Introduction: Rare: Creatures of the Photo Ark: Part 2 (03:44)
Joel Sartore collects dung beetles to shoot for the Photo Ark. He expresses appreciation for his job, photographing wildlife across the world. His endangered animal pictures have led to government protection; he hopes more will result.
Suzhou Shoot (03:59)
China's industry and growing population impact its ecosystem; the rare Yangtze Softshell Turtle and South China Tiger reside there. Three tiger species have been hunted to extinction; Sartore has photographed the other types; they have lost 90% of their habitat to human encroachment. At the Suzhou South China Tiger Breeding Center, scientists discuss efforts to recover their numbers, and a backdrop is prepared.
Yangtze Softshell Turtle (08:20)
There are three Yangtze softshell turtles in existence; to prevent extinction, scientists attempt to artificial insemination. They have been poached for food and trade; in 2008, the last known female was brought to Suzhou Zoo to breed, but clutches have been infertile. See semen extraction and testing; sperm counts are too low, but scientists vow to try again.
South China Tiger (04:58)
See Sartore and his crew prepare enclosures and lighting for the South China Tiger shoot; he obtains good shots of the intimidating specimen. Sartore explains their function in the ecosystem.
Spain Shoot (03:58)
Sartore travels to Spain to photograph the endangered Iberian Lynx. European Rabbit makes up most of its diet; in 1952, the rodents were targeted with the myxoma virus, decreasing populations by 90%, and threatening lynx survival. At Madrid Zoo, the shoot is set up; see Photo Ark pictures from other sessions.
Iberian Lynx (06:23)
Sartore photographs the Iberian Lynx from behind a black curtain, discussing varying cooperation levels of animal models; see Photo Ark pictures. He changes location to La Olivilla Breeding Center, where the felines are taught survival skills; see one hunt a rabbit. Due to the program's efforts, populations have dramatically increased.
Kagwene Gorilla Sanctuary (09:53)
Sartore travels to Cameroon, hoping to photograph the rare Cross River Gorilla; few humans have seen one in the wild. See him and trackers hike through mountain rainforest; they locate nests, made daily by the primates. See hidden camera footage of a troop; scientists collect feces samples, determining 15 to 25 still alive; no pictures of the animal are obtained for the Ark.
A camera crew of natural history professionals are sent to the gorilla sanctuary, obtaining scant footage of the Cross River Gorilla, doubling all previous film taken; three other subspecies reside there, all endangered. In Bamenda, Sartore photographs a large group of Straw Colored Fruit bats; locals eat the Ebola resistant species. See Photo Ark pictures of other bat types; he discusses their function in the ecosystem, and meat consumption of humans.
Limbe Wildlife Center houses the world's only captive Cross River Gorilla. See the photo shoot and pictures of the area's other creatures. Sartore describes the importance of the Photo Ark to preserving endangered species.
Credits: Rare: Creatures of the Photo Ark: Part 2 (01:01)
Credits: Rare: Creatures of the Photo Ark: Part 2
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