If you’re a frequent visitor of the Cincinnati Zoo, then you know there is often something new to explore. Whether it’s a new zoo baby, an interaction with the animals or a seasonal event such as The Festival of Lights, the zoo always provides a reason to visit again and again. This summer, the Cincinnati Zoo is playing host to a moving and meaningful exhibit: The National Geographic Photo Ark.
The Photo Ark is an ambitious project with an important goal – to document every species of animal that inhabits our zoos, before it’s too late. National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore has captured photos of these animals in a way you’ve never seen before. And right now, you can see his mesmerizing work scattered throughout our very own zoo.
The powerful images of the animals, many taken right here in Cincinnati, are presented in an art gallery as you walk along the paths of the zoo. You’ll be drawn to their wide eyes and real life poses; it’s almost as if they are wandering the zoo along with you. Your heart will surely grow bigger for these animals and that’s the idea. The hope is to raise awareness that these creatures are in danger of leaving our planet forever and that we can help by supporting the conservation efforts of our zoo.
The National Geographic Photo Ark will be available to view from now through August 20th. There is no additional charge to see the gallery and you’ll want to be sure to plan a special trip this summer just to see these captivating photos of your favorite animals. For more info, check out the Cincinnati Zoo’s website here.
A native Cincinnatian, Andrea has experienced life in all four corners of this city. After growing up on the west side, she headed north to attend Miami University, then moved east to Hyde Park and now lives in Northern Kentucky with her family.
When she’s not playing trains and doing the “hot dog dance” as a stay-at-home mom to her two toddlers, Andrea is busy writing for Cincinnati publications and brainstorming ideas for her next children’s book! With a newfound passion for fitness and overall health, she spends a lot of time at her family gym and loves to play outside.
Andrea worked in education for several years and has a special love for children’s literature. She loves showing her children all our city has to offer and enjoys sharing her finds with other parents. Her favorite spots include the Cincinnati Zoo (although she steers clear of the bird house), her local library and any playground.