Exhibit offers a look into the eyes of endangered species

02/20/2013 9:05 AM

02/20/2013 9:05 AM

A new exhibit at the Stauth Memorial Museum in Montezuma is a close-up view of some of America’s most beloved animals.

“RARE: Portraits of America’s Endangered Species” by Joel Sartore runs through April 14. It is also the title of his most recent book.

An award-winning National Geographic photographer who also worked at The Eagle, Sartore has spent the past two decades photographing North American species on the brink of extinction. Each of Sartore’s subjects were photographed on plain black or white backgrounds — most often a close-up look into the eyes of a condor, crocodile, wolverine, woodpecker, snail or sea turtle

The exhibit, featuring more than 60 portraits, has been made possible through collaboration with National Geographic.

Museum officials are expecting large crowds for the exhibit and are encouraging people to make reservations in advance, particularly for groups of five people or more.

The museum, 11 N. Aztec in Montezuma, is open from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays; 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Sundays. Admission is free but donations are accepted. For more information, call 620-846-2527.

Montezuma, in Gray County, is about a half-hour drive west of Dodge City.

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