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National Geographic Photo Ark

When: Mondays-Fridays, 9 p.m. and Fridays-Sundays, 10 a.m. Continues through Feb. 22, 2020

Animals have been increasingly granted legal rights internationally, even in the United States (except for sleeping bear cubs and moms), but many wild animals remain endangered, despite the resurgence of some species. The National Geographic Photo Ark project features Joel Sartore’s large color photographs of live animals against black or white backgrounds, Avedon-style. The portraits are so vivid and characterful as to read anthropomorphically — a veiled chameleon peruses a macro lens; a Reimann’s snake-necked turtle considers the viewer with a benign philosophic mien — but the nagging feeling that we may soon have only images remaining (the Columbia basin pygmy rabbits joining like some of Audubon’s extinct bird species) should spur the alpha species to concern and action. “The Photo Ark was born out of desperation to halt, or at least slow the loss of global biodiversity.,” Sartore said. “Long after I’m gone, these pictures are going to go to work every day to save species.

DeWitt Cheng

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