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Shirley & Vern welcome spring with fifth litter!
Shirley, an 8-year-old warthog, gave birth to her fifth litter of piglets on April 17, 2014. The experienced mother delivered four piglets, but two are in guarded condition. Infant mortality is not uncommon for warthogs in their fragile early days of life. The Animal Management and Veterinary Teams continue to monitor Shirley and her newborns closely. 

The piglets will have an opportunity to bond with their mother behind the scenes before meeting their father, 8-year-old Vern. 
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Halfway through cubdom
The twins just passed the 9 month mark! This marks the halfway point through their period of dependency on mom. At 13 months, they will have their permanent teeth, and will switch to a mostly bamboo diet. Nursing will become less frequent, preparing them for weaning at 18 months of age. All part of growing up panda!

Find out more at www.zooatlanta.org/panda_cam

#PandaFriday   #ZAPandaCubs   
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Sweet Panda 
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Someone isn't a "morning cat"
That Hatari! The lion cubs recently received their names - Hondo, Hatari, Azizi and Zamaya! The first two names were a result of our Roar Race contest, and the last two names are from our partnership with Disney Lion King naming contest. Thanks to all who voted!
 
Born to Kiki on November 19, 2013, the playful cubs are exploring their outside exhibit with their father and mother, who keep close watch on the antics of their daughter and three sons. Find out more at http://www.zooatlanta.org/lioncubs.

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nice family
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Thanks for hanging out!
We had a good time talking about Chantek today. In case you missed it, catch it here --> Chantek the Orangutan Hangout On Air

Here are some of the pages we mentioned on the broadcast:
Palm oil info can be found here: http://zooatlanta.org/orangutan
+Great Ape Heart Project:  http://www.zooatlanta.org/great_ape_heart_project
Find out more about Chantek at http://www.zooatlanta.org/meet_the_orangutans

We're happy to answer any other questions! Stay tuned for some exciting Hangouts we are planning! Find out more at http://zooatlanta.org/hangouts

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That is a really big orangutan
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Bongo calf! He's all ears and good news for the species
Matilda, a 5-year-old eastern bongo, gave birth to a male calf on April 12. The calf is the third offspring for Matilda and 6-year-old male Tambo. 
 
Eastern bongos are critically endangered, with fewer than 500 believed to remain in the wild in their native Kenya, where habitat destruction and poaching are their most immediate threats. Matilda and Tambo were recommended to breed by the +Association of Zoos and Aquariums' (AZA) Bongo Species Survival Plan (SSP), which seeks to maintain a self-sustaining, genetically diverse population in North American zoos and has reintroduced captive-born bongos to eastern Africa. Zoo Atlanta is an active participant in the SSP and has supported bongos and their habitats through the Mabel Dorn Reeder Conservation Endowment Fund. Find out more at http://www.zooatlanta.org/conservation_endowment_fund

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wow!!! what a beautiful n fascinating creature ..so cute fo its times!! congratulations zoo Atlanta ..
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The cell phone/gorilla connection
Cell phones have a direct effect on wild populations of gorillas. A critical component of cell phones and other small electronics is a substance called coltan. One of the few places in the world where coltan is found is the forests of the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo—right in the middle of gorilla habitat. As a result of mining for coltan, critical habitat has been destroyed and gorillas have been displaced or even killed by poachers. By recycling your phone with us, you will be helping to raise money that will go directly to help these populations of gorillas. First, donations to +The Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund International will help further their work to protect gorillas. Second, the reuse of cell phones results in the need for fewer new ones, which in turn reduces the need for coltan mining. 

Celebrate #EarthDay  early! Shipping of the cell phones is free, find out more how you can recycle at http://www.zooatlanta.org/cell_recycling

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Spring is here!
The temperatures are rising, flowers are blooming, and pollen is covering our cars! One of the best places in the Zoo to witness this excitement of the season is the The Living Treehouse aviary.
 
In the aviary you'll see the green white-cheeked turacos perched in the trees, or a blue-bellied roller hanging out with the racket-tailed roller, and the white-crested laughing thrushes darting about on the ground playing with mulch and looking for bugs. 

Find out more at http://www.zooatlanta.org/keeper_blog.

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Egg-cellent!
This #WildWed  comes from us from our friends at Rosamond Gifford Zoo and Siri the Asian elephant. She has been practicing her papier-mâché egg-cracking skills in anticipation of this Saturday’s #AnimalEggStravaganza! See the full album at http://goo.gl/i6ODBb.

We're having several egg-themed enrichment activities this Saturday here at +Zoo Atlanta. Find out more at http://goo.gl/YhJD3K.

#WildWed is a hashtag on Google+, Facebook, and Twitter. Zoo Atlanta  is joining other zoos and aquariums to raise awareness and appreciation of animals and nature.
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you wanna play basketball with me oh well anyway so nevermind
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The amazing find of 1994
Arakan forest turtles are critically endangered, and natural populations are ever decreasing due to habitat loss and collection for Asian food markets. Once thought extinct in the wild, the Arakan forest turtle was rediscovered in an Asian food market in 1994. These turtles are collected for food and for their mystical medicinal cures. Habitat loss is due to agricultural expansion, logging and bamboo harvesting.

Zoo Atlanta is a leader in Arakan Forest turtle reproduction, find out more at http://www.zooatlanta.org/arakan_forest_turtle #TurtleTuesday
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We envision a world in which humankind values, protects and preserves the diversity of species on Earth.

We strive to inspire people to value wildlife on Earth and to help safeguard existing species through conservation.
We do this by:

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  • Engaging in related conservation activities and research.
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