I'm Joel Sartore.

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.

  • 6,531 species photographed for the Photo Ark
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  • 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
    Picture of a grizzly bear, Ursus arctos horribilis, at Sedgewick County Zoo.
  • 250 talks given worldwide
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  • 2 spitting cobras found in camera gear
    Picture of a red spitting cobra (Naja pallida) at the St. Louis Zoo.

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Joel Sartore News

See the Animals from “Rare” on PBS

Here are some of the amazing animals featured in RARE: Creatures of the Photo Ark, airing July 2017 on PBS. I hope that my photographs will help people fall in love with the animals I capture, and realize that these rare species tie directly back into their own lives. Animals Featured in Episode 2 Missed the…

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