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A family gathers around a campfire at the Valparaiso pond in Valparaiso, Nebraska.

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A female, critically endangered Yangtze giant softshell turtle (Rafetus swinhoei) is released into 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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A female, critically endangered Yangtze giant softshell turtle (Rafetus swinhoei) is released into 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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A crowd watches 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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A crowd gathers to watch the Photo Ark shoot inside the reptile house at the Assam State Zoo in Guwahati, Assam, India.

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A teenage girl looks out the window in Elkhorn, Nebraska.

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A producer working with Louie Psihoyos, at the Santa Barbara Zoo.

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Endangered Galapagos fur seals (Arctocephalus galapagoensis) on Isabella Island in Galapagos National Park.

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Marine iguanas (Amblyrhynchus cristatus) on Fernandina Island in Galapagos National Park.

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A marine iguana (Amblyrhynchus cristatus) on Fernandina Island in Galapagos National Park.

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A marine iguana (Amblyrhynchus cristatus) on Fernandina Island in Galapagos National Park.

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Marine iguanas (Amblyrhynchus cristatus) on Fernandina Island in Galapagos National Park.

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Marine iguanas (Amblyrhynchus cristatus) on Fernandina Island in Galapagos National Park.

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A wife watches her husband use a computer on a farm in Flatville, IL.

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A boy watches his father use a computer on a farm in Flatville, IL.

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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 bison (Bison bison) standing on the prairie at Maxwell State Game Preserve in Canton, Kansas.

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Joel Sartore prepares to photograph El Segundo flower-loving fly (Rhaphiomidas terminatus terminatus). With fewer than 100 individuals left on Earth, this species is as close to extinction as you can get. This animal was thought to be extinct since the end of the 1960s but a small remnant population was discovered in the early 2000s.

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A Galapagos giant tortoise (Chelonoidis vicina) on Urbina Bay, Isabela Island in Galapagos National Park.

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A Galapagos giant tortoise (Chelonoidis vicina) on Urbina Bay, Isabela Island in Galapagos National Park.

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Galapagos fur seal (Arctocephalus galapagoensis) on Isabella Island in Galapagos National Park.

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Galapagos fur seal (Arctocephalus galapagoensis) on Isabella Island in Galapagos National Park.

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Galapagos fur seal (Arctocephalus galapagoensis) on Isabella Island in Galapagos National Park.

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Galapagos fur seal (Arctocephalus galapagoensis) on Isabella Island in Galapagos National Park.

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Galapagos fur seal (Arctocephalus galapagoensis) on Isabella Island in Galapagos National Park.

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Marine iguanas (Amblyrhynchus cristatus) on Fernandina Island in Galapagos National Park.

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Sally lightfoot crab (Grapsus grapsus) in Galapagos National Park.

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Tourists watch great frigatebirds (Fregata minor) in Galapagos National Park.

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A pair of vulnerable 1-year-old fossas, Cryptoprocta ferox, at the Omaha Zoo. This is Madagascar’s largest mammalian predator, and its numbers are declining in the wild

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Two tourist are transfixed by the otherworldly terrain of the Valley of the Moon in Chile’s Atacama desert.

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A herd of bison (Bison bison) standing on the prairie at Maxwell State Game Preserve in Canton, Kansas.

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A herd of bison (Bison bison) standing on the prairie at Maxwell State Game Preserve in Canton, Kansas.

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A herd of bison (Bison bison) standing on the prairie at Maxwell State Game Preserve in Canton, Kansas.

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A herd of bison (Bison bison) standing on the prairie at Maxwell State Game Preserve in Canton, Kansas.

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A bison (Bison bison) standing on the prairie at Maxwell State Game Preserve in Canton, Kansas.

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