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Mother and daughters pose for a portrait after working hogs at the Montgomery farm near Bennet, Nebraska.

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Organically raised pigs on a farm near Palmyra, Nebraska.

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Organically raised pigs on a farm near Palmyra, Nebraska.

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Organically raised pigs on a farm near Palmyra, Nebraska.

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Organically raised pigs on a farm near Palmyra, Nebraska.

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Organically raised pigs on a farm near Palmyra, Nebraska.

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Parakeets or budgies at the New Orleans Aquarium, Louisiana.

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A flock of geese fly over a barn near Dunbar, Nebraska.

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A young girl stands in front of the kelp tank at Two Oceans Aquarium in downtown Cape Town.

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

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Black flying foxes (Pteropus alecto) at the Australian Bat Clinic. Bats act as pollinators and seed dispensers, however bats are in serious decline around Australia largely due to entanglement in fruit tree netting.

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Pelicans wait in the background for handouts at a fish market in Puerto Ayora in Galapagos, Ecuador.

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Spriobolid millipedes; they sometimes are called “Mombasa train” in East Africa. Millipedes in this group produce defensive benzoquinones, compounds that have been demonstrated to have antibacterial and anti-tumor properties (they are also toxic, and for this reason millipedes have few natural enemies).”

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Close up of razor sturgeonfish, Prionurus laticlavius, in the Galapagos.

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Razor sturgeonfish, Prionurus laticlavius, in the Galapagos.

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Espanola marine iguanas, Amblyrhynchus cristatus venustissimus, in Galapagos National Park.

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Galapagos sea lions, Zalophus wollebaeki, sleep on a fishing boat near San Cristobal Island in the Galapagos.

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Cloudless sulphur butterflies, Phoebis sennae, on Santa Cruz Island in Galapagos National Park.

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Cloudless sulphur butterflies, Phoebis sennae, on Santa Cruz Island in Galapagos National Park.

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Fish swim around seaweed off the coast of Fernandina Island in Galapagos National Park.

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Three king penguins (Aptenodytes patagonicus) on South Georgia Island.

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A king penguin (Aptenodytes patagonicus) rookery from South Georgia Island’s St. Andrews Bay. Shown is one of the largest king penguin colonies in the world at 100,000 nesting pairs.

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Cattle show at the coliseum at the Minnesota state fair.

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A collection of more than sixty specimens of critically endangered (IUCN) and federally endangered ivory billed woodpecker, Campephilus principalis, at Harvard University.

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These are steelhead salmon smolts (Oncorhynchus mykiss) being raised at a hatchery. They will soon be transported to release streams in the hope that some of them will survive their migration to the sea; but the heavily dammed Columbia river and its tributaries have become an obstacle course for several imperiled species. In addition the Native Americans, to whom the salmon runs are crucial, find fishing very poor. (US: Threatened)

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Unplanned product of a foster-parent program for endangered whooping cranes (Grus americana), a “whoopill” was sired out of a whooper out of a great Sandhill crane (Grus canadensis canadensis). Having failed to produce a single breeding female, biologists have abandoned their efforts to create a viable flock of whooping cranes, whose numbers in the wild have crept from 51 in 1973 to about 165 today. Many think that, rather than struggling to restore a creature so near extinction, efforts should be concentrated on species in the early stages of danger.

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A woman feeds 23 cats that are now homeless after hurricane Andrew, which she has adopted.

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Northern fur seals (Callorhinus ursinus) at a rookery on St. Paul Island (Pribilofs), part of the Alaska Maritime NWR.

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Northern fur seals (Callorhinus ursinus) at a rookery on St. Paul Island (Pribilofs), part of the Alaska Maritime NWR.

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Northern fur seals (Callorhinus ursinus) at a rookery on St. Paul Island (Pribilofs), part of the Alaska Maritime NWR.

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Northern fur seals (Callorhinus ursinus) at a rookery on St. Paul Island (Pribilofs), part of the Alaska Maritime NWR.

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A group of juvenile pink mucket mussels (Lampsilis abrupta). These endangered (IUCN) and federally endangered animals are four months old, and are from the Osage River in Missouri. They are part of a captive rearing project at the Missouri State University.

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Ouachita madtoms (Noturus lachneri) at Conservation Fisheries, Knoxville, Tennessee. (IUCN: Endangered)

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Endangered mussels from the Clinch River in eastern Tennessee. More endangered aquatic animals are found here than anywhere else in North America.

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