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A zookeeper with lilac-breasted rollers at the Omaha Zoo.

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A Yunnan bamboo pitviper (Trimeresurus yunnanensis) from a private collection.

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Veterinarian bottle feeding two female hand-raised nine-day-old clouded leopard cubs, (Neofelis nebulosa nebulosa), at the Nashville Zoo.

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Veterinarian bottle feeding two female hand-raised nine-day-old clouded leopard cubs, Neofelis nebulosa, at the Nashville Zoo.

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Veterinarian bottle feeding two female hand-raised nine-day-old clouded leopard cubs, (Neofelis nebulosa nebulosa), at the Nashville Zoo.

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Shovelnose ray (Glaucostegus typus) at Shark Reef Aquarium.

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Joel shows an image to a group during a Photo Ark shoot inside the reptile house at the Assam State Zoo in Guwahati, Assam, India.

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Scenes from the Ark shoot inside the reptile house at the Assam State Zoo in Guwahati, Assam, India.

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Scenes from the Ark shoot inside the reptile house at the Assam State Zoo in Guwahati, Assam, India.

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Scenes from the Ark shoot inside the reptile house at the Assam State Zoo in Guwahati, Assam, India.

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Scenes from the Ark shoot inside the reptile house at the Assam State Zoo in Guwahati, Assam, India.

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A photographer prepares for a photo shoot at the Alaska SeaLife Center in Seward, AK.

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A WildCare Foundation staff members holds containers of poison-dart frogs.

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Photography set up for greater mouse-deer, greater Malay chevrotain or napu (Tragulus napu) at the Topeka Zoo.

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Photography set up for greater mouse-deer, greater Malay chevrotain or napu (Tragulus napu) at the Topeka Zoo.

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Background made by Wrylie Guffey (shown in photo) for greater mouse-deer, greater Malay chevrotain or napu (Tragulus napu)at the Topeka Zoo

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A federally endangered wild caught silver rice rat (Oryzomys palustris natator) on a US Navy property near Key West, Florida. This was on Saddlebunch Key.

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A television crew films a federally endangered wild caught silver rice rat (Oryzomys palustris natator) on a US Navy property near Key West, Florida. This was on Saddlebunch Key.

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A federally endangered wild caught silver rice rat (Oryzomys palustris natator) on a US Navy property near Key West, Florida. This was on Saddlebunch Key.

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Releasing a wild caught Lower Keys marsh rabbit, Sylvilagus palustris hefneri, at the Key West Naval Base in Florida. This species likely numbers 300 or less, with none in captivity.

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A wild caught Lower Keys marsh rabbit, Sylvilagus palustris hefneri, at the Key West Naval Base in Florida. This species likely numbers 300 or less, with none in captivity.

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A television crew interviews Lily Rene de Roland Arison, who rediscovered the once thought extinct Madagascar pochard. He’s the Director of the Pegerine Fund in Madagascar.

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Portrait of Lily Rene de Roland Arison, who rediscovered the once thought extinct Madagascar pochard. He’s the Director of the Pegerine Fund in Madagascar.

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Joel photographs a juvenile, northern elephant seal (Mirounga angustirostris) at the Marine Mammal Care Center at Fort MacArthur, California.

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A group of men improvise electricity for a Photo Ark shoot.

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An Australasian swamphen or pukeko (Porphyrio melanotus) in a shooting tent at the Kiwi Birdlife Park in Queenstown, New Zealand.

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A staff member with a vulnerable collared lemur (Eulemur collaris) at the Lemur Conservation Foundation.

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A conservationist feeding a vulnerable collared lemur (Eulemur collaris) at the Lemur Conservation Foundation.

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Staff members assisting with a photo shoot of Ikoto, the last male Sanford’s lemur (Eulemur sanfordi) in captivity at the Lemur Conservation Foundation near Myakka City, FL. He was born April 22, 1991, so he’s nearly 24 years old.

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A conservationist feeding a vulnerable collared lemur (Eulemur collaris) at the Lemur Conservation Foundation.

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A crowd gathers to watch the Photo Ark shoot inside the reptile house at the Assam State Zoo in Guwahati, Assam, India.

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Brian Gratwicke of The Panama Amphibian Rescue and Conservation Project. This project is designed to establish captive breeding populations of frogs at risk of extinction from the frog-killing Chrytrid fungus.

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Mussel biologist Steve Ahlstedt shows off coal fines, the sediments from Virginia’s coal mines that wash into the rivers of Tennessee. It is thought that coal fines and the use of heavy industrial chemicals to clean coal in Viriginia are both major factors in the disappearance of rare Mussels in the Clinch and Powell Rivers, two of the last places where many rare mussels were found.

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At Anastasia Island State Park trapping the federally endangered Anastasia Island beach mouse (Peromyscus polionotus phasma).

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Mike Lubbock holds a Bewick’s swan (Cygnus bewickii) at Sylvan Heights Waterfowl, a bird park and waterfowl breeding center in Scotland Neck, NC.

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