joelsartore Joel Sartore- Photo Ark

Founder of the Photo Ark, a 25-year project to show the world the beauty of biodiversity in all its forms, and inspire action to save species.
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On this fourth day of Photo Ark, meet four coyote pups! Coyote pups are born in dens, unable to move or open their eyes, and are largely dependent on their mother for food and protection. They are very well taken care of though, as father coyotes play an equal role in feeding, grooming and guarding the pups. These pups were photographed at the

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For the third day of Photo Ark, meet three koalas cuddling: Newborn koalas climb into their mother’s back-facing pouch and won’t leave it for six full months. Even after they venture onto their mother’s backs and into the outside world, for some time these little joeys will continue to return to the pouch to hide or sleep. These koalas were photographed at the Wildlife Hospital.

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On this second day of Photo Ark, meet a pair of six-banded armadillos, Dilla and Marty, at the National Mississippi River Museum. These creatures are found in parts of South America and have a strong armour that is actually made of bone.

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Just in time for the holidays, we’re kicking off the 12 Days of Photo Ark! Today, meet the diademed sifaka, photographed at Lemuria Land in Madagascar. By pushing off from vertical tree trunks with their muscular legs, diademed sifakas are capable of bounding from tree to tree, propelling themselves at up to 18 miles per hour! . REMINDER: today is the last day to order books or unsigned prints guaranteed to arrive on time for Christmas! Go to the link in my bio to see how you can support the Photo Ark.

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The Northern Bald Ibis is a critically endangered species that is highly social and congregates in large flocks. At one time two separate populations existed-- a non-migratory Northern African/European population and a migratory Middle-eastern population. It has been of special focus of both European Zoos and US Zoos to keep a healthy captive population with the intent of preserving the species. Many cultural myths are associated with this species and some scholars believe this species was the representative of the Ancient Egyptian God of Knowledge, Thoth. With the conflicts in Syria and other portions of the Middle East, that migratory population has been under extreme pressure and was feared to have been lost. However, recent sightings have confirmed that a few birds still remain. The good news is that it’s been confirmed that the Northern African population has been growing and is starting to form satellite colonies. The , where this bird was photographed, supports this species by being an active member of the SSP (species Survival Plan) and, along with the other Zoos in this program, works to safeguard the species for future generations. . . photography

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The Sumatran rhino is considered one of the rarest mammals in the world. Poaching is rampant for this species and only about 100 are left living within the fragmented rainforests of Southeast Asia. Pictured here is a female Sumatran rhinoceros named Suci at the Suci was one of only two in human care in the United States and one of only 10 worldwide. She was born at the Cincinnati Zoo in 2007 and, to the devastation of her keepers and many other admirers, she passed away in 2014. Suci served as a critical component in the fight to save rhinos by contributing to research on female sexual maturity through the testing of her fecal matter. Because of this research, ongoing breeding programs will have a better chance of propagating the species. To see a video of Suci, check out . . photography

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Sunda scops owls can be found throughout Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore. Interestingly, they are one of the only species of owl that has grown along with the human population around it. This is because they are extremely adaptable and often nest in gardens, agricultural fields, inside buildings and, of course, in trees. Their call is a distinctive “whooop” that occurs in intervals of ten to fifteen seconds. This owl was photographed at in Malaysia. . REMINDER: There is still time to buy signed books from our store for Christmas! However, all prints will be unsigned from now until the end of the month. Click the link in my bio to see what’s available! . . s ofprey photography

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African wild dogs like these at have disappeared from much of their native range. Currently, about 6,600 adult dogs survive, but their populations are dropping due to severe habitat fragmentation. When wild animals are denied an abundance of land to thrive in, the result is human-wildlife conflict as well as transmission of infectious disease due to close quarters with domestic animals. On the bright side, there are many regional efforts in place to help improve the relationship between humans and wild dogs in Africa, including careful land planning, building conservation ranges, and developing outreach programs to the educate the public on the plight of these animals. . . nwilddogs photography

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Although Vancouver Island marmots are currently listed as Critically Endangered on the IUCN Red List, they're making a big comeback! As it’s name suggests, this adorable rodent is endemic to Vancouver Island, but they also reside in many facilities that have ongoing breeding programs which are helping to save the species. They were once considered one of the most endangered animals in the world, with less than 30 breeding females. But thanks to the help of zoo’s like , where this little guy was photographed, this animal has come back from the brink of extinction. The zoo's breeding program has been very successful thus far, producing 556 pups since its start in 1997. Of those, 447 captive born marmots have been released back into the wild. Survival rates for these marmots in the wild are promising, and they can now be found on several mountains where they were once locally extinct. The Toronto Zoo is an excellent example of the many ways that zoos are helping to protect and preserve all sorts of species that are so important to the biodiversity of our planet. . . photography

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Orange fronted fruit doves like this one at the Plzen Zoo in the Czech Republic are found in New Guinea. They make their homes in humid, lowland forests as well as mangrove forests. Their call is a distinctive, soft ‘hoo’ and they can be recognized by their bright orange foreheads. To see a video of this bird, check out . . s photography

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Tawny frogmouths may look like little owls, but they actually belong to a species of nocturnal birds related to nightjars. This one at is just two months old. These birds are native to Australia and are found mainly in forests and woodlands but can be seen in nearly every habitat type, including urban and rural areas. They are active at night and hunt during the hours just after dusk and before dawn. They lack the large talons of owls, so their hunting strategy consists mostly of dive bombing and capturing prey in their beaks. To see an image of an adult tawny frogmouth, check out ! . . photography

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Amazon milk frogs like this one at get their names from the milky, poisonous substance they secrete through their skin when threatened. These frogs spend their lives in trees and have specialized toe pads used to climb plants. They only reach about 2.5 inches in length, but they’re capable of carrying fourteen times their own weight! . . photography

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