EXCLUSIVE The Photo Ark Vanishing: October issue of National Geographic shows & # 39; the world's most vulnerable animals in a series of powerful and cute animal portraits
- National Geographic nature photographer, Joel Satore started the project & # 39; The Photo Ark & # 39;
- The Photo Ark is an attempt to document endangered animals in powerful studio portrait settings
- 9,754 different animal species can be seen in The Ark, out of an estimated 12,000 in captivity worldwide
- A selection of photos will be featured in the October issue of National Geographic and recently published photo album titled The Photo Ark Vanishing: & # 39; the world's most vulnerable animals.
Joel Satore has dared life and limbs for the past 25 years to take the perfect photo as a nature photographer for National Geographic. In 2005 he decided to start with "The Photo Ark", a groundbreaking attempt to document endangered animals living in zoos and nature reserves worldwide.
The result is an amazing series of studio portraits that uncover the raw beauty and vulnerability of animals outside of their habitat. "Black and white backgrounds make the playing field level, making a mouse the size of an elephant. In these portraits, they are similar, & Satore said.
Satore estimates that there are 12,000 different species of animals in captivity worldwide and so far 9,754 have been photographed in more than 32,000 frames for The Photo Ark. A wonderful selection of these images can be seen in the October issue of National Geographic and recently released photo book titled The Photo Ark Vanishing: & # 39; the world's most vulnerable animals.
Below is a small example of the powerful, humiliating and cute images that can be seen in The Photo Ark. For more information about this story go to National Geographic.
Above is the seriously endangered African white-backed vulture (Gyps africanus). Satore photographed the bird at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo in Cleveland, Ohio. The National Geographic Society's grant recovery opportunity provides funding for conservationists to stop further degradation of biodiversity by implementing conservation plans for species and groups of species, such as the African white-backed vulture
Gray woolly monkey (Lagothrix cana) photographed in the Cetas Ibama, Brazil. This young, malnourished woolly monkey from Brazil was raised as a pet. When she was captured, her mother was probably killed. The environmental police saved her and she was treated, but she must remain in captivity for the rest of her life
No trace of the wild South Chinese tiger (Panthera tigris amoyensis) has been seen for more than ten years. Zoos hold less than 200 in breeding programs. If a Chinese plan to bring some back into the wild fails, they can become the fourth subspecies of the tiger that is extinct. Satore photographed this tiger at the Suzhou South China Tiger Breeding Base
Above is an Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) from the Los Angeles Zoo. Early in the 20th century, perhaps 100,000 elephants roamed through Asia. Since then, their population has probably halved. They are not only killed because of their ivory tusks, but also because of their flesh and skins and sometimes as retribution for the damage they cause to crops
Sumatran orangutan (Pongo abelii) from the Rolling Hills Zoo in Kansas. Habitat loss, driven primarily by human expansion, while we develop land for housing, agriculture and trade, is the greatest threat to most animal species, followed by hunting and fishing. Even if the habitat is not completely lost, it can be changed so that animals cannot adapt
Mhorr gazelle (Nanger dama mhorr) pictured above in the Budapest zoo is a subspecies of the dama gazelle that was once widespread in western Sahara. Now there are fewer than 300 dama & # 39; s combined in Mali, Chad and Niger. Their reach is broken by pasture land for cattle, and they run the risk of hunting. The reintroduction of captive bred animals has had mixed success
Diadem sifaka (Propithecus diadema) on Lemur Island in Madagascar. Females can only be fertile for one day a year, limiting the ability of these lemurs to rebuild fragmented populations
A pair of endangered red panda cubs (Ailurus fulgens) photographed in the Lincoln Children's Zoo in Lincoln, Nebraska. Through National Geographic Photo Ark EDGE Fellowships, National Geographic and the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) offer funding, training and capacity development to young conservationists working on the protection of high-risk species occurring in the Photo Ark, such as the Red panda
The National Geographic number from October 2019 contains a series of images from The Photo Ark. The project was started in 2005 by nature photographer Joel Satore in an attempt to draw attention to endangered animals by dropping their raw beauty and vulnerability into a minimal portrait setting
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