Every species adapts to its environment over time (or dies out trying), but climate change is simply happening too fast for most plants and animals to get their evolutionary bearings. Extreme weather, shifting seasons, changes in food availability, and emerging diseases are just a small sampling of how global warming is wreaking havoc on wildlife—especially species that are already having a rough go of it. But there's a minority of creatures actually thriving (for now, anyway) under the same conditions making life impossible for so many others. In the November issue of National Geographic, dedicated solely to climate change, journalist Jennifer Holland shows us which animals are adapting and which...well, not so much. The above photos and captions are excerpted from her article.
All the images come from the Photo Ark, photographer Joel Sartore's ambitious project to take portraits of the world's 12,000 captive species. So far, Sartore has documented about 5,000 and he's still busy clicking away—his goal is to inspire people to stop the extinction crisis before his subjects are gone in a flash.
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