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T is for the Tree Kangaroo! 🐨

Specifically, the golden-mantled tree kangaroo, which was discovered in 2005.  This tree kangaroo is critically endangered, due to overhunting and habitat loss. Since 2006, local communities in its native range of New Guinea have come together to protect the remaining populations from hunting. Currently there are only 500 golden-mantled tree kangaroos left in the wild.

Name: Lamassu, Shedu, Alad
Area of Origin: Ancient Mesopotamian cultures

The Lamassu, or less commonly referred to as Shedu or Alad, were ancient Assyrian and Sumerian protective deities, depicted with the body of a bull or lion, eagle’s wings and a human head, usually male. They are celestial beings and were household protective spirits of the Babylonians, but were later associated as royal protectors, usually placed as sentinels at the entrances to palaces in the form of colossal sculptures. They may have influenced the look of Sphinxes and other chimeric creatures found in future civilizations. Recently, a large statue of one of these was found destroyed at a historical archeological site demolished by ISIS. 

G is for the Grey Crowned Crane 🐦

This elegant bird stands over a metre tall, and inhabits eastern and southern Africa. The Grey Crowned Crane is endangered because of habitat loss which is occurring as our own human population grows and expands agriculturally. Conservation efforts are underway to ensure this crane is protected under law and to monitor their wetland habitats.