The National Geographic Photo Ark exhibit opens to the public in Morrill Hall

National Geographic Photo Ark Panther

A Florida panther, Puma concolor coryi, at the Lowry Park Zoo in Florida.

Joel Sartore, National Geographic

The National Geographic Photo Ark exhibit at the University of Nebraska State Museum opened to the public Friday.

The exhibition features the work of Nebraska native Joel Sartore to document every living species in the world’s zoos, aquariums and wildlife sanctuaries.

The Photo Ark, displayed on the first floor of Morrill Hall, features digital displays of Sartore’s photographs and videos of various animals, along with a seating area so visitors can view the images and hear Sartore explain his nearly twenty-year mission.

Joel Sartore

World-renowned photographer, Lincoln native and Husker alumnus Joel Sartore, has traveled the world in his quest to create a photographic archive of global biodiversity.

Ellen Sartore, photos courtesy of

A regular contributor to National Geographic, Sartore started the Photo Ark project in Lincoln in 2006 and has since traveled the world taking portraits of more than 25,000 species.

The portraits are not just photos, they are intimate and moving.

“It’s the eye that moves people,” he said. “It stimulates their feelings of compassion and their desire to help.”

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Museum Director Susan Weller said Sartore’s commitment to conservation reflects the mission at Morrill Hall.

“Joel’s beautiful photographs remind us of the interconnectedness of life,” she said. “We look forward to bringing this message of conservation to Joel’s hometown.”

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