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Photo of the Day : Animals

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Picture of a black rhino and a zebra standing on the Laikipia plains of Kenya

A Plain Difference

Photo of the Day, January 12, 2014

A black rhino and two zebras stand on Kenya's Laikipia Plains.

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Picture of a polar bear peering up through the melting ice of Hudson Bay, Manitoba

Bearing the Changes

Photo of the Day, January 7, 2014

"A polar bear peers up from beneath the melting sea ice on Hudson Bay as the setting midnight sun glows ...

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Picture of a female cougar and kitten in Grand Teton National Park

Snow Cats

Photo of the Day, January 5, 2014

Experts thought cougars rarely socialize, but F51, a female living near Grand Teton National Park, traveled and fed with another ...

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Picture of a great grey owl camouflaged in a nest

Knot an Owl

Photo of the Day, January 3, 2014

A camouflaged gray owl protects its nest in this Your Shot picture chosen for the Daily Dozen roundup of editors ...

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Picture of a sea lion in the Sea of Cortez

Shy Sea Lion

Photo of the Day, December 26, 2013

This Month in Photo of the Day: National Geographic Photo Contest Images

The Midriff Islands in the Sea of Cortez ...

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Picture of elephants at an orphanage in Sri Lanka

There's Always One

Photo of the Day, December 23, 2013

This Month in Photo of the Day: National Geographic Photo Contest Images

Elephants at the elephant orphanage in Pinnawala, Sri ...

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Picture of a rhinoceros in Zimbabwe’s Matopos National Park

Imperiled Rhino

Photo of the Day, December 20, 2013

This Month in Photo of the Day: National Geographic Photo Contest Images

Zimbabwe's Matopos National Park had 86 white ...

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Picture of a deer in Richmond Park, London

Deer, Richmond Park

Photo of the Day, December 11, 2013

This Month in Photo of the Day: National Geographic Photo Contest Images

This was taken in early morning at Richmond ...

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Picture of a bird flapping its wings reflected in a pool of water in Hungary

Reflection, Hungary

Photo of the Day, December 8, 2013

This Month in Photo of the Day: National Geographic Photo Contest Images

Misty summer photo, Nagykanizsa, Hungary

(This photo and ...

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Picture of a trio of eastern screech owlets in a woodpecker nest

Eastern Screech Owlets

Photo of the Day, December 4, 2013

This Month in Photo of the Day: National Geographic Photo Contest Images

Eastern screech owls like to take over woodpecker ...

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Picture of a flock of seagulls over Alaska

Seagulls, Alaska

Photo of the Day, December 2, 2013

This Month in Photo of the Day: National Geographic Photo Contest Images

This image was taken while flying in a ...

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Picture of a cheetah after a kill in the Serengeti

Cheetah, Serengeti

Photo of the Day, November 17, 2013

This Month in Photo of the Day: Your Shots

A gazelle's blood stained the cheetah's mouth. Taken in ...

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Picture of swans gathered on the surface of the water in Slovakia

Swans, Slovakia

Photo of the Day, November 15, 2013

This Month in Photo of the Day: Your Shots

Swans and ducks, Piešťany, Slovakia

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Picture of a pair of penguins in Antarctica

Penguin Pair, Antarctica

Photo of the Day, November 11, 2013

This Month in Photo of the Day: Your Shots

I took this picture at Port Lockroy during my trip to ...

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Picture of a flock of starlings in the United Kingdom

Starlings, United Kingdom

Photo of the Day, November 9, 2013

This Month in Photo of the Day: Your Shots

A flock of starlings takes flight at the moment of shutter ...

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Picture of a leopard sitting in a baobab tree in Botswana

Leopard, Okavango Delta

Photo of the Day, October 30, 2013

This Month in Photo of the Day: The Power of Photography

A leopard sits in an ancient baobab tree in ...

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Picture of a female cassowary in Australia

Cassowary, Australia

Photo of the Day, October 23, 2013

This Month in Photo of the Day: The Power of Photography

A cassowary peers through foliage in northeast Queensland, Australia ...

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Picture of two male lions in the Serengeti

Lions, Serengeti

Photo of the Day, October 17, 2013

This Month in Photo of the Day: The Power of Photography

For male Serengeti lions like Hildur and C-Boy, teamwork ...

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Picture of an alligator in the Okefenokee Swamp

Alligator, Okefenokee Swamp

Photo of the Day, October 14, 2013

This Month in Photo of the Day: The Power of Photography

An alligator walks in the Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge ...

