BioPark species documented in National Geographic project


The Albuquerque Biopark is home to more than 900 animals and other creatures from around the world, a number of which are unique to New Mexico.  It’s why a world-renowned photographer stopped in as part of an ongoing project to bring awareness to endangered species. 

Joel Sartore has traveled around the world on his mission to capture photos of every single known living species on the planet. “We use black and white backgrounds and studio lighting to make all of these animals look beautiful,” said Sartore, the ‘Photo Ark’ photographer. 

Among all of Sartore’s impressive adventures is the BioPark. While in Albuquerque, Sartore detailed pictures of bugs, scorpions and even the smallest of creatures. “A little tiny, tiny ant. But it’s really this incredible insect – it basically carries this large jar of honey on its back,” said Baird Fleming, the Director of the Albuquerque Biopark. 

Fleming says watching Sartore work, is incredible. “He’s very focused, he knows exactly what he’s doing,” said Fleming. 

Fleming also says Sartore comes in like a tornado. “We have trouble keeping up with him, actually,” said Fleming. 

Now, two years later the massive project is more than halfway complete. “We are about two-thirds done with the project, and it’ll take another ten to fifteen years to finish,” said Sartore. 

The pictures he took in Albuquerque are already published as part of his ‘Photo Ark’ and Fleming says it’s an honor for the Biopark to be part of such a crucial project. “For him to have to come to the Biopark because we’re the only ones who have these species – was really really incredible,” said Fleming. 

Sartore says he plans to focus on Asia and Western Europe, next. He says he hopes to make to back to the Duke City at some point. 

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