@joelsartore - Joel Sartore- Photo Ark

Founder of the @natgeo Photo Ark, a 25-year project to show the world the beauty of biodiversity and inspire action to save species #nikonambassador
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Based on the intensity of this critter’s glare, it’s safe to say that the rough-throated leaf-tailed gecko would win just about any staring contest. Native to Australia, this species is fairly common and widespread in areas where its forest habitat is secure. Within the rainforest, these geckos will take shelter from potential predators in rock crevices and cavities in tree trunks. While this species is present in the pet trade, it's capture is not considered to be a major threat, as collecting this gecko from the wild is difficult due to its preference for inaccessible habitats. Photo taken at Lilydale High School in Australia. #gecko #roughthroated #leaftailed #spiky #smiling #notapet #PhotoArk #savetogether
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Based on the intensity of this critter’s glare, it’s safe to say that the rough-throated leaf-tailed gecko would win just about any staring contest. Native to Australia, this species is fairly common and widespread in areas where its forest habitat i

Hi Everyone...We have another update on the native plants outside our office. We were thrilled to see that painted lady butterflies had returned to Lincoln for a visit last week on their southbound migration! Just outside our office windows, we counted more than 50 of the butterflies attracted by the fragrant flowers of the blue hyssop bushes we had planted. We're happy and grateful to know that, if we provide the habitat, they will come. You too can help butterflies and other pollinators by planting native species in your yard. And don't forget to encourage your local officials to do the same in public parks and along roadways.
We're hoping to have more insect visitors as our patch of prairie grows, so stay tuned! Swipe right to see the painted lady pose for the Photo Ark.
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Hi Everyone...We have another update on the native plants outside our office. We were thrilled to see that painted lady butterflies had returned to Lincoln for a visit last week on their southbound migration! Just outside our office windows, we count

This grey pileated finch is cared for by @institutovidalivre, an NGO that rehabilitates and releases Brazilian wild animals that are rescued by @ibama.gov from the wildlife black market/pet trade. Habitat loss is an even bigger threat to wild species. As today’s fires spread across the Amazon, they threaten untold numbers of animals, from monkeys to anteaters, fish to frogs. These fires are set to create short-lived fields for agriculture, but the long-term consequences are dire; without immense, intact rainforests, the rainfall patterns we need to grow crops will be altered, and that could cause massive food shortages. So in other words, when we save the little birds of the world, we’re actually saving ourselves.

Join the chorus, please, and let the people of Brazil know that their forests are global treasures worth saving. #SaveTheAmazon
#PrayForAmazonia #AmazonRainforest #ForestsResist #amazonfire #amazonforest
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This grey pileated finch is cared for by @institutovidalivre , an NGO that rehabilitates and releases Brazilian wild animals that are rescued by @ibama.gov from the wildlife black market/pet trade. Habitat loss is an even bigger threat to wild species

​Become a penguin protector by choosing to consume ocean-friendly seafood! Gentoo penguins like these two @theomahazoo are the fastest species of penguin in the world, swimming at speeds of up to 22 miles per hour! As carnivores, they mainly feed on crustaceans, fish, and squid, diving up to 450 times in a single day to find food. Unlike other species of penguins, the population of this bird is actually increasing in certain regions, though the species as a whole still faces a number of threats. The survival of gentoo penguins is at risk due to ocean pollution, increased human activity in breeding areas, and a large number of active and discarded fishing nets, which the birds could accidentally become entangled in. By downloading the @seafoodwatch app today and using it when you purchase seafood, you can ensure the seafood on your plate has been caught in a way that doesn’t negatively impact ocean health or the homes of many species like gentoo penguins. #penguin #gentoo #tuxedo #blackandwhite #carnivore #sustainableseafood #PhotoArk #savetogether
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​Become a penguin protector by choosing to consume ocean-friendly seafood! Gentoo penguins like these two @theomahazoo are the fastest species of penguin in the world, swimming at speeds of up to 22 miles per hour! As carnivores, they mainly feed on

