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As detailed in PBS' "Rare: Creatures of the Photo Ark," Sartore is on a quest to capture images of the roughly 12,000 species in captivity around the world, including rare and endangered ones, to persuade us they are worth protecting."We really want to get people in the tent of conservation, and make them realize you can't lose half of all species and not have it come back and affect humanity in a very detrimental way," Sartore said.In his quest to build a virtual ark that captures the world's biodiversity, the National Geographic fellow has visited nearly 40 countries to make digital images of more than 6,000 species that include, roughly, 900 mammals, 600 amphibians, 1,800 birds, 700 fish and 1,200 reptiles.Anchored at home to care for her and their three children he mulled a new course, one inspired in part by John James Audubon's documentation of the birds and mammals of North America. Aware that his animal photos resonated with National Geographic readers, Sartore decided to amass a "giant catalog" that would show the grand diversity of the most modest animals.Sartore insists on remaining hopeful about the future, even as he sees species vanish.
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