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Poison dart frog in Yasuni National Park in the Ecuadorian Amazon


Wild female Brazilian tapir (Tapirus terrestris), which was raised by an indigenous tribe after her mother was hunted for food, periodically seeks out humans


Rehabilitated Bornean orangutan (Pongo pygmaeus) in Sabah, Malaysia



Wild male Bornean orangutan (Pongo pygmaeus) in a tree along the Kinabantagan River in Sabah, Malaysia



The hairy hide of the Bornean rhinoceros (Dicerorhinus sumatrensis harrissoni). The rhino, Tam, is a captive individual representing hopes for ex-situ breeding of the Critically Endangered subspecies of the Sumatran rhino (also Critically Endangered).



Well-camoflauged frog in the Pristimantis genus in Yasuni National Park in the Ecuadorian Amazon


Green, black, and yellow-striped frog in Yasuni National Park in the Ecuadorian Amazon


Oropendola nest in Yasuni National Park in the Ecuadorian Amazon


This Bornean rhino (Dicerorhinus sumatrensis harrissoni), Tam, is a captive individual representing hopes for ex-situ breeding of the Critically Endangered subspecies of the Sumatran rhino (also Critically Endangered).



Lizard in Yasuni National Park in the Ecuadorian Amazon


Red, blue, and yellow (on the underside) butterfly in Yasuni National Park in the Ecuadorian Amazon


Leaf-cutter ants in Yasuni National Park in the Ecuadorian Amazon


Macaques (unidentified species) visit lodge in Tabin Wildlife Reserve, Sabah, Malaysia



Cobalt-winged parakeet (Brotogeris cyanoptera) and orange-cheeked parrot (Pyrilia barrabandi) a clay lick in Yasuni National Park in the Ecuadorian Amazon


Bess beetle in the Passalidae family in Yasuni National Park in the Ecuadorian Amazon


Bess beetle in the Passalidae family in Yasuni National Park in the Ecuadorian Amazon


Well-camoflauged frog in the Pristimantis genus in Yasuni National Park in the Ecuadorian Amazon


Raptor in Yasuni National Park in the Ecuadorian Amazon


Assassin bug in Yasuni National Park in the Ecuadorian Amazon


Wild female Brazilian tapir (Tapirus terrestris), which was raised by an indigenous tribe after her mother was hunted for food, periodically seeks out humans


Frog in Yasuni National Park in the Ecuadorian Amazon


Green sea turtle killed by a jaguar



Golden-mantled tamarins (Saguinus tripartitus) raiding a banana garden in Yasuni National Park in the Ecuadorian Amazon


Macaques (unidentified) on the banks of the Kinabantagan River in Sabah, Malaysia



Small bird in Yasuni National Park in the Ecuadorian Amazon


Local rangers cut leaves for Tam, a captive Bornean rhinoceros (Dicerorhinus sumatrensis harrissoni), who represents the hopes for eventual ex-situ breeding for the Critically Endangered subspecies of the Sumatran rhino (also Critically Endangered)



Monitor lizard (unidentified) on the banks of the Kinabantagan River in Sabah Malaysia



Ants on a dead leaf in Sabah, Malaysia



White-lined monkey frog (Phyllomedusa vaillantii) at night in Yasuni National Park in the Ecuadorian Amazon


Lizard in Yasuni National Park in the Ecuadorian Amazon


Hoatzin (Opisthocomus hoazin) flying over ox-bow lake in Yasuni National Park in the Ecuadorian Amazon


Bird on Tiputini River in Yasuni National Park in the Ecuadorian Amazon


Shiny emerald beetle in Yasuni National Park in the Ecuadorian Amazon


Katydid at night in Yasuni National Park in th Ecuadorian Amazon


Katydid leaving its exoskeleton at night in Yasuni National Park in the Ecuadorian Amazon


Wild female Brazilian tapir (Tapirus terrestris), which was raised by an indigenous tribe after her mother was hunted for food, periodically seeks out humans


Sloth in Yasuni National Park in the Ecuadorian Amazon


Insect eggs in Yasuni National Park in the Ecuadorian Amazon


Wild female Brazilian tapir (Tapirus terrestris), which was raised by an indigenous tribe after her mother was hunted for food, periodically seeks out humans


Toes of the wild female Brazilian tapir (Tapirus terrestris), which was raised by an indigenous tribe after her mother was hunted for food, periodically seeks out humans


Wild female Brazilian tapir (Tapirus terrestris), which was raised by an indigenous tribe after her mother was hunted for food, periodically seeks out humans


Nightjar at night on the Tiputini River in Yasuni National Park in the Ecuadorian Amazon


Local rangers feed Tam, a captive Bornean rhinoceros (Dicerorhinus sumatrensis harrissoni), who represents the hopes for eventual ex-situ breeding for the Critically Endangered subspecies of the Sumatran rhino (also Critically Endangered)



The hairy ear of the Bornean rhinoceros (Dicerorhinus sumatrensis harrissoni), the hairiest of the world's rhinos. This rhino, Tam, is a captive individual representing hopes for ex-situ breeding of the Critically Endangered subspecies of the Sumatran rhino (also Critically Endangered).



