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A female orca that appears to be grieving has been carrying her dead calf in the water, keeping it afloat since the baby died more than a week ago. Taylor Shedd/Soundwatch, taken under NMFS MMPA permit #21114 hide caption

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Keeper Zachariah Mutai attends in March to Fatu, one of only two female northern white rhinos left in the world, in the pen where she is kept for observation, at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Laikipia county in Kenya. Scientists have successfully grown hybrid white rhino embryos in the lab, stoking hopes that a purebred northern white rhino could be implanted in a surrogate. Sunday Alamba/AP hide caption

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Scientists Hope Lab-Grown Embryos Can Save Rhino Species From Extinction

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The northern white-cheeked gibbon is a critically endangered ape native to China, Vietnam and Laos. Scientists have discovered a new species of gibbon, now extinct, that lived in China as recently as 2,200 years ago. Joachim S. Müller/Flickr hide caption

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Rothschild's giraffe at Lake Nakuru, Great Rift Valley, Kenya. A community project at Kenya's Lake Baringo is attempting to save the subspecies. Education Images/UIG via Getty Images hide caption

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'A Silent Extinction': Finding Peace And Saving Giraffes On A Lake In Kenya

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Sudan, the world's last male northern white rhino, grazes at the Ol Pejeta Conservancy in Kenya in May 2017. The 45-year-old rhino's health started deteriorating in late February. STR/AP hide caption

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Sudan, World's Last Male Northern White Rhino, Dies

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The Pacific walrus is facing "extinction from climate change" after the White House refused to list the species as endangered, one conservation group says. S.A. Sonsthagen/AP hide caption

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The Wyoming toad population in 1985 totaled 16. Today, there are 1,500 and it remains as one of 12 endangered species in the state. Cooper McKim/Wyoming Public Radio hide caption

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Wyoming Toads Begin To Recover As States Seek Endangered Species Act Overhaul

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Three giraffes and a white rhino laze in the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania in 2012. The global giraffe population has dropped sharply in recent decades, prompting wildlife groups to urge the giraffe's addition to the endangered species list. Barbara Hollweg/IFAW hide caption

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A Socorro dove perches at the Africam Safari Zoo in Puebla, Mexico. Scientists are planning to bring the dove species back to Socorro Island, the dove's ancestral home. Loretta Williams for NPR hide caption

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Move Over, Sheep. Doves Are Returning Home To Tiny Island Of Socorro

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Portland's Gulf of Maine Research Institute has designed a trawl net that aims to target species that can still be profitable while avoiding cod. Courtesy of Gulf of Maine Research Institute hide caption

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A pangolin carries its baby at a zoo in Bali, Indonesia. Delegates at a U.N. wildlife conference have voted to ban commercial trade in all eight species of pangolin. Firdia Lisnawati/AP hide caption

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A humpback whale breaches Aug. 6 close to a whale-watching boat off the coast of Long Beach, Calif. Most humpbacks off the Western U.S. remain endangered, but 9 of 13 populations worldwide are considered stable enough to remove the designation, it was announced Sept. 6. Nick Ut/AP hide caption

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A Santa Catalina Island fox pup dashes into the wilderness after being released on Santa Catalina Island off the coast of Southern California. The Catalina Island fox was one of the world's most endangered species, but it has been upgraded to "threatened." Kevork Djansezian/AP hide caption

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A rhino wakes up after its horn was trimmed at John Hume's Rhino Ranch in Klerksdorp, South Africa, on Feb. 3. South Africa's highest court is preparing to decide whether to uphold the country's domestic ban on trading rhino horn. John Hume is a private rhino owner and breeder who advocates for legalizing trade. Mujahid Safodien /AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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If South Africa Lifts The Ban On Trading Rhino Horns, Will Rhinos Benefit?

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