This BTS video is a zoo: Photographing 12,000 species for National Geographic is no easy task

This BTS video is a zoo: Photographing 12,000 species for National Geographic is no easy task

Screen Shot 2015-12-04 at 8.33.01 PMPhoto shoots are stressful enough when you’re dealing with even a handful of human subjects. Could you imagine if you had to shoot over 12,000 animals?

Well, this endeavor is a reality for photographer Joel Sartore, who was commissioned by National Geographic to capture Photo Ark, a series of portraits that show off the world’s 12,000 captive species before they disappear.

In this two minute video, we get a time-lapse look at just a small portion of the chaos that takes place to capture these incredible creatures.

From turtles pooping on his seamless to chimps quite literally ripping it off the wall, Sartore’s shoots were about as wild as they come.

YouTube video

Below are a few photo photos from the Photo Ark project that Sartore has shared on his Instagram profile:

A Syrian brown #bear at the #Budapest Zoo. #joelsartore #beautiful #photooftheday #photoark

A photo posted by Joel Sartore – Photo Ark (@joelsartore) on

A little #owl from the #Budapest Zoo. #joelsartore #beautiful #photooftheday #photoark

A photo posted by Joel Sartore – Photo Ark (@joelsartore) on

A Cape fox at the Plzen Zoo in the Czech Republic. #joelsartore #photooftheday #beautiful #bird #photoark

A photo posted by Joel Sartore – Photo Ark (@joelsartore) on

A #Florida panther named Lucy at Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo. #joelsartore #photooftheday #PhotoArk

A photo posted by Joel Sartore – Photo Ark (@joelsartore) on

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