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“Time” inscribed onto the exterior of a building in Denver, Colorado.

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A federally threatened Northern spotted owl (Strix occidentalis caurina) named Opal.

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Solange, a federally endangered female pygmy rabbit (Brachylagus idahoensis). She was born in May of 2007. She is 81.5% Columbia Basin pygmy rabbit, and the rest is the Idaho race. Since there are no male Columbia Basin pygmy rabbits left, this means only animals intercrossed with the Idaho race will survive.

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Bryn, the federally endangered Columbia Basin pygmy rabbit (Brachylagus idahoensis), sat for this portrait in 2007 at the Oregon Zoo in Portland, Oregon. She was one of two female Columbia Basin pygmy rabbits left, the end of the line for this race of animals. Since there are no males left, this means only animals intercrossed with the Idaho race will survive. She died in 2008, marking the end of her genetic line. This subpopulation lost its sagebrush habitat as the land was developed for agriculture in the state of Washington.

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A vulnerable (IUCN) and federally threatened Florida scrub jay (Aphelocoma coerulescens) happily rests on a woman’s head.

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An endangered Malayan tiger, Panthera tigris jacksoni, at the Omaha Zoo.

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An endangered Malayan tiger, Panthera tigris jacksoni, at the Omaha Zoo.

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An endangered Malayan tiger, Panthera tigris jacksoni, at the Omaha Zoo.

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Eastern indigo snake, Drymarchon corais couperi, at the Toledo Zoo. This species is federally threatened.

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Eastern indigo snake, Drymarchon corais couperi, at the Toledo Zoo. This species is federally threatened.

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Eastern indigo snake, Drymarchon corais couperi, at the Toledo Zoo. This species is federally threatened.

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Eastern indigo snake, Drymarchon corais couperi, at the Toledo Zoo. This species is federally threatened.

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Eastern indigo snake, Drymarchon corais couperi, at the Toledo Zoo. This species is federally threatened.

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Eastern indigo snake, Drymarchon corais couperi, at the Toledo Zoo. This species is federally threatened.

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A grizzly bear (Ursus arctos horribilis) at the Sedgwick County Zoo.

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A grizzly bear (Ursus arctos horribilis) at the Sedgwick County Zoo.

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A grizzly bear (Ursus arctos horribilis) at the Sedgwick County Zoo.

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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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