Joel Sartore Spent 25 Years to Photograph Every Animal in the World

American photographer Joel Sartore teamed up with National Geographic to document our planet’s biodiversity and spread awareness about endangered species among the general populace. For the past 25 years, Sartore has photographed over 9,500 mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, fish and invertebrates living in zoos and wildlife sanctuaries of the world. An estimate of 12,000 animals have been photographed so far, and when finished, Photo Ark will be the world’s largest archive of high-quality photos of biodiversity. The International Center of Photography and the Southampton Arts Center will showcase Sartore’s astonishing collection in the upcoming National Geographic Photo Ark exhibition, to celebrate Sartore’s achievements thus far. From tiniest to biggest, invertebrates to mammals, vulnerable to extinct in the wild, each close-up gives a close look into the lives, personalities, and uniqueness of these beautiful animals. The National Geographic Photo Ark exhibition will be opened on June 27th and will last until September 8th, 2019. For more information on the project, exhibition, and the man behind this Joel Sartore visit his Facebook, Instagram, and website.

A Coquerel’s sifaka, Propithecus coquereli, at the Houston Zoo


A federally threatened koala, Phascolarctos cinereus, with her babies at the Australia Zoo Wildlife Hospital

Joel Sartore and a clouded leopard cub, Neofelis nebulosa, at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium

A federally endangered Florida panther, Puma concolor coryi, at Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo


A pygmy slow loris, Nycticebus pygmaeus, at Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium

An endangered baby Bornean orangutan, Pongo pygmaeus, with her adoptive mother, a Bornean/Sumatran cross, Pongo pygmaeus x abelii, at the Houston Zoo

An endangered Malayan tiger, Panthera tigris jacksoni, at Omaha Henry Doorly Zoo

Three critically endangered, yearling Burmese star tortoises, Geochelone platynota, at the Turtle Conservancy


A pair of red wolves, Canis rufus gregoryi, at the Great Plains Zoo

A critically endangered African white-backed vulture, Gyps africanus, at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo

A Fiji Island banded iguana, Brachylophus fasciatus, at the Los Angeles Zoo

Two Golden snub-nosed monkeys, Rhinopithecus roxellana, at Ocean Park Hong Kong


“Our hope is that people will look these creatures in the eyes, and be inspired to care, while there is still time.”

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