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Sven, a sand cat (Felis margarita) at the Chattanooga Zoo.

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A short-tailed hawk (Buteo brachyurus) at the Audubon Center for Birds of Prey.

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An American kestrel (Falco sparvarius paulus) at the Audubon Center for Birds of Prey.

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An American kestrel (Falco sparvarius paulus) at the Audubon Center for Birds of Prey.

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A green anole (Anolis carolinensis) from Cape Canaveral Florida.

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A red phased Eastern screech owl (Megascops asio floridanus) at the Audubon Center for Birds of Prey.

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A red phased Eastern screech owl (Megascops asio floridanus) at the Audubon Center for Birds of Prey.

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Red-bellied Short-necked Turtle (Emydura subglobosa) at the Lincoln Children’s Zoo.

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An African golden oriole (Oriolus auratus) at the Columbus Zoo.

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Giant water bug (Lethocerus sp.) at the Audubon Insectarium in New Orleans.

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A southern black widow (Latrodectus mactans) at the Audubon Zoo in New Orleans.

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

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A Perdido Key beach mouse (Peromyscus polionotus trissyllepsis) a federally-endangered rodent, at the Univ. of South Carolina. This and several other beach mice subspecies are imperiled due to beach development.

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A Perdido Key beach mouse (Peromyscus polionotus trissyllepsis) a federally-endangered rodent, at the Univ. of South Carolina. This and several other beach mice subspecies are imperiled due to beach development.

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A Santa Rosa beach mouse (Peromyscus polionotus leucocephalus) at the USFWS office in Panama City, FL. This and several other beach mice subspecies are imperiled due to beach development.

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A Choctawhatchee beach mouse (Peromyscus polionotus allophrys) a federally endangered rodent, at the USFWS office in Panama City, FL. This and several other beach mice subspecies are imperiled due to beach development.

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A bog turtle (Glyptemys muhlenbergii) an endangered (IUCN) and federally threatened species at the Atlanta Zoo.

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A bog turtle (Glyptemys muhlenbergii) an endangered (IUCN) and federally threatened species at the Atlanta Zoo.

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A bog turtle (Glyptemys muhlenbergii) an endangered (IUCN) and federally threatened species at the Atlanta Zoo.

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A St. Andrew beach mouse (Peromyscus polionotus peninsularis) a federally endangered rodent, at the USFWS office in Panama City, FL. This and several other beach mice subspecies are imperiled due to beach development.

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A federally endangered Mexican gray wolf (Canis lupus baileyi) at the Wild Canid Survival and Research Center.

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A shell of a dead winged mapleleaf mussel (Quadrula fragosa). The winged mapleleaf is critically endangered (IUCN) and federally endangered. This is one of 44 species of freshwater mussels still found in the upper Mississippi River near Prairie du Chien, WI.

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An endangered (IUCN) and federally endangered Higgins eye pearly mussel (Lampsilis higginsii) at the Genoa National Fish Hatchery, Genoa, Wisconsin.

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The endangered (IUCN) and federally endangered Nashville crayfish (Orconectes shoupi). This animal has a very limited range, existing only in the Mill Creek watershed which runs from downtown Nashville to its suburbs. Habitat loss has restricted its range even further within Mill Creek, with more construction in recent years.

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An endangered (IUCN) and federally endangered Higgins eye pearly mussel (Lampsilis higginsii) at the Genoa National Fish Hatchery, Genoa, Wisconsin.

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Endangered mussels extend their feet to move around. All are from the Clinch River in eastern TN. More endangered aquatic animals are found here than anywhere else in North America.

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Endangered mussels extend their feet to move around. All are from the Clinch River in eastern TN. More endangered aquatic animals are found here than anywhere else in North America.

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The endangered (IUCN) and federally endangered Nashville crayfish (Orconectes shoupi). This animal has a very limited range, existing only in the Mill Creek watershed which runs from downtown Nashville to its suburbs. Habitat loss has restricted its range even further within Mill Creek, with more construction in recent years.

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Critically endangered (IUCN) and federally endangered oyster mussels (Epioblasma capsaeformis). These mussels and many others are in danger of extinction because of habitat loss due to impoundments and pollution. Pollution from coal mining in the Clinch River watershed is of special concern. The fine sedimentation that comes downstream from the mines is thought to impede mussel survival.

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Critically endangered (IUCN) and federally endangered Cumberlandian combshell (Epioblasma brevidens). It has lures that look like fish eggs on top that are used to attract fish. When a fish strikes at the lures, the mussels then eject their larvae into the fish’s gills and are able to increase their distribution, even upstream. The Clinch River has more federally listed aquatic species than any river in North America, yet is threatened by pollution and habitat loss. Coal mining in the watershed now raises the threat even more.

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A federally endangered fine-rayed pigtoe (Fusconaia cuneolus) taken from the Clinch River near Sneedville. The Clinch River has more federally listed aquatic species than any river in North America, yet is threatened by pollution and habitat loss. Coal mining in the watershed now raises the threat even more.

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A federally endangered fine-rayed pigtoe (Fusconaia cuneolus) taken from the Clinch River near Sneedville. The Clinch River has more federally listed aquatic species than any river in North America, yet is threatened by pollution and habitat loss. Coal mining in the watershed now raises the threat even more.

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A federally endangered Dromedary pearlymussel, Dromus dromas.

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A critically endangered (IUCN) and federally endangered oyster mussel (Epioblasma capsaeformis). These mussels and many others are in danger of extinction because of habitat loss due to such as impoundments and pollution. Pollution from coal mining in the Clinch River watershed is of special concern. The fine sedimentation that comes downstream from the mines is thought to impede mussel survival.

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A critically endangered (IUCN) and federally endangered oyster mussel (Epioblasma capsaeformis) displaying its blue-white mantle. These mussels and many others are in danger of extinction because of habitat loss due to impoundments and pollution. Pollution from coal mining in the Clinch River watershed is of special concern. The fine sedimentation that comes downstream from the mines is thought to impede mussel survival.

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A shiny pigtoe, Fusconaia cor, a critically endangered (IUCN) and federally endangered freshwater mussel.

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