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Sumatran Orangutan (Pongo abelii)
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Number 0026 Until the 1990s, scientists thought there was only one species of orangutan, Pongo pygmaeus, with two subspecies, the Sumatran and Bornean orangutans. Well, DNA testing meant they could check to be sure, and what do you know? The Sumatran and Bornean orangutans turned out to be separate species. They’re pretty much indistinguishable unless you can inspect their genes, but I think the...

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Grizzly Bear (Ursus arctos horribilis)
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Number 0003 Representing the brown bear (Ursus arctos) species today is the grizzly bear subspecies (the Kodiak is also a subspecies of the brown bear). In the 19th century, there were tens of thousands of grizzlies in the lower 48 (of course, there weren’t 48 then…), but now there are only a couple thousand. The good news is that there are still plenty of...

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