting on matchmaking in zoos worldwide. Watch the story at the link in our bio. #EndExtinction


Mondays always need more meerkat. #FunFact: Meerkats are able to kill & eat venomous snakes and scorpions without being hurt, as they have some immunity to the venom. 📷: Ion Moe #MeerkatMonday #MeerlyUntouchable #MondayMotivation


Roketi has a new ambassador companion and tug-of-war challenger! At 3-months-old, Jabula is half her age but just as confident. Swipe 👉 for lots of spots. 🐆🐆 #caturday #cheetahs #tugofwar #felinefriends #sandiegozoo


SCIENCE WIN! Researchers confirmed today that Victoria, a southern white rhino at the @sdzsafaripark’s Rhino Rescue Center, is pregnant after successful artificial insemination. Though Victoria and her embryo are southern white rhinos, we are one step closer to saving the critically endangered northern white rhino. Click the link in our bio to to learn more about this exciting milestone. 🦏#EndExtinction #Victorious #sciencewins #sdzsafaripark #endangeredspecies #sandiegozoo


Our African penguin colony has 2 new members! Dot (female) and Lucas (male) joined the rest of our dapper crew this week. These penguin ambassadors have been hand-raised behind-the-scenes, but we're so excited for their public debut. 🐧🐧 #pengwin #endangeredspecies #newbirdsonthebeach #sandiegozoo


Unlike other antelope, bonteboks can't jump. But that didn't stop this kid from leaping into our ❤️s. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
The bontebok was once considered to be the rarest antelope in the world. They were hunted by the thousands for their meat and skins. In 1837, farmer Alexander van der Bijl built a fence to hold his sheep, but it wound up saving the last 17 bontebok on the planet. Almost any other African ungulate like the eland, springbok, or kudu would have gracefully jumped out of this simple sheep enclosure, but the bontebok lack the athleticism to jump. Lucky for them, or they surely would have met their end. After being relocated to protected parks, they began to reproduce and thrive. Careful conservation efforts have helped their numbers increase to around 3,500 today. #endextinction #bontebok #storytime #conservationsuccess #babyanimals #sandiegozoo


Our smart and sassy Andean bear, Alba, made beary quick work of her new swing toy. Be sure to swipe for the full video and swing by Center Street to visit our playful girl. #bearycute #Andeanbear #moodswings #sandiegozoo


Whether you're big, small, hairy, scaly, creepy, or crawly, a mother's love is unconditional. #HappyMothersDay and thanks for all the ❤️.


You know they smell like popcorn, you know they're nicknamed "bearcats,” but did you know they're VULNERABLE? ☹️
Check out our IG story to find out how you can save binturongs from losing their home.
And if you don’t want to watch our story, just buy products made from sustainable palm oil. 😊
#WorldBinturongDay #Binturong #Conservation #EndExtinction #SaveTheRainforests #PalmOil


Sometimes a fuzzy koala is all you need to brighten up your Insta feed. Hang in there, friends. #koalafornia #sandiegozoo #warmandfuzzy 📷:Alison Aber


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