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Happy Fan Photo Friday! Thanks to Lee Magenheim for this great photo of our Komodo dragon McCloud. McCloud always seems to enjoy posing for the camera!

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Caption this Throwback Thursday photo of Luka, our Andean bear cub, from June, 2013. Leave a comment with your creative caption!

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A giraffe to help brighten your day! Photo credit WJ Wheaton.

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"Tiger! Tiger! Burning bright…" Thanks to WJ Wheaton for this beautiful photo of our Sumatran tiger!

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Coatimundi? More like “Coati-Monday”! Photo credit WJ Wheaton.

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Last week we welcomed the first Bynoe’s, or prickly gecko (Heteronotia binoei), to hatch at the Zoo. This lizard species is native to Australia. In parts of its range this species is composed entirely of females which reproduce via parthenogenesis, a form of asexual reproduction where development of an embryo occurs without fertilization by a male. The animal produced at the Zoo was produced by parthenogenesis as our group consists of three females. The Phoenix Zoo is the only AZA institution currently working with this species. This hatchling weighed in at a whopping 0.3g! Once full grown these geckos commonly reach over four inches in length.

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Meep meep, make way for Fan Photo Friday! Thanks to Ivan Moore who took this photo of one of our roadrunners and sharing it with us! Share your Phoenix Zoo photos with us on Instagram by tagging us and using #PhoenixZoo.

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Something looks tasty… thanks to photographer Hertz Urban for this photo of our female Sumatran tiger Hadiah! Happy #TigerTuesday!

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We love seeing your photos from the Zoo! Thanks to photographer Daryl Nickelson who took this beautiful photo of Kitambi. You can share your photos and experiences of your visit with us by using #PhoenixZoo in your posts. You might even see them featured on our page or in our Wild Times magazine!

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The baby orangutan isn’t the only new kid in town. Just across from the orangutans in our Tropical Flights aviaries you can find another new addition to the Zoo, a rhinoceros hornbill chick! This is the sixth rhinoceros hornbill chick to fledge at the Zoo. Rhinoceros hornbills are very unique in how they lay and care for their eggs. The female will lay her eggs inside a tree cavity and then the pair uses mud and fruit to seal the female inside. The male passes food to her through a tiny hole while the female sits on the eggs. The female is in the nest for three months, and the chick leaves the nest 6-8 weeks after she leaves. You can easily tell the chick apart from its parents as it has yet to develop the adult casque, or “horn”, on its bill that these birds are known for. Stop by to see the chick during your next visit! Photo by WJ Wheaton.

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