Nat Geo marks Endangered Species Day displaying stunning Photo Ark images

For many of Earth’s creatures, time is running out. That’s why on May 19, Endangered Species Day, the National Geographic Society and the Outdoor Advertising Association of America (OAAA), the national trade association for the out of home (OOH) advertising industry, launched a groundbreaking OOH campaign aimed at saving species at risk in the wild. The campaign’s key message is: “See what we can #SaveTogether before it’s too late.”

Featuring stunning images from the National Geographic Photo Ark, the campaign sounds the alarm for the conservation of wildlife and their habitats. Following the digital OOH launch of the campaign in Times Square and other major U.S. cities today, the #SaveTogether campaign will continue throughout the summer on donated billboards and other OOH formats across the country.

Founded by National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore, the Photo Ark aims to document every species currently living in the world’s zoos and wildlife sanctuaries, inspire action through education, and help save wildlife by supporting on-the-ground conservation efforts. Sartore has photographed more than 6,500 species so far on his quest to create the National Geographic Photo Ark. Once completed, the Photo Ark will serve as an important record of each animal’s existence and a powerful testament to the importance of saving species.

Sartore’s breathtaking portraits inspire people to care about these animals and to take action while there’s still time to protect them. (National Geographic)

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African wild dog ( Lycaon pictus)

Endangered, fewer than 2,000 left in the wild.
Photographed at Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium in
Omaha, Nebraska. (© Photo by Joel Sartore/National Geographic Photo Ark)
Support the Photo Ark and projects working to help save species
at PhotoArk.org and join the conversation on social media with
#SaveTogether.

Ploughshare tortoise (Astrochelys yniphora)

Critically endangered, fewer than 800 left in the wild. Photographed at the Turtle Conservancy in Ojai, California. (© Photo by Joel Sartore/National Geographic Photo Ark)
Support the Photo Ark and projects working to help save species
at PhotoArk.org and join the conversation on social media with
#SaveTogether.

Sumatran tiger (Panthera tigris sumatrae)

Critically endangered, fewer than 700 left in the wild.
Photographed at the Miller Park Zoo in Atlanta, Georgia. (© Photo by Joel Sartore/National Geographic Photo Ark)

Support the Photo Ark and projects working to help save species
at PhotoArk.org and join the conversation on social media with
#SaveTogether.

Red wolf (Canis rufus)

Critically endangered, fewer than 150 left in the wild.
Photographed at the Great Plains Zoo in Sioux Falls, South
Dakota. (© Photo by Joel Sartore/National Geographic Photo Ark)

Support the Photo Ark and projects working to help save species
at PhotoArk.org and join the conversation on social media with
#SaveTogether.

Sumatran orangutan (Pongo abelii)

Critically endangered, fewer than 15,000 left in the wild.
Photographed at the Gladys Porter Zoo in Brownsville, Texas. (© Photo by Joel Sartore/National Geographic Photo Ark)

Support the Photo Ark and projects working to help save species
at PhotoArk.org and join the conversation on social media with
#SaveTogether.

African white-backed vulture (Gyps africanus)

Critically endangered, fewer than 270,000 left in the wild.
Photographed at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo in Cleveland,
Ohio. (© Photo by Joel Sartore/National Geographic Photo Ark)

Support the Photo Ark and projects working to help save species
at PhotoArk.org and join the conversation on social media with
#SaveTogether.

Burmese star tortoise (Geochelone platynota)

Critically endangered, fewer than 5,000 left in the wild.
Photographed at the Los Angeles Zoo in Los Angeles, California. (© Photo by Joel Sartore/National Geographic Photo Ark)

Support the Photo Ark and projects working to help save species
at PhotoArk.org and join the conversation on social media with
#SaveTogether.

Fiji banded iguana (Brachylophus fasciatus)

Endangered, fewer than 8,000 left in the wild.
Photographed at the Houston Zoo in Houston, Texas. (© Photo by Joel Sartore/National Geographic Photo Ark)

Support the Photo Ark and projects working to help save species
at PhotoArk.org and join the conversation on social media with
#SaveTogether.

Black-footed ferret (Mustela nigripes)

Endangered, fewer than 500 left in the wild.
Photographed at the Toronto Zoo in Toronto Canada. (© Photo by Joel Sartore/National Geographic Photo Ark)

Support the Photo Ark and projects working to help save species
at PhotoArk.org and join the conversation on social media with
#SaveTogether.