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Mountain lions are also known as cougars, pumas, panthers and catamounts. This cat of many names is the largest wildcat in North America and has the widest distribution of any wild cat from Canada to South America.

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A little #TigerTuesday to help you make it through to the end of your day! Photo by WJ Wheaton

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Mondays are all smiles here at the #PhoenixZoo!

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The beautiful and impressive plumage of the nicobar pigeon. Photo by WJ Wheaton.

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Hang in there, the weekend is almost here!

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We understand, sometimes it’s just hard to wake up on Wednesdays.

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We are excited to announce that a pilot breeding program of Mount Graham red squirrels is officially underway at the Phoenix Zoo! The pilot breeding program is in partnership with U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service scientists, along with state wildlife agency and U.S. Forest Service partners. Mount Graham red squirrels are only found in the Pinaleño Mountains in Arizona, and in recent years this area has suffered from two large fires affecting approximately 35,000 acres of forested area. Population estimates for the red squirrel have shown a 48% decline over the past 15 years with an estimated 270 individuals remaining in the wild. Three pairs of Mount Graham red squirrels are now at the Zoo’s Conservation Center to establish the base population for the pilot breeding program. This breeding program is part of a 10-year pilot project for the MGRS recovery effort and is designed to understand their husbandry needs.

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Check out Jai having fun with a giant boomer ball in the pool! Thanks to photographer Bill Vaughn for sharing this and other great photos of Jai with us!

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Today is World Rhino Day! We’re celebrating rhinos and working to increase awareness of the need for their protection and conservation. Every day rhinos are being killed for their horns and is pushing this species towards extinction. The illegal poaching and sale of rhino horn has increased due to false beliefs that rhino horn cures everything from cancer to hangovers. Rhino horn is actually made of keratin, the same substance as hair and fingernails, and confers no significant medical benefits. The Phoenix Zoo is proud to support multiple rhino conservation efforts by raising funds to support programs in Africa and Asia.

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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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