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A helmeted hornbill head that’s been carved intricately. Carving of the bird’s bills for ivory has led to a massive decline in this species. This was dropped off by an anonymous donor more than a dozen years ago at the Houston Zoo.

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A helmeted hornbill head that’s been carved intricately. Carving of the bird’s bills for ivory has led to a massive decline in this species. This was dropped off by an anonymous donor more than a dozen years ago at the Houston Zoo.

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A helmeted hornbill head that’s been carved intricately. Carving of the bird’s bills for ivory has led to a massive decline in this species. This was dropped off by an anonymous donor more than a dozen years ago at the Houston Zoo.

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A helmeted hornbill head that’s been carved intricately. Carving of the bird’s bills for ivory has led to a massive decline in this species. This was dropped off by an anonymous donor more than a dozen years ago at the Houston Zoo.

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An elephant, poached not far from the ranger station well inside Queen Elizabeth National Park. The ivory from this animal represents a fortune to local villagers…as more people move in, the pressure to poach will only increase.

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A black vulture picks at a caiman that was poached for its tail near Paso do Lontra in Brazil’s Pantanal region.

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A black vulture picks at a caiman that was poached for its tail near Paso do Lontra in Brazil’s Pantanal region.

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Emi, a female Sumatran rhino at the Cincinnati Zoo. There are only nine Sumatran rhinos in captivity, so the birth of Emi’s calf is a tremendous event for the conservation of the species. Sumatran rhinos are being poached in the wild so quickly that biologists fear they could go extinct in the wild within the next 20 years.

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Emi, a female Sumatran rhino at the Cincinnati Zoo. There are only nine Sumatran rhinos in captivity, so the birth of Emi’s calf is a tremendous event for the conservation of the species. Sumatran rhinos are being poached in the wild so quickly that biologists fear they could go extinct in the wild within the next 20 years.

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Emi, a female Sumatran rhino at the Cincinnati Zoo. There are only nine Sumatran rhinos in captivity, so the birth of Emi’s calf is a tremendous event for the conservation of the species. Sumatran rhinos are being poached in the wild so quickly that biologists fear they could go extinct in the wild within the next 20 years.

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Emi, a female Sumatran rhino, with her three-week-old calf, at the Cincinnati Zoo. There are only nine Sumatran rhinos in captivity, so the birth of this calf is a tremendous event for the conservation of the species. Sumatran rhinos are being poached in the wild so quickly that biologists fear they could go extinct in the wild within the next 20 years.

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Emi, a female Sumatran rhino, with her three-week-old calf, at the Cincinnati Zoo. There are only nine Sumatran rhinos in captivity, so the birth of this calf is a tremendous event for the conservation of the species. Sumatran rhinos are being poached in the wild so quickly that biologists fear they could go extinct in the wild within the next 20 years.

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Emi, a female Sumatran rhino, with her three-week-old calf, at the Cincinnati Zoo. There are only nine Sumatran rhinos in captivity, so the birth of this calf is a tremendous event for the conservation of the species. Sumatran rhinos are being poached in the wild so quickly that biologists fear they could go extinct in the wild within the next 20 years.

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Emi, a female Sumatran rhino at the Cincinnati Zoo. There are only nine Sumatran rhinos in captivity, so the birth of Emi’s calf is a tremendous event for the conservation of the species. Sumatran rhinos are being poached in the wild so quickly that biologists fear they could go extinct in the wild within the next 20 years.

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Emi, a female Sumatran rhino, with her three-week-old calf, at the Cincinnati Zoo. There are only nine Sumatran rhinos in captivity, so the birth of this calf is a tremendous event for the conservation of the species. Sumatran rhinos are being poached in the wild so quickly that biologists fear they could go extinct in the wild within the next 20 years.

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Emi, a female Sumatran rhino, with her three-week-old calf, at the Cincinnati Zoo. There are only nine Sumatran rhinos in captivity, so the birth of this calf is a tremendous event for the conservation of the species. Sumatran rhinos are being poached in the wild so quickly that biologists fear they could go extinct in the wild within the next 20 years.

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Emi, a female Sumatran rhino, with her three-week-old calf, at the Cincinnati Zoo. There are only nine Sumatran rhinos in captivity, so the birth of this calf is a tremendous event for the conservation of the species. Sumatran rhinos are being poached in the wild so quickly that biologists fear they could go extinct in the wild within the next 20 years.

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Emi, a female Sumatran rhino at the Cincinnati Zoo. There are only nine Sumatran rhinos in captivity, so the birth of Emi’s calf is a tremendous event for the conservation of the species. Sumatran rhinos are being poached in the wild so quickly that biologists fear they could go extinct in the wild within the next 20 years.

