Joel Sartore is a freelance photographer, writer, speaker, author and teacher who works alongside National Geographical. He specializes in photographing endangered species as part of his work in conservation. In order to document these species he created the project ‘The Photo Ark’ which has been ever growing since it was created 25 years ago.
In addition to the work he has done for National Geographic, Joel has contributed to Audubon Magazine, Geo, Sports Illustrated, The New York Times, the Smithsonian Magazine and numerous book projects. Joel and his work have been the subjects of several national broadcasts including National Geographic’s Explorer, the NBC Nightly News, NPR’s Weekend Edition, the Today Show and an hour-long PBS documentary, At Close Range. He is also a contributor on the CBS Sunday Morning Show.
Millions of monarch butterflies (Danaus plexippus) roost on the Sierra Chincua (Chincua mountain) near Angangueo, Mexico. This is one of five wintering roosts for monarchs, where the cool mountain climate slows their metabolism enough for them to overwinter before migrating back northward in the spring. Logging threatens this spectacle: already one of the five sites is no longer used by the butterflies due to the forest being cleared. (Image ID: ANI082-00116)
Studio portraits of a half-day-old hatchling leatherback turtle (Dermochelys coriacea) from the wild in Bioko. (Image ID: ANI024-00503)
American flamingos (Phoenicopterus ruber) at the Lincoln Children’s Zoo. (Image ID: BIR035-00072)
An endangered baby Bornean orangutan (Pongo pygmaeus) named Aurora, with her adoptive mother, Cheyenne, a Bornean/Sumatran cross (Pongo pygmaeus x abelii) at the Houston Zoo. (Not available for licensing.) (Image ID: ANI090-00001)
A giant panda (Ailuropoda melanoleuca) at Zoo Atlanta. This endangered species is native to China. (Image ID: ANI058-00042)