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Get the latest Photo Ark book, Vanishing, filled with Sartore’s stunning photos of 287 of the world’s most vulnerable species. Emotional, inspirational, and illustrative of each animal’s unique personality, Vanishing invites us to look closer and care more about the creatures on planet Earth.

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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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World Wildlife Day Conservation Heroes

World Wildlife Day Conservation Heroes  

Celebrate World Wildlife Day by Learning about 2 National Geographic Photo Ark EDGE Fellows.

9,000th Species to Join the Photo Ark

9,000th Species to Join the Photo Ark  

The Bandula barb is the 9,000th species to board the National Geographic Photo Ark.

Romeo finds his Juliet

Romeo finds his Juliet  

Romeo, a critically endangered frog thought to be the last of his species, has found his Juliet.


8,000th Species to Join National Geographic Photo Ark

The Pyrenean desman, Galemys pyrenaicus, is the 8,000th species to board the National Geographic Photo Ark.

Meet the 2019 National Geographic Photo Ark EDGE Species

Meet the 2019 National Geographic Photo Ark EDGE Species  

The National Geographic Society joined with the Zoological Society of London’s EDGE of Existence programme to protect unique species who inhabit Asia.

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Joel Sartore Receives Captain Planet Exemplar Award  

Joel Sartore received the award at the Captain Planet Foundation’s 26th Annual Gala event.

Year of the Bird

Year of the Bird was 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.

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See Joel Live  

Hear from Joel about Photo Ark and his career as a Nat Geo Photographer! Learn More

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Follow us on Facebook to learn about future Photo Ark virtual (and actual) events. Learn More

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.

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.

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Kalyar Platt and the Burmese Star Tortoise  

Microchips, other ID markers, and transmitters help Kalyar Platt and team keep track of a few tortoises to monitor the success of their return to the wild.

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