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LA Zoo welcomes influx of rare, exotic animals

A blue-billed curassow is part of the Rainforest of the Americas exhibit at the Los Angeles Zoo.
A blue-billed curassow is part of the Rainforest of the Americas exhibit at the Los Angeles Zoo.
Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens
A blue-billed curassow is part of the Rainforest of the Americas exhibit at the Los Angeles Zoo.
A keel-billed toucan is part of the Rainforest of the Americas exhibit at the Los Angeles Zoo.
Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens
A blue-billed curassow is part of the Rainforest of the Americas exhibit at the Los Angeles Zoo.
These crested oropendolas can be found in the Rainforest of the Americas exhibit.
Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens
A blue-billed curassow is part of the Rainforest of the Americas exhibit at the Los Angeles Zoo.
You can see the harpy eagle, one of the largest of its species, at the Rainforest of the Americas exhibit.
Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens


A blue-billed curassow, harpy eagle and keel-billed toucan are among the new species in the Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens' Rainforest of Americas exhibit opening Tuesday. 

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The Los Angeles Times reports that the $19-million exhibit is designed to boost visitor numbers, revenue and international cooperation on behalf of endangered species. The zoo has seen its city subsidy dwindle in recent years from $10 million to $263,000.

Zoo officials say some of the rare species have not been seen outside of Mexico or Central and South America.

Visit the zoo's website for more. You can purchase tickets here