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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.

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An endangered Hispaniolan solenodon at Parque Zoológico Nacional in the Dominican Republic.
This is one of the only venomous mammals on Earth. The second lower incisor tooth of this animal is grooved and can be used to deliver a venomous saliva. Hispaniolan solenodons have patches of skin full of apocrine glands on their thighs that are used to communicate with other individuals through scent. Like many species in the Dominican Republic, the most significant threat to this animal is the destruction of its habitat.
To see a video of this solenodon, check out @natgeo!
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#solenodon #venomous #mammal #photoark #nateo

A nine-week-old clouded leopard cub at the @ColumbusZoo. Swipe to see all images.
Clouded leopards are widely considered the most impressive climbers of all cats. They can climb straight trees head first with the help of their sharp claws, hang by their hind paws bent around branches, and can even climb down tree trunks head first like a squirrel. In the wild, clouded leopards are very mysterious. They are solitary with the exception of cubs, who stay with their mother for about ten months until they’re ready to wander the world on their own. Sadly, clouded leopards are hunted for their pelts and are losing their forest home at an alarming rate. They are listed as vulnerable on the IUCN red list.
We’re happy to announce the release of our children’s photo/poetry book “Animal Ark” featuring images of over 100 species photographed by @joelsartore for the Photo Ark project and poetry by @kwamealexander. Through this book we learn how each of us, no matter how big or small, is important, miraculous, and vital to this planet. (Click the link in my bio for a signed copy!)
To see an image of three-month-old red panda twins who are featured alongside this leopard cub in our new children’s book, check out @natgeo!
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#cloudedleopard #babyanimals #leopard #cub #animalark #photoark #natgeo #childrensbook

A violet-spotted reef lobster from @GulfSpecimen Marine Lab in Florida.
These lobsters usually have brightly colored lavender, orange and violet bodies. Their long claws are used as defense when threatened. Reef lobsters are usually quite territorial and like having sufficient hiding places to stay in during the day, as they are nocturnal animals.
Gulf Specimen Marine Lab’s education center has been telling the true story of marine life to adults and children for years. Specializing in marine invertebrates, they believe that it’s the little things that drive Earth’s ecosystems, which in turn allow humans to survive.
In other words, when we save nature, we save ourselves.
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#reeflobster #marinelife #colorful #lobster #claws #photoark #natgeo

A Mexican hairy dwarf porcupine named Simon at @philadelphiazoo.
This porcupine’s body grows to between 12 and 18 inches long and its tail can reach up to 14 inches. Its short yellow spikes are almost completely concealed by its long hair covering its entire body, with the exception of its head. This porcupine uses its long tail to grasp onto branches, as it spends most of its time in trees. Being a nocturnal animal, this species uses the same exact hiding spot every day and then reveals itself at night in order to forage for food like fruit, leaves and seeds.
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#porcupine #yellow #animalfacts #photoark #natgeo

A partial albino red-tailed hawk at @MNZoo.
Normally, this species’ feathers are not white like this one--usually they're brown with a reddish tail. Red-tailed hawks can be found scattered widely all the way from Alaska to Central America. They have very few natural predators, and generally hunt by scanning for prey from a perched location or during flight before swooping down to catch it with their talons. Red-tailed hawks are monogamous, mating with the same individual for many years. Generally, the only time they’ll take a new mate is if their original mate dies.
To see more images of this hawk, check out @natgeo!
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#albino #hawk #redtailedhawk #photoark #natgeo

A critically endangered Philippine crocodile at the @GladysPorterZoo. This is one of the most threatened crocodilian species in the world. Due to persecution from humans, development of its natural environment, and entanglement in fishing nets, there has been a reported 85%-94% decline in the population of this species within the last three generations. Today, fewer than 200 Philippine crocodiles exist in the wild.
As of 2001, the Philippine Crocodile is nationally protected by law. In the Philippines, killing this animal will result in a minimum sentence of six years in prison and/or a fine of 100,000 pesos ($2,500 USD). Thanks to legal protections, the future of the Philippine crocodile looks brighter than it did 20 years ago, but there is still a long road of conservation and protection ahead in order to keep this species alive.
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#crocodiles #criticallyendangered #endangeredspecies #photoark #natgeo

