“The Photo Ark” in Joel Sartore’s Own Words

A behind-the-scenes look at capturing intimate animal portraits.

National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore is halfway through a multiyear effort to document our planet’s incredible biodiversity by creating portraits of approximately 12,000 species of animals. His book, The Photo Ark, is a curated collection of his most spectacular photos. Here, Sartore explains how he got his animal subjects to cooperate.