Quest to Build a Photo Ark for Animals

Lemur, NatGeoTen years ago today, National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore’s wife, Kathy, was diagnosed with breast cancer.

That diagnosis, and Sartore’s subsequent need to stay home and care for his wife and children in their Lincoln, Nebraska home, spawned an unplanned—and unprecedented—photographic project called Photo Ark to help save the world’s species. (“Stunning Pictures: Ten of the Rarest Animals on Earth.”)

Through his Photo Ark project, Sartore has made photographic portraits of 5,400 animals at zoos and aquariums worldwide—and he won’t stop, he says, until he documents all 12,000 captive species.

This month a National Geographic Photo Ark exhibit featuring Sartore’s iconic images opened at the National Geographic Museum in Washington D.C. (See more information about the exhibit.)

National Geographic talked to Sartore to learn more about his passion for Photo Ark.

What inspired the creation of Photo Ark?

I’d been a National Geographic photographer who roamed the world for … read more —>

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