October 7, 2013

Red Pandas, Lincoln Children's Zoo

Photograph by Joel Sartore

This Month in Photo of the Day: The Power of Photography

Twin three-month-old red pandas (Ailurus fulgens fulgens) huddle together at the Lincoln Children's Zoo. Sartore photographed the pair as part of his Photo Ark project, through which he is documenting thousands of rare species.

"Half of all the species on Earth could be headed irreversibly toward extinction by 2100. Not if I can help it," Sartore says. "That's the idea behind the Photo Ark: getting the public to look these creatures in the eye, then care enough to save them while there's still time."

Learn more about the Photo Ark and see more pictures from the project.

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56 comments
Anna Veitch
Anna Veitch

These are gorgeous animals, would love to see one in real life. 

Gary Conn
Gary Conn

'Red Pandas'by Joel Sartore

Red panda cubs are the most obvious example of zoo-borne specie who survive with support from humans.

— Gary Conn

Prairie-Dawn S.
Prairie-Dawn S.

This is a fantastic picture, lots of detail captured. But never mind that, look how cute!!

Scott Lyell Gardner
Scott Lyell Gardner

Very cute little panda cubs - right here in Lincoln! Thanks for taking the species to the people! It is the best way to show what is happening to our earth and we CAN do something about species loss. We can think, right? 

Barbara Ewart
Barbara Ewart

The picture against the black background accentuates the incredible coat, little claws and features of this unique creature. It's an Ailluridae. A family in the mammal order Carnivora. The family comprises the Red Panda (the sole living representative) and its extinct relatives. It's not truly a bear, being more closely related to, yet completely separate from, skunks, weasels, coatis kinkajoos, and raccoons among others. Cool family tree.

Leyla R.
Leyla R.

Phenomenal.... love them

A I
A I

Cute photo.  I have to admit that I am not getting this series--rare animals, in focus, on a black background.  Just isn't saying anything to me.  Sorry, don't mean to be a downer.

Janice H.
Janice H.

So precious, one is shy.     Sweet looking creatures.

Once again
Once again

this project is really working i saw some animals i never know they existed

Zatae Fraser Monfet
Zatae Fraser Monfet

Great photo! They look like raccoons at first glance, must be the mask :)

Kristi Dials
Kristi Dials

Awwwww, so cute. Nice tone to the photo.

Gary Conn
Gary Conn

Red Pandas  —  by Joel Sartore

Two red panda cubs are the most obvious example of zoo-borne specie who survive with support from humans.  

—   Gary Conn

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