PBS’ ‘Photo Ark’ is a wake up call for en­dan­gered an­i­mals

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - ENTERTAINMENT - BY LYNN ELBER

Na­tional Ge­o­graphic pho­tog­ra­pher Joel Sar­tore is spend­ing a decade-plus of his life doc­u­ment­ing thou­sands of an­i­mal species in what he calls a “photo ark.’’

He said his goal is to make peo­ple care about pro­tect­ing the many rare and en­gen­dered an­i­mals in dan­ger of vanishing.

Sar­tore’s quest is de­tailed in the PBS se­ries “Rare: Crea­tures of the Photo Ark.’’ The three­part se­ries de­buts to­day (check lo­cal list­ings) on PBS sta­tions and on­line.

If his im­ages of beauty and vul­ner­a­bil­ity fail to sway peo­ple, he said, maybe self-in­ter­est will.

The rare crea­tures fea­tured in the WGBH Bos­ton se­ries in­clude New Zealand’s kakapo, a flight­less bird, and the Yangtze gi­ant soft­shell tur­tle in China.

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