12000 Endangered Animal Species are Captured by National Geographic Photographer Joel Sartore...

12000 Endangered Animal Species are Captured by National Geographic Photographer Joel Sartore for his Photography Project “Photo Ark”

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Started in 2006, his multi-year project — called “Photo Ark” — has sent him to zoos in 40 countries around the world in an attempt to photograph 12,000 captive animal species. National Geographic photographer and conservationist Joel Sartore is on a mission to create portraits of the world’s wildlife species, before they disappear forever.

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He’s just reached the halfway mark, capturing 6,000 photos. For the first time, in this month’s issue, National Geographic has featured 10 different images from “Photo Ark” on multiple covers. Sartore joins “CBS This Morning: Saturday” to discuss his inspiration behind the project, how he photographs the animals and some endangered animals behind the camera.

Columbia Basin Pygmy rabbit: 0 survive

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A banded palm civet from the Cincinnati Zoo, the last of its kind in a North American zoo. Credit Joel Sartore.

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Photographer Joel Sartore, who has contributed to National Geographic for more than 20 years.

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An endangered Malayan tiger, Panthera tigris jacksoni, at the Omaha Zoo. (Image ID: ANI019-00208)
An endangered Malayan tiger, Panthera tigris jacksoni, at the Omaha Zoo. (Image ID: ANI019-00208)

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An endangered Indian rhinoceros female with calf (Rhinoceros unicornis) at the Fort Worth Zoo.

An endangered Indian rhinoceros female with calf (Rhinoceros unicornis) at the Fort Worth Zoo. (Image ID: ANI050-00091)

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A baby white-bellied pangolin 

A baby white-bellied pangolin (Phataginus tricuspis) clings to her mother's back at a facility in Florida. At just 70 days old, this captive-born baby was a first in captivity! This species, like many other pangolin species, is illegally taken from the wild. Unfortunately, it is falsely believed that the protective keratin scales have curative properties.

A giant panda (Ailuropoda melanoleuca) at Zoo Atlanta. (Image ID: ANI058-00031)

A male okapi, at White Oak Conservation Center.

 

A federally endangered, male Florida grasshopper sparrow, Ammodramus savannarum floridanus.

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A female African elephant (Loxodonta africana) at the Cheyenne mountain Zoo.