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Godric and Hedwig are a male and female pair of African cape griffon vultures at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. Nesher, a female Eurasian griffon vulture, rounds out the pack. The vultures are an endangered species in South Africa, their native habitat. They face death by poachers who poison the carcasses of animals they illegally kill in order to kill the vultures who signal to rangers the whereabouts of poachers.

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Every morning a mob of wallabies is released from the building where they spend their nights at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. The eight marsupials, which includes the 6-month-old unnamed joey living in mama Gidgee's pouch, hop down the walkway and prepare to enjoy another day of grazing on grass and leaves, zooming around the yard and napping during the heat of the day.

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Giraffes have been at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo since 1954. A breeding program also has been around for almost as long, and has produced more than 200 calves. Right now, the herd stands at 17, and includes little girl BB, which stands for Bailey's Baby, who was born in September.

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Carlotta and Cofan are the two mountain tapir at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. They are only two of seven mountain tapir in the U.S., and 2,500 left in South America. They look like the baby of a bear and an anteater, but their closest cousin is a horse. Lead animal keeper Michelle Salido thinks they're the nicest animals at the zoo.