Joel Sartore, An Ocelot (Leopardus Pardalis) at the Omaha Zoo, Photography from the Biodiversity Project, 2012, © Joel Sartore.
Sartore is a photographer, speaker, author, teacher, and a 20-year contributor to National Geographic -having produced more than 30 stories from around the world as a freelance photographer for the magazine. Sartore, has been photographing endangered species across America for The Biodiversity Project which he hopes will include about 6,000 different creatures, about the number held in American zoos and aquariums. He travels to zoos and aquariums throughout the United States –so far to more than 60. Sartore is on a mission to document endangered species and landscapes in order to show a world worth saving.
The Biodiversity Project: For many of Earth’s creatures, time is running out. Half of the world’s plant and animal species will soon be threatened with extinction. The goal of the Biodiversity Project is simple: to show what’s at stake, and to get people to care, while there’s still time to save them. More than 1,800 species have been photographed to date, with more to come. Joel’s latest book, Rare: Portraits of America’s Endangered Species takes a look at species in trouble in America as well as some that have come back from the brink. Support the project & get the book, signed copies are available through his website