About Joel Sartore

Joel Sartore is a photographer, author, and 25-year contributor to National Geographic magazine. Through his Photo Ark project, he is aiming to photograph every species of animal under human care, an estimated 12,000.


His book, Birds of the Photo Ark, includes remarkable avian images from the project, accompanied by text from birder Noah Stryker. For avian enthusiasts, from armchair observers to dedicated life-listers, this brilliant book celebrates the beauty of all birds, great and small.

“Joel Sartore is an ambassador extraordinaire for the beleaguered animals of our planet and should receive a Nobel Prize,” says Jane Goodall. “No one can look at these sensitive portraits of the incredible animal beings and not be amazed and inspired to do all in our power to preserve them. I can think of no other book with such a compelling message.”


Find out more about the Photo Ark project and Joel Sartore on his website.

A great blue turaco, Corythaeola cristata.
The great blue turaco, native to west-central Africa, is nearly three feet long yet weighs just two pounds. © Joel Sartore
Rafael "Rafa" Vieira
These extra long legs and toes allow the wattled jacana to balance delicately on lily pads. © Joel Sartore
Cincinnati Zoo
A concave facial disc acts like a parabolic dish for hearing for the northern white-faced owl, native to central America. © Joel Sartore
Sylvan Heights Bird Park
Many waterfowl, including the lesser white-fronted goose, which nests in Russia, form dense flocks during migration and in winter. © Joel Sartore
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo
Not all birds migrate. The Eurasian griffon, a type of vulture, generally keeps within its range, though young birds may disperse long distances before settling down. © Joel Sartore
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With its exceptionally wide facial disc, the great grey owl can listen for small mammals, even when they're hidden under snow, and can pounce with pinpoint precision. © Joel Sartore
The Living Desert
Most vultures have hooked beaks (for tearing flesh), bare heads (to stay clean and regulate body temperature), and long, broad wings for efficient soaring. They are found on nearly every continent. © Joel Sartore
A critically endangered northern bald ibis, Geronticus eremita.
A small population in Morocco comprises the only known northern bald ibises in the wild. © Joel Sartore
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Birds are colourful, engaging, and specialised, occupying almost every part of the planet and routinely moving between the different corners of the world. © Joel Sartore
A hawk-headed parrot, Deroptyus accipitrinus.
Red-fan parrots freely express themselves by erecting a headdress of colourful feather. © Joel Sartore
With wings spread, a white-tailed hawk can soar almost indefinitely. © Joel Sartore