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Zookeepers capture a critically endangered Yangtze giant softshell turtle (Rafetus swinhoei) in an enclosure at the Suzhou Zoo in China. Both Yangtze turtles held at this facility are over 100 years old, if biologist can’t get this species to breed soon, the species will become extinct.

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An elementary age girl smiles while holding her parents’ hands.

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A teenage girl catches a fish out of a pond near Valparaiso, Nebraska.

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A father and son catch a fish out of a pond near Valparaiso, Nebraska.

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A brother and sister catch a channel catfish from a farm pond near Valparaiso, Nebraska.

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A local boy carries a bucket of Nile perch caught in Lake Albert.

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Locals catch Nile perch and carry water from Lake Albert.

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Experts check for the signals of radio collared lions.

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A crew tranquilizes and radio collars a lion for monitoring.

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Herders graze their stock illegally in Queen Elizabeth National Park.

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A vervet monkey with her baby in Queen Elizabeth National Park.

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A vervet monkey with her baby steals fruit at a lodge.

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An animal trainer works with a critically endangered Ridgeway’s hawk (Buteo ridgwayi) at Parque Zoologico Nacional in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.

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Red-throated bee eater (Merops bulocki) at the Oklahoma City Zoo.

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Red-throated bee-eater (Merops bulocki) at the Oklahoma City Zoo.

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A woman appears to have electrocuted a man in a bathtub with a toaster in Lincoln, Nebraska.

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An Eastern water dragon (Physignathus lesueurii lesueurii) at the Wild Life Sydney Zoo.

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An endangered sunda pangolin (Manis javanica) at the Carnivore and Pangolin Conservation Center in Cuc Phuong National Park, Vietnam.

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A staff member holds an endangered black-breasted leaf turtle (Geoemyda spengleri) at the Turtle Conservation Center in Cuc Phuong National Park, Vietnam.

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A staff member holds an endangered black-breasted leaf turtle (Geoemyda spengleri) at the Turtle Conservation Center in Cuc Phuong National Park, Vietnam.

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Danube crested newt (Triturus dobrogicus) at the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium in Dubuque, Iowa.

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A partial albino red-tailed hawk (Buteo jamaicensis) at the Minnesota Zoo.

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A mountain wagtail, also known as a long-tailed wagtail (Motacilla clara) in Gorongosa National Park in Mozambique, Africa.

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A mountain wagtail, also known as a long-tailed wagtail (Motacilla clara) in Gorongosa National Park in Mozambique, Africa.

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A vulnerable (IUCN) and federally endangered Mandrill (Mandrillus sphinx) and her infant at the Gladys Porter Zoo.

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A gopher tortoise (Gopherus polyphemus) sits alongside a highway. This animal is federally listed as threatened from west of Mobile Bay, Alabama throughout southern Mississippi, and into eastern Louisiana. (IUCN: Vulnerable)

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