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A heat lamp serves as a surrogate mother for this juvenile Attwater’s prairie-chicken at the Fossil Rim Wildlife Center. Captive breeding efforts are the species’ only hope for survival.

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This captive-born chick resting in the hands of a biologist represents the last hope for the Attwater’s prairie-chicken. The species which used to number over a million strong is now down to a few dozen, holding out in small islands of Texas coastal prairie.

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Predators have coexisted for centuries with the Attwater’s prairie-chicken. In recent decades, shrinking habitat has left the grouse nowhere to hide, making predation a significant problem.

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A captive-born mother and chick wait in the safety of a pre-release pen. Once they ventured out into the wild, however, the mother was killed within two weeks by a raptor.

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This cattle pasture 40 miles from Houston is now the last booming ground or lek for the Attwater’s prairie-chicken. Between ten and twenty birds use this spot every year, but how long they can hold out is uncertain.

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A giant anteater is bottle-fed on a ranch in Brazil’s Pantanal region. The animal was orphaned as an infant and hand raised by ranch hands. For a while after its release, it returned for its regular feedings but it eventually ventured out on its own.

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A freshwater stingray in the flooded pastures of Barra Mansa Ranch in Brazil’s Pantanal.

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

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A rough-skinned newt rest on a bed of mosses and lichens inthe old-growth rainforest of Clayoquot Sound, Vancouver Island (British Columbia, Canada.)

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Bighorn sheep in the Rocky Mountain Front near Augusta, MT. The area is one of the last places to see the species in North America, and is currently threatened with coal bed methane development.

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Two hunters and their black lab relax after Broken Bow, Nebraska’s “One Box Pheasant Hunt.”

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Hedda Rev-Curry, a doctor and small business owner in Boston walks her Dalmatian wearing a faux Dalmatian coat. “A lot of people call me Cruella, but it’s a fake fur coat. I have three of them in different lengths.” (Brookline, Mass.)

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An endangered (IUCN) and federally endangered giant otter (Pteronura brasiliensis) consumes fish in Brazil’s Pantanal region.

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The endangered Florida Key deer’s cause wasn’t helped when developers found a loophole and put a housing development inside the Florida Key Deer NWR. The deer are hit and killed by motorists faster than they can reproduce.

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Endangered Florida panther caught in the wild with a cameratrap at the Florida Panther NWR near Naples, Florida. This panther is suffering from mange and ringworm as a result of inbreeding within the small population. Upon seeing the animal, biologists remarked on how good it looked compared to the last time they radio-collared it.

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A wild jaguar snarls over her meal in Bolivia’s Madidi National Park. The wounds in her shoulder are from a fight with another cat.

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An orphaned peccary hovers near a worker at camp. It survived only a few days.

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Its wings held out by an assistant, a leaf-nosed bat (Phyllostomidae) screeches at the camera in Madidi National Park, Bolivia.

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A caiman waits for the right moment to snap its jaws and catch a fish in a swollen river in Brazil’s Pantanal.

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Caiman crowd around a waterfall hoping for an easy meal at Caiman Ranch in Brazil’s Pantanal.

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A wild caiman in the water at Madidi National Park, Bolivia.

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A biologist looks down at the bones of a Steller sea lion in Vancouver Island’s Clayoquot Sound (British Columbia, Canada.)

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A gray fox hunts at dusk in the Atacama Desert in Chile.

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Caribou warily cross a road in the Kuparek oil field, part of greater Prudhoe Bay. Those in favor point out that remnants of wildlife can still be seen in heavily developed oil fields. Environmentalists point out that the area is now an extremely polluted industrial zone.

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Spread out across the uplands of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, the Porcupine caribou herd grazes in the midnightsun. The coastal plain of ANWR has become a battleground in the war for drilling on the Slope.

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Domestic reindeer being herded via helicopter on Nunivak Island, part of the Yukon Delta NWR.

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Thousands of bull walrus crowd the beach at Togiak NWR in Alaska.

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Overview of thousands of bull walrus crowding the beach at the Togiak National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska.

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