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Photo of the Day : Animals

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Picture of zebras at the Mara River in Kenya

Bug's-Eye View

Photo of the Day, May 1, 2016

Zebras gather at the Mara River on the Masai Mara National Reserve in Kenya. Your Shot member Manoj Shah, who ...

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Picture of a cougar walking at night in Yellowstone National Park

On the Prowl

Photo of the Day, April 27, 2016

Notoriously elusive, cougars vary their range in response to their prey, mostly elk and deer. In winter they favor the ...

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Picture of a seaweed blenny, Brazil

Blenny Blind

Photo of the Day, April 24, 2016

A seaweed blenny—a small and usually bottom-dwelling fish recognizable by the branchlike cirri above its eyes—watches from the ...

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Picture of a grizzly bear caught by a camera trap in Yellowstone National Park

Bearly Noticeable

Photo of the Day, April 22, 2016

A camera trap caught a grizzly reaching for fruit in the branches of an apple tree. Grizzlies are frequent visitors ...

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Picture of spiders on moss in Minnesota

Spring Housekeeping

Photo of the Day, April 20, 2016

Over 93 days in 2014, National Geographic photographer Jim Brandenburg shot springtime images in his home state of Minnesota. This ...

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Picture of a lion standing on a rock in Serengeti National Park

Pride and Power

Photo of the Day, April 18, 2016

To Your Shot member Bjorn Persson, the majestic pose struck by this lion in Tanzania's Serengeti National Park recalls ...

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Picture of a wolf pack in Yellowstone National Park

Back on Track

Photo of the Day, April 15, 2016

The Mollie’s wolf pack investigates grizzly bear tracks in Yellowstone’s Pelican Valley. Wolves were reintroduced into the park ...

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Picture of a horse looking over a gate in Ireland

Gatekeeper

Photo of the Day, April 9, 2016

“As I biked about the Aran Islands in Ireland,” writes Danielle Lussier, who submitted this photo, “I came across this ...

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Picture of a swallowtail butterfly on a birch tree in Minnesota

Springing Back to Life

Photo of the Day, April 7, 2016

Over 93 days in 2014, National Geographic photographer Jim Brandenburg shot springtime images in his home state of Minnesota. This ...

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Picture of a white pelican in Bern, Switzerland

Prim Pelican

Photo of the Day, April 5, 2016

This white pelican casts a demure, sidelong glance in the direction of Your Shot member Marco Schaffner’s lens. The ...

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Picture of elephants at sunrise in Surin, Thailand

Shake the Dust Off

Photo of the Day, April 3, 2016

Dust stirred by heavy elephant footsteps is shot through with light as the sun rises over Surin, Thailand. Communities in ...

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Picture of a stingray from underwater in the Cayman Islands

The Calm Below

Photo of the Day, April 2, 2016

A southern stingray appears to float gently in the shallows of Stingray City, a popular tourist attraction in the Cayman ...

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Picture of a blue dyeing poison frog

Tiny but Mighty

Photo of the Day, March 30, 2016

A dyeing poison frog (Dendrobates tinctorius) is perched atop a coconut shell in this photo submitted by Your Shot community ...

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Picture of two foxes chasing each other in the snow in Hokkaido, Japan

Wild Abandon

Photo of the Day, March 28, 2016

“Early spring is in the air,” writes Hiroke Inoue, a Your Shot community member who snapped this photo of red ...

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Picture of coho salmon fry in an aquarium

Small Fry

Photo of the Day, March 19, 2016

“Coho salmon fry peer out of their tank at an elementary school,” writes Your Shot member Eiko Jones, who submitted ...

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Picture of a mother and baby baboon in Kibale National Park, Uganda

A Light Burden

Photo of the Day, March 16, 2016

A young olive baboon (Papio anubis) clings to its mother’s back in Uganda’s Kibale National Park. The park ...

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Picture of cranes flying in Israel

Rest Stop

Photo of the Day, March 13, 2016

In the golden light of morning, cranes take flight in Israel’s Hula Valley nature reserve. Millions of migrating birds ...

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Picture of a silvereye on flowers in New Zealand

Simply Irresistible

Photo of the Day, March 9, 2016

A New Zealand silvereye stretches toward a Puya alpestris, a dramatically colored flowering plant that is native to Chile and ...

