Species to Date
Photo Ark uses the power of photography to inspire people to help protect species at risk before it’s too late. Founder and photographer Joel Sartore has taken portraits of 13,000 species — and counting — in his quest to document our world’s astonishing diversity! He’s over half way to his goal of documenting all of the approximately 20,000 species living in the world’s zoos and wildlife sanctuaries.
Explore all the species in the National Geographic Photo Ark at joelsartore.com/photo-ark.
Stories of Impact
Joel Sartore and the Photo Ark EDGE Fellows are working to help protect wildlife.
Spoon-billed sandpiper joins National Geographic Photo Ark as 13,000th species
National Geographic Explorer and Photo Ark founder Joel Sartore photographed the “spoonie” at the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust Slimbridge in Gloucestershire, UK.
Arabian cobra joins National Geographic Photo Ark as the 12,000th species
An Arabian cobra, Naja arabica, is the 12,000th species in the National Geographic Photo Ark.
Uncommon dart moth joins National Geographic Photo Ark as the 11,000th species
Joel Sartore, founder of the National Geographic Photo Ark, makes history by taking what is likely the first photo of the long-toothed dart moth (Dichagyris longidens) alive.
Joel Sartore photographs the 10,000th species
In honor of Endangered Species Day, Photo Ark founder Joel Sartore announced the addition of the Ark’s 10,000th species — the güiña, the smallest wildcat in the Americas.
A National Geographic Photo Ark EDGE Fellow is passionate about manatee conservation in Belize.
2020 Photo Ark EDGE Fellows
National Geographic and the Zoological Society of London Announce Africa Cohort of National Geographic Photo Ark EDGE Fellows.
A National Geographic Photo Ark EDGE Fellow is focused on tapir recovery in Sierra Madre de Chiapas.
Photo Ark Featured on CBS Sunday Morning
By saving other species, we will be saving our own, Joel Sartore explains on CBS Sunday Morning.
One Man’s Quest to Photograph Every Captive Animal on the Planet
Joel Sartore discusses Photo Ark on the Weather Channel.
Every Animal Deserves a Story
Joel Sartore shares the weird and wonderful animals we are working to save during the 2018 National Geographic Explorers Festival.
National Geographic Photo Ark Featured on 60 Minutes
60 Minutes profiles National Geographic photographer, Fellow, and Founder of the National Geographic Photo Ark Joel Sartore on his quest to help save species at risk by photographing every species currently living in the world's zoos, aquariums, and wildlife sanctuaries.
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About Photo Ark and Joel Sartore
“I want people to care, to fall in love, and to take action.”
Photo Ark is a multiyear effort to document every species living in zoos and wildlife sanctuaries, inspire action through education, and help protect wildlife by supporting on-the-ground conservation efforts.
National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore started the Photo Ark in his hometown of Lincoln, Nebraska, in 2006. Since then, he has visited more than 50 countries and photographed more than 13,000 species in his quest to create this photo archive of global biodiversity.
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.