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A vulnerable four-toed jerboa (Allactaga tetradactyla) at the Plzen Zoo in the Czech Republic.

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An American alligator (Alligator mississippiensis) at the Lincoln Children’s Zoo.

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A pair of critically endangered Madagascar pochards (Aythya innotata) at the Pochard Captive Breeding Center in Antsohihy, Madagascar.

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An endangered Madagascar sacred ibis (Threskiornis bernieri) at PBZT, the Parc Botanique Et Zoologique de Tsimbazaza.

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A horned screamer (Anhima cornuta) at the National Aviary of Colombia.

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Two endangered Limosa harlequin frogs (Atelopus limosus) at the Panama Amphibian Rescue and Conservation Project.

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A pair of vulnerable black lemurs (Eulemur macaco) at the St. Louis Zoo.

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An Asian millipede (Thyropygus pachyurus) at the St. Louis Zoo.

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A derbyana flower beetle (Dicronorrhina derbyana) at the Saint Louis Zoo.

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An endangered horned marsupial frog (Gastrotheca Cornuta) at the El Valle Amphibian Conservation Center (EVACC).

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A brown-throated three-toed sloth (Bradypus variegatus) at the APPC in Gamboa, Panama.

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A vermilion cardinal (Cardinalis phoeniceus) at the National Aviary of Colombia.

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A critically endangered brush-tailed bettong or woylie (Bettongia penicillata ogilbyi) at the Plzen Zoo in the Czech Republic.

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An endangered female South China tiger (Panthera tigris amoyensis) at the Suzhou Tiger Center in China. This is a species that may be gone from the wild now, and only 100 are in captivity, all descended from a founding population of just four females and two males.

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Projections of the Photo Ark

OPS and the Photo Ark team up to project images onto the Empire State Building, the UN Building and the Vatican in order to bring awareness to Racing Extinction, a documentary about the ongoing mass extinction of our world’s animals.

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Down Home

An intimate glimpse into the state of Nebraska. Much thanks to Colin Shaddick & Roger Nicholls for the use of Full-A-Blues/ CC BY-NC-ND 3.0  

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A beautiful slideshow depicting the heart of Nebraska. Much thanks to Mark Orton for the use of “Their Pie” and to Colin Shaddick & Roger Nicholls “Full-A-Blues” / CC BY-NC-ND 3.0

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Joel Sartore, A Photographer’s Life

Joel Sartore shares about the personal ins and outs of what it’s like to be the man behind the camera, as he travels the globe photographing people, habitats and animals.

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The Photo Ark (NBC Nightly News)

National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore is on a mission to document as many species as he can for an ongoing personal effort, Photo Ark. NBC Nightly News environmental affairs correspondent Anne Thompson joined Joel Sartore for one shoot for the project at the Lincoln Children’s Zoo.

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Robo Cam

Sometimes getting the right shot means pulling out a few tricks. Joel Sartore uses a “Robo Cam” to get up close and personal in this humorous video.

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The Chimp Incident

Expect the unexpected — especially when dealing with chimps. Joel learned just how quickly best-laid plans get tossed to the wind while on assignment at the Sunset Zoo for The Photo Ark.

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About Joel Sartore

Joel Sartore on his work as a photographer for National Geographic, and his drive to share what he’s learned as an inspirational and often funny keynote speaker.

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RARE

About the Project: Earth’s biodiversity is vanishing at an astonishing rate, both here in America and abroad. Joel’s latest book project, Rare: Portraits of America’s Endangered Species takes a look at species in trouble in America as well as some that have come back from the brink. Get the book: signed copies of the Rare are available through this website.

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RARE: Behind The Scenes

In two decades on assignment for National Geographic Joel has learned that the only thing you can count on is a little chaos. Watch Joel as he photographs everything from armadillos to bald eagles — it’s all part of his quest to document Earth’s vanishing biodiversity before it’s too late. Joel’s latest book, Rare: Portraits of America’s Endangered…

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Taking Time Out: Lessons from Cancer (CBS Sunday Morning)

Joel’s essay about his his wife Kathy’s experience with breast cancer and successful treatment, as it appeared on CBS Sunday Morning. More essays and photos inspired by Joel’s pieces for CBS Sunday Morning are in his latest book, Let’s Be Reasonable.  Signed copies are available through this website.