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Select filter dropdown/pagination with only php

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I'm new to this site and still fairlu new to PHP so not sure if this is were I need to place my question but here goes. I am currently trying to create a filter for my table using PHP.

The filter options are already in my database; e.g I have a species column which currently contains Snake and Lizard. I have managed to get the options to display in a Dropdown list so when selected it correctly filters either Snake or Lizard, they work and filter correctly however the main problem I have is that when I select the option to progress through the filtered pages using the numbered navigation buttons it clears my filter option and shows everything in the database again. Is it possible to make lock the selection until cleared or another item is selected?

i.e. If I select Lizard from the dropdown is it possible to keep this selection until another option is selected.

Just to clarify, I am using PHP.

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