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The October 2019 issue is a special single-topic issue examining species around the world at risk of vanishing, and what we lose when an animal goes extinct.
The English edition, along with twelve of the international-language editions, featured National Geographic photographer Ami Vitale’s image of wildlife keeper Joseph Wachira with Sudan, the last male northern white rhino.
The main feature extinction story was photographed by National Geographic photographer Joel Sartore. Sartore has been photographing animals for his Photo Ark project, with the goal of photographing all species living in zoos and wildlife sanctuaries around the globe in order to inspire action to save wildlife. This feature explores the mission of Sartore and his Photo Ark project.
Ten of the international-language editions used an array of Sartore’s Photo Ark portraits of threatened and endangered species. The Arabic edition featured efforts to save African giraffes, while the Georgian edition highlighted a local feature on the conservation of its endemic imperial eagle.
The Serbian, Taiwanese and Thai editions featured covers about the controversial trend of collecting fossils, and the contrast between the fossil suppliers–mostly dusty, down-to- earth types in the American West–and their high-flying international clientele.
The Bulgarian edition used Paul Salopek’s Human Migration story from the August flagship cover for this issue, and the Indonesian edition used the thawing Antarctic story from the September flagship cover.
The Germany-produced story on the rise and fall of the Celts in Central Europe was featured on the cover by the Brazilian, Estonian, Lithuanian, Portuguese and Spanish editions. Also on the theme of early Europe, the Polish edition created a local cover to pair with the Birth of Europe story, from the August flagship edition.
See below for a round-up of our covers from across the globe.