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A female, critically endangered Yangtze giant softshell turtle (Rafetus swinhoei) is released into 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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A female, critically endangered Yangtze giant softshell turtle (Rafetus swinhoei) is released into 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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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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A critically endangered Yangtze giant softshell turtle (Rafetus swinhoei) has a check up 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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Zookeepers search an enclosure for a critically endangered Yangtze giant softshell turtle (Rafetus swinhoei) 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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Media crowds around a critically endangered Yangtze giant softshell turtle (Rafetus swinhoei) 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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Media crowds around a critically endangered Yangtze giant softshell turtle (Rafetus swinhoei) 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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Zookeepers search for the 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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Zookeepers search for the 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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Zookeepers net a critically endangered Yangtze giant softshell turtle (Rafetus swinhoei) 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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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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Zookeepers search for the 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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A family stages a humorous scene in a pool in Lincoln, Nebraska.

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A team of vet students work on a red ruffed lemur at the Miller Park Zoo.

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A local band plays at a party at a home in Lincoln, Nebraska.

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The Sartore family, at Roca Scary Farm (also known as Roca Berry Farm.)

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Silhouette of tourists using the boardwalks on Bartholomew Island, part of Galapagos National Park.

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An endangered Galapagos sea lion, Zalophus wollebaeki, waits for a handout at a fish market in Puerto Ayora in Galapagos, Ecuador.

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San Cristobal Island at sunset, part of the Galapagos Islands.

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A woman walks her dog past students at a photo workshop in Los Angeles, California.

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This was once the place where Lewis and Clark first saw a grizzly bear but it is now a corn field. More than 100 years ago the pioneers eradicated the grizzly bear to create farmland.

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Photographers, Christian Ziegler, Joel Sartore, Tim Laman and Ian Nichols along with, writer, Virginia Morrell on Bioko Island.

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A street in San Pedro de Atacama as the day comes to an end.

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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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A six year-old boy at water park in Kansas City, Kansas.

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A six year-old boy at water park in Kansas City, Kansas.

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Patrons share space with stuffed animals at Ole’s Big Game Bar and Grill in Paxton, Nebraska.

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Patrons inside Ole’s Big Game Bar and Grill in Paxton, Nebraska.

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A family plays a video game using motion-sensing controls.

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