"I'm bummed continually that I didn't start the project until I was half dead. I started it at 42. I should have started it at 20, but I just didn't ... it just took that long to come to me."
"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."
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.