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Noted photographer captures unique Fort Wayne Children's Zoo animals on film

Friday, March 8, 2013 - 12:01 am

March 7, 2013

National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore visited the zoo last fall to photograph some of our most unusual species for his Photo Ark project.

Sartore's main goal was to photograph our honey badgers, which are rare in zoos. While here, he also snapped our blue-crowned hanging parrots, hunting cissas, black storks, Ruppell's griffon vultures, banded mongoose, wildebeest and other species.

Sartore photographs each species on a black or white background, which provides a stark contrast for the complex beauty of each animal. In the photo at right, Sartore photographs one of our black storks in a white "tent" built especially for this task.

Nearly half of the world's fauna are threatened with extinction on some level.

Sartore hopes his Photo Ark will one day hold images of all species present in North American zoos, documenting them before they disappear. About 2,400 species have been photographed so far.

We're honored to be part of this educational and inspiring project. See all Fort Wayne Children's Zoo animals in the Photo Ark.

2013 Zoo summer job fair

The zoo job fair will take place 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday in Pavilion No. 1 at Franke Park, in the 3400 block of Sherman Boulevard.

Join our team and help provide an amazing zoo experience for our 500,000 annual guests! The zoo is looking for friendly, outgoing individuals to fill our seasonal Guest Service positions for 2013, and we'll fill many of those positions at the Zoo Summer Job Fair.

All openings are temporary, seasonal positions, ranging from 15 to 40 hours per week.

Visit our website to learn more, then download, print, fill out and bring the appropriate application(s) to the Zoo Summer Job Fair. You may apply for one, two, or all three opportunities. Interviews will be held during the job fair as time and capacity allow.

Cheryl Piropato is education and communications director at the Fort Wayne Children's Zoo.