Saturday, November 16, 2019, 6:00 pm

Be one of the first to experience the National Geographic Photo Ark exhibition at Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens with


Photographer and founder of the Photo Ark

Link to Joel's Bio

370 Zoo Parkway, Jacksonville, FL 32218

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Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens

Joel Sartore
National Geographic Photographer and Fellow, 2018 Rolex National Geographic Explorer of the Year and National Geographic Photo Ark Founder

Link to Joel's bio

Event Attire: Business Casual

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The exhibition is organized by the National Geographic Society and the Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium, Omaha

Your evening begins with a sip of bubbly and a stroll to our beautiful Range of the Jaguar. Enjoy a cocktail reception, keeper chat at our jaguar exhibit, and an opportunity to meet National Geographic photographer and Photo Ark founder, Joel Sartore. The evening continues with a plated dinner by Catering in the Wild, followed by:

Welcome and Joe Hixon Champion of Conservation Award Presentation

Guest Speaker, Joel Sartore, National Geographic Photographer

Live Auction of Unique Zoo Items

Paddles Up for Conservation

Established in 2017, Toast to Conservation celebrates the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens' commitment to animal and plant conservation around the globe. The Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens’ wildlife conservation programs now include over 45 organizations both locally and globally. With over $1.25 million directed over the past six years to conservation, the Zoo supports the important field work required to save both plant and animal species under threat of extinction.

Please join us at this year’s Toast to Conservation event for an intimate evening with National Geographic photographer and founder of the Photo Ark, Joel Sartore. Joel will share stories about his photography and species endemic to our area.

If you have any questions about the event,

please contact Tamarah Thames

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National Geographic Photo Ark
The National Geographic Photo Ark is a multiyear effort that aims to photograph every species living in the world's zoos and wildlife sanctuaries, inspire action through education, and help save wildlife by supporting on-the-ground conservation projects.

Project Overview

Two Golden snub-nosed monkeys, Rhinopithecus roxellana, at Ocean Park Hong Kong

© Photo by Joel Sartore/National Geographic Photo Ark.

A federally endangered Florida panther,

Puma concolor coryi, at Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo

© Photo by Joel Sartore/National Geographic Photo Ark.

An endangered baby Bornean orangutan, Pongo pygmaeus, named Aurora, with her  adoptive mother, Cheyenne, a Bornean/Sumatran cross, Pongo pygmaeus x abelii, at the Houston Zoo. 

© Photo by Joel Sartore/National Geographic Photo Ark.

Sponsored By:

Jennifer and Joseph Duke

Joseph and Renate Hixon

Host Committee:

Martha Baker

Jed Davis

Ann Harwood-Nuss, M.D.

John McIlvaine

Janna McNicholas

Carolyn Janse van Rensburg

Susan Welsh

Courtenay Wilson

Photo Ark at the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens
Through the generosity of Jennifer and Joseph Duke and Joe and Renate Hixon, the Zoo is excited to share the acclaimed National Geographic Photo Ark exhibit with the community. Beginning November 17 through March 1, 2020, the exhibit will be presented throughout the Zoo so that all guests can enjoy the amazing imagery and Photo Ark story.

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Toast to Conservation event is now SOLD OUT!