Most people say that they love animals and would not want to hurt them in any way, however, the statistics of the damage done to nature and its residents in the past years say otherwise.

This Peruvian photographer named Pedro Jarque Krebs, captivated by the diversity in the animal kingdom, got inspired to photograph species in a unique way. By photographing animals from a close range, he aims to raise awareness about the devastating loss of animal populations, which have declined by 60% over the past 50 years. Through his photographs, Krebs sought to break down the barriers between humans and other species by capturing intimate moments, giving dignity to the animals, and reminding us that we are not the central focus of the universe, but rather a small part of the intricate ecosystem that we must strive to protect.

We invite you to get closer to these wild animals by looking through Pedro's photos of them. And for more of this photographer's pictures on Bored Panda, see part 1.

More info: Instagram | pedrojarque.com

#1

A Pair Of Amazonian Jaguars

A Pair Of Amazonian Jaguars

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Nathaniel
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2 weeks ago (edited) Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

They are pretty, I want to snuggle them!

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Bengal Tiger

Bengal Tiger

There are approximately 24,000 tigers left in the world, of which only about 3,200 are in the wild and about 20,000 are in captivity. 100 years ago there were more than 100,000 in the wild. This means that we have killed more than 96% of the tiger population in 100 years.

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Nathaniel
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2 weeks ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

TIGER!!! Tiger's are my fave animal!

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Snow Leopard

Snow Leopard

Also known as the ghost of the mountains, the snow leopard is one of the most enigmatic big cats in the world. Because of its geographical isolation, very few have been able to see it in the wild. Its population is estimated to be only about 4,000 specimens, and it is on the red list of species in danger of extinction due to climate change.

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Mimi La Souris
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2 weeks ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

oh, oh.... the sibling 's look when you took his share of the cake

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Cheetah

Cheetah

From 100,000 specimens in the 20th century to 7,500 specimens today, the cheetah joins the long list of species doomed to disappear. As the human population grows, the territory of these animals is reduced, and the last wild spaces are disappearing, as well as the hope of survival.

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Snow Leopard

Snow Leopard

For the inhabitants of the Himalayas, the snow leopard is a mystical creature, a sacred totem with the power to remove sins from the past lives of people who are fortunate enough to see one. They also believe that killing a snow leopard restores all these past sins to the killer’s present life. It is a very elusive and solitary animal that inhabits remote parts of the Himalayas, and very few people have ever seen one in the wild. It is also considered the guardian of all sacred animals and a link between the material and spirit worlds.

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Jaguar

Jaguar

America belonged to the jaguars. Considered a god by pre-Columbian peoples, it is the largest cat in America and third in size after the lion and tiger. Its only predator is man, and therefore its population has been drastically reduced. Despite being a protected species, illegal trade still exists and it is already on the red list of threatened species.

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Asian Elephant

Asian Elephant

Asian elephants have several differences from African elephants, and in principle, they cannot be crossbred. There has only been one hybrid breeding of these two elephant species, but it did not survive. Asian elephants have smaller ears, females have no fangs among other differences. They are now also endangered.

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Susan Green
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1 week ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Of course these beautiful animals are endangered and it’s the fault of humans.

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Jaguar

Jaguar

This is Naya, a female black jaguar that is part of the European Endangered Species Program (EEP) and lives at @loroparque in Tenerife. Naya was a mother to two beautiful jaguars that were born in early 2020, reviving hope for this American species whose population is in decline. Breeding programs are a fundamental part of the fight for biodiversity conservation.

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Yin And Yang

Yin And Yang

From Mexico, through all of Central and South America, the jaguar's territory is very wide. Considered a god by pre-Columbian peoples, it is the largest cat in America and third in size after the lion and tiger. Its current population is in decline, and it is on the red list of threatened species. Its only predator is the man. In this photo, the black panther is the female jaguar and the other is the male.

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Black Fury

Black Fury

Black panthers are jaguars (or leopards) with melanism, the opposite of albinism, i.e. an excess of black pigment. In this case, it is a jaguar (Panthera onca). In Peru, it is known as otorongo, a word of Quechua origin that means jaguar. It is the largest feline in the Americas.

