I'm Joel Sartore.

National Geographic photographer, speaker, and Photo Ark founder

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.

  • 6,531 species photographed for the Photo Ark
     I'm Joel Sartore.
  • A modern-day Noah

  • 1 porcupine on the cover of

    National Geographic

    Photo: Andean porcupine (Coendou quichua) at the Saint Louis Zoo.
  • 4 times chased by grizzlies
    Photo: A federally threatened grizzly bear, Ursus arctos horribilis, at Sedgewick County Zoo.
  • 250 talks given worldwide
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  • 2 spitting cobras found in camera gear
    Photo: A red spitting cobra (Naja pallida) at the St. Louis Zoo.

Speaking Engagements

“Joel never fails to dazzle.”
Known for his sense of humor and incredible stories from the field, Joel is a popular speaker with conservation, corporate, and civic groups.

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Joel Sartore News

Photo Ark Zoo Exhibitions Open for Summer 2017

Zoos across the country are going to be seeing even more animals this summer! The images of National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore’s Photo Ark project will be displayed at Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo, the Dallas Zoo and the Cincinnati Zoo starting in April and May. The Photo Ark project was created to bring audiences face-to-face with…

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