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The rayed bean mussel (Villosa fabalis) a federally endangered species at the freshwater mussel lab at the Columbus Zoo.

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The rayed bean mussel (Villosa fabalis), a federally endangered species at the freshwater mussel lab at the Columbus Zoo.

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Brody, a lab mix, at the Capital Humane Society in Lincoln.

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Brody, a lab mix, at the Capital Humane Society in Lincoln.

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A lab mix named Tinkerbell at the Capital Humae Society in Lincoln.

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A Perdido Key beach mouse (Peromyscus polionotus trissyllepsis) a federally-endangered rodent, at the Univ. of South Carolina. This and several other beach mice subspecies are imperiled due to beach development.

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A stubfoot toad (Atelopus limon) infected with chytrid fungus at a lab in Quito, Ecuador. (IUCN: Critically Endangered)

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A stubfoot toad (Atelopus limon), infected with chytrid fungus, at a lab in Quito, Ecuador. (IUCN: Critically Endangered)

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A critically endangered stubfoot toad (Atelopus limon), infected with chytrid fungus, at a lab in Quito, Ecuador.

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A scientist shows the deep freeze in his lab, which contains the DNA of all the frogs in their collection, a kind of frozen ark.

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A scientist shows the deep freeze in his lab, which contains the DNA of all the frogs in their collection, a kind of frozen ark.

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A scientist holds a captive frog at the breeding facility known as Balsa de los Sapos, or Amphibian Ark, at Quito’s Catholic University, Ecuador.

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A scientist holds a captive frog at the breeding facility known as Balsa de los Sapos, or Amphibian Ark, at Quito’s Catholic University, Ecuador.

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A scientist examines and feeds captive frogs at the captive breeding facility known as Balsa de los Sapos, or Amphibian Ark, at Quito’s Catholic University, Ecuador.

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Amphibian specimens at the captive breeding facility known as Balsa de los Sapos, or Amphibian Ark, at Quito’s Catholic University, Ecuador.

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An endangered marsupial frog (Gastrotheca litonedis) in the captive breeding facility known as Balsa de los Sapos, or Amphibian Ark, at Quito’s Catholic University, Ecuador.

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Scientists examine and feed frogs at the captive breeding facility known as Balsa de los Sapos, or Amphibian Ark, at Quito’s Catholic University, Ecuador.

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A captive, endangered marsupial frog (Gastrotheca litonedis) at the captive breeding facility known as Balsa de los Sapos, or Amphibian Ark, at Quito’s Catholic University, Ecuador.

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A scientist holds an endangered San Lucas marsupial frog (Gastrotheca pseustes) at the captive breeding facility known as Balsa de los Sapos, or Amphibian Ark, at Quito’s Catholic University, Ecuador.

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Atelopes ignescens, one of many extinct Atelopus species in the collection at Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Ecuador in Quito.

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A biologist at the amphibian lab of Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Ecuador in Quito.

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A team inside the amphibian lab of Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Ecuador in Quito.

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The coordinator of Balsa de los Sapos (Amphibian Ark) Initiative displays Atelopus ignescens, one of many extinct Atelopus species in the collection at Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Ecuador in Quito.

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An endangered Azuay marsupial frog (Gastrotheca litonedis) is propagated in captivity by Balsa de los Sapos, the “amphibian ark” at Pontificia Universidad Cat—lica del Ecuador in Quito.

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A biologist at the amphibian lab of Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Ecuador in Quito.

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A care taker holds up a specimen of Gastrotheca pseutes at a captive breeding at Pontificia Universidad Catòlica in Quito, Ecuador. (IUCN: EN)

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Bess beetles, also known as patent leather beetles (Odontotaenius disjunctus) at the University of Nebraska’s entomology lab.

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Bess beetles, also known as patent leather beetles (Odontotaenius disjunctus) at the University of Nebraska’s entomology lab.

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Bess beetles, also known as patent leather beetles (Odontotaenius disjunctus) at the University of Nebraska’s entomology lab.

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Bess beetles, also known as patent leather beetles (Odontotaenius disjunctus) at the University of Nebraska’s entomology lab.

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Bess beetles, also known as patent leather beetles (Odontotaenius disjunctus) at the University of Nebraska’s entomology lab.

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Bess beetles, also known as patent leather beetles (Odontotaenius disjunctus) at the University of Nebraska’s entomology lab.

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Bess beetles, also known as patent leather beetles (Odontotaenius disjunctus) at the University of Nebraska’s entomology lab.

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Bess beetles, also known as patent leather beetles (Odontotaenius disjunctus) at the University of Nebraska’s entomology lab.

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Bess beetles, also known as patent leather beetles (Odontotaenius disjunctus) at the University of Nebraska’s entomology lab.

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Bess beetles, also known as patent leather beetles (Odontotaenius disjunctus) at the University of Nebraska’s entomology lab.

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