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Mexican wolves are one of the rarest mammals in North America. By the 1970s they were nearly extinct in the wild. Since then a small number have been released back into the wild as part of an effort to conserve and save the species from extinction. Thank you to WJ Wheaton for this photo of one of our Mexican wolves.

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Throwback Thursday to the 1970s and Hazel the gorilla, who was a favorite of among Zoo visitors during our early years. Do you have any fond memories of Hazel?
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Hadiah enjoying her breakfast in the pool. We’re not going to argue about the 30 minute rule with a tiger. Happy #TigerTuesday! Photo by WJ Wheaton.

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Ohh yeah, that’s the spot! Our king vulture knows the best way to scratch an itch. Happy Monday!

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No need to make a face, the weekend is almost here!

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Our crowned crane chick is currently sporting a pretty rad mohawk as he develops his adult feathers!

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Say hello to this baby yellow spotted turtle! Want to learn more about how Phoenix Zoo staff members are helping the wild population of yellow spotted turtles in Guyana, South America? Visit our website at phoenixzoo.org and check out our latest “Conservation Notes From the Field” blog entry!

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It’s World Elephant Day! If you love elephants please visit 96elephants.org to join the herd and learn how you can help save elephants from disappearing.

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This Elephant Loves Her Firehose Shower!

During our Winter in July 2014 event Reba, an Asian elephant, received a double firehose shower from the Phoenix Fire Department! Elephants have very thick skin, and the high-pressure water streams from each hose is like a massage for Reba. All of the elephants at the Zoo receive daily showers from their keepers as part of their routine care. Our elephant staff is dedicated to providing the highest care for these amazing animals. Thank you Phoenix Fire Department for coming out to give Reba her annual Winter in July shower!

Video link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CPV5EL0ed8k

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"One of my favorite things about the Phoenix Zoo are all of the photographic opportunities that it provides, whether it’s shooting through special wire that is so thin that it doesn’t show up (this photo at the Mexican Gray Wolves), or the big open enclosures with picturesque backgrounds. It’s hard to go home without a "keeper"." - photographer WJ Wheaton. Share your Zoo photos with us by tagging us and using #PhoenixZoo!

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