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Media crowds around a critically endangered Yangtze giant softshell turtle (Rafetus swinhoei) at the Suzhou Zoo in China. Both Yangtze turtles held at this facility are over 100 years old, if biologist can’t get this species to breed soon, the species will become extinct.

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A media team records a critically endangered Yangtze giant softshell turtle (Rafetus swinhoei) through a window at the Suzhou Zoo in China. Both Yangtze turtles held at this facility are over 100 years old, if biologist can’t get this species to breed soon, the species will become extinct.

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A member of a banding crew looks for the federally endangered Cape Sable seaside sparrow (Ammodramus maritimus mirabilis). This bird is down to about 2,000 individuals and declining. Nearly all of this species is found within the Everglades National Park in southern Florida.

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Joel Sartore and Anne Thompson of NBC Nightly News prepare to photograph a West African dwarf crocodile (Osteolaemus tetraspis tetraspis) at the Lincoln Children’s Zoo.

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Joel Sartore and a news crew from NBC Nightly News prepare to photograph a West African dwarf crocodile (Osteolaemus tetraspis tetraspis) at the Lincoln Children’s Zoo.

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A West African dwarf crocodile (Osteolaemus tetraspis tetraspis) at the Lincoln Children’s Zoo. This species is federally endangered and listed as vulnerable on IUCN.

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A West African dwarf crocodile (Osteolaemus tetraspis tetraspis) at the Lincoln Children’s Zoo. This species is federally endangered and listed as vulnerable on IUCN.

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A group of fisherman cleaning lake trout (Salvelinus namaycush) at Lake Pend Oreille, Idaho.

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A group of fisherman cleaning lake trout (Salvelinus namaycush) at Lake Pend Oreille, Idaho.

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A crew working to clean an oiled bird at the rehab center in Fort Jackson, Louisiana. This is where the majority of the oiled birds were brought in from the deep water horizon oil spill.

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A crew working to clean a brown pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis) at the rehab center in Fort Jackson, Louisiana. This is where the majority of the oiled birds were brought in from the deep water horizon oil spill.

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A crew working to clean a brown pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis) at the rehab center in Fort Jackson, Louisiana. This is where the majority of the oiled birds were brought in from the deep water horizon oil spill.

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A crew working to clean a brown pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis) at the rehab center in Fort Jackson, Louisiana. This is where the majority of the oiled birds were brought in from the deep water horizon oil spill.

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A crew working to clean a pelican at the rehab center in Fort Jackson, Louisiana. This is where the majority of the oiled birds were brought in from the deep water horizon oil spill.

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A crew working to clean an oiled bird at the rehab center in Fort Jackson, Louisiana. This is where the majority of the oiled birds were brought in from the deep water horizon oil spill.

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A crew working to clean a brown pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis) at the rehab center in Fort Jackson, Louisiana. This is where the majority of the oiled birds were brought in from the deep water horizon oil spill.

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A clean up crew hired by BP tries to sop oil from the Deepwater Horizon spill, along the shoreline on Queen Bess island in Barataria Bay, Louisiana.

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A crew of BP contract workers remove booms saturated with oil from the Deepwater Horizon spill from important bird breeding habitat in the Gulf of Mexico.

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A crew of BP contractors attempt to siphon oil from the Deepwater Horizon spill out of a marsh in the Gulf of Mexico.

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A clean up crew hired by BP tries to sop oil from the Deepwater Horizon spill, along the shoreline on Queen Bess island in Barataria Bay, Louisiana.

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A BP clean up crew tries to sop oil from the Deepwater Horizon spill at Queen Bess Island, Louisiana.

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A critically endangered (IUCN) and federally endangered pallid sturgeon (Scaphirhynchus albus) is photographed getting measured by a fish crew with the Missouri Dept. of Conservation. This crew is surveying fish populations in the Missouri River near Atchinson, Kansas.

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A coal bed methane crew near Buffalo, Wyoming drills for oil.

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Power crews work on bucket cranes to restore power along Highway 56 in Cocodrie, Louisiana after Hurricane Andrew.

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Detassling crews put in long, tough days during the summer as they remove the tassels from seed corn. (Seed corn is harvested and then planted by farmers to grow corn for livestock feed, food additives, and ethanol production.)

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Detassling crews put in long, tough days during the summer as they remove the tassels from seed corn. (Seed corn is harvested and then planted by farmers to grow corn for livestock feed, food additives, and ethanol production.)

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Detassling crews put in long, tough days during the summer as they remove the tassels from seed corn. (Seed corn is harvested and then planted by farmers to grow corn for livestock feed, food additives, and ethanol production.)

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Detassling crews put in long, tough days during the summer as they remove the tassels from seed corn. (Seed corn is harvested and then planted by farmers to grow corn for livestock feed, food additives, and ethanol production.)

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Detassling crews put in long, tough days during the summer as they remove the tassels from seed corn. (Seed corn is harvested and then planted by farmers to grow corn for livestock feed, food additives, and ethanol production.)

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Detassling crews put in long, tough days during the summer as they remove the tassels from seed corn. (Seed corn is harvested and then planted by farmers to grow corn for livestock feed, food additives, and ethanol production.)

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Detassling crews put in long, tough days during the summer — rain doesn’t stop this crew near Central City, NE.

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