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{thumb} Adelie -- 2003.11.05
Adelie penguin on the sea ice, Antarctica, 1997.[=] Credits: Photo and copyright Guillaume Dargaud, 1997.
{thumb} Yosemite Elk -- 2005.12.26
On what looks to be a lovely morning in Yosemite National Park, a magnificent elk browses on milkweed pods.[=] Credits: Photograph by Phil Schermeister. Copyright: National Geographic Society, 2005.
{thumb} Mountain Goat -- 2005.12.31
In Alberta's Jasper National Park, a lone mountain goat, destined for high places from birth, stands vigil on supple hooves with traction soles.[=] Credits: NGPOD, 2005.04.21. Photo by Raymond Gehman, 2000. Copyright: National Geographic Society, 2005.
{thumb} Ponies -- 2006.02.15
A wild pony nuzzles its mother on Assateague Island, VA or MD.[=] Credits: NGPOD, 2006.02.14. Photo by James L. Stanfield, no date. Copyright National Geographic Society, 2006.
{thumb} Pryor Range Horses -- 2005.12.30
Pryor Mountains, Montana. Undisturbed by darkening clouds and lightning, these wild horses are accustomed to harsh environments.[=] Credits: NGPOD, 2005.06.05. Photo by Chris Johns, 2001. Copyright: National Geographic Society, 2005.
{thumb} Caribou -- 2006.01.06
Utter simplicity and irresistible calm.[=] Credits: Photo source unknown.
{thumb} Wolf -- 2006.01.07
Peace surrounds this gray wolf at the International Wolf Center in Ely, MN. Elsewhere, livestock owners -- who nearly eradicated wolves in the early 1900s -- protest the reintroduction of wolves to public lands.[=] Credits: NGPOD archive, 2004.12.23. Photo by Joel Sartore, 1997. Copyright: National Geographic Society, 2005.
{thumb} Wolves -- 2006.01.23
Wolves wandering across Minnesota's great white north have fared far better than their cousins elsewhere, partly because thick forest and the lack of roads barred trappers.[=] Credits: NGPOD, 2001.08.11. Photo by Joel Sartore, 1998. Copyright National Geographic Society, 2001.
{thumb} Polar Bear -- 2006.01.16
Habituated to these buggies and their excited cargo, bears hang around a vehicle camp near Hudson Bay where tourists stay for a week.[=] Credits: NGPOD, 2003.01.19. Photo by Flip Nicklin, 1996. Copyright National Geographic Society, 2003.
{thumb} Siberian Tigers -- 2006.01.21
These Siberian tigers are part of the Siberian Tiger Project, which developed a habitat-protection plan that classifies areas according to their ability to sustain tigers in the wild.[=] Credits: NGPOD, 2001.12.26. Photo by Michael K. Nichols, 1997. Copyright National Geographic Society, 2001.
{thumb} Kodiak Grizzly -- 2006.01.10
Photographed on Kodiak Island, AK and also known as the brown bear, the Kodiak grizzly bear is the world's largest land carnivore, standing up to 10 ft (3 m) tall and weighing up to 1500 lb (680 kg).[=] Credits: NGPOD, 2004.10.11. Photo by Karen Kasmauski, 1998. Copyright National Geographic Society, 2004.
{thumb} Redtail Hawk -- 2006.01.10
Redtails (buteo jamaicensis) are a fairly large bird, up to 22" (55 cm) long with a wingspread up to 56" (142 cm), preying mostly on snakes and small rodents. This one was photographed in south Texas, perched on a post.[=] Credits: Photo and copyright 2005 Glenda Schroeder Postert.
{thumb} Sheep -- 2006.01.06
A herd of sheep grazes in a pasture in Queensland. Australia is the world's largest wool-producing country, accounting for 30 percent of the world market.[=] Credits: NGPOD archive, 2004.12.14. Photo by R. Ian Lloyd, 1997. Copyright: National Geographic Society, 2005.
{thumb} Wildebeest -- 2006.02.24
Wildebeests kicking up late afternoon dust in Liuwa Plain National Park, in Zambia.[=] Credits: NGPOD, 2006.02.24. Photo by Chris Johns, 1996. Copyright National Geographic Society, 2001.
{thumb} Leopard -- 2005.12.31
A leopard. I always wanted one as a pet, but it's obviously impossible, for lots of good reasons.[=] Credits: Photo source unknown.
{thumb} Mr Lion -- 2005.12.28
The main role of males within a lion pride is the defense of family and territory. Okavango Delta, Botswana, Africa.[=] Credits: NGPOD, 2005.07.07. Photograph by Chris Johns, 1997. Copyright: National Geographic Society, 1999.
