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Three female leopard geckos (Eublepharis macularius) at the Sunset Zoo in Manhattan, Kansas.

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A dwarf caiman (Paleosuchus palpebrosus) at the Sunset Zoo.

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A vulnerable giant anteater (Myrmecophaga tridactyla) at Sunset Zoo.

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A dwarf caiman (Paleosuchus palpebrosus) at the Sunset Zoo.

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A federally endangered maned wolf (Chrysocyon brachyurus) at the Sunset Zoo.

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Critically endangered (IUCN) and federally endangered Edward’s pheasants (Lophura edwardsi) at the Sunset Zoo. The male has the color, while the hen is brown. This bird is so rare it’s now nearly gone in the wild. Zoos play a critical role as modern day arks, preserving species that would otherwise be lost to extinction.

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Critically endangered (IUCN) and federally endangered Edward’s pheasants (Lophura edwardsi) at the Sunset Zoo. The male has the color, while the hen is brown. This bird is so rare it’s now nearly gone in the wild. Zoos play a critical role as modern day arks, preserving species that would otherwise be lost to extinction.

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Critically endangered (IUCN) and federally endangered Edward’s pheasants (Lophura edwardsi) at the Sunset Zoo. The male has the color, while the hen is brown. This bird is so rare it’s now nearly gone in the wild. Zoos play a critical role as modern day arks, preserving species that would otherwise be lost to extinction.

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A vulnerable sloth bear (Melursus ursinus) tentatively steps onto the white background at the Sunset Zoo.

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Spotted hyenas (Crocuta crocuta) trash a background in 30 seconds.

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Photographing spotted hyenas (Crocuta crocuta) at the Sunset Zoo.

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During a portrait with his dad, Cole Sartore (right) eats his breakfast of French toast sticks from Burger King at the Sunset Zoo.

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A containment box is used to photograph Edward’s pheasants at the Sunset Zoo. This bird is so rare it’s nearly extinct in the wild now.

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Cole and Joel argue about how to fit everything back in the Prius upon leaving the Sunset Zoo.

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Joel Sartore drives away from the Sunset Zoo…at sunset, of course.

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A federally endangered maned wolf (Chrysocyon brachyurus) at the Sunset Zoo.

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A dwarf caiman (Paleosuchus palpebrosus) at the Sunset Zoo.

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Joel carefully photographs dwarf caiman (Paleosuchus palpebrosus) at the Sunset Zoo.

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A vulnerable giant anteater (Myrmecophaga tridactyla) at Sunset Zoo.

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A vulnerable giant anteater (Myrmecophaga tridactyla) at Sunset Zoo.

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A rex rabbit (known for its soft fur and meat) at the Sunset Zoo in Manhattan, KS.

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A rex rabbit (known for its soft fur and meat) at the Sunset Zoo in Manhattan, KS.

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A rex rabbit (known for its soft fur and meat) at the Sunset Zoo in Manhattan, KS.

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A rex rabbit (known for its soft fur and meat) at the Sunset Zoo in Manhattan, KS.

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A rex rabbit (known for its soft fur and meat) at the Sunset Zoo in Manhattan, KS.

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A rex rabbit (known for its soft fur and meat) at the Sunset Zoo in Manhattan, KS.

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An eastern screech owl (Megascops asio) at the Sunset Zoo. This bird was hit by a car.

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A federally endangered Parma wallaby (Macropus parma) at the Sunset Zoo in Manhattan, Kansas.

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A federally endangered Parma wallaby (Macropus parma) at the Sunset Zoo in Manhattan, Kansas.

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A federally endangered Parma wallaby (Macropus parma) at the Sunset Zoo in Manhattan, Kansas.

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A red-eyed tree frog (Agalychnis callidryas) at the Sunset Zoo in Manhattan, Kansas.

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A red-eyed tree frog (Agalychnis callidryas) at the Sunset Zoo in Manhattan, Kansas.

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A red-eyed tree frog (Agalychnis callidryas) at the Sunset Zoo in Manhattan, Kansas.

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