Our Slipping Global Biodiversity

National Geographic photographer, Joel Sartore, talks about his quest to save species through his documentary and studio photography.

The challenge he faces is getting people to pay attention and care about their environmental impacts, but he knows it isn’t an impossible task. In Australia, two-weeks after he documented the weekly death toll of koalas in northern Australia, the Australian government finally publicly admitted that koalas were on the verge of extinction and needed protection.

Now, Joel has taken it upon himself to photograph our vanishing species in studio settings with lights and backdrops to help call our attention to the animals in peril. His goal is to document all 6,000 species in zoos across the world to bring attention to their plight and move us to action.

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