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Sounding the alarm for species at risk,
one photograph at a time

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

The National Geographic Photo Ark is using the power of photography to inspire people to help save species at risk before it’s too late. Photo Ark founder Joel Sartore has photographed more than 10,000 species around the world as part of a multiyear effort to document every species living in zoos and wildlife sanctuaries, inspire action through education, and help save wildlife by supporting on-the-ground conservation efforts.






Building the Ark


Species to Date



In his quest to document our world’s astonishing diversity, Joel has taken portraits of 10,531 species — and counting! He’s over half way to his goal of documenting all of the approximately 15,000 species living in the world’s zoos and wildlife sanctuaries.


Explore the Ark



In Your Home

Consider changing your daily habits to preserve natural resources—overuse can negatively impact wildlife. Avoid single-use plastics, eat less meat and educate your friends and family about the importance of protecting the planet.

In Your Backyard

Look for alternatives to putting chemicals on your lawn, which poison the soil, air, and water. Dedicate your home and/or office landscaping to native plants in order to save pollinating insects, which play a crucial role in producing fruits and vegetables. 

In Your Community

Learn about species that are native to where you live and help them thrive by preserving and restoring their habitats. Explore local green spaces and consider volunteer opportunities with wildlife rehabilitation efforts in your community.  

Help Build the Photo Ark

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.

Follow Photo Ark

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



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