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Cheyenne Mountain Zoo is home to the world’s most prolific captive reticulated giraffe herd with 197 births at the Zoo since 1954, when giraffes were introduced to the Zoo’s animal collection. Cheyenne Mountain Zoo currently has 21 reticulated giraffe (Giraffa camelopardalis reticulata) in the herd, making it the largest captive giraffe herd in North America.

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Dall sheep in Denali National Park in Alaska’s Interior.

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Brahminy blind snakes (Ramphotyphlops braminus) at Cape Canaveral.

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Brahminy blind snakes (Ramphotyphlops braminus) at Cape Canaveral.

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A group of eastern tiger salamanders (Ambystoma tigrinum tigrinum) at the Caldwell Zoo in Tyler, Texas.

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A group of eastern tiger salamanders (Ambystoma tigrinum tigrinum) at the Caldwell Zoo in Tyler, Texas.

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Common river frogs (Amietia angolensis) collected during the Bioblitz in the Mt. Gorongosa area.

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Natal multimammate mice (Mastomys natalensis), trapped during the bioblitz, seem almost to be plotting their escape. Two of them had in fact disappeared into tall grass before a photograph could be taken. A couple of local kids ran into the field and came back with the mice in hand just a few moments later. Residents of Mount Gorongosa often hunt rodents for food.

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Federally endangered Iowa Pleistocene Snails, Discus macclintocki.

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A striated heron, Butorides striata, on Floreana Island in Galapagos National Park.

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A row of critically endangered ploughshare tortoises (Astrochelys yniphora) at Zoo Atlanta. These animals were confiscated after being stolen. They are valued at about $10,000 each.

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Brown-and-yellow flower beetles (Pachnoda sinuata flaviventris) at the Omaha Henry Doorly Zoo.

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Larval stage of the atlas beetle (Chalcosoma atlas) at the Omaha Henry Doorly Zoo. When grown into an adult, this type of beetle is able to lift 850 times its own body weight making it the strongest animal on earth compared to its body weight.

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A zookeeper holds two larva of the atlas beetle (Chalcosoma atlas) at the Omaha Henry Doorly Zoo.When grown into an adult, this type of beetle is able to lift 850 times its own body weight making it the strongest animal on earth compared to its body weight.

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Pupal stage of the atlas beetle (Chalcosoma atlas) at the Omaha Henry Doorly Zoo. When grown into an adult, this type of beetle is able to lift 850 times its own body weight making it the strongest animal on earth compared to its body weight.

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A male Atlas beetle (Chalcosoma atlas) and a female (smaller, hornless) at the Omaha Henry Doorly Zoo. This type of beetle is able to lift 850 times its own body weight making it the strongest animal on earth compared to its body weight.

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A blue death-feigning beetle (Asboulus verrucosus) at the Omaha Henry Doorly Zoo.

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Sam and her partner Craig Coupland hand raise four orphaned koala babies in Ormiston, Australia. The couple has been working with orphans for five years. Young koalas take more work and care than human babies, but Longman says the animals are part of the family.

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Damaraland mole rats (Fukomys damarensis) at the Houston Zoo. These burrowing rodents from sub-Saharan Africa are one of only two known eusocial mammals.

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A young man watching mountain goats (Oreamnos americanus) in Glacier National Park, Montana.

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Comanche Springs pupfish (Cyprinodon elegans), an endangered (US and IUCN) fish species from the Pecos River drainage of west Texas.

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A Rio Grande silvery minnows (Hybognathus amarus), an endangered (US and IUCN) fish from the Rio Grande River system.

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A mother grizzly (Ursus arctos horribilis) bear and her cubs on Arctic tundra.

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American goldfinch (Carduelis tristis) feed at Waveland Farm near Walton, Nebraska.

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American goldfinch (Carduelis tristis) feed at Waveland Farm near Walton, Nebraska.

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Federally endangered 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.

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A flock of Canada geese (Branta canadensis) over the Platte River near Ashland, NE.

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