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.
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.
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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.
Photographer Joel Sartore, who has contributed to National Geographic for more than 20 years.
An endangered Indian rhinoceros female with calf (Rhinoceros unicornis) at the Fort Worth Zoo.
A baby white-bellied pangolin