RARE: Portraits of America’s Endangered Species
Photographs by Joel Sartore
National Geographic contributing photographer and Nebraska native Joel Sartore has spent two decades on a mission to document North American species facing extinction. Sixty-nine of these animals and plants are profiled in the book and exhibition RARE: Portraits of America’s Endangered Species. The exhibition and the book serve as a poignant roll call of North America’s most endangered wildlife and an urgent call to action. The exhibition photographs are organized by number of living populations for each species; the exhibition will also examine the history, purpose and effectiveness of the Endangered Species Act of 1973.
Photographed against plain black or white backgrounds, Sartore’s color portraits capture the essence of each creature, large or small. His pictures offer an intimate and up-close look into the eyes, or petals, of wildlife in jeopardy or teetering on the brink of extinction. The species range from condors to crocodiles, wolverines to woodpeckers, snails to sea turtles, plovers to pitcher plants. Some, like the bald eagle, are so iconic that it’s easy to see why we would take the trouble to save them. Others, like the Delhi Sands flower-loving fly or the Higgins eye mussel, are probably unknown to most but have intrinsic beauty.
The exhibition will also celebrate endangered species making a comeback: including the gray wolf, now numbering 4,128, the bald eagle, with a population of around 20,000, and the American alligator, which has rebounded from the verge of extinction to more than 1 million individuals.
To view more about this exhibit, please visit Joel Sartore's official website.
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