Photo Ark

Saving species through the power of photography

Want to see every single species of animals, all in one place? That's just what National Geographic is trying to create. From cuddly cute to outrageously strange, we want to see—and save—them all! 

Through a project called Photo Ark, photographer Joel Sartore is visiting zoos and wildlife sanctuaries around the world to snap pictures of approximately 20,000 species of captive animals, and so far he's photographed 11,000—and counting! He hopes the photos will inspire people to save the planet’s most endangered animals. 

What's this animal?
What's this animal?
Photograph by Joel Sartore, National Geographic Photo Ark, Nat Geo Image Collection


A giant panda at Zoo Atlanta
A giant panda at Zoo Atlanta
Photograph by Joel Sartore, National Geographic Photo Ark

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