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Nabire, a Northern white rhinoceros (Ceratotherium simum cottoni) was one of the last three northern white rhinos left on Earth. She died on Monday, July 27, 2015, just one week after this photo was taken at the Dvur Kralove Zoo. This species is critically endangered, and heading towards extinction.

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Nabire, a Northern white rhinoceros (Ceratotherium simum cottoni) was one of the last three northern white rhinos left on Earth. She died on Monday, July 27, 2015, just one week after this photo was taken at the Dvur Kralove Zoo. This species is critically endangered, and heading towards extinction.

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Nabire, a Northern white rhinoceros (Ceratotherium simum cottoni) was one of the last three northern white rhinos left on Earth. She died on Monday, July 27, 2015, just one week after this photo was taken at the Dvur Kralove Zoo. This species is critically endangered, and heading towards extinction.

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Nabire, a Northern white rhinoceros (Ceratotherium simum cottoni) was one of the last three northern white rhinos left on Earth. She died on Monday, July 27, 2015, just one week after this photo was taken at the Dvur Kralove Zoo. This species is critically endangered, and heading towards extinction.

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Nabire, a Northern white rhinoceros (Ceratotherium simum cottoni) was one of the last three northern white rhinos left on Earth. She died on Monday, July 27, 2015, just one week after this photo was taken at the Dvur Kralove Zoo. This species is critically endangered, and heading towards extinction.

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Nabire, a Northern white rhinoceros (Ceratotherium simum cottoni) was one of the last three northern white rhinos left on Earth. She died on Monday, July 27, 2015, just one week after this photo was taken at the Dvur Kralove Zoo. This species is critically endangered, and heading towards extinction.

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Veterinarian Robyn Stenner with a koala that was severly injured by a domestic dog. They worked on this animal for five hours and it died on the table. “I sure wish I could have saved you, sweetie,’ Robyn said.

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These koalas were all killed in the space of a single week by cars or dogs. From July to December, koalas descend to the ground in search of mates and new food sources. Many of them are hit by cars and attacked, prompting those who work with koalas to dub it “trauma season.”

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Four hours of surgery wasn’t enough to save this female koala, whose abdomen was crushed by dogs. Robyn Stenner, a surgeon at the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital, says that the injury is common, “But it always breaks your heart.”

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A skull of an American bison (Bison bison) on the Triple U Ranch near Ft. Pierre, South Dakota. This ranch has about 2,000 head of bison on over 50,000 acres.

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A deceased American bison (Bison bison) on the Triple U Ranch near Ft. Pierre, South Dakota. This ranch has about 2,000 head of bison on over 50,000 acres.

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Recently killed introduced (non-native) trout in the Sixty Lake Basin of King’s Canyon National Park, Nevada.

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Recently killed introduced trout in the Sixty Lake Basin of King’s Canyon National Park, Nevada.

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A biologist working for the National Parks Service collects introduced (non-native) trout at the Sixty Lake Basin of King’s Canyon National Park, Nevada.

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Recently killed introduced (non-native) trout in the Sixty Lake Basin of King’s Canyon National Park, Nevada.

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A dead eastern cottontail rabbit (Sylvilagus floridanus), most likely killed by a domestic housecat.

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A dead eastern cottontail rabbit (Sylvilagus floridanus), most likely killed by a domestic housecat.

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Dead Sandhill cranes at Rowe Audubon Sactuary near Kearney, Nebraska

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A dead sage grouse lies near a lek of 69 birds in Pinedale, Wyoming. Although this Big Sandy Recreation Area is still intact and pristine, no one can say for how long, as it has been targeted for drilling. The grouse are candidates for being listed but energy interests now prohibit it.

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Close-up of an endangered male Attwater’s prairie- chicken,killed by a Cooper’s hawk. Predation is a normal part of healthy ecosystems, but shrinking habitat creates a problem when birds like the APC have no place to hide.

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This Attwater’s prairie chicken wasn’t strong enough to free itself from its egg at the Fossil Rim Wildlife Center. Biologists must let nature take its course to keep the population as strong as possible.

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Predators have coexisted for centuries with the Attwater’s prairie-chicken. In recent decades, shrinking habitat has left the grouse nowhere to hide, making predation a significant problem.

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