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National Zoo Plans Free Concert For Endangered Tiger Effort

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A female Sumatran Tiger cub named Sukacita is dried off by biologist Leigh Pitsko after performing the cub performed her 'swim test' in a moat of the Great Cats exhibit at the National Zoo in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

A female Sumatran Tiger cub named Sukacita is dried off by biologist Leigh Pitsko after performing the cub performed her ‘swim test’ in a moat of the Great Cats exhibit at the National Zoo in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

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WASHINGTON (WNEW/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.

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