NatGeo photographer to speak in Puyallup, benefit NW Trek

Joel Sartore travels the world photographing rare and endangered animals in some of the planet’s most wild and pristine places.

His images are stunning; his stories mesmerizing. He’s an acclaimed National Geographic photographer who captivates his audiences with the same enthusiasm and excitement with which he captures his subjects.

Joel Sartore at a game preserve in South Africa.

Now, his expertise will benefit endangered species and conservation programs at Northwest Trek 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.

“RARE: Portraits of America’s Endangered Species,” is both the title of his presentation and of one of his books. His talk is scheduled from 7 to 9 p.m. in the school auditorium, 105 7th St. S.W. Puyallup.

The event is sponsored by the Northwest Trek Foundation.  Tickets, ranging from $15 to $30 each, are available now at www.nwtrek.org or www.brownpapertickets.com.

In addition to discussing his work, Sartore will talk about his adventures through decades of gallivanting around the globe, cameras slung over his shoulder.

“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 Northwest Trek Wildlife Park makes to the preservation of native species, and he is a big believer in the enrichment of animals.”

His work, she added, clearly 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.”

In the eyes of the acclaimed photographer, his appearance on behalf of the wildlife park fits perfectly with his personal philosophy and life’s work.

“Northwest Trek Wildlife 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,” he said. “When we save other species, we’re actually saving ourselves.

Copies of Sartore’s book “RARE: Portraits of America’s Endangered Species” will be sold for $24 each at the March 23 lecture, and he will be available to sign them following the presentation.
For more information, go to www.nwtrek.org