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An endangered (IUCN) and federally endangered female Asiatic lion (Panthera leo persica) named Janki at Kamla Nehru Zoological Garden, Ahmedabad, India.

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An endangered (IUCN) and federally endangered female Asiatic lion (Panthera leo persica) named Janki at Kamla Nehru Zoological Garden, Ahmedabad, India.

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A federally endangered female Indian leopard (Panthera pardus fusca) at Kamla Nehru Zoological Garden, Ahmedabad, India. This animal was named Urvashi, which means ‘one who controls the heart/beautiful and inspiring desire’. She was brought in as a rescue after killing and eating six young children.

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A federally endangered female Indian leopard (Panthera pardus fusca) at Kamla Nehru Zoological Garden, Ahmedabad, India. This animal was named Urvashi, which means ‘one who controls the heart/beautiful and inspiring desire’. She was brought in as a rescue after killing and eating six young children.

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A federally endangered, female Indian leopard (Panthera pardus fusca) at the Kamla Nehru Zoological Garden in Ahmedabad, India.

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A polar bear feeds on the jaws of a bowhead whale harvested by natives along the coast of ANWR.

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A polar bear feeds on the jaws of a bowhead whale harvested by natives along the coast of ANWR.

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A vulnerable African lion (Panthera leo krugeri) at the Sedgwick County Zoo in Wichita, Kansas.

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A vulnerable African lion (Panthera leo krugeri) at the Sedgwick County Zoo in Wichita, Kansas.

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A vulnerable African lion (Panthera leo krugeri) at the Sedgwick County Zoo in Wichita, Kansas.

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A vulnerable (IUCN) and federally threatened polar bear feeds on the remains of a bowhead whale harvested by natives along the coast of ANWR.

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A polar bear feeds on the jaws of a bowhead whale harvested by natives along the coast of ANWR.

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Ruth LaBarge’s trained bear is all roar and no bite for a group of Boy Scouts in southern California.

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Confrontation between two grizzlies over salmon fishing territory at Brooks Falls in Alaska’s Katmai National Park.

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Confrontation over salmon-fishing territory between two grizzlies at Brooks Falls in Alaska’s Katmai National Park.

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Confrontation between two grizzlies at Brooks Falls in Alaska’s Katmai National Park.

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If this had gone as planned, you’d be seeing a ferocious bear snapping at the photographer’s feet. The meat “reward” sort of spoils the effect, though.

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Photographer Joel Sartore shakes in his boots as one of Scott Handley’s trained bears responds to commands.

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Trainer Scott Handley works with one of his bears in a park in California. Photographer Joel Sartore’s foot seeks its fifteen minutes of fame.

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Trainer Scott Handley works with one of his bears in a park in California

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Photographer Joel Sartore shakes in his boots as one of Scott Handley’s trained bears responds to commands.

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