"The goal of the Photo Ark isn't just to create a record of what we’ve squandered. It’s to get people to change how they think and act in order to save these species."
"There has never been a better time to save species, because there's never been so many on the ropes. But also people have a lot of information at their fingertips. They want to be heroes to themselves and their friends and family."
Growing up in Nebraska, Joel Sartore was surrounded by animals and nature. “My father took me hunting, fishing, and mushroom hunting,” he recalls. “And my mother always loved backyard birds and flowers. Because my parents cared about the natural world, I care about it too.”
Joel Sartore has visited 40 countries in his quest to create this photo archive of global biodiversity. To date, he has completed intimate portraits of more than 6,000 species.
No matter its size, each animal is treated with the same amount of affection and respect. The results are portraits that are not just stunningly beautiful, but also intimate and moving.