Photo Ark: Protect Species

Photo Ark: Protect Species

Explore articles, photographs, videos, and activities inspired by the National Geographic Photo Ark. Connect with animals, learn about species protection, and investigate ways you can take action to protect species.


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Biology, Ecology, Conservation, Geography, Storytelling, English Language Arts, Photography

Photographs taken by Explorer and photographer Joel Sartore for the National Geographic Photo Ark.
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Photo Ark

The Photo Ark is a multi-year effort to raise awareness of and find solutions to some of the most pressing threats affecting wildlife and their habitats. Led by National Geographic Explorer and photographer Joel Sartore, the project aims to document every species living in the world's zoos, aquariums, and wildlife sanctuaries; inspire action through education; and help protect wildlife by supporting on-the-ground conservation efforts. Through the resources in this idea set, you can learn more about at-risk species and get ideas for how to protect species, even those in your own community.

An endangered American alligator (Alligator mississippiensis) being shown for Explorer Joel Sartore's Photo Ark project.
Stories of Impact

Build your knowledge about species, the threats they face, and how conservationists are helping them.

This rare Northern spotted owl (Strix occidentalis caurina) is part of Explorer Joel Sartore's Photo Ark.
Careful Observations: Conservation in Action

Joel Sartore documents species and landscapes around the world. Examine Joel Sartore’s photos of wildlife from the field. What stories do they tell?

The endangered Malayan tiger (Panthera tigris jacksoni) is native to the Malaysian Peninsula.
At-Risk Species and Biodiversity

Explore articles and videos to learn more about endangered species and biodiversity.

Hands planting the seedling of a tree.
Ideas for Action: Conservation Starts with You!

You can take action in your daily life to make a positive impact for your local environment and the wildlife that calls it home.

Compilation of photographs of National Geographic Young Explorers
Conservation Stories: The Experiences that Inspired Young Explorers

Spark your own passion for wildlife conservation by learning what motivated nine Young Explorers to take action!

National Geographic Explorer Joel Sartore talking at Explorers Festival.
Be a Voice for Species: How to Write a Call to Action

Use this tool to develop a story that encourages others to protect wildlife.

Media Credits

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Corinne Rucker, National Geographic Society
Sara Nachtigal, Ph.D., Educurious
Hanna Jaramillo, M.S. Ed., Educurious
Latia White, Ed.D., Inclusive Innovation Researcher, Global Inclusive Learning Design Reviewer
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Jean Cantu, National Geographic Society
Production Managers
Margot Willis, National Geographic Society
Patrick Cavanagh, National Geographic Society
Clint Parks
Last Updated

July 16, 2024

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