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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 spoon head catfish (Planiloricaria cryptodon) at the Dallas World Aquarium.

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A spoon head catfish (Planiloricaria cryptodon) at the Dallas World Aquarium.

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A juvenile muskrat (Ondatra zibethicus) at the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Minnesota.

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California spot prawn (Pandalus platyceros) at Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium.

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California spot prawn (Pandalus platyceros) at Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium.

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A Northern cleaner shrimp (Lysmata amboinensis) at Pure Aquariums.

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A Northern cleaner shrimp (Lysmata amboinensis) at Pure Aquariums.

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A subantarctic fur seal (Arctocephalus tropicalis) at the Auckland Zoo.

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A Pacific walrus (Odobenus rosmarus divergens) at Ocean Park in Hong Kong.

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A Pacific walrus (Odobenus rosmarus divergens) at Ocean Park in Hong Kong.

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A New York weasel (Mustela frenata noveboracensis) at the John Ball Zoo in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

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Rani, an endangered female Bengal tiger (Panthera tigris tigris) at Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo.

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Rani, an endangered female Bengal tiger (Panthera tigris tigris) at Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo.

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Rani, an endangered female Bengal tiger (Panthera tigris tigris) at Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo.

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Rani, an endangered female Bengal tiger (Panthera tigris tigris) at Alabama Gulf Coast Zoo.

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An African wild cat (Felis silvestris lybica) at Omaha Zoo’s Wildlife Safari Park.

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A grey seal (Halichoerus grypus) at the Indianapolis Zoo.

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Twospot turkeyfish (Dendrochirus biocellatus) at Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium.

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Twospot turkeyfish (Dendrochirus biocellatus) at Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium.

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Twospot turkeyfish (Dendrochirus biocellatus) at Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium.

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Twospot turkeyfish (Dendrochirus biocellatus) at Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium.

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Malie, an endangered, 12-yr-old Australian sea lion (Neophoca cinerea) at the Taronga Zoo.

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A stonecat (Noturus flavus) at Gavins Point National Fish Hatchery and Aquarium.

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A black bullhead (Ameiurus melas) at Gavins Point National Fish Hatchery and Aquarium.

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A black bullhead (Ameiurus melas) at Gavins Point National Fish Hatchery and Aquarium.

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A stonecat (Noturus flavus) at Gavins Point National Fish Hatchery and Aquarium.

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A black bullhead (Ameiurus melas) at Gavins Point National Fish Hatchery and Aquarium.

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A black bullhead (Ameiurus melas) at Gavins Point National Fish Hatchery and Aquarium.

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A stonecat (Noturus flavus) at Gavins Point National Fish Hatchery and Aquarium.

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Boots, a mixed breed cat, at the Capital Humane Society in Lincoln.

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An African wild cat (Felis silvestris lybica) at Omaha Zoo’s Wildlife Safari Park.

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An endangered (IUCN) and federally endangered pygmy madtom (Noturus stanauli) at Conservation Fisheries. This stream fish is only found in the Clinch and Duck River drainages in Tennessee.

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An endangered (IUCN) and federally endangered pygmy madtom (Noturus stanauli) at Conservation Fisheries. This stream fish is only found in the Clinch and Duck River drainages in Tennessee.

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