Five Threatened or Endangered Animals You Can See at the Dakota Zoo
The Dakota Zoo has become a favorite among people looking to get a glimpse of animals they wouldn't see otherwise, but did you know some of those animals are threatened or endangered?
Here's just a few of the threatened or endangered animals you can see right now at Dakota Zoo:
The Dakota Zoo's Bengal tiger is actually on loan from The Institute of Greatly Endangered and Rare Species, otherwise known as T.I.G.E.R.S.
While the Bengal tiger is the most numerous of the tiger subspecies, according to Wikipedia, their numbers continue to decline, due to habitat loss and poaching.
You can learn more about the Dakota Zoo's Bengal tiger HERE.
There are less than 1,000 Cotton-top tamarins in the wild, according to DakotaZoo.org. There is currently a Species Survival Plan in place for the Cotton-top tamarin, which sees zoos across the country working together to increase the species' population.
One of the smallest primates, according to Wikipedia, you can find the Cotton-top tamarin in Colombia.
To learn more about the Cotton-top tamarin, visit the DakotaZoo.org.
Another primate who has found themselves on the threatened/endangered species list is the Goeldi's monkey.
Native to Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru, the Goeldi's monkey was one of the last primates to be discovered by scientists, according to DakotaZoo.org.
The Mexican grey wolf was actually once exterminated from the wild, but a Species Survival Plan, similar to the one in place for the Cotton-top tamarin, has allowed the species' numbers to grow.
The Mexican grey wolf is both the rarest and smallest wolf subspecies, according to DakotaZoo.org.
Once extinct in the wild, the Przewalski's horse was reintroduced to its native Mongolia, thanks to some of the world's zoos, who were able to keep the species thriving in captivity.
The Przewalski's horse is still considered endangered in the wild, according to DakotaZoo.org.