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Asian Elephant

Asian Elephant

Elephants are extremely intelligent and social animals. They have a brain structure similar to that of humans and are capable of experiencing grief, compassion, cooperation, and self-awareness, among many others. Baby elephants are cared for by their mothers, but the other females of the group, which has a matriarchal structure, also participate. In this way, the young female elephants are trained in their future role as mothers.

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Iberian Wolf

Iberian Wolf

Almost extinct in 1970, the Iberian wolf has recovered a fraction of its territory and has been saved in extremis from its disappearance, mainly because it has been considered a plague and encouraged hunting and persecution. Despite being a partially protected species, conflicts with cattle breeders mean that this species is still seriously threatened, and with a current population of less than 3 thousand specimens in Spain, hundreds are still being killed every year.

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Verona Bingham
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1 week ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Ignorance is NO Excuse for the extinction of a species! If you don't have an Apex Predator in place all subsequent species down through the food chain outgrow their areas, leaving nothing for some species and an over abundance in other species. Having the Apex Predator means all other species are kept in check, as long as you have your Apex..!

#17

Leopard

Leopard

Leopards and jaguars share characteristics that sometimes make them difficult to distinguish. But the first clear difference is their ecozone. The jaguar lives in America while the leopard lives in Africa and Asia. The leopard is less robust than the jaguar, has less bite strength, and is more elusive, due to greater competition with other animals such as lions or tigers. The leopard is currently in critical danger of extinction, with less than 25 thousand specimens in the world.

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Black Rhinoceros

Black Rhinoceros

$60,000 USD a kilo, that's what a rhino horn costs on the black market. More expensive than gold. But life is priceless. Unlike elephant tusks, which are made of ivory, rhino horns are made of keratin, the same material as nails. But the ignorance and superstition of some humans give it non-existent medicinal properties. As in everything, as long as there are buyers, there will be sellers. This will only end in education.

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Xenon
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2 weeks ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

People think it will give them a hard on, same reason pangolins are facing a lot of pressure.

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Jaguar

Jaguar

This black panther is actually a jaguar with excess black pigmentation that hides its markings. It's called melanism, the opposite of albinism. However, the spots of the original coat prevail and with proper light can be distinguished. The jaguar population has been seriously diminished in the last decades, and currently, only about 63,000 would be left in the wild.

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Snow Leopard

Snow Leopard

Snow leopards have a long, fluffy tail measuring about 1 meter that serves a dual function, balancing their movements in the mountains and as a protection from the cold. In the 1990s it was on the verge of extinction, but conservation programs have managed to recover part of this feline whose current population is around 5,000 specimens in the wild.

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White Lion

White Lion

This unique variation in the color of the lion is due to a rare genetic mutation. There are an estimated 300 white lions worldwide, and less than 13 in the wild, as their color does not help them camouflage for hunting. It is a symbol of divinity and good luck in Timbavati, South Africa, where they originate, and seeing them in the wild is very unusual.

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Baby Gorilla

Baby Gorilla

Gorillas are mainly herbivores, although they may occasionally eat some insects. Their diet consists mainly of plant leaves, roots, fruits, berries, and fungi. They have to ingest large quantities to satisfy their energy needs, so they spend most of the day eating.

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Lyra Wolf
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2 weeks ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I love how excited he looks 😍 amazing picture.

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Grey Crowned Cranes

Grey Crowned Cranes

The Grey Crowned Crane is considered a symbol of longevity and wealth in Rwanda. Coveted by wealthy people who want it as a pet, this species is a victim of its beauty. In the last 45 years, its population has fallen by 80%. According to greek mythology, the flight of a crane inspired the god Hermes to invent the Greek alphabet. And in Taoism, this bird represents longevity and immortality.

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#27

A Battle Between Flamingos

A Battle Between Flamingos

The rivalry for the females' attention causes the males to unleash all their weapons. This photo was awarded the title of Best Photographer of the year in 2018.

