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National Geographic Photographer Joel Sartore to Visit Boise

Friends of Zoo Boise is hosting a visit by Joel Sartore on Tuesday, April 24, 2018 at 7:30 p.m. at the Egyptian Theatre. Sartore is a photographer, speaker, author, teacher, conservationist, National Geographic fellow and regular contributor to National Geographic magazine. Sartore’s hallmarks are his sense of humor and a Midwestern work ethic. While in Boise, he’ll be discussing his current project, the National Geographic Photo Ark.

The Photo Ark is a multiyear effort to raise awareness of and find solutions to some of the most pressing issues affecting wildlife and their habitats. The Photo Ark’s three-pronged approach harnesses the power of National Geographic’s photography and the bold ideas of its explorers. The project aims to document every species in the world’s zoos and wildlife sanctuaries, inspire action through education, and help save wildlife by supporting on-the-ground conservation efforts. To date, Sartore has completed portraits of more than 7,500 species and visited 40 countries in his quest to create this photo archive of global biodiversity. Sartore has produced several books including RARE: Portraits of America’s Endangered Species, Photographing Your Family, and a new National Geographic book, Birds of the Photo Ark (National Geographic Books; on sale March 6; $30.00).

While in Boise, Sartore will be photographing two animals at Zoo Boise: Visayan warty pigs and Southern Idaho ground squirrels. You can see a video of how the photo shoots work at https://www.joelsartore.com/video/animal-ambassadors/.

Sartore’s speaking engagement at the Egyptian on April 24 is free, but registration is required at https://joelsartoreboise.eventbrite.com.  Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and Mr. Sartore’s talk begins at 7:30 p.m. Books will be available for purchase and Sartore will be signing books after the event. The event is presented by Zoo Boise with additional support provided by the Southwest Idaho Travel Association, Idaho Tourism, the Boise Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, and the Golden Eagle Audubon Society.

National Geographic Photo Ark fans are also invited to join the conversation on social media with #SaveTogether and learn more about how to get involved with the project at NatGeoPhotoArk.org.

Photograph is © Photo by Joel Sartore/National Geographic Photo Ark.  A critically endangered African white backed vulture, Gyps africanus, at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo.