By Carly Donsbach
College Station, Texas- Texas A&M University’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences is hosting the National Geographic Photo Ark Exhibit with photos by famed photographer, Joel Sartore, at the AgriLife Center.
The National Geographic Photo Ark is an ambitious project committed to documenting every species in captivity inspiring people not just to care, but also to help protect these animals for future generations. It includes large, studio portraits of endangered and threatened species.
“The National Geographic Photo Ark has already inspired millions around the world with the message that it is not too late to save some of the world’s most endangered species,” said Kathryn Keane, vice president of Exhibitions, National Geographic Society. “Joel Sartore has demonstrated what one man can do using the power of photography—and now National Geographic wants to inspire people all over the country to contribute to this global challenge.”
The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences’ own department of Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences is involved with protecting endangered mammals. The college is partnered with the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, best known for its Red List of Threatened Species where faculty and students play a key role in assessing the risk of extinction for half of the world’s known mammals.
The AgriLife Center will simultaneously feature an exhibit from the college’s three collections: The S.M. Tracy Herbarium, the Texas A&M University Insect Collection and the Biodiversity, Research and Teaching Collections.
The grand opening for the National Geographic Photo Ark is October 28 at the AgriLife Center (556 John Kimbrough Blvd) prior to kickoff of the Texas A&M-Mississippi State football game. Admission is free and open to the public most days from Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Group inquiries can be made at AgriLifeEvents@ag.tamu.edu The exhibition will run through April 2018. Call for additional details (979)458-4910.