Rare - Creatures of the Photo Ark is captivating new three-part series, produced by WGBH Boston and airing on PBS, following National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore. Author, conservationistand National Geographic Fellow, Sartore has traveled to nearly 40 countries to photograph 6,395 endangered species for his 'Photo Ark' to date, including 576 amphibians, 1,839 birds, 716 fish, 1,123 invertebrates, 896 mammals, and 1,245 reptiles in captivity. When complete Joel's 'Photo Ark' will be one of the most comprehensive records of the world’s biodiversity. Through Rare, audiences can journey with Sartoreacross the globe—to Africa, Asia, Europe, North America, and Oceania—to chronicle his experiences.
Sartore has seen how photos can lead to change. His images of parrots in South America and koalas in Australia prompted local governments to protect them. In the U.S., coverage of the Photo Ark has helped to save the Florida grasshopper sparrow and the Salt Creektiger beetle. But he's in a race against time. Sometimes he is able to photograph 30 to 40 species in a few days. Others are disappearing before he can get to them. Rare looks at factors driving extinction, including deforestation, rising sea levels, invasive species, pollutionand human development, all impacting creatures essential to the world’s ecosystems.
“Fifty percent of all animals are now threatened with extinction, and it’s folly to think we can drivehalf of everything else to extinction but that people will be just fine,” says Sartore. “That’s why I created the Photo Ark. I hope seeing the images fills people with wonder and inspires themto want to protect these species.”