Bird in Yasuni National Park in the Ecuadorian Amazon


Cobalt-winged parakeet (Brotogeris cyanoptera) at a clay lick in Yasuni National Park in the Ecuadorian Amazon


A Narrow-billed Tody (Todus angustirostris) nest on a vine in Los Haitises National Park in the Dominican Republic.



This Bornean rhino (Dicerorhinus sumatrensis harrissoni), Tam, is a captive individual representing hopes for ex-situ breeding of the Critically Endangered subspecies of the Sumatran rhino (also Critically Endangered).



Macaque (unidentified) on the banks of the Kinabantagan River in Sabah, Malaysia



Dead katydid (unidentified species) in Sabah, Malaysia



Great kiskadees (Pitangus sulphuratus) in Yasuni National Park in the Ecuadorian Amazon


Close-up bats and their claws hanging out on ox-bow lake in Yasuni National Park in the Ecuadorian Amazon


Oropendola (species?) feeding on a mango in Yasuni National Park in the Ecuadorian Amazon


Crested owl (Lophostrix cristata) in Yasuni National Park in the Ecuadorian Amazon


Bat hanging out on ox-bow lake in Yasuni National Park in the Ecuadorian Amazon


Cobalt-winged parakeets (Brotogeris cyanoptera) at a clay lick in Yasuni National Park in the Ecuadorian Amazon


Bird in Yasuni National Park in the Ecuadorian Amazon


Wild female Brazilian tapir (Tapirus terrestris), which was raised by an indigenous tribe after her mother was hunted for food, periodically seeks out humans


Ant in Yasuni National Park in the Ecuadorian Amazon


Rufescent tiger heron (Tigrisoma lineatum) in Yasuni National Park in the Ecuadorian Amazon


Turtle in Anangucocha lake in Yasuni National Park in Ecuadorean Amazon


The eyes of a leopard cat (Felis bengalensis) in Tabin Wildlife Reserve, Sabah, Malaysia



Snare injury on the leg of the captive Bornean rhinoceros (Dicerorhinus sumatrensis harrissoni), Tam. The rhino represents the eventual hopes for breeding this Critically Endangered subspecies in captivity.



Masked crimson tanager (Ramphocelus nigrogularis) in Yasuni National Park in the Ecuadorian Amazon


Red-capped cardinal (Paroaria gularis) feeding juvenile in Yasuni National Park in the Ecuadorian Amazon


Frog at night in Yasuni National Park in the Ecuadorian Amazon


Hoatzin (Opisthocomus hoazin) in Yasuni National Park in the Ecuadorian Amazon


Wild female Brazilian tapir (Tapirus terrestris), which was raised by an indigenous tribe after her mother was hunted for food, periodically seeks out humans


Gecko in lodge in Yasuni National Park in the Ecuadorian Amazon


Shiny emerald beetle in Yasuni National Park in the Ecuadorian Amazon


Vampire bat in the shower in Yasuni National Park in the Ecuadorian Amazon


Hoatzin (Opisthocomus hoazin) in Yasuni National Park in the Ecuadorian Amazon


Female silver-beaked tanager (Ramphocelus carbo) in Yasuni National Park in the Ecuadorian Amazon


Wild male Bornean orangutan (Pongo pygmaeus) in a tree along the Kinabantagan River in Sabah, Malaysia



Ants swam leaf in Yasuni National Park in the Ecuadorian Amazon


Bat in Yasuni National Park in the Ecuadorian Amazon


Wild female Brazilian tapir (Tapirus terrestris), which was raised by an indigenous tribe after her mother was hunted for food, periodically seeks out humans


Headless and bloated anaconda corpse



Squirrel monkey



Capped herons (Pilherodius pileatus) in Yasuni National Park in the Ecuadorian Amazon


Lizard in the anolis genus in Yasuni National Park in the Ecuadorian Amazon


Monk saki (Pithecia monachus) monkey in Yasuni National Park in the Ecuadorian Amazon


Bird in Yasuni National Park in the Ecuadorian Amazon


River landscape in Gooseberry State Park, Minnesota



Bats hanging out on ox-bow lake in Yasuni National Park in the Ecuadorian Amazon


Wild female Brazilian tapir (Tapirus terrestris), which was raised by an indigenous tribe after her mother was hunted for food, periodically seeks out humans


Hoatzin (Opisthocomus hoazin) in Yasuni National Park in the Ecuadorian Amazon


Red brocket deer (Mazama americana) in Yasuni National Park in the Ecuadorian Amazon


Monitor lizard (unidentified) on the banks of the Kinabantagan River in Sabah Malaysia



Juvenile South American common toad (Rhinella margaritifer) in Yasuni National Park in the Ecuadorian Amazon



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