National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore’s multi-decade quest to draw attention to the plight of the world’s animal species and inspire their conservation through the National Geographic Photo Ark has taken him to zoos and sanctuaries all over the world to capture images of animals.
Sartore’s pictures aren’t just any snapshots; these stunningly beautiful portraits are intimate and moving — designed to serve as an important record of each animal’s existence and a powerful testament to the importance of saving them.
On April 6, the South Florida Museum will open its latest special exhibition — a showcase of more than 50 images of the world-renowned Sartore’s most compelling works. The extraordinary portraits have captured the imagination of people around the world and have even been projected on the Empire State Building and St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome.
“This exhibition provides some of the most compelling images ever of the animals that make our world a richer place,” said Matthew D. Woodside, the Museum’s Chief Curator & Director of Exhibitions. “As an organization that works to save endangered wild manatees through our Stage 2 Rehabilitation Habitat, we’re honored to be able to showcase Sartore’s animal portraits and do our part to help spur conservation of many more species.”
Sartore, National Geographic Photographer and Fellow, started the National Geographic Photo Ark in his hometown of Lincoln, Nebraska, because he wanted people to fall in love with his subjects and take action. “It’s vital people pay attention and realize what amazing creatures we share the planet with,” he said. He estimates that by the time his quest is completed, it will include some 12,000 portraits of birds, fish, mammals, reptiles, amphibians and invertebrates in what will be the largest single archive of studio-quality photographs of biodiversity ever. The collection already includes more than 9,000 portraits.
The exhibition, which will be open through July 14, is organized by the National Geographic Society.
About the National Geographic Society
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