See What We Can #SaveTogether

Species are disappearing at an alarming rate, but together we can help.

The National Geographic Photo Ark, led by photographer Joel Sartore, is a multiyear effort to document every species living in the world’s zoos and other protected areas, inspire action through education, and help save wildlife by supporting on-the-ground conservation efforts. And you can help by spreading the word! Learn how you can sound the alarm about species at risk by participating in our #SaveTogether campaign.

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Picture of Burmese Star Tortoise at the Atlanta Zoo (1102551)

Help Us Save Wildlife

Thousands of species are at risk and time is running out. Join National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore as he leads the Photo Ark project to document our planet’s biodiversity and find innovative solutions to help save threatened species and protect their critical habitats.


People all around the world are sounding the alarm and helping raise awareness of threatened species by taking a selfie and sharing it on social media with the hashtag #SaveTogether. See the latest selfies below—then see all the selfies and learn how you can participate here.

Picture of Joel Sartore


“I want people to care, to fall in love, and to take action.”

Photo Ark founder and National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore has visited 40 countries in his quest to create this photo archive of global biodiversity. To date, he has completed intimate portraits of more than 6,000 species.

No matter its size, each animal is treated with the same amount of affection and respect. The results are portraits that are not just stunningly beautiful, but also intimate and moving. 

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Animals on the Brink

Bring Photo Ark Home

Get the Latest Photo Ark Books  

The Photo Ark, a lush book of photography, is filled with beautiful and moving photos of animals both tiny and mammoth accompanied by Joel’s powerful story. Also available is Animal Ark. The children in your life will love spending time with the amazing animals in this picture book, featuring awe-inspiring close-up images from the Photo Ark project accompanied by playful poetry from Newbery Medal–winning author Kwame Alexander.

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Follow Photo Ark

Keep up with Photo Ark and Joel Sartore by following the project on Facebook and Instagram.


Photos: Florida panther photographed at Lowry Park Zoo in Tampa, Florida; Malayan tiger photographed at the Omaha Zoo; Burmese star tortoise photographed at the Atlanta Zoo.