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An endangered Higgins eye pearly mussel (Lampsilis higginsii) at the Genoa National Fish Hatchery, Genoa, Wisconsin.

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A federally-endangered Alabama canebrake pitcher plant (Sarracenia rubra ssp. alabamensis) at the Atlanta Botanical Garden, Atlanta, Georgia.

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A vulnerable (IUCN) and federally endangered Amercian crocodile (Crocodylus acutus) at the Omaha zoo.

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

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A critically endangered Clay’s hibiscus (Hibiscus clayi) at the U.S. Botanical Garden Production Facility, Washington, D.C.

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One of fewer than 10 woodland caribou (Rangifer tarandus caribou) in US zoos, Costello the caribou would stand patiently anywhere in exchange for a reward of grape leaves. Meanwhile in the wild, woodland caribou are nearly absent from the lower 48 states because they rely on old-growth forest habitat. Just a few holdouts still cross from Canada into northern Idaho and Washington. The total U.S. population is 40 individuals. (US: Endangered)

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Captive northern spotted owl (Strix occidentalis caurina) in a clearcut near Merlin, Oregon. Habitat loss and climate change are the two primary factors leading to the extinction of species. (US: Threatened)

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Federally endangered Kootenai River white sturgeon (Acipenser transmontanus) at the Kootenai Tribal Hatchery in Idaho.

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Hours-old least tern (Sterna antillarum) chicks sleep as they’re photographed near North Bend, Nebraska. (The interior population of this species is federally listed as Endangered.)

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With one of the world’s largest migratory routes, the red knot (Calidris canutus rufa) finds itself especially susceptible to any disruption in its feeding areas along the way. Overfishing of horseshoe crabs along the eastern coast of the US has taken away a much-needed source of energy for the species. (US: Candidate for listing)

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An ocelot (Leopardus pardalis) at the San Diego Zoo, San Diego, California.

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Chytrid fungus has swept through Kings Canyon National Park with a vengance. This is one of the last southern moutain yellow-legged frogs (Rana muscosa) in the area. The disease first appeared in this High Sierra basin in 2004, and has virtually wiped out the last stronghold metapopulations of this species. “Worldwide, this is the worst case of a disease causing extinctions in recorded history, and we’re seeing the results of it right here,” said Vance Vredenburg, an amphibian ecologist who has studied the basin for 13 years. (IUCN: EN, US: EN)

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Extinct species of amphibians at Pontificia Universidad Catòlica in Quito, Ecuador. Many have gone extinct in the last decade or less.

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A live male harlequin frog (Atelopus sp.) in amplexus with a female, dead from chytrid fungus, near Limon, Ecuador. The male died a few days later of the same disease. This species is critically endangered and headed toward extinction due to habitat loss and disease, including chytrid fungus.

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A Choctawhatchee beach mouse (Peromyscus polionotus allophrys) a federally-endangered rodent.

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A federally endangered woodland caribou (Rangifer tarandus caribou).

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A vulnerable (IUCN) wolverine (Gulo gulo) named Stinky, a candidate species for federal protection.

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A vulnerable (IUCN) and federally threatened polar bear (Ursus maritimus) at the Tulsa Zoo.

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Masked bobwhite quail (Colinus virginanus ridgwayi), a federally endangered species, at the Phoenix Zoo. (US: Endangered)

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An endangered (IUCN) and federally endangered Mount Graham red squirrel (Tamiasciurus hudsonicus grahamensis). This animal, named Lizzie, is one of only two captive animals of this species. She was brought in to the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum as an orphan along with a male squirrel, by USFWS, in 2004. There are now fewer than 100 MGRS living in the wild, making this one of the rarest mammals in North America.

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A federally threatened New Mexico ridge-nosed rattlesnake (Crotalus willardi obscurus) at the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum.

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A Delhi Sands flower-loving fly (Rhaphiomidas terminatus abdominalis) at an eight-acre hospital preserve. Biologists guess that the insect numbers fewer than 1,000 individuals over the last 500 acres of Delhi Sands dune ecosystem. It is the only fly to be federally listed. (US: Endangered)

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A critically endangered (IUCN) and federally endangered captive Catalina Island fox (Urocyon littoralis catalinae) named Tachi at Quail Valley Fox Clinic on Catalina Island, CA. This animal is the last captive left over from a breeding program designed to save the species that took place from 2001-2004. A hand-raised animal, it is now used for education. Biologists estimate just over 500 of these foxes live on Catalina Island, California. This animal is a subspecies of the Channel Island fox.

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A federally endangered light-footed clapper rail (Rallus longirostris levipes) at the Chula Vista Nature Center, Chula Vista, California.

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Palos Verdes blue butterflies (Glaucopsyche lygdamus palosverdesensis) at the McGuire Center, Gainesville, Florida.

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Sara the whooping crane (Grus americana), an educational bird at the Audubon Center for Research of Endangered Species. (US: Endangered; IUCN: Endangered)

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The Iowa Pleistocene snail (Discus macclintocki). This is a relict from the last ice age, some 400,000 years ago. It lives in cold air vents on 37 different hillsides in Iowa (and one in Illinois) and survives only in the cold air that blows past underground ice and out of the cracks in limestone algific talus slopes. (US: Endangered; IUCN: Least Concern)

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A federally endangered Karner blue butterfly (Lycaeides melissa samuelis) in pupa form at the Toledo Zoo, Toledo, Ohio.

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Vulnerable (IUCN) and federally endangered Texas blind salamanders (Eurycea rathbuni) at the Detroit Zoo.

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Vulnerable (IUCN) and federally threatened Chiricahua leopard frogs (Lithobates chiricahuensis) at the Phoenix Zoo, Phoenix, Arizona.

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Yellowfin madtoms (Noturus flavipinnis) a vulnerable (IUCN) and federally threatened species at Conservation Fisheries, a native stream fish breeding center.

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An endangered (IUCN) and federally endangered Nashville crayfish (Orconectes shoupi) at the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, Nashville, Tennessee. This animal has a very limited range, existing only in the Mill Creek watershed which runs from downtown Nashville to its suburbs. Habitat loss has restricted its range even further within Mill Creek, with more than of it developed in recent years.

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Fringed campion flowers (Silene polypetala), a federally endangered plant native to hardwood forests of Georgia and Florida. (US: Endangered)

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A St. Andrew beach mouse (Peromyscus polionotus peninsularis), a federally endangered rodent, in Panama City, FL. This and several other beach mice subspecies are imperiled due to beach development. (US: Endangered)

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Red-cockaded woodpecker (Picoides borealis) at the North Carolina Zoo. (US: Endangered; IUCN: Vulnerable)

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A vulnerable (IUCN) and federally threatened loggerhead sea turtle (Caretta caretta) at the Riverbanks Zoo, Columbia, South Carolina.

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