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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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The endangered grey gibbon (Hylobates muelleri muelleri) may not be seen in captivity much longer. There are now too few in captivity to keep their population sustained and too few in the wild to bring more in. With limited space and funding, zoos must make hard choices every year in deciding which species to breed and which to let go, or ‘phase out’.

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The endangered grey gibbon (Hylobates muelleri muelleri) may not be seen in captivity much longer. There are now too few in captivity to keep their population sustained and too few in the wild to bring more in. With limited space and funding, zoos must make hard choices every year in deciding which species to breed and which to let go, or ‘phase out’.

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The endangered grey gibbon (Hylobates muelleri muelleri) may not be seen in captivity much longer. There are now too few in captivity to keep their population sustained and too few in the wild to bring more in. With limited space and funding, zoos must make hard choices every year in deciding which species to breed and which to let go, or ‘phase out’.

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An endangered (IUCN) and federally endangered African wild dog (Lycaon pictus)

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An endangered (IUCN) and federally endangered African wild dog (Lycaon pictus)

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The endangered grey gibbon (Hylobates muelleri muelleri) may not be seen in captivity much longer. There are now too few in captivity to keep their population sustained and too few in the wild to bring more in. With limited space and funding, zoos must make hard choices every year in deciding which species to breed and which to let go, or ‘phase out’.

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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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Australian walking sticks (Extatosoma tiaratum) in two colors at the National Aquarium, Baltimore.

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

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Micronesian kingfishers (Todiramphus cinnamominus) at the Houston Zoo. This species is considered Extinct in the Wild by IUCN.

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Purplish-backed jay (Cyanocorax beecheii) at the Houston Zoo.

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A pair of Vulturine guineafowl (Acryllium vulturinum) at the Lincoln Children’s Zoo.

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A critically endangered (IUCN) and federally endangered female Sumatran tiger and her two, five-month-old cubs (Panthera tigris sumatrae) at Zoo Atlanta.

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Critically endangered (IUCN) and federally endangered five-month-old Sumatran tiger cubs (Panthera tigris sumatrae) at Zoo Atlanta.

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Critically endangered (IUCN) and federally endangered five-month-old Sumatran tiger cubs (Panthera tigris sumatrae) at Zoo Atlanta.

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A critically endangered (IUCN) and federally endangered female Sumatran tiger and her five-month-old cub (Panthera tigris sumatrae) at Zoo Atlanta.

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Critically-endangered (IUCN) and federally endangered Sumatran tiger cubs (Panthera tigris sumatrae).

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Critically endangered (IUCN) and federally endangered five-month-old Sumatran tiger cubs (Panthera tigris sumatrae) at Zoo Atlanta.

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Critically endangered (IUCN) and federally endangered five-month-old Sumatran tiger cubs (Panthera tigris sumatrae) at Zoo Atlanta.

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A critically endangered (IUCN) and federally endangered female Sumatran tiger and her two, five-month-old cubs (Panthera tigris sumatrae) at Zoo Atlanta.

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A federally endangered Pima pineapple cactus (Coryphantha scheeri var. robustispina) in bloom.

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A federally endangered Nichol’s Turk’s head cactus (Echinocactus horizonthalonius var. nicholii) in bloom.

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A vulnerable (IUCN) Quitobaquito pupfish (Cyprinodon macularis eremus).

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Red-footed boobies (Sula sula) as they pick through vegetation for nesting on Tower Island in Galapagos National Park.

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Two male great frigatebirds (Fregata minor) as they display their giant red neck sacks in hope of attracting a female, on Tower Island in Galapagos National Park.

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Two male great frigatebirds (Fregata minor) as they display their giant red neck sacks in hope of attracting a female, on Tower Island in Galapagos National Park.

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A mated pair of red-footed boobies (Sula sula) on Tower Island, as they tend to their nest. This island is a major nesting ground for them.

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Galapagos Penguins (Spheniscus mendiculus) swim in Galapagos National Park.

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Galapagos Penguins (Spheniscus mendiculus) along the shore of Chinese Hat Island in Galapagos National Park.

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Galapagos penguins (Spheniscus mendiculus), on Bartholomew Island, part of Galapagos National Park.

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Galapagos penguins (Spheniscus mendiculus), on Bartholomew Island, part of Galapagos National Park.

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Galapagos sea lions (Zalophus wollebaeki) swim along Floreana Island in Galapagos National Park.

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Galapagos sea lions (Zalophus wollebaeki) swim along Floreana Island in Galapagos National Park.

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Two American flamingos (Phoenicopterus ruber), in the Floreana Island in Galapagos National Park.

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