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Endangered Record Album to Highlight Tigers' Plight
April 27, 2014

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A disposable record is serving to illustrate the plight of endangered animals.

The Smithsonian National Zoological Park and Conservation Biology Institute has released a record made of polycarbonate (a special kind of plastic equivalent) that will begin to disintegrate after a few playings. The Institute produced 400 of the records, to match the number of Sumatran tigers left in the world, and sent the records to well-known people in the music and media business, with strict instructions to "rip," or make digital copies of the content on the record, and to post information about the song on social media.

The record contains a song by the American band Portugal the Man.

As their name suggests, the Sumatran tigers are found only on the island of Sumatra, part of Indonesia. The number of tigers is down to 400 because of a combination of poaching and loss of habitat. Experts estimate that at the current rate, the species will be extinct by the end of the 2010s.

More here: endangeredsong.si.edu

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