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Zoo Plans Free Concert For Endangered Tiger Effort

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The National Zoo is planning a concert featuring the band “Portugal. The Man” to draw attention to the dwindling number of about 400 Sumatran tigers left in the wild.

The Oregon-based band released an “endangered song” last month with the zoo to demonstrate how endangered the tigers are in the world.

The new song, “Sumatran Tiger,” was recorded on 400 polycarbonate vinyl records that will degrade and self-destruct after a certain number of plays. So the only way to save the song is to digitize and “breed” it by sharing the music through social media. Organizers asked celebrities and politicians to help spread the song.

Portugal. The Man will perform a free concert Monday at the zoo beginning at 6:30 p.m.

(Copyright 2013 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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