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Emi, a female Sumatran rhino, with her three-week-old calf, at the Cincinnati Zoo. There are only nine Sumatran rhinos in captivity, so the birth of this calf is a tremendous event for the conservation of the species. Sumatran rhinos are being poached in the wild so quickly that biologists fear they could go extinct in the wild within the next 20 years.

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Emi, a female Sumatran rhino, with her three-week-old calf, at the Cincinnati Zoo. There are only nine Sumatran rhinos in captivity, so the birth of this calf is a tremendous event for the conservation of the species. Sumatran rhinos are being poached in the wild so quickly that biologists fear they could go extinct in the wild within the next 20 years.

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Emi, a female Sumatran rhino, with her three-week-old calf, at the Cincinnati Zoo. There are only nine Sumatran rhinos in captivity, so the birth of this calf is a tremendous event for the conservation of the species. Sumatran rhinos are being poached in the wild so quickly that biologists fear they could go extinct in the wild within the next 20 years.

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Emi, a female Sumatran rhino at the Cincinnati Zoo. There are only nine Sumatran rhinos in captivity, so the birth of Emi’s calf is a tremendous event for the conservation of the species. Sumatran rhinos are being poached in the wild so quickly that biologists fear they could go extinct in the wild within the next 20 years.

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Emi, a female Sumatran rhino, with her three-week-old calf, at the Cincinnati Zoo. There are only nine Sumatran rhinos in captivity, so the birth of this calf is a tremendous event for the conservation of the species. Sumatran rhinos are being poached in the wild so quickly that biologists fear they could go extinct in the wild within the next 20 years.

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Emi, a female Sumatran rhino, with her three-week-old calf, at the Cincinnati Zoo. There are only nine Sumatran rhinos in captivity, so the birth of this calf is a tremendous event for the conservation of the species. Sumatran rhinos are being poached in the wild so quickly that biologists fear they could go extinct in the wild within the next 20 years.

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Emi, a female Sumatran rhino, with her three-week-old calf, at the Cincinnati Zoo. There are only nine Sumatran rhinos in captivity, so the birth of this calf is a tremendous event for the conservation of the species. Sumatran rhinos are being poached in the wild so quickly that biologists fear they could go extinct in the wild within the next 20 years.

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Emi, a female Sumatran rhino at the Cincinnati Zoo. There are only nine Sumatran rhinos in captivity, so the birth of Emi’s calf is a tremendous event for the conservation of the species. Sumatran rhinos are being poached in the wild so quickly that biologists fear they could go extinct in the wild within the next 20 years.

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Emi, a female Sumatran rhino, with her three-week-old calf, at the Cincinnati Zoo. There are only nine Sumatran rhinos in captivity, so the birth of this calf is a tremendous event for the conservation of the species. Sumatran rhinos are being poached in the wild so quickly that biologists fear they could go extinct in the wild within the next 20 years.

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Emi, a female Sumatran rhino, with her three-week-old calf, at the Cincinnati Zoo. There are only nine Sumatran rhinos in captivity, so the birth of this calf is a tremendous event for the conservation of the species. Sumatran rhinos are being poached in the wild so quickly that biologists fear they could go extinct in the wild within the next 20 years.

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Emi, a female Sumatran rhino, with her three-week-old calf, at the Cincinnati Zoo. There are only nine Sumatran rhinos in captivity, so the birth of this calf is a tremendous event for the conservation of the species. Sumatran rhinos are being poached in the wild so quickly that biologists fear they could go extinct in the wild within the next 20 years.

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Emi, a female Sumatran rhino, with her three-week-old calf, at the Cincinnati Zoo. There are only nine Sumatran rhinos in captivity, so the birth of this calf is a tremendous event for the conservation of the species. Sumatran rhinos are being poached in the wild so quickly that biologists fear they could go extinct in the wild within the next 20 years.

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Emi, a female Sumatran rhino at the Cincinnati Zoo. There are only nine Sumatran rhinos in captivity, so the birth of Emi’s calf is a tremendous event for the conservation of the species. Sumatran rhinos are being poached in the wild so quickly that biologists fear they could go extinct in the wild within the next 20 years.

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A young spider monkey, orphaned by poachers, displays panic.

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A young spider monkey, orphaned by poachers, displays panic.

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Confiscated pelts of ocelots and other endangered wildcats in storage at a US government forensics lab.

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Confiscated pelts of ocelots and other endangered wildcats in storage at a US government forensics lab.

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