{thumb} Zebra -- 2006.01.16
Using a shutterless camera of his own design, photographer Emory Kristof used it to portray the fluid grace of a bounding zebra in Tanzania.[=] Credits: NGPOD, 2003.00.00. Photo by Emory Kristof, 1975. Copyright National Geographic Society, 2003.
{thumb} Cheetah Brothers -- 2006.01.30
A termite mound doubles as a watchtower for two cheetah brothers who scout for predators and prey in their territory.[=] Credits: NGPOD, 2001.05.02. Photo by Chris Johns, 1999. Copyright National Geographic Society, 2001.
{thumb} Cheetah and Cub -- 2006.01.19
Female cheetahs deal with the threat of losing their cubs by constantly moving, slipping into temporary vacancies between prides of lions and packs of hyenas.[=] Credits: NGPOD, 2002.10.09. Photo by Chris Johns, 1998. Copyright National Geographic Society, 2002.
{thumb} Cheetahs -- 2005.12.24
A cheetah cub having lessons on growing up.[=] Credits: Photograph by Anup and Manoj Shah. Copyright: National Geographic Society, 2005.
{thumb} Rattlesnake -- 2005.12.31
Sliding along at the edge of the shadows, this rattlesnake lives in Utah's Canyonlands National Park, which provides ample habitat for mountain lions, foxes, bats, jackrabbits, and many other species.[=] Credits: NGPOD, 2005.04.08. Photo by Bruce Dale. Copyright: National Geographic Society, 2005.
{thumb} Tiger -- 2006.01.20
Resting after a night of hunting, a tigress called Sita remains a sentinel, ready to leap at the throat of any creature that dares approach the den where her cubs lie hidden in India's Bandhavgarh National Park.[=] Credits: NGPOD, 2002.04.20. Photo by Michael K. Nichols, 1996. Copyright National Geographic Society, 2002.
{thumb} Rhino -- 2006.01.23
Rhino horn is used in traditional Chinese medicine, and a single horn can bring more than $8,000 on the black market. Between 1989 and 1993, 266 rhinos in India were butchered for their horns.[=] Credits: NGPOD, 2001.08.13. Photo by Michael K. Nichols, 1997. Copyright National Geographic Society, 2001.
{thumb} Elephant Rain -- 2005.12.24
An African elephant weathers a downpour in Kenya's Aberdare National Park.[=] Credits: Photograph by Bruce Dale. Copyright: National Geographic Society, 2005.
{thumb} River Elephant -- 2005.12.30
Loango National Park, Gabon, Africa. Canoeing on the Echira River, the photographer surprised an elephant swimming in the murky waters.[=] Credits: NGPOD, 2005.07.11. Photo by Michael Nichols, 2003. Copyright: National Geographic Society, 2005.
{thumb} Hippo -- 2006.01.20
All ears and eyes, a Zambezi River hippo ignores a hitchhiker. The long-toed bird -- jacana, or lily trotter -- can walk atop floating plants, as the half-hidden jacana next to the hippo is doing.[=] Credits: NGPOD, 2002.04.12. Photo by Chris Johns, 1997. Copyright National Geographic Society, 2002.
{thumb} Hippo Surfing -- 2006.02.03
A hippopotamus surfs the waves off the coast of Loango National Park, Gabon, Africa.[=] Credits: NGPOD, 2006.02.02. Photo by Michael K. Nichols, 2003. Copyright National Geographic Society, 2006.
{thumb} Gelada Country -- 2006.01.12
The herd safely tucked in crevices below, a lone bachelor Therophithecus gelada baboon savors twilight with a view of the last place on Earth for his kind, the harsh, volcanic Simen Mountains National Park, Ethiopia.[=] Credits: NGPOD, 2004.04.28. Photo by Michael K. Nichols, 2001. Copyright National Geographic Society, 2004.
{thumb} Gorilla -- 2006.01.10
This seven-year-old gorilla is now flourishing in the forests of the new Plateaux Batéké National Park, Gabon, thanks to a novel project to return captive gorillas to the wild.[=] Credits: NGPOD, 2004.05.12. Photo by Michael Nichols, 2002. Copyright National Geographic Society, 2004.
{thumb} Gorilla and Trust -- 2006.01.19
A gentle bite by Kola, leader of a group reintroduced to the wild at Lefini Faunal Reserve, Congo, is a message that rehabilitator Despina Chronopoulos understands to mean "Leave us alone now."[=] Credits: NGPOD, 2002.09.25. Photo by Michael K. Nichols, 1998. Copyright National Geographic Society, 2002.
