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Aknot, a five-year-old Gunnison’s prairie dog (Cynomys gunnisoni) photographed in Utah.

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Aknot, a five-year-old Gunnison’s prairie dog (Cynomys gunnisoni) photographed in Utah.

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Aknot, a five-year-old Gunnison’s prairie dog (Cynomys gunnisoni) photographed in Utah.

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Aknot, a five-year-old Gunnison’s prairie dog (Cynomys gunnisoni) photographed in Utah.

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Aknot, a five-year-old Gunnison’s prairie dog (Cynomys gunnisoni) photographed in Utah.

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Leeloo, a six-year-old white-tailed prairie dog (Cynomys leucurus) photographed in Utah. She was found abandoned along a road near a wtpd colony, and nursed back to health and raised by a wildlife rehabber.

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Leeloo, a six-year-old white-tailed prairie dog (Cynomys leucurus) photographed in Utah. She was found abandoned along a road near a wtpd colony, and nursed back to health and raised by a wildlife rehabber.

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Leeloo, a six-year-old white-tailed prairie dog (Cynomys leucurus) photographed in Utah. She was found abandoned along a road near a wtpd colony, and nursed back to health and raised by a wildlife rehabber.

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Leeloo, a six-year-old white-tailed prairie dog (Cynomys leucurus) photographed in Utah. She was found abandoned along a road near a wtpd colony, and nursed back to health and raised by a wildlife rehabber.

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Leeloo, a six-year-old white-tailed prairie dog (Cynomys leucurus) photographed in Utah. She was found abandoned along a road near a wtpd colony, and nursed back to health and raised by a wildlife rehabber.

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Joel Sartore photographs a Chinese water dragon, Physignathus cocincinus, at the Lincoln Children’s Zoo in Lincoln, NE.

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Behind the scenes look at a National Geographic Photo Ark shoot of American flamingos (Phoenicopterus ruber) at the Lincoln Children’s Zoo in Lincoln, NE.

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A black labrador dog travels up the Kenai River on a boat’s bow.

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A black labrador dog travels up the Kenai River on a boat’s bow.

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American goldfinches feed on thistle seed from a garden feeder.

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A mother grizzly bear looks over her shoulder as her cubs sit at her feet. They have been rummaging at a local dump.

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This orphaned black-faced spider monkey, named Pulgoso, is full of surprise. Pulgoso, which translates to “full of fleas” was raised by a logger in Madidi after its mother was killed by poachers.

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The red fox is usually recognized by its reddish coat, its white-tipped tail, and black stockings, although the species does have many color variations. The red fox is omnivorous. Its diet consists of muskrats, squirrels, hares, birds , eggs, insects, vegetation, carrion and voles, which seem to be its preferred food.

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A greater rhea (Rhea americana) at the Audubon Zoo, part of the Audubon Nature Institute.

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A greater rhea (Rhea americana) at the Audubon Zoo, part of the Audubon Nature Institute.

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A greater rhea (Rhea americana) at the Audubon Zoo, part of the Audubon Nature Institute.

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A white-breasted cormorant (Phalacrocorax lucidus) at the Audubon Zoo, part of the Audubon Nature Institute.

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A white-breasted cormorant (Phalacrocorax lucidus) at the Audubon Zoo, part of the Audubon Nature Institute.

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A pair of white-breasted cormorants (Phalacrocorax lucidus) at the Audubon Zoo, part of the Audubon Nature Institute.

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A white-breasted cormorant (Phalacrocorax lucidus) at the Audubon Zoo, part of the Audubon Nature Institute.

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A white-breasted cormorant (Phalacrocorax lucidus) at the Audubon Zoo, part of the Audubon Nature Institute.

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An endangered female Baird’s tapir (Tapirus bairdii) at the Audubon Zoo. This animal is named Ixchel.

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An endangered female Baird’s tapir (Tapirus bairdii) at the Audubon Zoo. This animal is named Ixchel.

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An endangered female Baird’s tapir (Tapirus bairdii) at the Audubon Zoo. This animal is named Ixchel.

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An endangered male Baird’s tapir (Tapirus bairdii) at the Audubon Zoo, part of the Audubon Nature Institute. This animal is named Tybalt.

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An endangered male Baird’s tapir (Tapirus bairdii) at the Audubon Zoo, part of the Audubon Nature Institute. This animal is named Tybalt.

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A 126-day-old yellowtail jack (Seriola dorsalis) cultured by Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute and photographed at SeaWorld San Diego.

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A 126-day-old yellowtail jack (Seriola dorsalis) cultured by Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute and photographed at SeaWorld San Diego.

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A 126-day-old yellowtail jack (Seriola dorsalis) cultured by Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute and photographed at SeaWorld San Diego.

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A 126-day-old yellowtail jack (Seriola dorsalis) cultured by Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute and photographed at SeaWorld San Diego.

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A gulf shrimp (Farfantepenaeus aztecus) at the Institute of Marine Mammal Studies (IMMS) at Gulfport, MS. This animal is part of their public education area.

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