A short-beaked echidna at the @melbourne_zoo.
This little Australian mammal is covered in spines and has a unique, specialized tongue that is used to catch insects at a very high speed. Echidnas are solitary creatures, living in isolation except to mate. Unlike most mammals, a female echidna will lay a single egg directly into a pouch on her abdomen where it is incubated, hatches and the baby echidna, called a ‘puggle’, develops. During Australia’s winter (April until July) echidnas hibernate, their body temperature lowering to 3.7 degrees celsius (38.7 degrees fahrenheit).
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#echidna #tongue #australian #cuteanimals #photoark #natgeo

A female white-spotted boxfish at Pure Aquariums in Lincoln, Nebraska.
These fish can be found in the Indian and Pacific Oceans, near reefs as deep as 30 meters. They are sexually dimorphic, meaning males and females of this species are colored differently. The male in this case is more colorful. When startled or threatened, this fish can excrete toxins from their cells into the water, poisoning marine life in close range.
To see an video of a male boxfish, check out @natgeo!
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#boxfish #colorful #marinelife #fish #photoark #natgeo

An Andean cock-of-the-rock at the National Aviary breeding center in Palmar, Colombia.
This bird is native to the Andean cloud forests in South America and is widely regarded as the national bird of Peru. Male cocks-of-the-rock perform intricate group rituals in order to entice females to mate. They often break into pairs to perform confrontation displays during which they face each other while jumping, flapping their wings, and squawking. These displays are very rare for humans to see because these birds startle incredibly easily.
To see a video of this Andean cock-of-the-rock, check out @natgeo!
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#cockoftherock #birds #andean #colorful #photoark #natgeo

A male Attwater’s prairie chicken (APC) at the Caldwell Zoo in Tyler, TX. The males of this species go all out when it comes to attracting a mate; they inflate huge neck pouches with air, flashing color while stomping their feet and moaning loudly, or 'booming'. Females breed with the most vigorous males who have the best displays. (Swipe to see this Attwater's prairie chicken's bright orange air sac inflate)
This remarkable bird is endangered, with just two remaining wild populations (a total of only 130 jndividuals). A major cause of their decline has been invasive fire ants, which devour both hatching chicks and the insects they need as a primary food source. One key to survival is to kill fire ants in the areas where the birds still exist, like the Attwater Prairie Chicken National Wildlife Refuge, which has been treating for fire ants since 2009.
The fact that this bird species isn't extinct today is largely thanks to the captive breeding efforts being done at the Caldwell Zoo, the @houstonzoo, Abilene Zoo, @fossilrim Wildlife Center, and very soon at a large facility run by the Sutton Avian Research Center near Bartlesville, OK.
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#attwaterprairiechicken #wildlifeconservation #endangeredspecies #birds #swipetoseemore #photoark #natgeo

A Eurasian scops owl at Alpenzoo in Innsbruck, Austria. This little guy is very sweet, and likely sleepy. Owls’ eyes are fixed in one position so, unlike humans, they can only look a certain direction by moving their entire head. By bobbing their head, an owl is gauging his surroundings, triangulating the distance to objects, and building a composite picture of his environment.
To see a video of this owl really checking things out, visit, @natgeo!
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#owls #photoark #bigeyes #birdofprey #natgeo

Join me tomorrow night, March 14th, at Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College in Colombia South Carolina where I'll be discussing some behind the scenes stories about photographing animals for the Photo Ark, my experiences as a National Geographic photographer, and the importance of biodiversity. Click the link in my bio for tickets!
Pictured here is a two-headed yellow bellied slider and two Panamanian golden frogs (swipe to see both images). Each of these animals were photographed at @riverbankszoo in South Carolina, just a few miles away from where I'll be speaking tomorrow night. The Riverbanks Zoo was part of a captive breeding effort to bring the incredible Panamanian golden frog species back from the brink of extinction.
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#twoheaded #panamanian #goldenfrogs #turtle #speakingevent #southcarolina

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