What’s it like to work with a world-famous photographer on a life-long quest to document endangered species? Several zoo staff members found out last fall when National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore visited the zoo to photograph some of our most unusual species for his Photo Ark project. Sartore’s main goal was to photograph our honey badgers, which are rare in zoos. While here, he also snapped our blue-crowned hanging parrots, hunting cissas, black storks, Ruppell’s griffon vultures, banded mongoose, wildebeest, and other species.
Sartore photographs each species on a black or white background, which provides a stark contrast for the complex beauty of each animal. In the photo, Sartore photographs one of our black storks in a white “tent” built especially for this task.
Nearly half of the world’s fauna are threatened with extinction on some level. Sartore hopes his Photo Ark will one day hold images of all species present in North American zoos, documenting them before they disappear. About 2,400 species have been photographed so far. We’re honored to be part of this educational and inspiring project. See all Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo animals in the Photo Ark.
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