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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

May 16 is Endangered Species Day and there are local efforts on place to help save animals all over the world.  Animals are becoming extinct at an alarming rate, according to experts. 

Reid Park Zoo and the community are coming together to help do their part to conserve these creatures.

This weekend the zoo is inviting people to come out and learn about problems, which according to experts, are contributing to the animals extinction, like climate change, deforestation and water pollution. Something else zoo officials say is affecting endangered species is palm oil.  According to workers the way it is harvested is affecting wild animals and putting them in danger.

Volunteers are setting up keeper chat presentations on Sunday, May 18 and are talking about some of the animals most endangered including the African elephant and the Malayan tiger, both residents of the zoo.

According to officials with Reid Park Zoo, one of their main goals is conservation, and having the community help is a big part of that.

Zoo teen volunteers have raised thousands of dollars for conservation projects, not just locally but internationally as well.

The Endangered Species event is happening May 18 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Reid Park Zoo. 

For more information on the zoo and its hours go online to http://reidparkzoo.org/

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