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Rare animals born at Phoenix-area zoo

The Wildlife World Zoo and Aquarium has a new resident -- a South American tapir. (Facebook Photo)

LITCHFIELD PARK, Ariz. -- Two threatened animal species have been born at a zoo in Litchfield Park, west of Phoenix.

Officials at the Wildlife World Zoo and Aquarium said the new jaguar and South American tapir can be seen inside its animal nursery.

Jaguars are the largest feline in the Western Hemisphere, but are threatened by increasing conflicts with humans over space and resources.

The tapir is a distant relative to the horse and rhinoceros with an odd number of toes on its rear feet. It's threatened because of poaching and habitat loss in the Amazon rain forest.

The Wildlife World Zoo has more than 600 species of animals.

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