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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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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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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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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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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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Shown are the Cuc Phuong Turtle Conservation Center staff members searching for a vulnerable Southeast Asian softshell turtle (Amyda cartilaginea).

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Shown are the Cuc Phuong Turtle Conservation Center staff members searching for a vulnerable Southeast Asiatic softshell turtle (Amyda cartilaginea).

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Biologists work in the pouring rain, searching for a rare fish, the smoky madtom (Noturus baileyi) ( IUCN: Critically endangered, US: Endangered) in Abrams Creek, TN.

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A young boy climbs and forages for food in his kitchen at his home in Lincoln, Nebraska.

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A young boy climbs and forages for food in his kitchen at his home in Lincoln, Nebraska.

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A young boy climbs and forages for food in his kitchen at his home in Lincoln, Nebraska.

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A biologist lifts rocks hunting for snakes in the Ozarks of southern Missouri.

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A biologist lifts rocks hunting for snakes in the Ozarks of southern Missouri.

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A biologist lifts rocks hunting for snakes in the Ozarks of southern Missouri.

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Biologists from Cornell eat their lunch standing while searching for the ivory billed woodpecker in the White River National Wildlife Refuge in St. Charles, Arkansas.

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Miners masked against sun and cold carve up the land in search of borax in Chile’s Atacama desert.

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A young man and girl bird watching along the Steamboat Trace trail between Nebraska City and Peru, Nebraska.

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A young man and girl bird watching along the Steamboat Trace trail between Nebraska City and Peru, Nebraska.

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A young man and girl bird watching along the Steamboat Trace trail between Nebraska City and Peru, Nebraska.

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A young girl bird watching along the Steamboat Trace trail between Peru and Nebraska City, Nebraska.

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A young girl bird watching along the Steamboat Trace trail between Peru and Nebraska City, Nebraska.

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A young girl bird watching along the Steamboat Trace trail between Peru and Nebraska City, Nebraska.

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A young girl bird watching along the Steamboat Trace trail between Peru and Nebraska City, Nebraska.

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A young girl bird watching along the Steamboat Trace trail between Peru and Nebraska City, Nebraska.

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A young man and girl bird watching along the Steamboat Trace trail between Nebraska City and Peru, Nebraska.

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