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A California sea lion (Zalophus californianus) with its trainer at the Houston Zoo.

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A California sea lion (Zalophus californianus) with its trainer at the Houston Zoo.

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A vulnerable binturong (Arctictis binturong) at the Houston Zoo.

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A binturong (Arctictis binturong) at the Houston Zoo. (IUCN: Vulnerable)

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Iowa fairgoers bite in synchrony at the first-ever Corn Dog Chomp.

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Black skimmers (Rhynchops niger) on a salt pond beside San Diego bay in California.

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This bird earned questionable notoriety as a job buster. It is the northern spotted owl (Strix occidentalis occidentalis), listed as threatened in 1990; it w as expected to cause thousands of job losses by disrupting logging in the forests of the Pacific Northwest. The actual cost of protection to the regional economy is not yet known.

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A rancher’s dog expresses displeasure by snarling at photographer, Joel Sartore, on a ranch in Idaho.

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Two pet dogs mouth the same ball in Boston Common, the oldest public park in American history, in Massachusetts.

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The snake pit at the 45th annual Mangum Rattlesnake Derby in Mangum, Oklahoma. This rattlesnake festival takes in between 1,500 and 2,000 pounds of western diamondback rattlesnakes (Crotalus atrox) each year. Some 30,000 people come here on the last weekend of April to see such things as a photo booth in which people can pose with a live rattler that’s been defanged and had its mouth stitched shut, a safari bus tour in which folks can pick up a live rattlesnake, a cafe serving rattlesnake meat, and a butcher shop.

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A western cottonmouth (Agkistrodon piscivorous) snake lies dead on the Clear Creek Levy Road, near Ware, Illinois. Road kills are one of the leading causes of death for snakes in the U.S.

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A western cottonmouth snake (Agkistrodon piscivorous) lies on the Snake Road, near Ware, Illinois. This three mile stretch of road along the is closed to traffic when the snakes are migrating from limestone cliffs to the swamp nearby.

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A bull trout (Salvelinus confluentus) in Bighorn Creek which is part of the Kootenay river system in British Columbia, Canada. (IUCN: Vulnerable; US: Federally threatened)

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Bull trout (Salvelinus confluentus) swimming in the Bighorn Creek, in the Wigwam River drainage in British Columbia. This is one of the last, best places for spawning of the vulnerable (ICUN) and federally-threatened bull trout, and is part of the Kootenay River system, which sees an annual migration of bull trout from Lake Koocanusa, some fifty miles away. The fish prefer very cold water of 40 degrees or so in order to spawn, and the springs in this area provide that.

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Bull trout (Salvelinus confluentus) caught in fishing nets in Lake Pend Oreille, Idaho. (IUCN: Vulnerable; US: Federally threatened)

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A lake trout (Salvelinus namaycush) caught in a net by fishermen in Lake Pend Oreille, Idaho.

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A bobcat (Lynx rufus) photographed by a camera trap along the Tex-Mex border wall. The border wall cuts through many places of the last habitat left along the lower Rio Grande river, the wall is a huge impediment to the movement of wildlife species that can’t fly over it.

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Endangered (US and IUCN) golden-cheeked warblers (Dendroica chrysoparia) Killeen, Texas.

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Endangered (US and IUCN) golden-cheeked warblers (Dendroica chrysoparia) Killeen, Texas.

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A vulnerable black-capped vireo (Vireo atricapilla) at a nest in an Ashe juniper, Fort Hood, TX. Though at an active military base, this is a haven for this endangered species.

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A sea turtle that was rescued from the deep water horizon oil spill being rehabilitated at the Audubon Nature Institute in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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A crew working to clean a brown pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis) at the rehab center in Fort Jackson, Louisiana. This is where the majority of the oiled birds were brought in from the deep water horizon oil spill.

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A crew working to clean a brown pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis) at the rehab center in Fort Jackson, Louisiana. This is where the majority of the oiled birds were brought in from the deep water horizon oil spill.

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A group of oiled pelicans recused from the gulf oil spill waiting to be washed at the rehab center in Fort Jackson, Louisiana. This is were the majority of the oiled birds were brought in from the deep water horizon oil spill.

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A crew working to clean a brown pelican (Pelecanus occidentalis) at the rehab center in Fort Jackson, Louisiana. This is where the majority of the oiled birds were brought in from the deep water horizon oil spill.

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A stubfoot toad (Atelopus limon) infected with chytrid fungus. (IUCN: Critically Endangered)

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A young boy laughing while on vacation at Leech Lake, Minnesota.

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A man and woman react with surprise to the speed of the slingshot ride at the Minnesota State Fair.

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A North American river otter (Lontra canadensis) at the Lincoln Children’s Zoo, Lincoln, Nebraska.

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A North American river otter (Lontra canadensis) at the Lincoln Children’s Zoo, Lincoln, Nebraska.

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A North American river otter (Lontra canadensis) at the Lincoln Children’s Zoo, Lincoln, Nebraska.

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A North American river otter (Lontra canadensis) at the Lincoln Children’s Zoo, Lincoln, Nebraska.

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A North American river otter (Lontra canadensis) at the Lincoln Children’s Zoo, Lincoln, Nebraska.

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A North American river otter (Lontra canadensis) at the Lincoln Children’s Zoo, Lincoln, Nebraska.

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