Mandrill BabyPhoto by: Joel Sartore/National Geographic Photo Ark
National Geographic Photo Ark is a multiyear project led by photographer Joel Sartore, whose life mission is to photograph every species living in the world’s zoos and wildlife sanctuaries. He has visited over 40 countries, creating an archive of global diversity that includes portraits of more than 8,000 species.
From the familiar to the exotic, Annenberg Space for Photography’s presentation of the Photo Ark featured nearly 100 captivating, large-format prints of the world’s animals that brought visitors eye-to-eye with endangered wildlife, inspiring them to save species at risk.
The exhibit also included a short documentary film, interactive games, a studio where guests could be photographed with their favorite animal as a backdrop, a gallery devoted to California’s indigenous species, and a full slate of programming including field trips, workshops, and our acclaimed Iris Nights lecture series.
Sartore’s powerful photos mirrored a powerful message—shared with humor and compassion—that to know these animals is to want to save them.
Photo Ark is organized and traveled by the National Geographic Society.
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Veiled chameleon (Chamaeleo calyptratus)© Photo by Joel Sartore/National Geographic Photo Ark
Coquerel's sifaka (Propithecus coquereli)© Photo by Joel Sartore/National Geographic Photo Ark
Sumatran tiger (Panthera tigris sondaica)© Photo by Joel Sartore/National Geographic Photo Ark
African wild dog (Lycaon pictus)© Photo by Joel Sartore/National Geographic Photo Ark
Giant panda (Ailuropoda melanoleuca)© Photo by Joel Sartore/National Geographic Photo Ark