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Picture of a pride of lions on an evening hunt in the Serengeti, Tanzania

Lions, Serengeti

Photo of the Day, October 11, 2013

This Month in Photo of the Day: The Power of Photography

Dusk is a busy time for the Vumbi pride ...

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Picture of twin red pandas at the Lincoln Children's Zoo, Nebraska

Red Pandas, Lincoln Children's Zoo

Photo of the Day, October 7, 2013

This Month in Photo of the Day: The Power of Photography

Twin three-month-old red pandas (Ailurus fulgens fulgens) huddle together ...

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Picture of a Diana monkey at the Omaha Zoo in Nebraska

Diana Monkey, Omaha Zoo

Photo of the Day, October 6, 2013

This Month in Photo of the Day: The Power of Photography

Sartore photographed this female Diana monkey (Cercopithecus diana) at ...

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Picture of an Indian rhinoceros with her calf at the Fort Worth Zoo

Greater One-Horned (Indian) Rhinoceroses, Fort Worth Zoo

Photo of the Day, October 5, 2013

This Month in Photo of the Day: The Power of Photography

Four-month-old Asha (Hope in Hindi) will stick close to ...

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Picture of a pink cockatoo in Queensland, Australia

Pink Cockatoo, Parrots in Paradise

Photo of the Day, October 4, 2013

This Month in Photo of the Day: The Power of Photography

This Major Mitchell's cockatoo (Lophochroa leadbeateri), also known ...

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Picture of two golden snub-nosed monkeys at Ocean Park Hong Kong

Golden Snub-Nosed Monkeys, Ocean Park

Photo of the Day, October 3, 2013

This Month in Photo of the Day: The Power of Photography

Golden snub-nosed monkeys (Rhinopithecus roxellana) pose at Ocean Park ...

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Picture of an African elephant at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

African Elephant, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

Photo of the Day, October 2, 2013

This Month in Photo of the Day: The Power of Photography

A female African elephant (Loxodonta africana) curls her trunk ...

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Picture of a Florida panther at Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo, Florida

Panther, Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo

Photo of the Day, October 1, 2013

This Month in Photo of the Day: The Power of Photography

Rescued as a kitten after being abandoned in the ...

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Picture of canvasback ducks at dawn on the Chesapeake Bay, Maryland

Canvasback Ducks, Maryland

Photo of the Day, September 27, 2013

This Month in Photo of the Day: The Stories Behind Your Shots

A private tidal pond in Maryland's Chesapeake ...

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Picture of an owl face, Homosassa Springs Wildlife State Park, Florida

Owl, Florida

Photo of the Day, September 24, 2013

This Month in Photo of the Day: The Stories Behind Your Shots

Having never seen a sleeping owl, Barbara Motter ...

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Picture of a garden lizard in a garden in India

Garden Lizard, India

Photo of the Day, September 21, 2013

This Month in Photo of the Day: The Stories Behind Your Shots

No more than five inches long, a baby ...

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Picture of a flock of sheep in China

Sheep Encounter, China

Photo of the Day, September 16, 2013

This Month in Photo of the Day: The Stories Behind Your Shots

Steven Chou was on his way back to ...

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Picture of kangaroos in a rain shower in Australia

Kangaroos, Australia

Photo of the Day, September 15, 2013

This Month in Photo of the Day: The Stories Behind Your Shots

Kangaroos retreat to the leeward side of a ...

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Picture of cheetahs on the roof of a tourist vehicle in Masai Mara National Reserve

Cheetahs and Tourists, Kenya

Photo of the Day, September 10, 2013

This Month in Photo of the Day: The Stories Behind Your Shots

When Yanai Bonneh saw a pair of cheetahs ...

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Picture of dolphins swimming near the surface of the Red Sea

Dolphins, Red Sea

Photo of the Day, September 4, 2013

This Month in Photo of the Day: The Stories Behind Your Shots

"Wild dolphins normally go hunting in deeper waters ...

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Picture of a tiger in India

Tiger, Brahmaputra Valley

Photo of the Day, July 31, 2013

This Month in Photo of the Day: Animal Pictures

A tiger's stripes leave it well camouflaged among tall grass ...

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Picture of a male lion in the Serengeti

Lion, Serengeti

Photo of the Day, July 30, 2013

This Month in Photo of the Day: Animal Pictures

In the Serengeti, life is hard for the greatest of African ...

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