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Photo Ark: Featured Creatures

Learn more about select animals in the Photo Ark then spread the word #SaveTogether

The once robust population of African white-backed vultures, Gyps africanus, has declined by 90 percent in the past few decades.

African White-Backed Vulture  

African white-backed vultures (Gyps africanus) serve an important function in their sub-Saharan ecosystem. However, these once plentiful scavengers are now critically endangered.

Picture of African leopard at the Houston Zoo (1559051)

African Leopard  

The beautiful fur of the African leopard (Panthera pardus pardus) is a source of protection−and vulnerability.

African Wild Dog

African Wild Dog  

Habitat loss is a leading threat to animal species. The African wild dog (Lycaon pictus) is particularly susceptible to this problem.

American Flamingo

American Flamingo  

Learn more about the flamingo’s unique adaptations and why its wetland habitats are under threat.

Amphibians at Risk

Amphibians at Risk  

A deadly fungus is spreading through amphibian communities around the world.

Amur Hedgehog

Amur Hedgehog  

Amur hedgehogs (Erinaceus amurensis) are found in some parts of eastern Asia. They have sharp, strong quills that they use for defense.

Anastasia Island Beach Mouse

Anastasia Island Beach Mouse  

Peromyscus polionotus phasma is a native of Florida, where it burrows in sand dunes along the barrier island ecosystems of the Atlantic coast, competing with humans eager for development.

Antillean Manatee

Antillean Manatee  

Antillean manatees (Trichechus manatus manatus) are closely related to the manatees found along the coast of Florida. Populations of these marine mammals are considered endangered.

Arizona Myotis

Arizona Myotis  

Unknowns abound for a common bat in the southwestern United States.

Atlantic Stingray

Atlantic Stingray  

Small but abundant, the Atlantic stingray (Hypanus sabinus) thrives in a wide range of habitats, including freshwater.

Baird’s Tapir

Baird’s Tapir  

The Baird’s tapir (Tapirus bairdii) is the national animal of Belize, but habitat loss threatens the future of the species.

Bald Eagle

Bald Eagle  

Conservation efforts saved the majestic bald eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus) from extinction.

Bloodworm

Bloodworm  

Photo Ark: Bloodworm

Texas Indigo Snake

Texas Indigo Snake  

Learn more about the Texas indigo, one of North America’s largest snakes.

Texas Indigo Snake

Texas Indigo Snake  

Learn more about the Texas indigo, one of North America’s largest snakes.

Brazilian Salmon Pink Birdeater

Brazilian Salmon Pink Birdeater  

Photo Ark: Brazilian Salmon Pink Birdeater

This is a spotted green pufferfish, Tetraodon fluviatilis, at the Singapore Zoo's River Safari area.

Green Spotted Pufferfish  

The green spotted pufferfish (Tetraodon fluviatilis) is toxic, has an impressive natural defense mechanism, and may teach us something about ourselves.

Island Oddballs

Island Oddballs  

Animals adapted to island life struggle to survive.

Southern Three-Banded Armadillo

Southern Three-Banded Armadillo  

It’s armored and can roll into a ball, but can it stand up to habitat destruction?

The Tasmanian devil, Sarcophilus harrisii, was named because of its aggressive behaviors.

Tasmanian Devil  

The Tasmanian devil (Sarcophilus harrisii) is an Australian marsupial facing a serious threat to its survival as a species from a transmissible cancer.

Texas Indigo Snake

Texas Indigo Snake  

Learn more about the Texas indigo, one of North America’s largest snakes.

Picture of Texas redheaded centipede from a private collection in Texas (2496143)

Texas Redheaded Centipede  

The Texas redheaded centipede (Scolopendra heros) looks like a frightening predator, but it’s also a source of prey in nature’s food web.

This is a two-horned beetle, Dicheros bicornis, at Malacca Butterfly and Reptile Sanctuary.

Two-horned Beetle  

The two-horned beetle (Dicheros bicornis) is a species of scarab beetle.

This is a volcano rabbit, Romerolagus diazi, from the Chapultepec Zoo in Mexico City.

Volcano Rabbit  

Mexico’s tiny volcano rabbit (Romerolagus diazi) faces many challenges, including competition for the grasses it depends on for survival−but there are signs of hope for this endangered animal.

The male was born in 1963 and his mate in 1964.

Western Lowland Gorilla  

These West African great apes need careful planning and multinational coordination to preserve their habitat and wild populations.

Eight species of pangolins range from vulnerable to critically endangered, according to the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.

White-Bellied Pangolin  

This African species is suffering from an increase in illegal trade from Africa into Asia, where its scales are used in traditional medicine.

This is a female yellow bellied marmot, Marmota flaviventris, collected from the Rocky Mountains of Colorado at the hibernation study lab of Colorado State University in Fort Collins.

Yellow-bellied Marmot  

A large and social North American rodent knows the benefits of playtime.

This is a yellow oriole, Icterus nigrogularis, at the National Aviary of Colombia.

Yellow Oriole  

A common tropical oriole leaves many questions unanswered.