National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore embarked on a personal project years ago, photographing endangered animals in the U.S. His recent book, RARE: Portraits of America’s Endangered Species, spotlights many of these creatures, including mammals, reptiles, birds, and even insects. My personal favorite is the St. Andrews Beach Mouse, partly because it’s so darn cute and partly because it lives just two and a half hours away from me, on St. Andrews Beach in Panama City, Florida. (According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, they’re found on beaches throughout Bay and Gulf counties, but given its name, I assume that St. Andrews Beach hosts the largest population of them.) The next time I go there, I’ll have to try to get a photo of one myself. That is, if I can find one!
Here’s a beautiful video of some of the animals during Joel’s photo shoots:
You can see related videos and photos on Joel’s website, as well as more of his other work. Books, prints of his work, and stock photography are also available.
© Karen Joslin, 2010