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Picture of two purple glossy starlings at the Kansas City Zoo in Missouri

Pearlescent Pair

Photo of the Day, March 3, 2016

This portrait of a pair of purple glossy starlings (Lamprotornis purpureus) at the Kansas City Zoo in Missouri was taken ...

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Picture of horses and a dog in a snowy pasture in Bucovina, Romania

Harmonious Horseplay

Photo of the Day, March 2, 2016

While a little dog frolics past, horses nuzzle in a snowy pasture in Bucovina, Romania. Photographer Mihaela Jurca, who submitted ...

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Picture of giant tortoises on the island of Grande Terre, Seychelles

A Daytime Retreat

Photo of the Day, March 1, 2016

Aldabra giant tortoises escape searing daytime heat by taking refuge in caves within the rugged coral rock of the island ...

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Picture of a red-eyed tree frog in Costa Rica

Don't Blink

Photo of the Day, February 28, 2016

While exploring in Vara Blanca, Costa Rica, Your Shot photographer Sammantha Fisher captured this image of the nocturnal red-eyed tree ...

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Picture of a detail of a southern ground-hornbill's eye

An Exquisite Eye

Photo of the Day, February 24, 2016

Vertebrate eyes—like this eye of a juvenile female southern ground-hornbill (Bucorvus leadbeateri)—are all variations on the same basic ...

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Picture of two herons in a tree in Florida

A Peck on the Beak

Photo of the Day, February 21, 2016

Yellow-crowned night herons (Nyctanassa violacea) are usually dormant during the day, but Your Shot member Christine Sandberg caught these two ...

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Picture of a gecko in a terrarium in Warsaw

Peekaboo

Photo of the Day, February 19, 2016

This pet Mediterranean house gecko (Hemidactylus turcicus) that lives with Your Shot members Dariusz Kucharski and Kornelia Kucharska is a ...

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Picture of a white tern flying near a beach in the Seychelles

Taking Flight

Photo of the Day, February 18, 2016

A white tern flits through regenerating native forest on Cousine, a private island off the coast of Praslin and one ...

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Picture of a red panda inside a zoo enclosure in Darjeeling, India

A Ponderous Panda

Photo of the Day, February 15, 2016

A red panda appears to be deep in thought at the Darjeeling Zoo in West Bengal, India, home to a ...

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Picture of a robin in snow in Halland, Sweden

Winter Flight

Photo of the Day, February 12, 2016

A little snowfall didn’t deter this robin from taking to the sky, nor did it stop Your Shot member ...

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Picture of an eastern screech-owl vocalizing in North Carolina

Birdcall

Photo of the Day, February 7, 2016

While at a fund-raiser at the Carolina Raptor Center in North Carolina, Your Shot member Matt Cuda snapped this dramatic ...

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Picture of fish in the Andaman Sea in Thailand

A Wash of Color

Photo of the Day, February 4, 2016

While engaged in a prosaic activity—waiting—Your Shot community member Eduard Paravyan took a moment to examine his surroundings ...

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Picture of a white weasel in the snow in Montana

Flash of White

Photo of the Day, January 23, 2016

A blurry flash caught Your Shot member Cindy Herzog’s eye as she and her husband drove along Montana’s ...

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Picture of a sea lion in a mossy forest in New Zealand

A Mossy Bed

Photo of the Day, January 21, 2016

Endangered New Zealand sea lions are often found in the rata forests of their home nation’s Auckland Islands. Thanks ...

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Picture of grizzly bears walking down Park Road in Denali National Park, Alaska

Bear Jam

Photo of the Day, January 17, 2016

A mother grizzly and her cubs cause a “bear jam” on Denali National Park and Preserve’s 92-mile-long Park Road ...

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Picture of a man training a horse in Utah

Urban Cowboy

Photo of the Day, January 13, 2016

A man trains a horse at his mother’s ranch in Utah. Photographer Brice Portolano was trying to “get the ...

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Picture of a turtle swimming at sunset on Mayotte Island, Comoros

Under the Sun

Photo of the Day, January 12, 2016

A turtle comes up for air at sunset near the Comoros’s Mayotte Island. Photographer Gaby Barathieu had been wanting ...

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Picture of a fox looking up in Hokkaido, Japan

Here Comes the Sun

Photo of the Day, January 9, 2016

After days of cold, late autumn rain, the sun appears in Shiretoko National Park in Hokkaido, Japan. “He [seemed] to ...

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