Posted on 12 March 2012.
Joel Sartore, National Geographic photographer, Defenders board member, and concered Nebraskan.
Defenders of Wildlife has been fortunate enough to welcome Joel Sartore (www.joelsartore.com) to our Board of Directors this year. His passion for wildlife conservation takes him all over the world and is prominently reflected in his photographs, which show the vast array of wildlife that are threatened with extinction and the beauty and uniqueness of each creature in a way that words never could.
Recently one of Joel’s ongoing endeavors called the Biodiversity Project was recently featured on NBC’s nightly news. Using his photography Joel hopes to make people understand that for many of Earth’s creatures, time is running out. Half of the world’s plant and animal species will soon be threatened with extinction.
The goal of the Biodiversity Project is simple: to show what’s at stake, and to get people to care, while there’s still time to save them.
Posted in Features, International Conservation, Species at Risk, Video, Wildlife
Posted on 30 January 2012.
A healthy eastern hellbender at San Francisco State University. (www.joelsartore.com)
Last Monday we posted the first of Joel Sartore’s blog series detailing his visits to zoos all over the country as he uses his unique brand of photography to bring attention to the at risk animals living there for his Biodiversity Project. The goal of the Biodiversity Project is simple: to show what’s at stake and to get people to care while there’s still time to save these species.
Dispatch #9 – Phase Out
Excerpt: It’s a gray, cloudy day at the Miller Park Zoo in Bloomington, Illinois. It’s early, with no cars in the parking lot. They won’t open for another hour or so. Even then they’ll have few visitors. The place is as quiet as a church at midnight. And though you’d never know it, they’re keeping quite a sad secret here.
When any animal in the world zoo population slips below 50 individuals, tough choices—life and death choices—have to be made. Can we get more of the species from the wild to bolster the genetics going forward? If so, is this a showy enough species that the public will pay to come and see it?
For three species in this building, the answer is no.
Dispatch #10 – On to Baltimore
Dispatch #11 – Meet Mr. Big
Dispatch #12 – The Rehabbers
Dispatch #13 – Coming Home
Posted in Features, Species at Risk, Uncategorized, Wildlife
Posted on 24 January 2012.
An American crocodile (Crocodilus acutus) at the Omaha Zoo. (www.joelsartore.com)
Joel Sartore: The Biodiversity Project
For many of Earth’s creatures, time is running out. Half of the world’s plant and animal species will soon be threatened with extinction. The goal of the Biodiversity Project is simple: to show what’s at stake, and to get people to care, while there’s still time to save them. More than 1,800 species have been photographed to date, with more to come. Follow along with Joel as he and his son travel to different zoos all across the country to photograph these at risk animals.
– Away From Home
Excerpt from “Away from Home”:
“How long are you away from home?”
Once folks find out what I do, I get asked this question, almost daily, whether I’m working or not. “About a third to half the year,” I say.
Whoever is asking the question usually then goes on about how fun that must be: getting out, driving, staying at hotels. How exciting that must be! Being on assignment for National Geographic!
To tell you the truth, I’d be happy to never stay in another hotel again. But I’m in it for the pictures, and I can’t shoot everything in my own backyard, much as I’ve tried….
Dispatch #2 – Labor of Love
Dispatch #3 – The Chimp Incident
Dispatch #4 – My Visit With the Showgirls
Dispatch #5 – The Straight Poop
Dispatch #6 – Meet the Mole Rats
Dispatch #7 – Martha’s Legacy
Dispatch #8 – Funding the Wild
Posted in Experts, Features, Species at Risk, Wildlife
Posted on 16 January 2012.
Red wolf (Canis rufus gregoryi) at the Great Plains Zoo. The species is highly endangered but once ranged throughout the southeastern US. www.joelsartore.com
Joel Sartore (www.joelsartore.com) is a renowned photographer for National Geographic and Defenders of Wildlife has been fortunate enough to welcome him to our Board of Directors this year. His passion for wildlife conservation takes him all over the world and is prominently reflected in his photographs, which show the vast array of wildlife that are threatened with extinction and the beauty and uniqueness of each creature in a way that words never could.
An Atlantic loggerhead turtle (Caretta caretta) at the Riverbanks Zoo. www.joelsartore.com
Joel is currently writing a multipart series of blogs about trips he has taken to zoos all over the country for National Geographic as part of his Biodiversity Project. Joel and National Geographic have been generous enough to share his photos and words chronicling his experience with us. We will be posting his blog series every Monday along with his stunning photographs and even some videos so we hope you will check back each week and follow along on his adventures.
Posted in Features, Species at Risk, Wildlife
Posted on 23 June 2010.
Famed wildlife photographer Joel Sartore — who is covering the Gulf oil disaster for National Geographic — talks with Defenders of Wildlife about the true cost of the Gulf oil disaster and our continued reliance on oil.
Posted in Features, Offshore Drilling, Southeast, Video