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Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens Presents Joel Sartore at UNF on Nov. 17

Published Friday, November 8, 2019



The Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens is excited to present National Geographic Photo Ark Founder and Photographer Joel Sartore on Sunday, Nov. 17 at 6 p.m. in the Lazzara Performance Hall at the University of North Florida.


During this one-hour engagement, Sartore will share stories of Photo Ark species endemic to the north Florida area and his journey in creating the Photo Ark. Tickets are $20 and include a General Admission ticket to the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens. Zoo Members may purchase a ticket for $5, with proceeds going directly to conservation.


This event also marks the opening date of the “National Geographic Photo Ark” exhibition at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens. It will highlight 56 of Sartore’s images and provide visitors with the unique opportunity to come face to face with animals from the National Geographic Photo Ark, an ambitious project committed to documenting every species living in the world’s zoos and wildlife sanctuaries. In addition to creating an archival record for generations to come, this project is a hopeful platform for conservation and shines a light on individuals and organizations working to preserve species around the world.


The National Geographic Photo Ark will be on display at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens until March 1, 2020 and is included with General Admission. More information about the exhibition and tickets to the speaking event at UNF can be found at National Geographic Photo Ark fans are invited to help save wildlife and their habitats by taking the #SaveTogether Pledge, and visiting to learn more about the project.



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About Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens

For over 100 years, the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens has aimed to inspire the discovery and appreciation of wildlife through innovative experiences in a caring environment. Starting in 1914 with an animal collection of one red deer fawn, the Zoo now has more than 2,000 rare and exotic animals and 1,000 species of plants, boasting the largest botanical garden in Northeast Florida. The Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens is a nonprofit organization and a portion of every ticket sold goes to the over 45 conservation initiatives Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens supports around the world, and here in NE Florida. JZG is proud to be an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums. For more information, visit




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