RARE: Creatures of the Photo Ark
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I’m Joel Sartore.
Ever wonder about those wildlife photographers who risk life and limb to get the perfect shot? That’s me. I’ve spent 25 years with National Geographic—and I’ve got the stories and scars to prove it. These days my focus is on the Photo Ark, the world’s largest collection of animal studio portraits. My goal is simple: to get the public to care and save species from extinction.
7,297 species photographed for the Photo Ark
A modern-day Noah
1 porcupine on the cover of
4 times chased by grizzlies
250 talks given worldwide
2 spitting cobras found in camera gear
Joel is the founder of the Photo Ark, a 25-year effort to photograph every species in human care around the globe.
With this image of the Leadbeater’s possum at Zoos Victoria, the Photo Ark has surpassed the 7,000 species milestone. This adorable marsupial was missing in action for more than 50 years before being rediscovered in 1961. The tiny possums are speedy and feisty, and, with estimates as low as 50 for the Lowland population, their status…Get the Story