Interview » Intervju | 27 Tekst/Words: Jelena Pantović Fotografije/Photography: © Photo by Joel Sartore/ National Geographic Photo Ark I was considering ways to compel people to worry about the fact that we could lose half of all species by the turn of the next century! Maybe a series of portraits, created simply and cleanly, will give us a chance to look animals directly in the eyes and see that there is beauty, grace and intelligence in other beings with whomwe share the planet, says this celebrated photographer Man, do not pride yourself on your superiority to the animals, for they are without sin, while you, with all your greatness, you defile the earth wherever you appear and leave an ignoble trail behind you,” wrote the great Dostoevsky. However, today, with the coronavirus pandemic realising every nightmare, we are witnessing that the advice of this ingenius Russian writer, just like the warnings of many others, had no effect. That’s because at the end of 2020, according to official statistics of the International Union for Conservation of Nature, we have pushed more than 30,000 species of animals to the verge of extinction. That’s a quarter of all species that exist on the planet. A large number of the last examples of these endangered species are held in captivity in zoos around the world, wheremetal fences are simultaneously their prison and their last hope for survival. Alongwithmany others that are still fighting in thewild – not for a better tomorrow, but for an ordinary one – they have nonetheless gained another comrade and become part of themajor Photo Ark project of celebratedNational Geographic photographer Joel Sartore, whose works have Krajem novembra smo na kanalu National Geographic Wild imali priliku da verovatno poslednji put vidimo neke od životinja At the end of November we had an opportunity, on the National Geographic Wild channel, to take a sneak peek at some animals, probably for the last time GrahmS. Jones