LA Zoo welcomes influx of rare, exotic animals

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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

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