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Sebastian J.
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2 weeks ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Fun fact: flamingos are pink thanks to certain pigments in the food that they eat. (things like shrimp and fly larvae)

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Brown Bear

Brown Bear

More than 1 million living species could be extinct in a few decades, according to the latest UN report. This is an unprecedented decline. This loss is a direct consequence of human activity. If we do not react urgently, the accelerated loss of biodiversity will become a threat to our own survival.

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#29

Flamingo Checking Its Egg During Incubation

Flamingo Checking Its Egg During Incubation

Flamingos are monogamous. Between May and August the female lays an egg in a volcano-like nest she has built in the mud, and both parents take turns incubating it. Once hatched, both parents will care for the chick until it reaches maturity, which can take up to six years.

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Xenon
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2 weeks ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Six years?! Wow! Do they have other chicks at the same time or wait until junior is mature I wonder.

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Bornean Orangutan

Bornean Orangutan

In orangutans, motherhood is not an instinctive behavior, but a learned one, so socialization is fundamental from an early age, in order to be able to apply what they have learned in the future. That is why it is very important that the orangutans spend as much time as possible with their family, which can last until they are 8 years old when they reach sexual maturity.

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Chimpanzee

Chimpanzee

A recent study has found that we share around 99 percent of our DNA with chimpanzees, making them our nearest relatives. From a genetic perspective, this makes them almost identical to us. There are researchers who propose to have them included in the genus Homo, i.e., humans, a source of great controversy for the scientific community. It is estimated that around 200,000 remain in the world and are on the red list of endangered species.

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Verona Bingham
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1 week ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

As much as Chimpanzees are highly intelligent they also have a hierarchy system. When they feel the need for meat to supplement their diet they have been known to corner smaller monkeys and rip them apart to share in the group. It's not an everyday event but it does happen..

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Zebras

Zebras

Are zebras white with black stripes, or black with white stripes? Studies have concluded that in their fetal stage, their pigmentation is totally black, which they later lose in the areas where the white stripes appear. In this case, they have acquired a beautiful orange dye after several days of rain in which the zebras have spent their time wallowing in the mud.

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Nathaniel
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2 weeks ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

They scan as a 6 pack of canned tomatoes at supermarkets.

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Roseate Spoonbill

Roseate Spoonbill

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Xenon
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2 weeks ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Had one land on my head at the Tampa zoo one time, hahaha. Sorry, don't have a picture, I was too busy trying to get it off my head and yelling WTF bird!

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Gorilla

Gorilla

There are only 2 main species of gorillas, the western and the eastern ones. In this photo, it is a male western silverback gorilla. There are between 80 and 100 thousand left in the wild and they are on the red list of endangered species.

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De Brazza's Monkey

De Brazza's Monkey

The white beard of these primates serves to give the appearance of a large menacing mouth to deter predators, although that penetrating gaze may be enough.

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Nathaniel
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2 weeks ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

He looks so serious! He is going to give you a stern lecture!

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Mandrill

Mandrill

The madrill is one of the most colorful mammals. It is a social animal that lives in large groups composed of numerous females (up to 20) and their offspring, led by a dominant male. Their territory is limited to a small region of West Africa and it is an endangered species.

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Annie
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1 week ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Parent/child bonding. Such a beautiful pic!

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Arctic Wolf

Arctic Wolf

After several days of rain, the white coat of this arctic wolf has been dyed red. The Arctic wolf is one of the largest known wolf species. It lives in very remote and icy regions of Alaska and the north of North America and is characterized by its white fur. Despite inhabiting regions little frequented by humans, it is also endangered, particularly as the result of climate change and habitat loss.

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Blue-Streaked Lory

Blue-Streaked Lory

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Xenon
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2 weeks ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Wow, gorgeous bird!

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Leopard

Leopard

Today May 22 is the day of biodiversity. To celebrate it I share this photo of a magnificent leopard. This feline is considered one of the "big five". Solitary and territorial, it hunts at night and sleeps during the day. Its hearing is 5 times more powerful than human hearing.

