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An endangered (IUCN) pearl darter (Percina aurora), at conservation fisheries, a native stream fish breeding center.

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Goldstripe darter (Etheostoma parvipinne) at Conservation Fisheries, a native stream fish breeding center in Knoxville. This fish is not listed. Little is known about it.

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Boulder darter (Etheostoma wapiti), a vulnerable (IUCN) and federally endangered species, at Conservation Fisheries, a native stream fish breeding center. The male is larger and shown on the top.

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A vulnerable (IUCN) ashy darter (Etheostoma cinereum), a very rare fish species with a shrinking range in TN and VA, at Conservation Fisheries, a native stream fish breeding center. This fish should be listed as endangered but hasn’t been due to lack of lack of funding and little survey work to determine just how imperiled it is.

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Endangered Malayan tiger (Panthera tigris jacksoni) at Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo.

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Endangered Malayan tiger (Panthera tigris jacksoni) at Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo.

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A vulnerable female African elephant (Loxodonta africana) at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo.

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The feet of photographer Joel Sartore were covered in mosquitoes within five minutes of removing his boots. Small insects may be a nuisance, but are critical in anchoring the bottom of the food chain during the short summer season on the North Slope.

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