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Joel Sartore poses with the RARE documentary crew at Fundacao Jardim Zoologico de Brasilia.

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The RARE documentary crew poses with camera gear at Fundacao Jardim Zoologico de Brasilia.

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An orange-spined hairy dwarf porcupine (Coendou spinosus) explores the studio set up and camera at the Membeca Lagos Farm, near Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

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A rattlesnake explores Joel SartoreÕs camera bag during a Photo Ark photoshoot.

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An Australasian swamphen or pukeko (Porphyrio melanotus) in a shooting tent at the Kiwi Birdlife Park in Queenstown, New Zealand.

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A group of men improvise electricity for a Photo Ark shoot.

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Joel Sartore on a Photo Ark photo shoot at the Assam State Zoo in Guwahati, Assam, India.

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A photographer sets out gear needed for a photo shoot.

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Louis, a 2-year-old painted stork (Mycteria leucocephala), prepares for a photo shoot.

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An assistant packs for a photographer’s trip to Africa.

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An enclosure is set up to photograph a federally endangered pygmy rabbit (Brachylagus idahoensis).

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A federally threatened northern spotted owl (Strix occidentalis caurina) being photographed by Joel Sartore.

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Joel Sartore and Anne Thompson of NBC Nightly News prepare to photograph a West African dwarf crocodile (Osteolaemus tetraspis tetraspis) at the Lincoln Children’s Zoo.

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Siblings clown around amid photo gear on the floor of the living room.

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Cole Sartore sleeps jammed next to rolls of background paper on a road trip.

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Cole Sartore holds onto the backdrop as he heads out of the Houston Zoo.

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Cole and Joel argue about how to fit everything back in the Prius upon leaving the Sunset Zoo.

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An assistant packs photo equipment in Lincoln, Nebraska.

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An assistant packs photo equipment in Lincoln, Nebraska.

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An assistant packs photo equipment in Lincoln, Nebraska.

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A venomous West African green mamba (Dendroaspis viridis) in a clear glass box at Reptile Gardens near Rapid City, South Dakota.

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