By Kat Riddler, Editor-in-Chief
National Geographic is publishing 10 different covers in April to honor photographer Joel Sartore’s work capturing more than 5,000 captive species. This will be the first time in history that the magazine has published so many covers. Piper the porcupine from the St. Louis Zoo is one of the star animals on the covers. Piper has not yet been in the public eye at the zoo, but beginning Memorial Day she will be part of the Summer Stage Shows.
The National Geographic story was written by Rachel Hartigan Shea and photographs were by Joel Satore. Satore has been photographing animals in the wild for the magazine for years, but with his wife having undergone chemotherapy in 2005, he was unable to continue traveling and taking photographs. His time at home allowed him to refocus his photographic efforts.
Despite taking photos of endangered species for so long, Satore believed that his work had not been as influential as it should have been to make people care more about the animals. Satore started taking pictures of animals in captivity, like zoos, which need to be there for various reasons like climate change.
Hartigan Shea wrote, “Zoos are the last hope for many animals on the verge of vanishing—but zoos shelter only a fraction of the world’s species. Even so, Sartore estimates that it will take 25 years or more to photograph most of the species in captivity.”
Read the full story at www.nationalgeographic.com/magazine/2016/04/photos-saving-rare-animals-conservation/.