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A hippopotamus (Hippopotamus amphibius) at the San Antonio Zoo. (IUCN: Vulnerable) (Image ID: ANI059-00007)

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A Bifurcated cave amphipod (Stygobromus bifurcatus) at the Conservation Department of the San Antonio Zoo.
Originally from the Robertson Windmill Well, near Salado, Texas. This species is listed as vulnerable on the IUCN Red List.

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Ezell’s cave amphipod (Stygobromus flagellatus) at the Conservation Department of the San Antonio Zoo. This species is listed as vulnerable on the IUCN Red List.

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A Reddell’s caecidotea (Caecidotea reddelli) at the Conservation Department of the San Antonio Zoo. Originally from Hidden Springs 3, in Texas.

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Peck’s cave amphipod (Stygobromus pecki) at the Conservation Department of the San Antonio Zoo. Originally from the Comal Springs near New Braunfels, TX.
This species is endangered on the IUCN Red List.

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Mexican blindcat (Prietella phreatophila) at the Conservation Department of the San Antonio Zoo.
This species is endangered on the IUCN Red List as well as on the US Federal list.

This stygobitic catfish is known from about a dozen sites in Coahuila, Mexico and is listed as endangered in both Mexico and the United States. A single population (represented by this individual) was recently discovered in Val Verde County, Texas, after two decades of searching by cave biologists. The San Antonio Zoo Department of Conservation and Research (SAZ DOCR) maintains a captive colony of this species, including two individuals that have been in captivity for over twenty years. Members of the Blindcat Working Group (a multinational team of researchers) are exploring the geographic distribution and population genetics of this species using eDNA, Next Generation sequencing, and boots-on-the-ground field efforts.

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Mexican blindcat (Prietella phreatophila) at the Conservation Department of the San Antonio Zoo.
This species is endangered on the IUCN Red List as well as on the US Federal list.

This stygobitic catfish is known from about a dozen sites in Coahuila, Mexico and is listed as endangered in both Mexico and the United States. A single population (represented by this individual) was recently discovered in Val Verde County, Texas, after two decades of searching by cave biologists. The San Antonio Zoo Department of Conservation and Research (SAZ DOCR) maintains a captive colony of this species, including two individuals that have been in captivity for over twenty years. Members of the Blindcat Working Group (a multinational team of researchers) are exploring the geographic distribution and population genetics of this species using eDNA, Next Generation sequencing, and boots-on-the-ground field efforts.

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A Salado salamander (Eurycea chisholmensis) at the Conservation Department of the San Antonio Zoo. This species is listed as vulnerable on the IUCN Red List.

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A Salado salamander (Eurycea chisholmensis) at the Conservation Department of the San Antonio Zoo. This species is listed as vulnerable on the IUCN Red List.

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A Salado salamander (Eurycea chisholmensis) at the Conservation Department of the San Antonio Zoo. This species is listed as vulnerable on the IUCN Red List.

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A Salado salamander (Eurycea chisholmensis) at the Conservation Department of the San Antonio Zoo. This species is listed as vulnerable on the IUCN Red List.

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Western lesser siren (Siren intermedia nettingi) at the Conservation Department of the San Antonio Zoo.

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Western lesser siren (Siren intermedia nettingi) at the Conservation Department of the San Antonio Zoo.

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Western lesser siren (Siren intermedia nettingi) at the Conservation Department of the San Antonio Zoo.

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Western lesser siren (Siren intermedia nettingi) at the Conservation Department of the San Antonio Zoo.

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A rough-footed mud turtle (Kinosternon hirtipes murrayi) at the Conservation Department of the San Antonio Zoo.

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A rough-footed mud turtle (Kinosternon hirtipes murrayi) at the Conservation Department of the San Antonio Zoo.

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A rough-footed mud turtle (Kinosternon hirtipes murrayi) at the Conservation Department of the San Antonio Zoo.

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A rough-footed mud turtle (Kinosternon hirtipes murrayi) at the Conservation Department of the San Antonio Zoo.

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A degeni cichlid (Haplochromis degeni) at the San Antonio Zoo.

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A degeni cichlid (Haplochromis degeni) at the San Antonio Zoo.

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A babyeater cichlid, Lipochromis melanopterus, at the San Antonio Zoo.

Many cichlids like this are mouth brooders. This species is famous for going up to the mouth brooding mother of another species, then scaring that mother into spitting out her babies so the babyeater can consume them.

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A babyeater cichlid (Lipochromis melanopterus) at the San Antonio Zoo.

Many cichlids like this are mouth brooders. This species is famous for going up to the mouth brooding mother of another species, then scaring that mother into spitting out her babies so the babyeater can consume them.

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A babyeater cichlid (Lipochromis melanopterus) at the San Antonio Zoo.

Many cichlids like this are mouth brooders. This species is famous for going up to the mouth brooding mother of another species, then scaring that mother into spitting out her babies so the babyeater can consume them.

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A Texas horned lizard (Phrynosoma cornutum) at the San Antonio Zoo. The orange coloration helps it blend into the rocky outcroppings and soil that it inhabits.

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A Texas horned lizard (Phrynosoma cornutum) at the San Antonio Zoo. The orange coloration helps it blend into the rocky outcroppings and soil that it inhabits.

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A Texas horned lizard (Phrynosoma cornutum) at the San Antonio Zoo. The orange coloration helps it blend into the rocky outcroppings and soil that it inhabits.

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A Texas horned lizard (Phrynosoma cornutum) at the San Antonio Zoo. The orange coloration helps it blend into the rocky outcroppings and soil that it inhabits.

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A Solomon Island spiny monitor (Varanus spinulosus) at the San Antonio Zoo.

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A Solomon Island spiny monitor (Varanus spinulosus) at the San Antonio Zoo.

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A Solomon Island spiny monitor (Varanus spinulosus) at the San Antonio Zoo.

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A Solomon Island spiny monitor (Varanus spinulosus) at the San Antonio Zoo.

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An endangered psychedelic rock gecko (Cnemaspis psychedelica) at the San Antonio Zoo.

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An endangered psychedelic rock gecko (Cnemaspis psychedelica) at the San Antonio Zoo.

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An Eastern Pilbara spiny-tailed skink (Egernia epsisolus) at the San Antonio Zoo.

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An Eastern Pilbara spiny-tailed skink (Egernia epsisolus) at the San Antonio Zoo.

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