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The Endangered – Giraffe

By Sebastian Hanson, Youth Manager

Known for their peculiar appearance, Giraffes are the tallest land-based mammals and don orange and brown splotches on their fur. They stand around fourteen to nineteen feet tall and typically weigh about 1800 pounds (female) and 2600 (male). Always seen as a funky animal showcased at the zoo, the Giraffe has been facing survival struggles in recent times. Their population has declined by a shocking forty percent over the past thirty years and continues to face the threat of extinction today.

The Endangered – Orangutans

By Nk Soon, Youth Manager
Humans are known to be unique, one of a kind, but are we really? Orangutans are one of humankind’s closest relatives. We share about 97% of the same DNA and both humans and orangutans are born with the ability to think and reason. Orangutans have also been seen with tools and spurring huge leaves as umbrellas. They are also the only one out of the four great apes to come from Asia.

The Endangered – Beluga Whale

By Alison Stosser, Youth Manager

Whistles, squeals, moos, chirps, and clicks might not be the sounds that you think that a whale could make. However, one whale can make all of those sounds, the Beluga Whale. With their highly carnivorous diet and adorable, unique appearance, Beluga Whales are smart and interactive.

The Endangered – African Wild Dog

By Victor Ayaay, Youth Manager

The African Wild Dog is definitely not a ‘friendly dog’. These wild canines that have been endangered for more than 20 years are one of the most endangered mammals, as less than 7,000 of them remain in the wild. The African Wild Dog typically lives up to 12 years, and grows to be 60 pounds and around 35 inches. Strangely, they have four toes on their feet instead of the normal five. With spots and white, red, black, brown, and yellow fur, you would never find one African Wild Dog identical to another. These Dogs like to be social and live in packs with up to 40 dogs in it. They live in Africa, especially around Southern Africa.

The Endangered – Black Spider Monkey

By Sebastian Hanson, Youth Manager

Black Spider Monkeys make their home in the rainforests of South and Central America. These primates form a community with many other members of their species and work together to survive life in the rainforest. They are masters of their environment and manage to work with the earth and each other. These Monkeys are currently vulnerable as a species, meaning they face a high risk of extinction in the near future. They swing among the branches of the Amazon rainforest and can hopefully continue to do so if we make a sustained effort to protect them.

The Endangered – Komodo Dragon

By Nk Soon, Youth Manager

Fire-breathing dragons may be fantasy, but Komodo Dragons are not. With the yellow color of its long, forked tongue that is a spitting image of fire, and it being an actual lizard, Komodo Dragons are the closest thing you can get to the mythical creatures.

The Endangered – Siberian Tiger

By Utsa Parikh, Youth Manager

Siberian / Amur Tiger by Andrew Spillane
Siberian / Amur Tiger by Andrew Spillane

The Siberian Tiger or Amur Tiger, is the largest cat in the world and averages eleven feet in length! They are known for their orange fur with black stripes which are unique to each and every Siberian Tiger, just like our DNA. Siberian Tigers are most different from the other tigers because they have manes like lions.

The Endangered – Chimpanzee

By Talia Gerard, Youth Manager

Going for a ride - By Drew Perry
Going for a ride – By Drew Perry

Chimpanzees, originated from Africa, are categorized as great apes. A common misconception about Chimpanzees are that they are monkeys, this is false. A big thing that differentiates them is that monkeys have tails while Chimpanzees do not. Chimpanzees are very similar to human beings, as we share 98% of DNA; therefore it is important that we keep these animals from becoming extinct.

The Endangered – Gorilla

By Fernando Aguilar, Youth Manager

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Baby Gorilla by William Dorgan (https://flic.kr/p/9VuE5)

The civil unrest in the Republic of Congo has taken its toll on the Eastern Lowland Gorilla. The Eastern Lowland Gorilla rests in the lowland rain forests in eastern Congo. As a result, its home has decreased from 8,100 square miles (about the size of the state of Massachusetts) to about 4,600 square miles in the past fifty years.

The Endangered – Sea Lion


by Lina McDermott, Youth Manager

Sea Lions are, as their name suggests, ocean animals. They are heavy animals most known for their external ear flaps and ability to walk on all fours. There are many different types of Sea Lions living in different climates, from subarctic to tropical. Not all sea lions are considered endangered, though. The IUCN Red List shows the Australian, New Zealand, and Galápagos Sea Lions as endangered animals.