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Photo Ark for Zoos

Photograph by Jamie Pham/Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens

About this Exhibition

Zoos worldwide are hosting Photo Ark exhibitions to raise awareness of conservation efforts to save species. This is a multi-year National Geographic project with a simple goal—to create portraits of the world’s species before they disappear and to inspire people to care. Each image is a visual connection between the animals and people who can help protect them.

With ingenuity and wit, National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore is creating portraits of an estimated 12,000 species of birds, fish, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, and invertebrates. Many of the animals live in the world's zoos and aquariums—among the last places on Earth dedicated to ensuring their survival. This exhibition features many iconic images and allows visitors to follow Sartore around the world on this exciting and important project.

Each zoo exhibition will feature large-format prints in 8-feet tall kiosks, as well as a grid of many more images to highlight the range of species in the Photo Ark. Visitors will learn more about what they can do to help save species. There are opportunities to customize some of the kiosks for zoos / wildlife sanctuaries where Sartore has photographed.

ABOUT THE PHOTOGRAPHER:

Joel Sartore is a photographer, speaker, author, teacher, conservationist, 24-year contributor to National Geographic magazine, and a National Geographic Fellow. He has traveled to every continent and specializes in documenting endangered species and landscapes. Simply put, he is on a mission to document endangered species to show a world worth saving. “Every year I see more habitat loss, more species consumed for food, medicine or simply decoration,” says Sartore. “The Photo Ark was born out of desperation to halt, or at least slow, the loss of global biodiversity.”

The Exhibition


Tour Schedule

Current Locations
Woodland Park Zoo
Seattle, WA, US
April 20, 2018 - October 08, 2018
ZSL London Zoo
London, United Kingdom
May 26, 2018 - September 25, 2018
Past Locations
Los Angeles Zoo & Botanical Gardens
Los Angeles, CA, US
September 07, 2017 - February 25, 2018
Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden
Cincinnati, OH, US
May 19, 2017 - August 20, 2017
Dallas Zoo
Dallas, TX, US
April 20, 2017 - September 04, 2017
Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium
Omaha, NE, US
April 03, 2017 - September 04, 2017

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Exhibition Types

From large, interactive exhibitions to elegant photography shows, National Geographic offers high-quality traveling exhibitions to meet the needs of institutions both small and large. Working together with photographers, explorers, and other partners, National Geographic creates exhibitions covering a wide range of topics with appeal for multiple audiences. Nearly any size venue can be accommodated, from 200 linear feet for a small photo show to an 8,000-square-foot, interactive exhibition.

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To book a traveling exhibition, fill out the booking request form. A member of our Exhibitions team will respond within one business day to discuss your venue’s interest in a National Geographic Exhibition, to outline fees and logistics including shipping, and to answer any additional questions you may have. 

A traveling exhibition manager will walk you through the process of selecting the right exhibition space to meet your programmatic goals. This includes providing you with detailed object lists with images for your review and examining the schedule to find out what is available during your desired time frame.

The next step is to fill out a standard facilities report, which we will provide you. This report helps National Geographic evaluate the characteristics of your display space to ensure the proper environment and security are in place to host a National Geographic exhibition. For larger exhibitions the report also helps determine if your venue can support the logistical needs required, such as ceiling height, storage space, electrical needs, loading dock specifics, and other useful information that makes hosting an exhibition possible.

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A typical hosting period is 12-16 weeks. The loan fee ranges with the size and complexity of the exhibition selected. Please connect with us via the booking request form to discuss specific loan fees and timing.  

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Shipping arrangements are made by National Geographic in consultation with the venue and may be included in the exhibition loan fee. If shipping is not included in the loan fee, the exhibitor will pay for the cost of inbound shipping. A list of crates with their sizes and contents are provided to the venue to assist in installation planning. For larger exhibitions where multiple tractor trailers are used, a detailed truck pack plan is provided to the venue in advance to assist in installation preparations and staging plans. The traveling exhibitions manager will identify any manpower and special equipment needs for unloading and loading at the exhibitor’s location.

Installation Requirements

Installation requirements vary considerably depending on the size and complexity of the exhibition. For smaller photography exhibitions, installation may take only a few days with minimal staff. For larger exhibitions with exhibition furniture, audio, visual elements, and artifacts, it may take two weeks. A traveling exhibition manager will work closely with you and your staff to develop a detailed installation and de-installation plan tailored to your needs and exhibition characteristics.

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Once a contract is executed, National Geographic provides access to exhibition marketing assets and can provide guidance on usage and strategy. All materials produced by the host venue must be approved by National Geographic before being produced for public consumption.

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National Geographic works with many partners worldwide, and has placed exhibitions in nearly 40 countries, viewed by more than 15 million visitors to-date. Please connect with us via the booking request form and the Global Manager for Traveling Exhibitions will be in touch with more information to help your desired show.

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