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A replica of the Taj Mahal at Parque Jaime Duque in Columbia.

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Private collectors In the frog room of their home in Oklahoma City.

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Behind the scenes, Joel Sartore and private collectors in the frog room of their home in Oklahoma City.

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The living room of a native American family in the Pacific Northwest shows images of past and present realities of this salmon-centered culture.

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These are steelhead salmon smolts (Oncorhynchus mykiss) being raised at a hatchery. They will soon be transported to release streams in the hope that some of them will survive their migration to the sea; but the heavily dammed Columbia river and its tributaries have become an obstacle course for several imperiled species. In addition the Native Americans, to whom the salmon runs are crucial, find fishing very poor. (US: Threatened)

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Bull trout (Salvelinus confluentus) swimming in the Bighorn Creek, in the Wigwam River drainage in British Columbia. This is one of the last, best places for spawning of the vulnerable (ICUN) and federally-threatened bull trout, and is part of the Kootenay River system, which sees an annual migration of bull trout from Lake Koocanusa, some fifty miles away. The fish prefer very cold water of 40 degrees or so in order to spawn, and the springs in this area provide that.

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Canebrake rattlesnake (Crotalus horridus atricaudatus) at the Riverbanks Zoo.

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Canebrake rattlesnake (Crotalus horridus atricaudatus) at the Riverbanks Zoo.

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Canebrake rattlesnake (Crotalus horridus atricaudatus) at the Riverbanks Zoo.

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Canebrake rattlesnake (Crotalus horridus atricaudatus) at the Riverbanks Zoo.

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Canebrake rattlesnake (Crotalus horridus atricaudatus) at the Riverbanks Zoo.

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Canebrake rattlesnake (Crotalus horridus atricaudatus) at the Riverbanks Zoo.

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Eastern garter snake (Thamnophis sirtalis sirtalis) at the Riverbanks Zoo.

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Eastern garter snake (Thamnophis sirtalis sirtalis) at the Riverbanks Zoo.

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Eastern garter snake (Thamnophis sirtalis sirtalis) at the Riverbanks Zoo.

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An endangered Burmese black tortoise (Manouria emys phayrei) at the Riverbanks Zoo.

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An endangered Burmese black tortoise (Manouria emys phayrei) at the Riverbanks Zoo.

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An endangered Burmese black tortoise (Manouria emys phayrei) at the Riverbanks Zoo.

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Boelen’s python (Morelia boeleni) at the Riverbanks Zoo.

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Boelen’s python (Morelia boeleni) at the Riverbanks Zoo.

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Boelen’s python (Morelia boeleni) at the Riverbanks Zoo.

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A critically endangered (IUCN) Indochinese box turtle (Cuora galbinifrons) at the Riverbanks Zoo.

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A critically endangered (IUCN) Indochinese box turtle (Cuora galbinifrons) at the Riverbanks Zoo.

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A critically endangered (IUCN) Indochinese box turtle (Cuora galbinifrons) at the Riverbanks Zoo.

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Eastern coral snake (Micrurus fulvius fulvius) at the Riverbanks Zoo.

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Eastern coral snake (Micrurus fulvius fulvius) at the Riverbanks Zoo.

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Eastern coral snake (Micrurus fulvius fulvius) at the Riverbanks Zoo.

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Eastern coral snake (Micrurus fulvius fulvius) at the Riverbanks Zoo.

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Carolina pygmy rattlesnake (Sistrurus miliarius miliarius) at the Riverbanks Zoo.

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Carolina pygmy rattlesnake (Sistrurus miliarius miliarius) at the Riverbanks Zoo.

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Carolina pygmy rattlesnake (Sistrurus miliarius miliarius) at the Riverbanks Zoo.

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A southern two-lined salamander (Eurycea cirrigera) at the Riverbanks Zoo, Columbia, South Carolina.

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A southern two-lined salamander (Eurycea cirrigera) at the Riverbanks Zoo, Columbia, South Carolina.

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A southern two-lined salamander (Eurycea cirrigera) at the Riverbanks Zoo, Columbia, South Carolina.

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A southern two-lined salamander (Eurycea cirrigera) at the Riverbanks Zoo, Columbia, South Carolina.

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A southern two-lined salamander (Eurycea cirrigera) at the Riverbanks Zoo, Columbia, South Carolina.

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