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A female, critically endangered Yangtze giant softshell turtle (Rafetus swinhoei) at the Suzhou Zoo in China. Both Yangtze turtles held at this facility are over 100 years old, if biologist can’t get this species to breed soon, the species will become extinct.

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A female, critically endangered Yangtze giant softshell turtle (Rafetus swinhoei) at the Suzhou Zoo in China. Both Yangtze turtles held at this facility are over 100 years old, if biologist can’t get this species to breed soon, the species will become extinct.

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A female, critically endangered Yangtze giant softshell turtle (Rafetus swinhoei) at the Suzhou Zoo in China. Both Yangtze turtles held at this facility are over 100 years old, if biologist can’t get this species to breed soon, the species will become extinct.

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A female, critically endangered Yangtze giant softshell turtle (Rafetus swinhoei) at the Suzhou Zoo in China. Both Yangtze turtles held at this facility are over 100 years old, if biologist can’t get this species to breed soon, the species will become extinct.

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A female, critically endangered Yangtze giant softshell turtle (Rafetus swinhoei) at the Suzhou Zoo in China. Both Yangtze turtles held at this facility are over 100 years old, if biologist can’t get this species to breed soon, the species will become extinct.

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A male, critically endangered Yangtze giant softshell turtle (Rafetus swinhoei) at the Suzhou Zoo in China. Both Yangtze turtles held at this facility are over 100 years old, if biologist can’t get this species to breed soon, the species will become extinct.

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A male, critically endangered Yangtze giant softshell turtle (Rafetus swinhoei) at the Suzhou Zoo in China. Both Yangtze turtles held at this facility are over 100 years old, if biologist can’t get this species to breed soon, the species will become extinct.

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A male, critically endangered Yangtze giant softshell turtle (Rafetus swinhoei) at the Suzhou Zoo in China. Both Yangtze turtles held at this facility are over 100 years old, if biologist can’t get this species to breed soon, the species will become extinct.

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A female, critically endangered Yangtze giant softshell turtle (Rafetus swinhoei) is released into an enclosure at the Suzhou Zoo in China. Both Yangtze turtles held at this facility are over 100 years old, if biologist can’t get this species to breed soon, the species will become extinct.

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A female, critically endangered Yangtze giant softshell turtle (Rafetus swinhoei) is released into an enclosure at the Suzhou Zoo in China. Both Yangtze turtles held at this facility are over 100 years old, if biologist can’t get this species to breed soon, the species will become extinct.

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A female, critically endangered Yangtze giant softshell turtle (Rafetus swinhoei) inside an enclosure at the Suzhou Zoo in China. Both Yangtze turtles held at this facility are over 100 years old, if biologist can’t get this species to breed soon, the species will become extinct.

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Media crowds around a critically endangered Yangtze giant softshell turtle (Rafetus swinhoei) at the Suzhou Zoo in China. Both Yangtze turtles held at this facility are over 100 years old, if biologist can’t get this species to breed soon, the species will become extinct.

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Zookeepers search for the critically endangered Yangtze giant softshell turtle (Rafetus swinhoei) in an enclosure at the Suzhou Zoo in China. Both Yangtze turtles held at this facility are over 100 years old, if biologist can’t get this species to breed soon, the species will become extinct.

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Media crowds around a critically endangered Yangtze giant softshell turtle (Rafetus swinhoei) at the Suzhou Zoo in China. Both Yangtze turtles held at this facility are over 100 years old, if biologist can’t get this species to breed soon, the species will become extinct.

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Zookeepers search for the critically endangered Yangtze giant softshell turtle (Rafetus swinhoei) in an enclosure at the Suzhou Zoo in China. Both Yangtze turtles held at this facility are over 100 years old, if biologist can’t get this species to breed soon, the species will become extinct.

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A male, critically endangered Yangtze giant softshell turtle (Rafetus swinhoei) at the Suzhou Zoo in China. Both Yangtze turtles held at this facility are over 100 years old, if biologist can’t get this species to breed soon, the species will become extinct.

