Joel Sartore travels the world photographing rare and endangered animals in some of the planet’s most wild and pristine places. He’s an acclaimed National Geographic photographer who reportedly gives audiences the same sense of enthusiasm and excitement that goes into pictures of his subjects.
And Northwest Trek is hoping his expertise will benefit endangered species and conservation programs at the Eatonville-area wildlife park.
Sartore will pack his lifetime of photography experience and passion for animals into a special appearance at Puyallup High School on March 23 as a benefit for Northwest Trek.
“RARE: Portraits of America’s Endangered Species” is the title of his presentation and of one of his books. His talk is scheduled from 7 to 9 p.m. in the auditorium of the school, which is at 105 Seventh St. SW. in Puyallup.
The event is sponsored by the Northwest Trek Foundation. Tickets, ranging from $15 to $30 each, are available at www.nwtrek.org or www.brownpapertickets.com.
In addition to discussing his work, Sartore will talk about his adventures around the globe.
“We are thrilled that Joel will bring his message of wildlife
conservation here, because his work closely dovetails with our mission,” said Denice Voss, a member of the Northwest Trek Foundation Board of Directors. “He was eager to come and see firsthand the contribution the park makes to the preservation of native species, and he is a big believer in the enrichment of animals.”
His work, Voss added, depicts a wide range of rare and
endangered animals at their most beautiful – and their most fragile.
According to Sartore’s biography, his career has taken him to some of Earth’s “most beautiful and challenging places, from the High Arctic to the Antarctic. Simply put, Joel is on a mission to document endangered species and landscapes in order to show
a world worth saving.”
Sartore said Northwest Trek fits his personal philosophy and life’s work because the park “not only engages thousands of guests each year, but works to instill a conservation message that desperately needs to be heard these days – how we perceive and treat all creatures, great and small. When we save other species, we’re actually saving ourselves.”
Copies of Sartore’s book will be sold for $24 each at the March 23 lecture, and he will be available to sign them following the presentation.
Northwest Trek’s 725 acres is home to native northwest wildlife and conservation, education, and recreation programs. It’s operated by Metro Parks Tacoma.