The Endanger Song


A Song manufactured to go extinct unless it's reproduced

How To Share

If you’re one of the 400 who received the Endangered Song, take a look at our video on how to digitize it and reproduce the song. If you didn’t get the record, listed below are a few sites to search for the song. Look up keywords such as “Sumatran Tiger,” "Portugal. The Man” and “Endangered Song,” and hold tight until someone uploads their version. Help us reproduce the song and build awareness for the critically endangered Sumatran tiger by sharing on your social channels using #EndangeredSong.

Share #endangered song with your friends!

About the Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute

The Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute is a leader in science, conservation and sharing knowledge to save wildlife and habitats. Its living collection includes more than 1800 animals from 300 species. The Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute plays a key role in the Smithsonian’s global efforts to understand and conserve species and train future generations of conservationists. Headquartered in Front Royal, Va., SCBI facilitates and promotes veterinary and reproductive research as well as conservation ecology programs based at Front Royal, the National Zoo in Washington, DC and at field research stations and training sites worldwide. The National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute is a part of the Smithsonian Institution, the world's largest museum and research complex. The Smithsonian includes 18 museums and galleries, as well as the National Zoo.

Portugal. The Man

Portugal. The Man has teamed up with the Smithsonian’s National Zoo to produce the Endangered Song Project—the song “Sumatran Tiger” will go extinct unless it's reproduced.


Portugal. The Man

Portugal. The Man is an American rock band from Wasilla, Alaska. The group consists of John Gourley, Zach Carothers, Kyle O'Quin,
and Jason Sechrist.


On Monday, May 12, indie rock band Portgual. The Man will perform a free stripped down concert at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo as part of the #EndangeredSong campaign. The Great Cats team at the Zoo will be on hand to answer questions about Sumatran tigers—including the Damai and her two cubs Bandar and Sukacita there—and conservation. Make sure to follow the Zoo and band on social media for live posting. A video of the concert will be posted and shared via social media later in the week.

Register for the free concert and let the Zoo know you’re coming:

Parking Lot D (paid), near the Harvard Street gates, is the closest to Lion/Tiger Hill. Any guests taking Metro and entering from the Connecticut Avenue pedestrian gates should allow 10 to 15 minutes to walk to the band shell. Click here for a Zoo map.

Also, check out our Reddit AMA that was on Wednesday, May 7th at 3pm EST with Portugal. The Man and Craig Saffoe, Curator of Great Cats, Smithsonian’s National Zoo. Learn more about how science and art came together for the #EndangeredSong Project and ask questions about the Sumatran tiger from a leading expert.

Concert poster

Contact Us

If you would like to learn more about the program please contact and we can get in touch on other ways to stay involved.