An endangered pileated gibbon with her eight-month-old infant @gibbonconservationcenter, a great facility that I had the honor of visiting not long ago. Their mission is to promote the conservation, study, and care of gibbons through public education and habitat preservation. However,​ they have lost their lease and need to find a new home for their gibbons soon, and can only do this with your support. To learn how you can help, please click the link in my bio. ​#gibbon #primate #PhotoArk #savetogether
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An endangered pileated gibbon with her eight-month-old infant @gibbonconservationcenter , a great facility that I had the honor of visiting not long ago. Their mission is to promote the conservation, study, and care of gibbons through public education

​While not every creature in the Photo Ark has the best reputation, almost all play a role in keeping our planet healthy, which is why we are always looking for ways to live side by side with wildlife. Take these mosquitoes for example. Known as the Yellow Fever mosquito, this species is the main carrier of Dengue Fever and Yellow Fever in certain regions of North, Central, and South America. But, mosquitoes can be helpful, as they pollinate certain plants and often help form the base of the food chain. To keep them away, remember that mosquito species like this one will breed in your yard by utilizing unused flowerpots, spare tires, untreated swimming pools and drainage ditches-anything that can hold water long enough for their eggs to hatch and their larvae to develop into adults. By removing these items, or ensuring that they do not create pools of standing water, you can discourage mosquitoes from coming into your space without taking lethal action. Photo taken at the Urban Entomology Lab at the University of Gainesville, Florida. #worldmosquitoday #mosquito #yellowfever #pollinator #PhotoArk #savetogether
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​While not every creature in the Photo Ark has the best reputation, almost all play a role in keeping our planet healthy, which is why we are always looking for ways to live side by side with wildlife. Take these mosquitoes for example. Known as the

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Help create a brighter future for orangutans like Ayu and D.J. @tamansafariid by only buying from companies that support sustainable palm oil practices. While both Bornean and Sumatran orangutans are fully protected by law, the forest that they depend on is not. ​Logging to make room for palm oil plantations has made it almost impossible for orangutans to find tall old growth trees which they need to cross rivers that divide their habitat. The inability to move freely makes mating with other orangutans difficult, leading to a lack of genetic diversity which can be disastrous for a species whose numbers are already declining.​ Orangutans play an important role as gardeners of their forest homes - without them, many tree species would disappear entirely. But, humans still want palm oil, so in order for orangutan populations to thrive, humans need to find solutions for people and wildlife to live together. Check out the palm oil story in the highlights section to learn what actions you can take to protect orangutans in the wild. #Worldorangutanday ​#orangutan #babies #borneo #sumatra #cute #endangeredspecies #sustainablepalmoil #RSPO #PhotoArk #savetogether
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Help create a brighter future for orangutans like Ayu and D.J. @tamansafariid by only buying from companies that support sustainable palm oil practices. While both Bornean and Sumatran orangutans are fully protected by law, the forest that they depen

Here's one we bet you've never heard of: a snakehead gudgeon. This one was photographed at Templestowe College’s Freshwater Ecology and Marine Biology Department. In the wild, this species is most often found in small and clear freshwater streams. Within this ecosystem, the gudgeon relies on muddy stream bottoms, wood debris, rocks, and leaf litter to act as cover should the fish need to perform a disappearing act. As a species that is entirely dependent on its aquatic habitat, the snakehead gudgeon is also dependent upon us to help keep streams and other waterways clean. Pick up litter on your next walk around your neighborhood and make sure everything you collect is discarded of properly. Keeping our cities clean helps to prevent litter from making its way into aquatic habitats protects many species, including the snakehead gudgeon. #snakehead #gudgeon #fish #bigmouth #freshwater #preventplasticpollution #cleanwaters #PhotoArk #savetogether
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Here's one we bet you've never heard of: a snakehead gudgeon. This one was photographed at Templestowe College’s Freshwater Ecology and Marine Biology Department. In the wild, this species is most often found in small and clear freshwater streams. Wi

