Photo

ONA014-00012

Kanzi the Bonobo (Pan paniscus) at the Ape Cognition and Conservation Initiative (ACCI) in Des Moines, Iowa.
Bonobos are listed as endangered on the IUCN red list.

The Ape Cognition and Conservation Initiative is the only research facility in North America to exclusively house and study bonobos. The Ape Initiative’s programs aim to enrich the lives of bonobos and increase awareness of bonobos and other great apes worldwide through responsible and sustainable research and conservation education. The Ape Initiative is situated on 230 acres in Des Moines, Iowa, USA – with over 6 acres of ape-accessible space. The Ape Initiative bonobos include the world-famous Kanzi, whose comprehension of spoken English and use of a lexigram keyboard has been well documented. All bonobos living at the Ape Initiative participate in a variety of husbandry activities as well as behavioral and cognitive research aimed at uncovering the evolutionary origins of human language, cognition, and behavior.

Photo

ONA014-00011

Joel Sartore photographs a Chinese water dragon (Physignathus cocincinus) at the Lincoln Children’s Zoo in Lincoln, NE.

Photo

ONA014-00010

Behind the scenes look at a National Geographic Photo Ark shoot of American flamingos (Phoenicopterus ruber) at the Lincoln Children’s Zoo in Lincoln, NE.

Photo

ONA007-00202

Joel Sartore (left) and Pierre Chabannes on a spider shoot at Museum of Nature South Tyrol in Bolzano, Italy.

Photo

ANI032-00171

Kalibasib (Nickname is Kali), an 18-year-old male tamaraw or Mindoro dwarf buffalo, Bubalus mindorensis, at Tamaraw Gene Pool Farm on Mindoro Island in the Philippines.

This species critically endangered on the IUCN Red List.

Photo

ONA007-00194

Joel shows an image to a group during a Photo Ark shoot inside the reptile house at the Assam State Zoo in Guwahati, Assam, India.

Photo

ONA007-00193

Scenes from the Ark shoot inside the reptile house at the Assam State Zoo in Guwahati, Assam, India.

Photo

ONA007-00192

Scenes from the Ark shoot inside the reptile house at the Assam State Zoo in Guwahati, Assam, India.

Photo

ONA007-00191

Scenes from the Ark shoot inside the reptile house at the Assam State Zoo in Guwahati, Assam, India.

Photo

ONA007-00190

Scenes from the Ark shoot inside the reptile house at the Assam State Zoo in Guwahati, Assam, India.

Photo

ONA007-00189

Scenes from the Ark shoot inside the reptile house at the Assam State Zoo in Guwahati, Assam, India.

Photo

ONA007-00188

Joel Sartore with a Horned screamer on assignment at the National Aviary of Colombia.

Photo

ONA007-00183

A photographer prepares for a photo shoot at the Alaska SeaLife Center in Seward, AK.

Photo

ONA007-00135

Zookeepers with a federally threatened male spectacled eider (Somateria fischeri) at the Alaska SeaLife Center. This bird has been in decline since the 1980’s, attributed most likely to climate change and lead shot in their environment.

Photo

ONA007-00127

A WildCare Foundation staff members holds containers of poison-dart frogs.

Photo

ONA007-00174

Staff members at the Loggerhead Marinelife Center prepare for a photoshoot of ‘Megan’ an olive ridley sea turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea). This animal came in after becoming entangled in fishing gear. Once rehabbed, the animal will be released in waters off the coast.

Photo

ONA007-00175

Staff members at the Loggerhead Marinelife Center assist with a photoshoot of ‘Megan’ an olive ridley sea turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea). This animal came in after becoming entangled in fishing gear. Once rehabbed, the animal will be released in waters off the coast.

Photo

ONA007-00176

Staff members at the Loggerhead Marinelife Center care for ‘Megan’ an olive ridley sea turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea). This animal came in after becoming entangled in fishing gear. Once rehabbed, the animal will be released in waters off the coast.

Photo

ONA007-00177

Staff members at the Loggerhead Marinelife Center care for ‘Megan’ an olive ridley sea turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea). This animal came in after becoming entangled in fishing gear. Once rehabbed, the animal will be released in waters off the coast.

Photo

ONA007-00178

Staff members at the Loggerhead Marinelife Center transport ‘Megan’ an olive ridley sea turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea). This animal came in after becoming entangled in fishing gear. Once rehabbed, the animal will be released in waters off the coast.

Photo

ONA007-00180

Staff members at the Loggerhead Marinelife Center transport ‘Megan’ an olive ridley sea turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea). This animal came in after becoming entangled in fishing gear. Once rehabbed, the animal will be released in waters off the coast.

Photo

ONA007-00181

Staff members at the Loggerhead Marinelife Center transport ‘Megan’ an olive ridley sea turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea). This animal came in after becoming entangled in fishing gear. Once rehabbed, the animal will be released in waters off the coast.

Photo

ONA007-00182

Staff members at the Loggerhead Marinelife Center care for ‘Megan’ an olive ridley sea turtle (Lepidochelys olivacea). This animal came in after becoming entangled in fishing gear. Once rehabbed, the animal will be released in waters off the coast.

Photo

ONA007-00171

Photography set up for greater mouse-deer, greater Malay chevrotain or napu (Tragulus napu) at the Topeka Zoo.

Photo

ONA007-00172

Photography set up for greater mouse-deer, greater Malay chevrotain or napu (Tragulus napu) at the Topeka Zoo.

Photo

ONA007-00173

Background made by Wrylie Guffey (shown in photo) for greater mouse-deer, greater Malay chevrotain or napu (Tragulus napu)at the Topeka Zoo

Photo

ONA007-00168

A television crew films a federally endangered wild caught silver rice rat (Oryzomys palustris natator) on a US Navy property near Key West, Florida. This was on Saddlebunch Key.

Photo

ONA007-00169

A federally endangered wild caught silver rice rat (Oryzomys palustris natator) on a US Navy property near Key West, Florida. This was on Saddlebunch Key.

Photo

ONA007-00165

Releasing a wild caught Lower Keys marsh rabbit, Sylvilagus palustris hefneri, at the Key West Naval Base in Florida. This species likely numbers 300 or less, with none in captivity.

Photo

ONA007-00166

A wild caught Lower Keys marsh rabbit, Sylvilagus palustris hefneri, at the Key West Naval Base in Florida. This species likely numbers 300 or less, with none in captivity.

Photo

ONA007-00164

Releasing a wild caught Lower Keys marsh rabbit, Sylvilagus palustris hefneri, at the Key West Naval Base in Florida. This species likely numbers 300 or less, with none in captivity.

Photo

ONA007-00157

Joel photographs a juvenile, northern elephant seal (Mirounga angustirostris) at the Marine Mammal Care Center at Fort MacArthur, California.

Photo

ONA007-00152

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

Photo

ONA007-00153

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

Photo: Julie Jensen Director of Marketing | WVC O: 866.800.7326 | D: 702.443.9249 | E: j.jensen@wvc.org

Speaking Engagements

Joel is a popular keynote speaker with conservation, corporate, and civic groups.

Hire him to entertain and inspire your audience.

Book Joel To Speak

The Photo Ark

Joel is the founder of the Photo Ark, a groundbreaking effort to document every species in captivity before it’s too late.

Explore the Photo Ark

Visit Our Store

Every purchase goes directly to support our mission: getting the public to care and helping to save species from extinction.

Help Us Build the Ark