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.
Joel is the founder of the Photo Ark, a 25-year effort to photograph every species in human care around the globe.
It’s our anniversary! We’ve come a long way since starting the Photo Ark in 2006 at the Lincoln Children’s Zoo. This past year, we welcomed our 14,000th species, an Indochinese green magpie named Jolie, who was photographed at the Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens. She was brought to the zoo after…Get the Story