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A bald eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) named Bensar at the George M. Sutton Avian Research Center.

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Buckwheat, a golden Polish chicken at the Soukup Farm.

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Madagascar ibis (Lophotibis cristata) at the Omaha Zoo.

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A cobalt blue tarantula (Haplopelma lividum) at Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo.

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A male (front) and female brown-headed cowbird (Molothrus ater) at the San Antonio Zoo.

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An endangered Malayan tiger (Panthera tigris jacksoni) at the Omaha Zoo.

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Nicobar pigeon, Caloenas nicobarica, at the Omaha Zoo.

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A sunbittern (Eurypyga helias ) at the Cincinnati Zoo.

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The critically-endangered orange-bellied parrot (Neophema chrysogaster) at the Healesville Wildlife Sanctuary. This is one of the rarest birds in the world with fewer than 50 left in the wild.

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A critically endangered sumatran orangutan, Pongo abelii, at the Gladys Porter Zoo in Brownsville, TX.

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A vulnerable reticulated giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis reticulata) at Rolling Hills Wildlife Adventure near Salina, Kansas.

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vulnerable red collared brown lemur (Eulemur collaris) at the Omaha Zoo.

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A green tree python (Morelia viridis) at the Riverside Zoo.

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An endangered Chinese big-headed turtle (Platysternon megacephalum) at the Houston Zoo.

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An endangered Grevy’s zebra (Equus grevyi) at the Lee G. Simmons Conservation Park and Wildlife Safari.

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A critically endangered peacock parachute spider (Poecilotheria metallica) at the Sedgwick County Zoo in Wichita, Kansas.

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Critically endangered (IUCN) lemur leaf frogs (Hylomantis lemur), from the Panama, population, at Zoo Atlanta.

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A vulnerable banded palm civet (Hemigalus derbyanus) named Yala at the Cincinnati Zoo. Yala means “go” in Arabic, the keepers said, which is appropriate because this creature moved like greased lighting. He is the last of his kind in North American zoos.

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A rare little golden-mantled flying fox (Pteropus pumilus) at the Omaha Henry Doorly Zoo, in Omaha, Nebraska.

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A critically endangered and federally endangered male Western lowland gorilla (Gorilla gorilla gorilla) named Lamydoc, at the Gladys Porter Zoo in Brownsville, Texas. Lamydoc was born in 1963.

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An endangered Baird’s tapir (Tapirus bairdii) at the Omaha Zoo.

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A large flying fox (Pteropus vampyrus), also known as the Greater Flying Fox or Malaysian Flying Fox at the Columbus Zoo.

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An endangered female crowned lemur (Eulemur coronatus) at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo.

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A volcano rabbit (Romerolagus diazi) at Chapultepec Zoo in Mexico City. (IUCN: Endangered)

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A volcano rabbit (Romerolagus diazi) at Chapultepec Zoo in Mexico City. (IUCN: Endangered)

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A Masai giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis tippelskirchi) at the Houston Zoo.

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A baby red kangaroo (Macropus rufus) at Rolling Hills Wildlife Adventure near Salina, Kansas.

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A baby red kangaroo (Macropus rufus) at Rolling Hills Wildlife Adventure near Salina, Kansas.

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An inland taipan (Oxyranus microlepidotus) at Reptile Gardens. This snake is the most venomous in the world.

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An emerald swallowtail (Papilio palinurus) at the Audubon Insectarium in New Orleans.

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A spiny-backed orbweaver spider or crab spider (Gasteracantha cancriformis) at the Audubon Insectarium in New Orleans.

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A southern house spider or crevice weaver spider (Kukulcania hibernalis) at the Audubon Insectarium in New Orleans.

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A common eastern bumblebee (Bombus impatiens) at the Insectarium in New Orleans.

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A pleasing fungus beetle (Megalodacne fasciata) at the Insectarium in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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