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A red fan parrot (Deroptyus accipitrinus accipitrinus) at the Houston Zoo. This unusual Amazon basin parrot has a crown of brightly-colored head feathers it raises when it feels threatened or aggressive

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A critically endangered (IUCN) and federally endangered Sumatran tiger (Panthera tigris ssp. sumatrae) at the Miller Park Zoo.

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A Mexican pygmy rattlesnake (Sistrurus ravus) at the Houston Zoo.

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A dwarf caiman (Paleosuchus palpebrosus) at the Sunset Zoo.

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A vulnerable big-headed Amazon river turtle (Peltocephalus dumerilianus) at the National Aquarium, Baltimore.

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An Atlantic puffin (Fratercula arctica) in winter plumage at the National Aquarium in Baltimore.

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A Razorbill (Alca torda) in summer plumage at the National Aquarium, Baltimore.

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A dwarf caiman (Paleosuchus palpebrosus) at the Sunset Zoo.

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A federally endangered maned wolf (Chrysocyon brachyurus) at the Sunset Zoo.

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Critically endangered (IUCN) and federally endangered Edward’s pheasants (Lophura edwardsi) at the Sunset Zoo. The male has the color, while the hen is brown. This bird is so rare it’s now nearly gone in the wild. Zoos play a critical role as modern day arks, preserving species that would otherwise be lost to extinction.

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A near threatened red bird-of-paradise (Paradisaea rubra).

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Hartlaub’s turaco (Tauraco hartlaubi) at the Houston Zoo.

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Blue spiny lizard (Sceloporus serrifer) at the Houston Zoo.

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A Prevost’s squirrel (Callosciurus prevostii prevostii) named ‘Walnut’ at the Houston Zoo.

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A federally endangered, African leopard (Panthera pardus pardus) at the Houston Zoo.

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A federally endangered, African leopard (Panthera pardus pardus) at the Houston Zoo.

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Patagonian Cavy or ‘Mara’ (Dolichotis patagonum) at the Houston Zoo. This species is the fourth largest rodent in the world.

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New Guinea snapping turtle (Elseya novaeguineae) at the Fort Worth Zoo.

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Gray-banded kingsnake (Lampropeltis alterna) at the Fort Worth Zoo.

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Wagler’s temple viper (Trimeresurus wagleri) at the Fort Worth Zoo.

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Gray-banded kingsnake (Lampropeltis alterna) at the Fort Worth Zoo.

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Silkie showgirl chickens at the Fort Worth Zoo. These are domestic animals, used for education here.

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Silkie showgirl chickens at the Fort Worth Zoo. These are domestic animals, used for education here.

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Silkie showgirl chickens at the Fort Worth Zoo. These are domestic animals, used for education here.

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Like all gibbons, the gray gibbon has unusually long arms which are used to move through trees and to forage. This endangered species is being ‘phased out’ at zoos because there are too few in captivity to keep bloodlines vital and the species isn’t showy.

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A vulnerable big-headed Amazon river turtle (Peltocephalus dumerilianus) at the National Aquarium, Baltimore.

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A critically endangered (IUCN) and federally endangered Sumatran tiger (Panthera tigris ssp. sumatrae) at the Miller Park Zoo.

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An endangered (IUCN) and federally endangered snow leopard (Panthera uncia) at the Miller Park Zoo.

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An endangered (IUCN) and federally endangered snow leopard (Panthera uncia) at the Miller Park Zoo.

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Vulnerable swan goose (Anser cygnoides) at the Miller Park Zoo.

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A vulnerable black-billed whistling duck (Dendrocygna arborea) at the Miller Park Zoo.

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The endangered grey gibbon (Hylobates muelleri muelleri) may not be seen in captivity much longer. There are now too few in captivity to keep their population sustained and too few in the wild to bring more in. With limited space and funding, zoos must make hard choices every year in deciding which species to breed and which to let go, or ‘phase out’.

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Vulnerable (IUCN) and federally endangered Palawan peacock-pheasant (Polyplectron napoleonis) at the Houston Zoo.

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An endangered golden parakeet (Guaruba guarouba) at the Houston Zoo.

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