Help The Smithsonian Save The World's First Endangered Song (And The Sumatran Tigers)

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On Earth Day (April 22nd), The Smithsonian National Zoological Park and Conservation Biology Institute, released the world's first endangered song - One that will disappear forever, unless people make the effort to digitally reproduce the single that was released on just 400 polycarbonate records that will degenerate, after being played a few times.

The Conservation Institute is not getting into the music business, but trying to do what they are best known for - raise awareness of endangered animals in a way that will attract the world's attention and hopefully, compel them to take action.

In this case the animals that they wanted to shine the light on, are the regal Sumatran tigers. Found only in the jungles of Indonesia's Sumatra Island, the gorgeous cats are fast disappearing, thanks to poaching and loss of habitat. With only 400 of them left in the wild, the big cats are likely to become extinct within less than a decade, unless something is done to reverse the situation soon.

In a bid to save them, the Smithsonian partnered with popular American indie rock band: Portugal the Man, to record a special song in tribute to the beautiful tigers. However, instead of releasing the single digitally or on a CD album, they sent 400 (to highlight the number of tigers left), polycarbonate records, to 'influencers' - musicians, bloggers, newspaper journalists, etc., who have the ability to get the attention of millions of people worldwide.

The 400 recipients were asked to help raise awareness of the plight of the tiger by digitizing the song and urging fans to 'rip' it onto their playlists and also share the information with their friends through social media, using #EndangeredSong. The Institute is hoping that this unusual publicity stunt will get people more engaged in the future of the Sumatran tiger as well as, other endangered animals. To learn how you can help or get a copy of the song, check out


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  • blue_angel13
    blue_angel13almost 10 years
    Wow idk what it say that's y I
    • barnowls345
      barnowls345almost 10 years
      This is the coolest thing ever! Never heard of the band though! :)
      • dars
        darsalmost 10 years
        • bena almost 10 years
          they are awsome
          • supercoolme2121almost 10 years
            I feel so super bad. these tigers are in so much trouble. only 400 left in the WORLD. these poor babies. I really want one even though he may hurt me I can protect him. how did these tigers get endangered?
            • wowalmost 10 years
              • magic2704
                magic2704almost 10 years
                Hope they will be ok
                • Thunder 1724almost 10 years
                  Good Job
                  • Thunder 1724almost 10 years
                    Hope they will be ok
                    • Thunder 1724almost 10 years
                      I will pray for them