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Wildlife Conservation Society photo contest captures NYC animals in their habitats

Voting has begun on the Wildlife Conservation Society's 2017 calendar photo contest.

Nature-loving photographers captured animals hanging out in their natural habitats at the Bronx, Central Park, Prospect Park Zoo and Queens zoos and the New York Aquarium. The result? Adorable photos of animals cuddling, snacking, playing and more.

Twelve of the remaining 27 finalists will make it into the 2017 calendar. Fans can choose five of their favorite photos, but good luck narrowing it down.

See all 27 and vote for your favorites at blog.wcs.org. The winning photos will be announced later this summer.

Giraffe, Bronx Zoo

This giraffe thought no one was looking ...
Photo Credit: ©Andy Levenberg

This giraffe thought no one was looking ...

California sea lion, Bronx Zoo

What's more satisfying than one fish? Two at
Photo Credit: ©Meryl Lorenzo

What's more satisfying than one fish? Two at once.

Brown and grizzly bears, Bronx Zoo

They may be grizzly, but they still know
Photo Credit: ©Adam Jason Scherer

They may be grizzly, but they still know how to have fun.

Western lowland gorillas, Bronx Zoo

Nothing beats a hug from mom after a
Photo Credit: ©Clifford Davis

Nothing beats a hug from mom after a long day.

Western red panda, Bronx Zoo

This leafy snack for a red panda is
Photo Credit: ©John Stahl

This leafy snack for a red panda is like a slice of cheesy pizza to a hungry New Yorker.

Squirrel monkeys, Bronx Zoo

These squirrel monkeys have each other's backs.
Photo Credit: ©Julia Johanos

These squirrel monkeys have each other's backs.

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