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Its National Honeybee Day! Did you know that these incredible pollinators are responsible for pollinating approximately one-third of the food consumed in the United States? Cucumbers, almonds, cherries, avocados, and kiwi are just a few examples of the crops honeybees help to produce. During a trip away from the hive, a single worker bee can visit anywhere from 50 to 100 flowers, and in their six to eight week lifespan, each worker bee will fly the equivalent distance of 1.5 times the circumference of the Earth - talk about a busy bee! Check out the link in my bio to learn what you can do to protect this incredible species that works hard to provide for all of us. Photo taken near the Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge in Montana. #Nationalhoneybeeday #honeybee #flower #pollinator #pollination #savethebees #pollinatorfriendlyyards #PhotoArk #savetogether
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Its National Honeybee Day! Did you know that these incredible pollinators are responsible for pollinating approximately one-third of the food consumed in the United States? Cucumbers, almonds, cherries, avocados, and kiwi are just a few examples of t

This statuesque beauty is a clouded leopard @houstonzoo. These cats, which are native to Southeast Asia, got their name because of their spots, which resemble clouds. Officially listed as a species in the 1800’s, there is still very little that we know about this species nearly 200 years later due to their secretive nature. ​Most of what we know about clouded leopard behavior actually comes from observing them in zoos. In the wild, its rain forest habitat is often divided into small, unconnected patches of forest by industrial logging and the development of agricultural areas, including vast palm oil plantations in Malaysia and Indonesia. If clouded leopards cannot move freely within their home range, they lose access to vital resources and can't find a mate, which leads to a decrease in genetic diversity. ​You can help protect habitat for these cats by choosing food and beauty products containing palm oil that is certified as sustainable. Check out the link in my bio to learn more! #cloudedleopard #spotty #pouncing #playful #cat #sustainablepalmoil #RSPO #PhotoArk #savingwildlife
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This statuesque beauty is a clouded leopard @houstonzoo. These cats, which are native to Southeast Asia, got their name because of their spots, which resemble clouds. Officially listed as a species in the 1800’s, there is still very little that we kn

With their outrageous hairdos, there’s no question that in the primate kingdom cotton-top tamarins like this one @millerparkzoo are punk rock royalty. If you need more proof, just check out their scientific name Saguinus oedipus - it doesn’t get more hard core than that! There are plenty of reasons to love cotton-top tamarins, and as a result many end up in the illegal pet trade, eventually winding up in people’s homes. In many communities in Colombia (where this species resides in a single river valley) there is no distinction made between domestic and exotic wildlife, and many individuals do not understand how keeping a primate as a pet can be extremely harmful to the survival of the species. @proyectotiti is working to reduce the number of native wildlife that are kept as pets in rural communities by encouraging families to adopt dogs and cats instead of cotton-top tamarins! By offering veterinary care and training classes, the team is helping communities bond with domestic animals reducing their desire to have wildlife as pets. #Dayofthecottontoptamarin #monkey #cottontoptamarin #hardcore #cute #notapet #endangeredspecies #PhotoArk #savetogether
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With their outrageous hairdos, there’s no question that in the primate kingdom cotton-top tamarins like this one @millerparkzoo are punk rock royalty. If you need more proof, just check out their scientific name Saguinus oedipus - it doesn’t get more

​Become a warrior for walruses like this Pacific walrus @hkoceanpark by taking steps to reduce your carbon footprint. Commercial hunting was once the greatest threat to this species, but today, the biggest threat facing walruses is the loss of stable sea ice due to climate change. Walruses feed on the ocean floor in the relatively shallow waters of the continental shelf, where the sea ice sustains a rich food web. Sea ice is also a resting place for this species in between meals, and females will often leave their young on this frozen platform while they forage. Without the sea ice, walruses must swim longer distances to find food and a place to rest, which means burning through hard-earned energy stores that the walrus needs to survive. Warming conditions also mean more water vessels are able to venture into remote ecosystems that were once inaccessible, increasing the likelihood of boat strikes, water contamination, and entanglement in marine debris. By opting to walk, bike, carpool, or use public transport you reduce your transportation emissions which helps to slow the progression of global warming, protecting the homes of walruses and many other species. #walrus #pacificwalrus #bigtusks #climatechange #globalwarming #gogreen #greentransportation #PhotoArk #savetogether
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​Become a warrior for walruses like this Pacific walrus @hkoceanpark by taking steps to reduce your carbon footprint. Commercial hunting was once the greatest threat to this species, but today, the biggest threat facing walruses is the loss of stable