Joel Sartore is a photographer whose portrait subjects regularly pee and poop in front of him. A little weird, but he doesn’t seem to mind.

The National Geographic photographer started a series called the Photo Ark in which he takes studio portraits of the world’s animals as if they were posing for a grade 7 yearbook. He aims to photograph every species that he can. As you can see above, the result are glorious.

Why take on such a project? Visibility creates passion, he says in a talk at TEDxDeExtinction.

"We have to make it interesting," he says. “We have to get people off the couch, [engage] them, and get them to meet these animals face-to-face…We have to get it to be popular to care about animals … People will save something if they see other people saving it.”

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