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A carnivorous marsupial, the Tasmanian Devil is a stocky, aggressive dog-like creature known for its ferocity. Its population is now limited to the Australian island of Tasmania. Traditionally hunted as pests attacking livestock, the Tasmanian Devil is now endangered, though since protection the biggest threats are vehicular collisions and the devastating Devil facial tumour disease (DFTD) which has infected 80% of the population and killed off 70%.
San Diego Zoo, Balboa Park, San Diego, California

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Native to the Galapagos, Central America and the Southern Caribbean, the American flamingo inhabits the brackish waters of the coasts. It has a bright pink plumage, due to its diet of mostly shrimp and algae, which are high in carotenoids.
San Diego Zoo, Balboa Park, San Diego, California

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The fish-eating crocodile is native to the Indian subcontinent. With its long, thin jaws it catches only fish. Gharials can grow up to 6.25 m in length. The gharials are critically endangered, with perhaps 300 breeding individuals left in the wild, a victim of overhunting, poaching, habitat loss and fragmentation, and toxins in the rivers.
San Diego Zoo, Balboa Park, San Diego, California

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The largest living species of tortoise, the Galápagos tortoise can weigh up to 417kg. They are found in two isolated populations, the Galápagos Islands off of Ecuador and the island of Aldabra near the Seychelles. One of the longest living vertebrates, one individual had a lifespan of 170 years. In the Galápagos, 15 distinct subspecies were found by Charles Darwin (4 of which are now extinct). Originating from a common ancestor, their adaption to the individual island they resided on include the size and shape of their carapaces, shells and neck. This led to Darwin developing his Theory of Natural Selection.

Following discovery, they were quickly utilized by sailors as a source of fresh meat, their populations crashing from about 25000 to 3000. Since then, conservation efforts have recovered the population to about 19000, though they are still listed as vulnerable.
San Diego Zoo, Balboa Park, San Diego, California

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Native to Eastern China, the Chinese Alligator was known for its spring bellowing chorus, which could attract dozens of individuals both male and female. The Chinese alligator is critically endangered, victims of habitat loss, as well as poisoning and hunting from farmers and poaching for "Chinese Medicine". The alligator does seem to do well in captivity, numbering around 10000.
San Diego Zoo, Balboa Park, San Diego, California

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