Night-time may seem still, but it’s actually when many animals are most active. Some of these animals are under threat, and National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore wants to find out why.

Into darkness, to find the light.

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From dusk until dawn

To find out why so many creatures spend their waking hours in darkness, Joel Sartore heads to some of the places sheltering them. Shot on the OPPO Find X5 Pro. Additional hardware and software used.

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For a brighter future for animals

A behind-the-lens look at photographing animals in sanctuaries—the unsung heroes of endangered wildlife conservation.

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Nightlife: Animals after dark

When the sun goes down, a whole new world wakes up. Nocturnal animals trust their survival to the darkness brought by night.


Endangered color after dark

Under the cover of darkness, animals emerge across our planet adorned in a vibrant array of colours. But without our help, their future also looks dark.

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Joel Sartore

Joel is a man on a mission to get the public to care andsave species from extinction. As an award-winning wildlife photographer, Joel has spent most of his career in the field, risking life and limb to get the perfect shot—and he has the scars to prove it. For the last 25 years Joel has worked with National Geographic, documenting endangered species and landscapes around the world.

These days, Joel’s focus is on the Photo Ark, a multi-year project to photograph every one of the 15,000 species cared for in captivity. Joel’s passion for conservation began as a child growing up in Nebraska. He was fascinated and troubled by the story of Martha, the world’s last passenger pigeon that died in Cincinnati Zoo 1914. He couldn’t understand how the world had allowed a species to become extinct; he’s spent the rest of his life trying to make sure it doesn’t happen again. In addition tobeing a regular contributor to National Geographic magazine, Joel’s work regularly features in publications including the New York Times and Smithsonian, and he is the author of several books on rare animals. As well as photography, Joel is a popular public speaker and he often appears on television; in 2018 Joel was named National Geographic Explorer of the Year.