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Photo Ark EDGE Fellows

The National Geographic Society is partnering with the Zoological Society of London’s EDGE of Existence program to create the National Geographic Photo Ark EDGE Fellowship. The first five Fellows will receive funding, training, and capacity development to conserve lesser-known Evolutionarily Distinct and Globally Endangered (EDGE) species in Latin America that are featured in the Photo Ark.

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A vulnerable antillean manatee, Trichechus manatus, at the Dallas World Aquarium.

In the News

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Why Birds Matter, and Are Worth Protecting

They help the environment, but they also help our souls. In 2018 we’ll explore the wonder of birds, and why we can’t live without them.

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Joel Sartore Receives Captain Planet Exemplar Award  

Joel Sartore received the award at the Captain Planet Foundation’s 26th Annual Gala event.

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7,000th Species Joins the National Geographic Photo Ark  

The Leadbeater's possum recently became the 7,000th species added to the National Geographic Photo Ark.

Building the Ark


Species to Date



In his quest to document our world’s astonishing diversity, Joel has taken portraits of 7,793 species — and counting! He’s over half way to his goal of documenting all of the approximately 12,000 species living in the world’s zoos and wildlife sanctuaries.

Upcoming Events

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See Joel Live  

Hear from Joel about Photo Ark and his career as a Nat Geo Photographer! Learn More

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Follow Photo Ark on Facebook  

Follow us on Facebook to learn about future Photo Ark virtual (and actual) events. Learn More

Help Us Save Wildlife

Thousands of species are at risk and time is running out. Join National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore as he leads the Photo Ark project to document our planet’s biodiversity and find innovative solutions to help save threatened species and protect their critical habitats.

Saving Species in the Wild

Many species in the Photo Ark are at risk in the wild due to habitat loss, illegal poaching, and other threats. National Geographic is actively funding conservationists in the field to help some of these species in most critical need. Meet some of the conservation heroes who are helping protect wildlife and find out how you can take action to help.

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Olivier Nsengimana and the Grey Crowned Crane  

Having grown up enjoying the sights and sounds of cranes dancing in the marsh, Olivier Nsengimana was shocked to learn as an adult of their drastic decline.

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Kalyar Platt and the Burmese Star Tortoise  

Microchips, other ID markers, and transmitters help Kalyar Platt and team keep track of a few tortoises to monitor the success of their return to the wild.

Follow Photo Ark

Keep up with Photo Ark and Joel Sartore by following the project on Facebook and Instagram.