Drawing new attention to vulnerable animals through photography

Joel Sartore takes simple, intimate photographs of vulnerable animals in a studio. He hopes the images will give people a new perspective on what we could lose if the animals go extinct. He’s shot more than 8000 portraits as part of his Photo Ark.


A critically endangered Sumatran tiger (Panthera tigris sondaica) at the Miller Park Zoo, Bloomington, Illinois. Photo by Joel Sartore/ National Geographic Photo Ark.