Man on a Mission:
Building the Photo Ark
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.
9844 species photographed for the Photo Ark
A modern-day Noah
1 porcupine named Piper on the cover of
4 times chased by grizzlies
300 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.
March Madness is upon us, and this year, the Photo Ark is unveiling its very own month-long tournament! Throughout the month of March, we’ll be featuring head to head matches of a variety of species featured in the Photo Ark. You can vote via stories on our Instagram page @joelsartore to help determine which animals…Get the Story