HOUSTON, TX – Going to the zoo is all about watching animals you wouldn’t ordinarily be able to see.
Joel Sartore, a National Geographic photographer is at the Houston Zoo, making sure future generations will be able to see animals that may become extinct and getting a message across.
“It’s silly to think that we can doom half of all species to extinction and not have it hurt humanity in a huge way, so really it’s about getting people to care about the world we live in,” said Sartore
With his Photo Ark Project, Sartore hopes to light the spark of conservation and get people to think about their choices.
“When you look at a rare bird that lives in the tropics, maybe you’ll think twice about buying a dining room set or a bedroom set made out of old-growth forest woods like Spanish cedar or mahogany,” urged Sartore.
He has visited over 180 zoos, already capturing over 3000 different species but still has a long road ahead.
“There’s about 10,000 species so I figure if I live another 20 years, I might get most of them. At least I’ll have a very good representation of what biodiversity looked like at this time,” explained Sartore
So as he spends a couple of days at the Houston Zoo, capturing images of birds that we can visit, he reminds us: “Funding the Houston Zoo and what the Houston Zoo does, they breed lots of endangered species, and they work in the wild to save species by rebuilding habitat or saving habitat, or helping people who are breeding animals elsewhere. That’s an immediate thing you can do, is go to the zoo and become a zoo member.”
So think about the small things you can do to make a difference. Maybe you can help save a species so future generation don’t have to rely on pictures to see them.