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Can 1 man photograph every animal species on Earth?

Can 1 man photograph every animal species on Earth?

All photos: © Joel Sartore/joelsartore.com A young mandrill in Malabo, Equatorial Guinea. To say that National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore has his hands full is an understatement: He’s in the process of photographing every single animal species in the world. When he’s between the photoshoots that send him everywhere from the Galapagos Islands to Antarctica, Sartore spends his time at zoos and aquariums photographing animals for his personal venture, The Biodiversity Project . This huge undertaking was Sartore’s idea, and of the 6,000 species on the planet, he’s already captured nearly a third. "The goal of this project is to get people to look these things in the eye before they go extinct," he said in a recent interview with NPR. "Not everything I shoot is rare, but a lot is. I just figure, for a lot of these species, these pictures are all that's going to remain...

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