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Zookeepers search for the critically endangered Yangtze giant softshell turtle (Rafetus swinhoei) in an enclosure at the Suzhou Zoo in China. Both Yangtze turtles held at this facility are over 100 years old, if biologist can’t get this species to breed soon, the species will become extinct.

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A male, critically endangered Yangtze giant softshell turtle (Rafetus swinhoei) at the Suzhou Zoo in China. Both Yangtze turtles held at this facility are over 100 years old, if biologist can’t get this species to breed soon, the species will become extinct.

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Zookeepers net a critically endangered Yangtze giant softshell turtle (Rafetus swinhoei) at the Suzhou Zoo in China. Both Yangtze turtles held at this facility are over 100 years old, if biologist can’t get this species to breed soon, the species will become extinct.

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Zookeepers capture a critically endangered Yangtze giant softshell turtle (Rafetus swinhoei) in an enclosure at the Suzhou Zoo in China. Both Yangtze turtles held at this facility are over 100 years old, if biologist can’t get this species to breed soon, the species will become extinct.

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Zookeepers capture a critically endangered Yangtze giant softshell turtle (Rafetus swinhoei) in an enclosure at the Suzhou Zoo in China. Both Yangtze turtles held at this facility are over 100 years old, if biologist can’t get this species to breed soon, the species will become extinct.

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Media crowds around a critically endangered Yangtze giant softshell turtle (Rafetus swinhoei) at the Suzhou Zoo in China. Both Yangtze turtles held at this facility are over 100 years old, if biologist can’t get this species to breed soon, the species will become extinct.

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A media team records a critically endangered Yangtze giant softshell turtle (Rafetus swinhoei) through a window at the Suzhou Zoo in China. Both Yangtze turtles held at this facility are over 100 years old, if biologist can’t get this species to breed soon, the species will become extinct.

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A critically endangered Yangtze giant softshell turtle (Rafetus swinhoei) has a check up at the Suzhou Zoo in China. Both Yangtze turtles held at this facility are over 100 years old, if biologist can’t get this species to breed soon, the species will become extinct.

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A male, critically endangered Yangtze giant softshell turtle (Rafetus swinhoei) is stimulated at the Suzhou Zoo in China. The hope was that he would produce sperm to artificially inseminate the female, unfortunately, he produced none. Both Yangtze turtles held at this facility are over 100 years old, if biologist can’t get this species to breed soon, the species will become extinct.

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A male, critically endangered Yangtze giant softshell turtle (Rafetus swinhoei) is stimulated at the Suzhou Zoo in China. The hope was that he would produce sperm to artificially inseminate the female, unfortunately, he produced none. Both Yangtze turtles held at this facility are over 100 years old, if biologist can’t get this species to breed soon, the species will become extinct.

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A critically endangered Yangtze giant softshell turtle (Rafetus swinhoei) has a check up at the Suzhou Zoo in China. Both Yangtze turtles held at this facility are over 100 years old, if biologist can’t get this species to breed soon, the species will become extinct.

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A critically endangered Yangtze giant softshell turtle (Rafetus swinhoei) has a check up at the Suzhou Zoo in China. Both Yangtze turtles held at this facility are over 100 years old, if biologist can’t get this species to breed soon, the species will become extinct.

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A crowd watches a critically endangered Yangtze giant softshell turtle (Rafetus swinhoei) at the Suzhou Zoo in China. Both Yangtze turtles held at this facility are over 100 years old, if biologist can’t get this species to breed soon, the species will become extinct.

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Zookeepers search an enclosure for a critically endangered Yangtze giant softshell turtle (Rafetus swinhoei) at the Suzhou Zoo in China. Both Yangtze turtles held at this facility are over 100 years old, if biologist can’t get this species to breed soon, the species will become extinct.

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Zookeepers search for the critically endangered Yangtze giant softshell turtle (Rafetus swinhoei) in an enclosure at the Suzhou Zoo in China. Both Yangtze turtles held at this facility are over 100 years old, if biologist can’t get this species to breed soon, the species will become extinct.

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