PhotoArk is a multiyear joint project between National Geographic and Joel Sartore.

National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore has captured the raw state of endangered species from around the world in his captivating Photo Ark project.  

With about 20 years of photographing wildlife, Sartore has organically discovered his lifelong calling of photographing the world’s captive species. It’s no surprise that you truly feel a personal connection to each individual piece as he aims to emotionally connect with his viewers. Whether you are gazing deeply into the eyes of an Amur leopard or walking past a blue waxbill portrait, you will be sure to experience a range of emotions from each of the animal portraits. This exhibition will be sure to inspire you to care about species at risk of extinction as a result of habitat loss that occurs every single day.


The Photo Ark book



Whether you have had the chance to visit the exhibition in person or not, this gem is filled with fascinating portraits of more than 5,600 animals. The official Photo Ark book is the largest archive of its time and is only continuing to grow. Many of the animals that Sartore photographs live in zoos, aquariums, and institutions dedicated to preserving and caring for species of all kinds. It’s essential that people realize the diverse creatures we share the planet with and how they affect our lives.


Learn the history and purpose of the Endangered Species Act, and take a look at some of the species it seeks to preserve. This important volume of portraits features an array of plants and animals in need of protection. Rare compliments Photo Ark with captivating works of art that will be sure to inspire you to help save threatened species.



Many people continue to be skeptical about climate change and the complete extinction of our favorite animals that we frequently visit at the zoo, but we’re facing many of these realities today. We hope that these photographs move you to take measures into your own hands and take action toward saving the lives of endangered species around the world. There are simple steps you can take now, such as making an effort to eat more locally produced fruits and vegetables and reducing, reusing, and recycling your purchased goods.