The plush and distinctive pictures on this guide represents Nationwide Geographic’s Photograph Ark, a massive initiative and lifetime challenge through photographer Joel Sartore to make pictures of the arena’s animals—particularly the ones which are endangered. His robust message, conveyed with humor, compassion, and artwork: to understand those animals is to save lots of them.

Sartore is circling the globe, vacationing zoos and natural world rescue facilities to create studio pictures of 12,000 species, with an emphasis on the ones dealing with extinction. With a objective of photographing each animal in captivity on the earth, he has photographed greater than 6,000 already and now, way to a multi-12 months partnership with Nationwide Geographic, he would possibly achieve his objective. This guide showcases his animal pictures: from tiny to immense, from the Florida grasshopper sparrow to the larger one-horned rhinoceros. Paired with the eloquent prose of veteran natural world creator Douglas Chadwick, and an inspiring foreword from Harrison Ford, this guide gifts a concept-frightening argument for saving the entire species of our planet.