Portraits of America’s Endangered Species

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“Rare” features studio portraits of 69 endangered species in North America, from polar bears to whooping cranes.
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A Puerto Rican crested toad (Peltophryne lemur) at the Sedgwick County Zoo in Wichita, Kan.www.joelsartore.com 
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Southern mountain yellow-legged frog (Rana muscosa).www.joelsartore.com
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A federally endangered Atlantic loggerhead turtle (Caretta caretta) at Riverbanks Zoo in Columbia, S.C.www.joelsartore.com
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A California tiger salamander (Ambystoma californiense), an endangered amphibian at the Fresno/Chaffee Zoo in Fresno, Calif.www.joelsartore.com 
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A black-footed ferret at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo in Colorado Springs, Colo.www.joelsartore.com 
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Northern spotted owl (Strix occidentalis caurina) at the Oregon Zoo in Portland, Ore.www.joelsartore.com 
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A portrait of a peregrine falcon at Raptor Recovery in Elmwood, Neb.www.joelsartore.com 
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A 3-year-old ocelot (Leopardis pardalis) named Diego, part of the Children’s Zoo area of the San Diego Zoo.www.joelsartore.com 
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A gray wolf at the New York State Zoo in Watertown, N.Y.www.joelsartore.com 
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A wolverine (Gulo gulo) named ‘Stinky’ at the New York State Zoo in Watertown, N.Y.www.joelsartore.com 

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<em>These</em>
<a href=”https://www.motherearthnews.com/nature-and-environment/wildlife/endangered-species-photos-sartore” target=”_self”>photographs</a>
<em> and the following text are an excerpt from</em>
<a href=”http://joelsartore.com/rare/” target=”_blank”>Rare: Portraits of America’s Endangered Species</a>
<em> by</em>
<a href=”http://www.joelsartore.com/” target=”_blank”>Joel Sartore</a>
<em> (National Geographic Focal Point, available March 16, 2010). Sartore has been a wildlife photojournalist at</em> National Geographic<em> for more than two decades.</em> Rare<em> is Sartore’s four-year investigation into the Endangered Species Act and the creatures it exists to protect. Listen to Joel discuss the book on</em>
<a href=”https://www.motherearthnews.com/radio/01-22-2010″ target=”_self”>MOTHER EARTH NEWS Radio</a>
<em>.</em>
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<p>They say the true measure of a person, or of society, is how we treat the least among us.</p>
<p>Do we choose to save things that may contribute nothing to our bottom line?</p>
<p>If money is all that matters, then we’re headed for a very poor world indeed. Can you imagine a planet without wolves? Without frogs? Without pollinating insects?</p>
<p>Of course, the elephant in the room is human overpopulation. We’re nearing 7 billion people now, and the population continues to expand exponentially. As human culture overtakes the planet, other living things have less room and are pushed to extinction. It’s as simple as that.</p>
<p>So wouldn’t it be great to begin a national dialogue now about the importance of saving the wild places that remain and the species that live there?</p>
<p>To do this, nature must become more than just a faint notion to the masses, something that we like in the abstract but consider irrelevant to our daily lives.</p>
<p>We must realize that there’s more to life than the price at the pump and what’s on TV.</p>
<p>Indeed, there’s nothing more important than what’s going on with the rest of creation. Healthy forests, marshes and prairies keep our air and water clean. So when we save biodiversity, we’re actually saving ourselves.</p>
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<h5>Reprinted with permission from <a href=”http://joelsartore.com/rare/” target=”_blank”>Rare: Portraits of America’s Endangered Species</a> by Joel Sartore, published by National Geographic Focal Point, 2010. Listen to Joel discuss the book on <a href=”https://www.motherearthnews.com/radio/01-22-2010″ target=”_self”>MOTHER EARTH NEWS Radio</a>.</h5>