{thumb} Orangutan -- 2006.01.23
Deep in Borneo, a male orangutan feeds on wild ginger stems as he keeps an eye on a female he's been shadowing.[=] Credits: NGPOD, 2001.08.27. Photo by Tim Laman, 1998. Copyright National Geographic Society, 2001.
{thumb} Emerald Boa -- 2005.12.28
By far the most vivid of the boas, Emeralds are mostly arboreal.[=] Credits: Image source unknown.
{thumb} Chase -- 2006.01.12
A Great Blue Heron chases a Great Egret at Port Lavaca, TX.[=] Credits: Photo and copyright 2005 Glenda Schroeder Postert.
{thumb} Swans -- 2006.01.31
Four swans preen themselves at the water's edge.[=] Credits: Photo by ritonier, 2006.01.30. Copyright Hebus.Com 2006.
{thumb} Trumpeter Swan -- 2006.01.21
A trumpeter swan glides across the surface of the Yellowstone River. Trumpeter swans once faced extinction; today their numbers are rebounding.[=] Credits: NGPOD, 2002.01.18. Photo by James P. Blair, 1984. Copyright National Geographic Society, 2002.
{thumb} Quetzal -- 2005.12.30
Shimmering feathers of a male resplendent quetzal reach far beyond the nest he and his mate hollowed out of a tree in Guatemala. This celebrated and threatened bird is becoming increasingly rare as human encroachment reduces its numbers.[=] Credits: NGPOD, 2005.11.07. Photo by Steve Winter, 1996. Copyright: National Geographic Society, 2005.
{thumb} Snail -- 2005.12.28
An odd place, though colorful, for a snail.[=] Credits: Image from a theme by wettoad, 2002.06.09.
{thumb} Scorpion Fish -- 2006.01.16
Resplendent in art nouveau camouflage, a Merlet's scorpionfish yawns in late afternoon. Its complex mouth inhales hapless prey that swim by near Milne Bay, Papua New Guinea.[=] Credits: NGPOD, 2003.09.08. Photo by David Doubilet, 1996. Copyright National Geographic Society, 2003.
{thumb} Sea Moth -- 2006.01.05
Hopping along with clawlike fins, a sea moth probes with its long nose for food in the soft bottom of Milne Bay, Papua New Guinea, levitating briefly to scout its territory.[=] Credits: NGPOD archive, 2005.02.06. Photo by David Doubilet, 1999. Copyright: National Geographic Society, 2005.
{thumb} Bearded Seal -- 2006.01.16
Near Svalbard, Norway, a Bearded Seal's eyes register evident surprise.[=] Credits: NGPOD, 2003.09.03. Photo by Flip Nicklin, 1996. Copyright National Geographic Society, 2003.
{thumb} Seals -- 2006.01.23
Near the Plazas Islands, juvenile sea lions scare up inch-long (2.5-cm) shrimps by furrowing the sandy bottom with their lower jaws.[=] Credits: NGPOD, 2001.08.12. Photo by David Doubilet, 1999. Copyright National Geographic Society, 2001.
{thumb} Black Cat -- 2005.12.28
Cat-lovers: check out http://cats.isafeelin.org/.[=] Credits: Background image copyright 2004 by Frederique Rijsdijk.
{thumb} Grey Cat -- 2005.12.28
Cat-lovers: check out http://cats.isafeelin.org/.[=] Credits: Background image copyright 2004 by Frederique Rijsdijk.
{thumb} Salmon -- 2005.12.30
A Pacific salmon struggles to swim up a stream on Kodiak Island, Alaska. Salmon that manage to evade the commercial fishing fleets, hungry bears, dams, and fishermen swim to their birthplaces and spawn before dying.[=] Credits: NGPOD, 2005.11.27. Photo by George F. Mobley, 1992. Copyright: National Geographic Society, 2005
{thumb} Mantis -- 2006.01.31
Somewhat terrifying in appearance, but fascinating in any case, a praying mantis poses on a rose bush.[=] Credits: Photo by danque. Copyright Hebus.Com 2006.
{thumb} Spider Spinning -- 2005.12.31
A female Marbled Orb Weaver spider, araneus marmoreus.[=] Credits: Photo by Patrick Neuberg, 2005.09.18.
{thumb} Sea Turtle -- 2006.01.16
A 6 ft (1.8 m) leatherback turtle lays her eggs at midnight. Five of the world's seven species of sea turtles come to this remote Gabon coast, one of Africa's most important nesting grounds.[=] Credits: NGPOD, 2003.09.11. Photo by Michael K. Nichols, 1999. Copyright National Geographic Society, 2003.
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