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A giant panda is projected onto the Vatican in an effort to raise awareness for the extinction crisis.

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A Central American agouti, Dasyprocta punctata, at the Blank Park Zoo in Des Moines, Iowa.

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A Central American agouti, Dasyprocta punctata, at the Blank Park Zoo in Des Moines, Iowa.

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A Central American agouti, Dasyprocta punctata, at the Blank Park Zoo in Des Moines, Iowa.

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Parakeets or budgies at the New Orleans Aquarium, Louisiana.

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A giant panda (Ailuropoda melanoleuca) at Zoo Atlanta. This endangered (IUCN) and federally endangered species is native to China.

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Sally Jo, a Bichon mix at the Capital Humane Society in Lincoln, nibbles on a treat.

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An endangered Goodfellow’s tree-kangaroo (Dendrolagus goodfellowi) at the Melbourne Zoo.

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A giant panda (Ailuropoda melanoleuca) at Zoo Atlanta. This endangered (IUCN) and federally endangered species is native to China.

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A family picnic outside their suburban house in West Jordan, a suburb of Salt Lake City, Utah.

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Iowa fairgoers bite in synchrony at the first-ever Corn Dog Chomp.

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Biologists from Cornell eat their lunch standing while searching for the ivory billed woodpecker in the White River National Wildlife Refuge in St. Charles, Arkansas.

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An elderly couple at a bar-b-que restaurant eating below a poster of the ivory-billed woodpecker in Brinkley, Arkansas. Reported sightings have put the town on the map and curious people have come to see what they can see.

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A woman feeds 23 cats that are now homeless after hurricane Andrew, which she has adopted.

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Central newts (Notophthalmus viridescens louisianensis) with southern leopard frog (Rana sphenocephala) eggs, a favorite food source, at Bennett Springs State Park near Lebanon, Missouri.

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Central newts (Notophthalmus viridescens louisianensis) with southern leopard frog (Rana sphenocephala) eggs, a favorite food source, at Bennett Springs State Park near Lebanon, Missouri.

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Central newts (Notophthalmus viridescens louisianensis) with southern leopard frog (Rana sphenocephala) eggs, a favorite food source, at Bennett Springs State Park near Lebanon, Missouri.

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Mexican free-tailed bats (Tadarida brasiliensis) swirl out of the Eckert James River Bat Cave at sunset to feed on insects. This maternity colony builds to more than 6 million bats in late July, making it one of the largest in the world. It is owned and managed by The Nature Conservancy.

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Mexican free-tailed bats (Tadarida brasiliensis) swirl out of the Eckert James River Bat Cave at sunset to feed on insects. This maternity colony builds to more than 6 million bats in late July, making it one of the largest in the world. It is owned and managed by The Nature Conservancy.

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Photographer Ian Nichols eats a dinner of rice and mush by headlamp on Bioko Island, Equatorial Guinea.

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Expedition members prepare a fire in order to prepare meals along the coast of Bioko Island, Equitorial Guinea.

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Ghost crabs (Ocypode cursor) feed on a dead fish on a beach in Bioko Island, Equatorial Guinea.

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Ghost crabs (Ocypode cursor) feed on a dead fish on a beach in Bioko Island, Equatorial Guinea.

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Ghost crabs (Ocypode cursor) feed on a dead fish on a beach in Bioko Island, Equatorial Guinea.

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A woman sits with her son and daughter at the dinner table at their home in Washington D.C.

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A mother comforts her son while sitting at the dinner table in their home in Washington, D.C.

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A dog watches its owner eat in a Washington, D.C. home.

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A father and his son eat breakfast together at their home in Washington D.C.

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A father eats breakfast with his daughter sitting on his lap at their home in Washington D.C.

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A captive, five-month-old mandrill (Mandrillus sphinx) in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea. IUCN: Vulnerable

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A Red-bellied woodpecker (Melanerpes carolinus) near Bennett, Nebraska.

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A black crowned crane (Balearica pavonina) on display at the International Crane Foundation.

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A trainer feeds whooping cranes, (Grus americana), at the International Crane Foundation in Baraboo, WI.

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