The Pyrenean desman, Galemys pyrenaicus, is the 8,000th species to board the National Geographic Photo Ark. Photographed in Portugal, this rare insectivore leads a semiaquatic nocturnal life, with webbed feet for swimming and a trunk-like nose for sensing prey and snorkeling. The Pyrenean desman is a vulnerable species and its population has fallen by about 60% over the past 20 years.
In his quest to document our world’s astonishing diversity, Joel has taken portraits of 8,000 species — and counting! He’s over half way to his goal of documenting all of the approximately 12,000 species living in the world’s zoos and wildlife sanctuaries.
Year of the Bird is 12 months of storytelling, science, and conservation aimed at heightening public awareness of birds and the importance of protecting these critical species. Take a look at some of the birds of the Photo Ark below and learn more about Year of the Bird.
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.
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.