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A water scorpion (Ranatra sp.) at the Audubon Insectarium in New Orleans.

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An emperor scorpion, (Pandinus imperator), at the Lincoln Children’s Zoo.

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Vietnamese forest centipede (Scolopendra subspinipes) at the Audubon Zoo.

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A giant desert centipede (Scolopendra polymorpha). At the Riverside Zoo.

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A critically endangered (IUCN) and federally endangered female eastern black rhino (Diceros bicornis michaeli) named Imara at the Great Plains Zoo.

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A critically endangered (IUCN) and a federally endangered female eastern black rhino (Diceros bicornis michaeli) named Imara at the Great Plains Zoo.

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An Amur tiger (Panthera tigris altaica) at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo. This animal is five years old, and named Grom by the zoo staff. Grom means thunder in russian. Listed as endangered (IUCN) and federally endangered.

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A female pink-winged stick insect (Sipyloidea sipylus) at the Moscow Zoo.

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A vulnerable stuttering or southern barred frog (Mixophyes balbus) at the Melbourne Zoo.

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A superb bird of paradise (Lophorina superba) displays iridescent chest feathers at the Houston Zoo.

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A male African lion (Panthera leo) naps in the sun at the Houston Zoo.

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A critically endangered Madagascar big-headed turtle (Erymnochelys madagascariensis) at the Houston Zoo.

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A critically endangered Madagascar big-headed turtle (Erymnochelys madagascariensis) at the Houston Zoo.

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A blue spiny lizard (Sceloporus serrifer) at the Houston Zoo.

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The hand of a blue spiny lizard (Sceloporus serrifer) at the Houston Zoo.

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The hand of a blue spiny lizard (Sceloporus serrifer) at the Houston Zoo.

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The tail of a blue spiny lizard (Sceloporus serrifer) at the Houston Zoo.

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A blue spiny lizard (Sceloporus serrifer) at the Houston Zoo.

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A blue spiny lizard (Sceloporus serrifer) at the Houston Zoo.

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A blue spiny lizard (Sceloporus serrifer) at the Houston Zoo.

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Critically Endangered Bandula barb (Pethia bandula) at the Plzen Zoo. This is the Photo Ark’s 9,000th species!

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An endangered (IUCN) and federally endangered African wild dog (Lycaon pictus) at the Omaha Zoo.

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A Central American forest cockroach (Blaberus discoidalis) at the St. Louis Zoo.

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A spitting spider (Scytodes thoracica) at the Audubon Insectarium in New Orleans.

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Joel Sartore photographs a Chinese water dragon (Physignathus cocincinus) at the Lincoln Children’s Zoo in Lincoln, NE.

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Behind the scenes look at a National Geographic Photo Ark shoot of American flamingos (Phoenicopterus ruber) at the Lincoln Children’s Zoo in Lincoln, NE.

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Chinese water dragon (Physignathus cocincinus) at the Lincoln Children’s Zoo.

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The eye of a pied mossy frog (Theloderma corticale) at the Houston Zoo.

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A federally endangered Ozark hellbender (Cryptobranchus alleganiensis bishopi), infected with chytrid fungus, at the St. Louis Zoo, St. Louis, Missouri. (IUCN: Near Threatened)

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A federally endangered Ozark hellbender (Cryptobranchus alleganiensis bishopi), infected with chytrid fungus, at the St. Louis Zoo, St. Louis, Missouri. (IUCN: Near Threatened)

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Partula snails (Partula nodosa) at the St. Louis Zoo’s Monsanto Insectarium. Once found in French Polynesia, this species is now extinct in the wild.

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