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Jaguar

Jaguar

Black panthers are jaguars (or leopards) with melanism, the opposite of albinism, i.e. an excess of black pigment. In this case, it is a jaguar (Panthera onca). In Peru, it is known as otorongo, a word of Quechua origin that means jaguar. It is the largest feline in the Americas.

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Karen Fox
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2 weeks ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Or Cougars/mountain lions/pumas that also have a rare melanistic phase too

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White Lioness

White Lioness

There are 300 white lions in the world and they owe their color to a rare genetic mutation. Female lionesses can weigh 180 kg and measure up to 2.5 meters standing on their hindlegs. They are extremely powerful. Here we see a lioness sharpening her claws and training for the hunt.

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Toucan

Toucan

In the indigenous mythologies of South America, the toucan is considered a sacred animal that serves as a messenger, because it is said to master all animal languages. It is also a link between the material and spiritual worlds. Its totemic function is communication.

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Lion

Lion

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Zoe DiAnni
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1 week ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

He looks like he went to Ash Wednesday services

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Seahorse

Seahorse

This wonderful animal has amazing characteristics. They have the ability to change color to protect themselves from predators since they are not very good swimmers. The males are the ones who carry the pregnancy and can have up to 2000 offspring in each litter. And in spite of this great prolificacy, it is in danger of extinction. The man, of course, is its main predator.

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Susan Green
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1 week ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

How cute. I watched a video of the male giving birth and it was amazing.

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Spanish Fighting Bull

Spanish Fighting Bull

Fighting bulls are a breed of cattle specially bred for bullfighting. Today there is a great ethical debate about the prevalence of this ancient tradition that is considered to be decadent as we move forward in recognizing a consciousness in animals. According to the Cambridge Declaration on Consciousness, (2012), most animals, including birds, possess near human-like levels of consciousness. Although they lack a neocortex, their neural networks allow them to manifest conscious behaviors, such as pain, pleasure, and fear, and even to recognize themselves in a mirror and to dream.

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Dina Anastasakos
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1 week ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

So vile...how is this barbaric practice still going on today??

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African Elephant

African Elephant

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Wolfs

Wolfs

A young wolf waits impatiently for an adult in his pack to leave him a small piece of his prey.

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Giant Panda

Giant Panda

Tumbling is a common behavior in panda bears. They can mean several things, from a simple moment of fun to the announcement of the fertile period in females that only lasts 48 hours. In these photos, it was the female in heat. As part of an important international conservation program, the female was inseminated and it will not be possible to know if gestation occurred until the birth, which can take place between 3 and 6 months later. The survival of this species depends on the success of these conservation programs.

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Amazonian Jaguar

Amazonian Jaguar

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Scarlet Ibis

Scarlet Ibis

This beautiful bird is native to South America. Like the flamingos, the bright red color of the scarlet ibis comes from the pigments in the crustaceans it feeds on.

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ERIN W.
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1 week ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

REALLY PRETTY, BEAUTIFUL COLORS! 😯

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Bornean Orangutan

Bornean Orangutan

Orangutans have a gestation period of 9 months, like humans. Females have only one offspring and take care of them without the collaboration of the male. For the first 7 years, the baby will not be separated from its mother.

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Indian Rhinoceros

Indian Rhinoceros

Asian rhinos are distinguished from African rhinos mainly because they have only one horn instead of two, and because of their armor-like skin. Having been hunted by poachers for decades, their population has been seriously threatened. Currently, there are protection programs that have been relatively successful.

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David Blue
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1 week ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

rhinos are the closet things well get to dinos

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Scimitar Oryx

Scimitar Oryx

You are looking at an extinct animal. The scimitar oryx was declared extinct in the wild in the year 2000 due to excessive hunting. Now there are only about 2500 specimens left in captivity. Unfortunately, it is the fate of many iconic species, such as lions, elephants, rhinoceroses, giraffes, and a long, etc. We would all like to see them in the wild, but today their only chance of survival is in captivity. That's how sad our world is, and it's not getting any better.

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