Animals covered the walls of the Vatican on Tuesday, in an effort to bring attention to the ongoing Paris Climate Talks, and to recognize Pope Francis for his recent encyclical on environmental protection. Featured were selections from Joel Sartore’s Photo Ark, a project supported by Nat Geo. (Full story: http://on.natgeo.com/1QD59bL)
  1. The Pope and the Panda
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    Sartore’s colorful portrait of an endangered giant panda at Zoo Atlanta graced the front of the Vatican on Tuesday, during a “visual symphony” that raises awareness about the natural world. (Photo by Tiziana Fabi, AFP/Getty Images)
  2. Rare Cat
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    This gorgeous female jaguar was photographed at the Dallas World Aquarium. (Photo by Tiziana Fabi, AFP/Getty Images)
  3. Butterfly Palace
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    Vivid butterflies projected over the Vatican’s dome and facade juxtapose natural and manmade beauty. (Photo by Filippo Monteforte, AFP/Getty Images)
  4. Closest Cousin
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    The humanity suggested by this young chimp’s eyes may cause some viewers to re-evaluate their connection with the natural world. (Photo by Tiziana Fabi, AFP/Getty Images)
  5. All Creatures Great and Small
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    Some people may not consider this red-tailed knobby newt beautiful, but it plays an important role in its ecosystem. (Photo by Tiziana Fabi, AFP/Getty Images)
  6. Turtle Power
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    The Photo Ark seeks to draw attention to lesser known species—such as this Reimann's snake-necked turtle—as well as the charismatic megafauna like pandas and big cats. (Photo by Tiziana Fabi, AFP/Getty Images)
  7. Cautious Cat
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    Clouded leopards are highly elusive and difficult to study in their native habitat in Asia. This one was photographed in the Houston Zoo. (Photo by Tiziana Fabi, AFP/Getty Images)
  8. Lovebirds
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    This pair of Fischer’s lovebirds makes a striking scene on the facade of St. Peter’s. (Photo by Filippo Monteforte, AFP/Getty Images)
  9. In Living Color
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    This toco toucan from the Omaha Zoo lights up the Vatican in splendid color. (Photo by Filippo Monteforte, AFP/Getty Images)
  10. Lion of Rome
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    This male African lion was photographed at the Omaha Zoo. (Photo by Filippo Monteforte, AFP/Getty Images)
  11. The Holy See
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    This rare Schmidt’s red-tailed guenon seems to peer right out of the Holy See. (Photo by Tiziana Fabi, AFP/Getty Images)
  12. Mother and Child
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    A family of endangered Sumatran tigers grace the walls of the Vatican. (Photo by Filippo Monteforte, AFP/Getty Images)
  13. Angelic Horns
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    These eastern yellow-billed hornbills were photographed at the Indianapolis Zoo. (Photo by Tiziana Fabi, AFP/Getty Images)
  14. Adorable
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    These coyote puppies were photographed at the Nebraska Wildlife Rehab center. (Photo by Filippo Monteforte, AFP/Getty Images)