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Slackwater darters (Etheostoma boschungi) at the Conservation Fisheries, Knoxville, Tennessee. (IUCN: Endangered, US: Threatened)

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Federally endangered Alabama beach mice (Peromyscus polionotus ammobates) are captured and measured as part of a population survey along the Fort Morgan Peninsula near Gulf Shores, Alabama. Houses and condos have inundated the area, with many more planned, eliminating more habitat yearly. Many more are planned. Besides development, feral cats pose a huge problem as well.

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Gopher tortoises (Gopherus polyphemus) (US: Threatened, IUCN: Vulnerable) in the southeastern U.S. often end up as roadkill. Invasive fire ants and armadillos prey on their eggs and young, while urban expansion, logging and fire mismanagement degrade tortoise habitat, pushing these reptiles closer to the edge.

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A critically endangered Miami blue butterfly (Cyclargus thomasi bethunebakeri) along with a caterpillar. This species is being bred in captivity at the McGuire Center at the University of Florida. Thousands have been released into the wild in South Florida over the past three years. So far, results are indeterminate. Fewer than 250 exist in the wild, making it one of the rarest butterflies in North America.

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A Key Largo woodrat (Neotoma floridana) (US: Endangered) at Disney’s Animal Kingdom. Fewer than 250 adults are believed left in the wild, in just two parcels of public land on Key Largo. Captive breeding efforts are underway at both Disney’s Animal Kingdom and the Lowry Park Zoo in Tampa, thought the captive population still numbers less than 50 animals.

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Perforate reindeer lichen (Cladonia perforata) at Archbold Biological Station, Florida. (US: Endangered)

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Flattened musk turtles (Sternotherus depressus) (IUCN: Vulnerable, US: Threatened) at the Tennessee Aquarium, Chattanooga, Tennessee.

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Lewis and Clark spotted their first grizzly bear at the place where the Heart River meets the Missouri River near Bismarck, ND. Today it serves as a corn field.

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Federally endangered woodland caribou (Rangifer tarandus caribou) named Costello. He is eight years old.

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A northern spotted owl (Strix occidentalis) named Opal at Wildlife Images, a wildlife rehabilitation and education center near Merlin, Oregon. (IUCN: Near Threatened; US: Threatened)

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A captive northern spotted owl (Strix occidentalis caurina) in healthy habitat in the Siskiyou National Forest near Merlin, Oregon. (IUCN: Near Threatened; US: Threatened)

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A Nichol’s turk’s head cactus (Echinocactus horizonthalonius var. nicholii). (US: Endangered)

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A Nichol’s turk’s head cactus (Echinocactus horizonthalonius var. nicholii). (US: Endangered)

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A Quitobaquito pupfish (Cyprinodon macularis eremus) at Organ Pipe National Park, Arizona. (US: Endangered)

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An endangered (IUCN) relict leopard frog (Lithobates onca).

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A captive Catalina Island fox (Urocyon littoralis catalinae) named Tachi at Quail Valley Fox Clinic in Middle Ranch on Catalina Island, California. (US: Endangered, IUCN: Critically Endangered)

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An endangered (IUCN) and federally endangered mountain yellow-legged frog (Rana muscosa). Population locality: San Bernardino.

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An endangered (IUCN) and federally endangered mountain yellow-legged frog (Rana muscosa). Population locality: San Bernardino.

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A three-year-old ocelot (Leopardis pardalis). (Captive)

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A group of juvenile pink mucket mussels (Lampsilis abrupta). These endangered (IUCN) and federally endangered animals are four months old, and are from the Osage River in Missouri. They are part of a captive rearing project at the Missouri State University.

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An Arizona hedgehog cactus (Echinocereus triglochidiatus var. arizonicus). (US: Endangered)

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Northern monkshood (Aconitum noveboracense), a plant native to eastern Iowa and in nearby states. (US: Threatened)

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A federally threatened eastern indigo snake (Drymarchon corais couperi) at the Toledo Zoo, Toledo, Ohio.

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A vulnerable (IUCN) and federally endangered Texas blind salamander (Eurycea rathbuni) at the Detroit Zoo.

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A masked bobwhite quail (Colinus virginanus ridgwayi) at the Phoenix Zoo, Phoenix, Arizona. (US: Endangered)

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A whooping crane (Grus americana) at the Audubon Nature Institute, New Orleans, Louisiana. (US: Endangered, IUCN: Endangered)

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A red knot (Calidris canutus rufa) in Gandys Beach, New Jersey.

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A red knot (Calidris canutus) is released into the wild.

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Hibiscus kokio (var. saintjohnianus), at the U.S. Botanical Garden Production Facility in Washington, DC.

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Clay’s hibiscus (Hibiscus clayi) at the U.S. Botanical Garden Production Facility, Washington, D.C. (US: Endangered)

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Peyote cactus (Lophophora williamsii) at the U.S. Botanical Garden Production Facility in Washington, DC.

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Guaiacum officinale, at the U.S. Botanic Garden Production Facility in Washington, DC. (US: Endangered)

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Koki’o Ke’ Oke (Hibiscus waimeae ssp. hannerae) at the U.S. Botanic Garden in Washington, DC.

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Alula (Brighamia insignis) at the U.S. Botanic Garden, Washington, DC. This critically endangered Hawiian plant now has to be hand pollinated because botanists believe that its pollinator is extinct.

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A Tennessee coneflower (Echinacea tennesseenisi) at the U.S. Botanic Garden, Washington, DC. (US: Endangered)

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A whooping crane (Grus americana) at the Audubon Nature Institute, New Orleans, Louisiana. (US: Endangered, IUCN: Endangered)

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