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Saving Species in the Wild

Many species in the Photo Ark are at risk in the wild due to habitat loss, illegal poaching, and other threats. National Geographic is actively funding conservationists in the field to help some of these species in most critical need. Meet some of the conservation heroes who are helping protect wildlife and find out how you can take action to help.

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Olivier Nsengimana and the Grey Crowned Crane

Having grown up enjoying the sights and sounds of cranes dancing in the marsh, Olivier Nsengimana was shocked to learn as an adult of their drastic decline. In Rwanda and elsewhere, juvenile wild cranes and eggs are illegally caught, sold, and confined to solitary futures as status symbols for humans.

Kalyar Platt and the Burmese Star Tortoise

There’s a belief around Minzontaung Wildlife Sanctuary in Myanmar that Earth spirits protect tortoises and wreak vengeance on those who harm them. That makes it an ideal place for National Geographic grantee Kalyar Platt and team to release hundreds of captive-bred Burmese star tortoises.

Jia Zhong and the Chinese Merganser

While most Chinese mergansers breed in Russia’s Far East, they fly south to China for the winter. Jia Zhong and her colleagues work with hundreds of birdwatchers across China to locate, study, and protect the rivers that harbor these endangered birds.

Corinne Kendall and the White-Backed Vulture

Corinne Kendall and staff from the Wildlife Conservation Society are satellite-tracking white-backed vultures in southern Tanzania where the population is still strong. The data they collect will reveal the range, breeding areas, habitat use, and likely causes of death for the birds.

Carlton Ward Jr. and the Florida Panther

Carlton Ward Jr. works with scientists and landowners in Florida’s wildest areas to highlight opportunities to benefit panthers and people. By connecting the public to panthers using photos and outreach, he seeks to encourage the habitat protection needed to expand the panther population and keep Florida wild.

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.