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Hours-old least tern (Sterna antillarum) chicks sleep as they’re photographed near North Bend, Nebraska. (The interior population of this species is federally listed as Endangered.)

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An ocelot (Leopardus pardalis) at the San Diego Zoo, San Diego, California.

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A Choctawhatchee beach mouse (Peromyscus polionotus allophrys) a federally-endangered rodent.

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Bryn, the federally endangered Columbia Basin pygmy rabbit (Brachylagus idahoensis), sat for this portrait in 2007 at the Oregon Zoo in Portland, Oregon. She was one of two female Columbia Basin pygmy rabbits left, the end of the line for this species of animals. Since there are no males left, this means only animals intercrossed with the Idaho race will survive. She died in 2008, marking the end of her genetic line. This subpopulation lost its sagebrush habitat as the land was developed for agriculture in the state of Washington. Stock

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A vulnerable (IUCN) and federally threatened polar bear (Ursus maritimus) at the Tulsa Zoo.

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A federally endangered woodland caribou (Rangifer tarandus caribou).

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A grizzly bear (Ursus arctos horribilis) at the Sedgwick County Zoo.

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A vulnerable (IUCN) wolverine (Gulo gulo) named Stinky, a candidate species for federal protection.

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A federally endangered Karner blue butterfly (Lycaeides melissa samuelis) in pupa form at the Toledo Zoo, Toledo, Ohio.

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Vulnerable (IUCN) and federally endangered Texas blind salamanders (Eurycea rathbuni) at the Detroit Zoo.

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Vulnerable (IUCN) and federally threatened Chiricahua leopard frogs (Lithobates chiricahuensis) at the Phoenix Zoo, Phoenix, Arizona.

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Masked bobwhite quail (Colinus virginanus ridgwayi), a federally endangered species, at the Phoenix Zoo. (US: Endangered)

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An endangered (IUCN) and federally endangered Mount Graham red squirrel (Tamiasciurus hudsonicus grahamensis). This animal, named Lizzie, is one of only two captive animals of this species. She was brought in to the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum as an orphan along with a male squirrel, by USFWS, in 2004. There are now fewer than 100 MGRS living in the wild, making this one of the rarest mammals in North America.

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A federally threatened New Mexico ridge-nosed rattlesnake (Crotalus willardi obscurus) at the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum.

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A Delhi Sands flower-loving fly (Rhaphiomidas terminatus abdominalis) at an eight-acre hospital preserve. Biologists guess that the insect numbers fewer than 1,000 individuals over the last 500 acres of Delhi Sands dune ecosystem. It is the only fly to be federally listed. (US: Endangered)

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A critically endangered (IUCN) and federally endangered captive Catalina Island fox (Urocyon littoralis catalinae) named Tachi at Quail Valley Fox Clinic on Catalina Island, CA. This animal is the last captive left over from a breeding program designed to save the species that took place from 2001-2004. A hand-raised animal, it is now used for education. Biologists estimate just over 500 of these foxes live on Catalina Island, California. This animal is a subspecies of the Channel Island fox.

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A federally endangered light-footed clapper rail (Rallus longirostris levipes) at the Chula Vista Nature Center, Chula Vista, California.

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Palos Verdes blue butterflies (Glaucopsyche lygdamus palosverdesensis) at the McGuire Center, Gainesville, Florida.

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Sara the whooping crane (Grus americana), an educational bird at the Audubon Center for Research of Endangered Species. (US: Endangered; IUCN: Endangered)

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The Iowa Pleistocene snail (Discus macclintocki). This is a relict from the last ice age, some 400,000 years ago. It lives in cold air vents on 37 different hillsides in Iowa (and one in Illinois) and survives only in the cold air that blows past underground ice and out of the cracks in limestone algific talus slopes. (US: Endangered; IUCN: Least Concern)

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Yellowfin madtoms (Noturus flavipinnis) a vulnerable (IUCN) and federally threatened species at Conservation Fisheries, a native stream fish breeding center.

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An endangered (IUCN) and federally endangered Nashville crayfish (Orconectes shoupi) at the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, Nashville, Tennessee. 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 than of it developed in recent years.

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Fringed campion flowers (Silene polypetala), a federally endangered plant native to hardwood forests of Georgia and Florida. (US: Endangered)

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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, in Panama City, FL. This and several other beach mice subspecies are imperiled due to beach development. (US: Endangered)

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Red-cockaded woodpecker (Picoides borealis) at the North Carolina Zoo. (US: Endangered; IUCN: Vulnerable)

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A vulnerable (IUCN) and federally threatened loggerhead sea turtle (Caretta caretta) at the Riverbanks Zoo, Columbia, South Carolina.

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Portraits of “Orange”, the last dusky seaside sparrow (Ammodramus maritimus nigriscens). This species went extinct in 1987, after their last habitats in northeast Florida were ruined by man, from the construction of an expressway to mosquito spraying. This bird is kept in a vial of alcohol in the Florida Museum of Natural History at the University of Florida.

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A vulnerable (IUCN) and federally endangered boulder darter (Etheostoma wapiti) at the Conservation Fisheries, Knoxville, Tennessee.

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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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Critically endangered (IUCN) and federally endangered American burying beetle (Nicrophorus americanus) at the St. Louis Zoo’s Monsanto Insectarium.

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Manchado, a Mexican spotted owl (Strix occidentalis lucida) at The Wildlife Center in Espanola, New Mexico.

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Puerto Rican crested toad (Peltophryne lemur) at the Sedgwick County Zoo in Wichita, Kansas. (IUCN: Critically Endangered, and federally threatened)

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Nene geese (Branta sandvicensis) at the Great Plains Zoo, Sioux Falls, South Dakota. (IUCN: Vulnerable; US: Endangered)

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A federally endangered, American alligator (Alligator mississippiensis) at the Kansas City Zoo.

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