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Damaraland mole rat (Fukomys damarensis) at the Houston Zoo. This species is one of only two eusocial mammals, with members of colonies all serving specific roles, much like bees.

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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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Cole Sartore pretends to face off with Iggy, the Fort Worth Zoo’s giant iguana mascot.

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Siblings clown around amid photo gear on the floor of the living room.

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Cole Sartore sleeps jammed next to rolls of background paper on a road trip.

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Cole Sartore holds onto the backdrop as he heads out of the Houston Zoo.

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At day’s end, Joel Sartore shows pheasant photos to the bird keepers at the Houston Zoo.

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During a portrait with his dad, Cole Sartore (right) eats his breakfast of French toast sticks from Burger King at the Sunset Zoo.

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A containment box is used to photograph Edward’s pheasants at the Sunset Zoo. This bird is so rare it’s nearly extinct in the wild now.

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Cole and Joel argue about how to fit everything back in the Prius upon leaving the Sunset Zoo.

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Joel Sartore drives away from the Sunset Zoo…at sunset, of course.

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

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The head herp keeper puts the king cobra back in its enclosure.

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Thai bamboo rat snake (Elaphe porphyracea coxi) at the Miller Park Zoo.

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Columbian boa (Boa Constrictor imperator) at the Fort Worth Zoo.

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Texas indigo snake (Drymarchon corais erebennus) at the Fort Worth Zoo.

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Texas indigo snake (Drymarchon corais erebennus) at the Fort Worth Zoo.

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Texas indigo snake (Drymarchon corais erebennus) at the Fort Worth Zoo.

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An 11-foot-long king cobra (Ophiophagus hannah) crawls over the top of a video cameras at the Houston Zoo.

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Columbian boa (Boa Constrictor imperator) at the Fort Worth Zoo.

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A superb bird of paradise (Lophorina superba) displays iridescent chest feathers at the Houston Zoo.

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A superb bird of paradise (Lophorina superba) displays iridescent chest feathers at the Houston Zoo.

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White-crested turaco (Tauraco leucolophus) at the Houston Zoo.

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Blue-faced honeyeater (Entomyzon cyanotis) at the Houston Zoo.

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Blue-faced honeyeater (Entomyzon cyanotis) at the Houston Zoo.

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Great blue turaco (Corythaeola cristata) at the Houston Zoo.

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Jackson’s hornbill (Tockus jacksoni) at the Fort Worth Zoo.

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A male Jackson’s hornbill (Tockus jacksoni) at the Fort Worth Zoo.

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Tawny frogmouth (Podargus strigoides) at the Fort Worth Zoo.

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Micronesian kingfishers (Todiramphus cinnamominus) at the Houston Zoo. This species is considered Extinct in the Wild by IUCN.

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A gold-handed tamarin (Saguinus midas) at the Miller Park Zoo. The future of this species is quite uncertain as it is going to be ‘phased out’ in favor of other more showy and popular small primate species.

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A yellow-handed tamarin (Saguinus midas) at the Miller Park Zoo. The future of this species is quite uncertain as it is going to be ‘phased out’ in favor of other more showy and popular small primate species.

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

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