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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.

A lesser blue crab photographed at @GulfSpecimen Marine Lab. This crab has powerful oar-shaped rear legs which make them very strong swimmers. Males use color to determine which mate they’ll try to attract and then perform a display with their pincers. Mating can last as long as 5-12 hours and females produce between 175,000 and 200,000 eggs per spawning. For decades, Gulf Specimen has been running a public education center in Panacea, FL, educating thousands of schoolkids each year about the wonders of marine creatures from the Gulf of Mexico and beyond. To see a video of this blue crab, check out @natgeo. . . #lesserbluecrab #marinelife #underwater #crab #crabs #sealife #wildlife #nature #wildlifephotography #naturephotography #animalfacts #natgeo #photoark #SaveTogether

These six-banded armadillos named Dilla and Marty are a mated pair at the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium in Iowa. Since their eyesight isn’t their strongest sense, they rely heavily on their ears and noses as they forage for food and dodge predators in the wild. Surprisingly, they can swim considerable distances by swallowing air to maintain buoyancy and then doggy paddling. . . #armadillos #armadillo #cute #cuteanimals #adorable #animalpairs #wildlife #nature #wildlifephotography #naturephotography #animalfacts #natgeo #photoark #SaveTogether

Where some see a pile of dung, I see a whole ecosystem of rare and beautiful creatures just waiting to board the Photo Ark. It just about makes up for the arduous trek through the mountains of Cameroon to get there! My journey around the world continues tonight in a brand new episode of #RarePBS starting at 9/8C.

People always ask me which animal is my favorite. My answer is: the next one. Big or small, every animal I photograph fascinates me. Like these dung beetles I found while photographing in Cameroon during Episode 2 of #RarePBS. Tune in to @PBS tomorrow night at 9/8C to watch me discover these creatures (in a pile of dung, of course).

This #pollinatormonday is all about keeping our pollinators happy and healthy. As farmers become more efficient at eliminating all plants other than corn, beans and wheat from their fields, there are fewer and fewer places for milkweed and nectar-bearing plants to grow. Important pollinating insects like the butterflies and bees need these plants in order to survive. Without these pollinators, we lose much of our ability to grow the fruit and vegetables we eat. That's why it's so important that homeowners step and 'get growing' now in their backyards by planting a pollinator garden, and taking care of lawns and gardens organically. You'll be amazed at the results, and the good feeling you get knowing that you're doing your part in helping to preserve biodiversity right at home. And remember, “organic” means no chemicals should be used on your lawn like pesticides or weed killers. These not only kill plants and animals, but are detrimental to your health too as the chemicals migrate away from your yard and into groundwater. It’s time to get planting, and get natural. What are you waiting for? Keep on posting your pollinator garden and monarch pictures with the hashtag #pollinatorhero and see what we can #SaveTogether! . . #pollinators #butterflies #blue #wings #closeup #macro #pesticides #conservation #animalconservation #organic #gardening #photoark #natgeo

A leopard seal named Casey at the @TarongaZoo. This species is seldom found in human care. They are one of the most deadly predators in their native Antarctica, coming second only to the killer whale. They’re huge, weighing in at 440-1,320 pounds (200-600 kg), but nimble enough to catch and devour penguins and other large prey. Leopard seals have been known to be very curious creatures, sometimes “playing” with penguins they have no intention of killing. They are also quite vocal, producing loud sounds underwater during mating season-- sometimes for hours. . . #leopardseal #marinelife #antarctica #predator #seal #wildlife #nature #wildlifephotography #naturephotography #animalfacts #natgeo #photoark #SaveTogether

Although incredibly vibrant and bold in color, the veiled chameleon would be almost impossible to see amongst the dense leaves of highly vegetated parts of the Arabian peninsula where it’s found. They’re quite shy around other, bigger species and may curl up into the fetal position when frightened. However, veiled chameleons (especially males) can get very aggressive toward one another. During breeding season, males perform for females by doing a courtship dance involving head rolls and chin rubs. To see a video of this chameleon, check out @natgeo. . . #chameleon #lizards #reptiles #vibrant #green #wildlife #nature #wildlifephotography #naturephotography #animalfacts #natgeo #photoark #SaveTogether

You usually can't just walk up to an animal in the wild and hold up a black or white background behind it. Usually. It turns out some animals are willing to make your day by staying still long enough to snap their picture, like this diademed sifaka in Madagascar. Watch my photoshoot with this adorable and gracious creature in #RarePBS, streaming online on @PBS - link in bio.

The El Segundo flower-loving fly was thought to be extinct since the end of the 1960s, but a small remnant population of less than 100 individuals was discovered in the early 2000s. This large insect is an important pollinator, and perfectly suited for the scrublands along the southern California coast where it lives. It is threatened by unrelenting development of its habitat. . . #fly #insects #bugs #rare #savedfromextinction #pollinator #wildlife #nature #wildlifephotography #naturephotography #animalfacts #natgeo #photoark #SaveTogether

I’m thrilled to officially announce the launch of my new website! I invite you all to explore the site and discover more about the Photo Ark, book me for speaking engagements, browse frequently asked questions and so much more. To celebrate, I’m offering a 50% discount on select 20 x 30 signed prints using the code: launch2017. Find the gallery of eligible prints by clicking the link in my bio. Discount valid while supplies last.

These Costa Rican variable harlequin frogs are in amplexus, the mating process wherein the much smaller male grasps the larger female with its legs in order to be in the right place at the right time to externally fertilize her eggs. They’re named for their many different varieties of colors, ranging from black, green, red and all the way to golden orange like these two. Once common in the wild, this species is now critically endangered mainly due to chytridiomycosis, an amphibian fungus that is wiping out frogs in Latin America. These two individuals are part of a conservation breeding colony maintained by the Panama Amphibian Rescue and Conservation Project @amphibianrescue in Panama. For a video of these two, check out @natgeo . . . #costarican #harlequinfrogs #frog #frogs #amphibians #criticallyendangered #endangeredspecies #endangered #rare #wildlife #nature #wildlifephotography #naturephotography #animalfacts #natgeo #photoark #SaveTogether

I know I am in a race against time. Sometimes I'm able to photograph 30 to 40 species in a few days, but other species disappear before I can get to them. The new @PBS series RARE: Creatures of the Photo Ark looks at factors driving extinction—deforestation, rising sea levels, invasive species, pollution and human development—all impacting creatures essential to the world’s ecosystems. Tune in tonight at 9/8C and learn more through the link in my bio. #RarePBS

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