The Photo Ark: One Man’s Quest to Document the World’s Animals by Joel Satore
Joel Satore has been a renowned photographer for National Geographic (and other publications) for several decades. He spent 25 years accumulated thousands upon thousands of photos of living creatures—mammals, birds, reptiles, sea life, insects. Many of the animals are endangered or threatened. This book of incredible images is stunning; Satore shot the pictures in zoos and wildlife centers around the globe. The foreword is by Harrison Ford, who I never realized was an avid conservationist.
Besides the lush images, the text provides a lot about the status of many species and celebrates some of the “unsung heroes” who are devoting themselves to preserving special animals. I also learned about the International Union for Conservation of Nature, which analyzes animal and plant species to determine their risk of extinction. Their labels include: EX – extinct, EW – extinct in the wild, CR – critically endangered, EN – endangered, VU – vulnerable, NT – near threatened. So many species especially on islands are extinct, nearly extinct, or critically endangered due to human activities of destroying habitats and/or introducing non-native species that kill off the existing animal.
This book belongs in every library and school.