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A Halloween crab (Gecarcinus quadratus) at the Audubon Zoo in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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A Halloween crab (Gecarcinus quadratus) at the Audubon Zoo in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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A vulnerable North Sulawesi babirusa (Babyrousa celebensis) at the Audubon Zoo in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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A red velvet ant (Dasymutilla occidentalis) at the Audubon Zoo in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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A brown recluse spider (Loxosceles reclusa) at the Audubon Zoo in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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A brown recluse spider (Loxosceles reclusa) at the Audubon Zoo in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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A click beetle (family Elateridae) at the Audubon Zoo in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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A male and a female ox beetle (Strategus aloeus) at the Audubon Zoo in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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A Western hog-nosed snake (Heterodon nasicus nasicus) at the Audubon Zoo in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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A children’s python (Antaresia childreni) at the Audubon Zoo in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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A Western hog-nosed snake (Heterodon nasicus nasicus) at the Audubon Zoo in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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A Western hog-nosed snake (Heterodon nasicus nasicus) at the Audubon Zoo in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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A spiny softshell turtle (Apalone spinifera) at the Audubon Zoo in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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A spiny softshell turtle (Apalone spinifera) at the Audubon Zoo in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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An endangered Asian brown tortoise or Burmese mountain tortoise (Manouria emys emys) at the Audubon Zoo in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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An endangered Asian brown tortoise or Burmese mountain tortoise (Manouria emys emys) at the Audubon Zoo in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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An endangered Asian brown tortoise or Burmese mountain tortoise (Manouria emys emys) at the Audubon Zoo in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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An American green anole or Carolina anole (Anolis carolinensis) at the Audubon Zoo in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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An American green anole or Carolina anole (Anolis carolinensis) at the Audubon Zoo in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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An American green anole or Carolina anole (Anolis carolinensis) at the Audubon Zoo in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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A brown anole (Anolis sagrei) at the Audubon Zoo in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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A brown anole (Anolis sagrei) at the Audubon Zoo in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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A brown anole (Anolis sagrei) at the Audubon Zoo in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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Turtles rest on a log at the Audubon Zoo, New Orleans, Louisiana.

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Wild black-crowned night heron at the Audubon Zoo, New Orleans, Louisiana.

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Zoo keepers wear crane costumes to bond with juvenile Mississippi sandhill cranes at the Audubon Species Survival Center, part of the Audubon Zoo in New Orleans, Louisiana. With just 110 adults in the wild now, every chick counts, and so young birds are taught how to forage for food by their human ‘parents’ out in flight pens until it’s time to be released into the wild again.

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Zoo keepers wear crane costumes to bond with juvenile Mississippi sandhill cranes at the Audubon Species Survival Center, part of the Audubon Zoo in New Orleans, Louisiana. With just 110 adults in the wild now, every chick counts, and so young birds are taught how to forage for food by their human ‘parents’ out in flight pens until it’s time to be released into the wild again.

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Zoo keepers wear crane costumes to bond with juvenile Mississippi sandhill cranes at the Audubon Species Survival Center, part of the Audubon Zoo in New Orleans, Louisiana. With just 110 adults in the wild now, every chick counts, and so young birds are taught how to forage for food by their human ‘parents’ out in flight pens until it’s time to be released into the wild again.

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Zoo keepers wear crane costumes to bond with juvenile Mississippi sandhill cranes at the Audubon Species Survival Center, part of the Audubon Zoo in New Orleans, Louisiana. With just 110 adults in the wild now, every chick counts, and so young birds are taught how to forage for food by their human ‘parents’ out in flight pens until it’s time to be released into the wild again.

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Zoo keepers wear crane costumes to bond with juvenile Mississippi sandhill cranes at the Audubon Species Survival Center, part of the Audubon Zoo in New Orleans, Louisiana. With just 110 adults in the wild now, every chick counts, and so young birds are taught how to forage for food by their human ‘parents’ out in flight pens until it’s time to be released into the wild again.

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Zoo keepers wear crane costumes to bond with juvenile Mississippi sandhill cranes at the Audubon Species Survival Center, part of the Audubon Zoo in New Orleans, Louisiana. With just 110 adults in the wild now, every chick counts, and so young birds are taught how to forage for food by their human ‘parents’ out in flight pens until it’s time to be released into the wild again.

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Zoo keepers wear crane costumes to bond with juvenile Mississippi sandhill cranes at the Audubon Species Survival Center, part of the Audubon Zoo in New Orleans, Louisiana. With just 110 adults in the wild now, every chick counts, and so young birds are taught how to forage for food by their human ‘parents’ out in flight pens until it’s time to be released into the wild again.

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Zoo keepers wear crane costumes to bond with juvenile Mississippi sandhill cranes at the Audubon Species Survival Center, part of the Audubon Zoo in New Orleans, Louisiana. With just 110 adults in the wild now, every chick counts, and so young birds are taught how to forage for food by their human ‘parents’ out in flight pens until it’s time to be released into the wild again.

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Zoo keepers wear crane costumes to bond with juvenile Mississippi sandhill cranes at the Audubon Species Survival Center, part of the Audubon Zoo in New Orleans, Louisiana. With just 110 adults in the wild now, every chick counts, and so young birds are taught how to forage for food by their human ‘parents’ out in flight pens until it’s time to be released into the wild again.

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Zoo keepers wear crane costumes to bond with juvenile Mississippi sandhill cranes at the Audubon Species Survival Center, part of the Audubon Zoo in New Orleans, Louisiana. With just 110 adults in the wild now, every chick counts, and so young birds are taught how to forage for food by their human ‘parents’ out in flight pens until it’s time to be released into the wild again.

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