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Joel Sartore on a Photo Ark photo shoot at the Assam State Zoo in Guwahati, Assam, India.

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A critically endangered Yangtze giant softshell turtle (Rafetus swinhoei) has a check up 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 male, critically endangered Yangtze giant softshell turtle (Rafetus swinhoei) is stimulated at the Suzhou Zoo in China. The hope was that he would produce sperm to artificially inseminate the female, unfortunately, he produced none. 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 male, critically endangered Yangtze giant softshell turtle (Rafetus swinhoei) is stimulated at the Suzhou Zoo in China. The hope was that he would produce sperm to artificially inseminate the female, unfortunately, he produced none. 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 critically endangered Yangtze giant softshell turtle (Rafetus swinhoei) has a check up 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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Men use chainsaws and heavy equipment to cut large trees in the miombo woodland that forms the ‘buffer zone’ around the Gorongosa National Park in Mozambique, Africa. This buffer zone is being logged and is largely devoid of game.

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A Spirotherm, a device used to filter the water in the system, at a utlities plant, Lincoln, Nebraska.

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Aerial shots of construction equipment in Brisbane, Queensland.

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A farmer takes a call on his cell phone from a soybean field in Flatville, Illinois.

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A fisheries technician for Avista, checks a monitoring station for radio-tagged bull trout (Salvelinus confluentus) at the base of Noxon Rapids Dam, Montana. (US: Federally threatened; IUCN: Vulnerable)

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Biologists tag a male bobolink (Dolichonyx oryzivorus) in Nebraska. They will put tiny geolocators, which track sun intensity as well as sunrise and sunset, the birds’ backs. When the birds are recaptured (months from now) and the data is downloaded and used to calculate the birds’ migratory route. The species winters in South America, but little is known of its specific route.

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Mexican laborers build a border wall near Alamo, Texas.

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Mexican laborers constructing the border wall that separate the United States from Mexico near Alamo, Texas.

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Mexican laborers constructing the border wall that separate the United States from Mexico near Alamo, Texas.

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A cattle guard being installed at a pasture near Valparaiso, Nebraska.

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A carpenter glues pieces of redwood together to form a countertop.

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An assistant packs photo equipment in Lincoln, Nebraska.

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An assistant packs photo equipment in Lincoln, Nebraska.

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An assistant packs photo equipment in Lincoln, Nebraska.

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