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Joel Sartore's Biodiversity Portraits

National Geographic magazine photographer Joel Sartore is taking a working tour of American zoos with his 18-year-old son in order to take portraits of the world's animals. It's all part of the the Biodiversity Project. He photographs animals wherever they are.
In zoos, in private collections, and in the field with biologists around the world, I’m trying to photograph as many species as I can by using a portable studio with black and white backgrounds. I’ve been at this quite a while now and have captured nearly 1,800 in the past five years. That’s not nearly enough, but it’s a start.

You can follow along Sartore's reports from the tour at National Geographic's Field Test blog. Sartore has decided the Biodiversity Project needs a new, catchier name. And he would like your input on that decision. Yes, you may be the one to name this awesome mission! Leave your suggestions at National Geographic. Now take a look at just a few of the wonderfully diverse animals Sartore has photographed.

 A giant anteater (Myrmecophaga tridactyla) at the Sunset Zoo. (Image credit: Joel Sartore/National Geographic)

West Usambara two-horned chameleon (Kinyongia multituberculata) at the Houston Zoo. (Image credit: Joel Sartore/National Geographic)


Damaraland mole rat at the Houston Zoo. This species is one of only two eusocial mammals, with members of colonies all serving specific roles, much like bees. (Image credit: Joel Sartore/National Geographic)


Hawk-headed or red-fan parrot (Deroptyus accipitrinus) at the Houston Zoo. This unusual Amazon basin parrot has a crown of brightly-colored head feathers it raises when it threatened or aggressive. (Image credit: Joel Sartore/National Geographic)


Coquerel's sifaka (Propithecus coquereli) at the Houston Zoo. (Image credit: Joel Sartore/National Geographic)


Red Bird-of-paradise (Paradisaea rubra) at the Houston Zoo. (Image credit: Joel Sartore/National Geographic)

Bonus: Joel Sartore's Rare Photos

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Read more about the Biodiversity Project, and follow Sartore's daily travels at National Geographic's Field Test blog.

Previously at Neatorama: Joel Sartore and his book called RARE: Portraits of America’s Endangered Species.

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