Rare: Creatures of the Photo Ark

RARE: CREATURES OF THE PHOTO ARK travels with renowned photographer Joel Sartore as he photographs at-risk and rare species in the wild, in zoos, in nature preserves and explores his Photo Ark initiative. This captivating and visually stunning PBS special reveals why ensuring species’ future matters to us all.

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RARE: CREATURES OF THE PHOTO ARK is a production of WGBH Boston and So World Media, LLC in association with National Geographic Channels, and made possible with funding from the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, The Kendeda Fund, the Candis J. Stern Foundation, and public television viewers.

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Scientists in New Zealand are working to save this curious-looking bird from extinction.

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RARE Heroes: Alisha


Meet Alisha Sherriff, caretaker to Sirocco, a kākāpō.

Searching for the Rowi Kiwi


Joel Sartore and Tracey Dearlove go in search of a rare rowi kiwi.

Creature Clip: Northern White Rhino


Nabire passed away just days after her photo shoot with Joel Sartore.

Creature Clip: Persian Leopard


This rare Persian leopard was the 5,000th entry in Joel Sartore's Photo Ark.

Creature Clip: Syrian Brown Bear


The last Syrian brown bear was spotted in its namesake country more than 50 years ago.

Creature Clip: Weta


Meet the weta, a big flightless grasshopper-like creature.