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Over 28,000 species of plants and animals are at risk for extinction, according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature.
Joel Sartore wants to take a picture of the estimated 12,000 of those specimens held in captivity. His project is called “Photo Ark,” and one publication called him a “real life Noah”.
Sartore has taken photos of the South China tiger, the large yellow-footed tortoise and the red panda, all of which you can see in this month’s National Geographic,.
He spoke to The Telegraph about why he feels it’s important to look animals in the eye.
We’re primates ourselves so eye contact is huge. If we can look animals in the eye and think about them just a little, just for a few moments, we might be able to get people to think about bigger issues such as climate change, or the foods they eat, social unrest, the things that drive environmental destruction.
We hear from him about the animals and plants he’s photographed already and which ones he’s hoping to capture next.
Produced by Kathryn Fink.
- Joel Sartore Wildlife photographer, National Geographic; founder, Photo Ark; author, "Vanishing: The World's Most Vulnerable Animals"; @joelsartore
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