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Joel Sartore on a Photo Ark photo shoot at the Assam State Zoo in Guwahati, Assam, India.

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Joel Sartore on a Photo Ark photo shoot at the Assam State Zoo in Guwahati, Assam, India.

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Two male great frigatebirds (Fregata minor) as they display their giant red neck sacks in hope of attracting a female, on Tower Island in Galapagos National Park.

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Two male great frigatebirds (Fregata minor) as they display their giant red neck sacks in hope of attracting a female, on Tower Island in Galapagos National Park.

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Photo opportunities are found amongst the Galapagos sea lions (Zalophus wollebaeki) on Espanola Island in Galapagos National Park.

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Two photographers search for photo opportunities among the Galapagos sea lions (Zalophus wollebaeki) on Espanola Island in Galapagos National Park.

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On the North Seymour Island in Galapagos National Park, a male great frigatebird (Fregata minor) distends his striking red gular sac in hopes of attracting a mate.

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Male greater sage grouse (Centrocercus urophasianus) at a display ground near Craig, CO.

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

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Wild male Attwater’s prarie-chickens face off for the chance to breed with females at The Nature Conservancy’s Texas City Prairie Preserve.

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Wild male Attwater’s prarie-chickens face off for the chance to breed with females at The Nature Conservancy’s Texas City Prairie Preserve.

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Wild male Attwater’s prarie-chickens face off for the chance to breed with females at The Nature Conservancy’s Texas City Prairie Preserve.

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Wild male Attwater’s prarie-chickens face off for the chance to breed with females at The Nature Conservancy’s Texas City Prairie Preserve.

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Wild male Attwater’s prarie-chickens face off for the chance to breed with females at The Nature Conservancy’s Texas City Prairie Preserve.

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Two male Attwater’s prairie-chickens face off at The Nature Conservancy’s Texas City Prairie Preserve.

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Two male Attwater’s prairie-chickens face off at The Nature Conservancy’s Texas City Prairie Preserve.

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Two male Attwater’s prairie-chickens fight for dominance and position at The Nature Conservancy’s Texas City Prairie Preserve. Though fights are common, the birds are seldom injured. The strongest males usually end up in the center of the booming ground, displaying and squabbling constantly with other males in case a female flies in to select a mate.

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Two male Attwater’s prairie-chickens (endangered) fight over the attention of nearby females on a booming ground in Texas.

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A male Attwater’s prairie-chicken (endangered) shakes off the rain. Waiting all day for females in an open pasture means exposure to the elements; in extreme weather, some birds die.

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Two male Attwater’s prairie-chickens (endangered) fight at the Nature Conservancy’s Texas City Prairie Preserve, the last functional lek known to exist.

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An endangered male Attwater’s prairie chicken booms inside a pen at the Attwater Prairie Chicken NWR. Captive-raised males are allowed to breed and then turned loose while the females incubate their eggs in the pen.

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A captive male Attwater’s prairie-chicken takes on all comers, viewing humans as well as fellow APC’s as competition for females.

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‘Frankie’ the male Attwater’s prairie chicken boomed and strutted outside a pen at the APC NWR for weeks, hoping to get a chance to mate. His persistence paid off; he was eventually let inside the pen and mated successfully.

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Two male Attwater’s prairie-chickens (endangered) face off on the Nature Conservancy’s booming ground near Texas City, TX.

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During the booming season, endangered male Attwater’s prairie-chickens shake their tail feathers like there’s no tomorrow hoping to attract a mate.

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Crowing is one way male Attwater’s prairie-chickens proclaim their territory on the booming ground. (Texas City, TX.)

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One of the last wild male Attwater’s prairie chickens booming near Texas City, TX.

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This cattle pasture 40 miles from Houston is now the last booming ground or lek for the Attwater’s prairie-chicken. Between ten and twenty birds use this spot every year, but how long they can hold out is uncertain.

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