I’ve been watching Rare: Creatures of the Photo Ark on PBS the past two weeks. There’s one more episode next week. Joel Sartore, a National Geographic photographer, is on a mission to capture studio portraits of more than 12,000 species and to date has photographed about 6,000. It’s a project he calls the Photo Ark. He says his goal is simply “to get the public to care and save species from extinction.“
So after tonight’s episode I checked my email and found a notification from Flow Art Station featuring Mysterious Wildcats by Joel Sartore. One of the cats featured is the Iberian Lynx, which he photographed on tonight’s episode. It’s the world’s most endangered feline. In 2002 there were fewer than 100 Iberian Lynx, but conservation efforts have increased those numbers considerably and successfully released cats into the wild on the Iberian Peninsula. That’s Spain and Portugal in case it’s been awhile since you had a geography class.
So while there’s nothing mysterious about my cat Domino, I hope you’ll check out Mysterious Wildcats by Joel Sartore. It’s absolutely worth a few minutes of your time.
My favorites are the lynxes, specifically the Iberian and Eurasian. How about you? Do you have a favorite? Let me know in the comments below.