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Gelada baboons (Theropithecus gelada) at Parco Natura Viva in Bussolengo, Italy.

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Gelada baboons (Theropithecus gelada) at Parco Natura Viva in Bussolengo, Italy.

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An opossum (Didelphis virginiana) with babies at the Nebraska Wildlife Rehab.

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Three young women light fire crackers in Bennet, Nebraska.

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Three young women run through smoke bomb fire crackers in Bennet, Nebraska.

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Rodeo queens on horses stand at the rodeo entrance gates.

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A mated pair of spot-billed toucanets (Selenidera maculirostris) at the Dallas World Aquarium. The male is mostly black, with more brown in the female.

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Lions meet the robocar in Queen Elizabeth National Park.

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Common dwarf mongooses (Helogale parvula) at the Omaha Henry Doorly Zoo.

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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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Aquariums containing many rare and endangered fish species at Conservation Fisheries, a native stream fish breeding center.

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

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The 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 cliffs.

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Portrait of co-directors of Conservation Fisheries, a native stream fish breeding center.

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