Surrounded by a loving family, a pup named Brownie, a tropical fish and a few ducks, National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore cultivated his love for wildlife from a young age. Sartore visited Auburn University on Friday, March 2 to share his photos and experiences of the Photo Ark with the Auburn family. He pioneered the Photo Ark, a collection of thousands of animal species, preserved forever in a frame. The project began in 1995, and to date there more than 7,800 animals documented in front of black and white backgrounds. The Photo Ark’s goal is to connect humanity to nature, and to make people care about the animals that are so often neglected.