Rare Animals in Arizona

RARE: Creatures of the Photo Ark

Follow renowned photographer and National Geographic fellow Joel Sartore on his quest to document all the Earth’s species, including those at risk of extinction. So far, Joel has photographed over 6,400 fish, mammals, amphibians, insects, reptiles, and birds— and he won’t stop until he snaps them all.

This captivating and visually stunning PBS special reveals why ensuring species’ future matters to us all.

Premieres July 18th on PBS 6

Rare Animals in Arizona

Arizona is home to a variety of rare and endangered animals. In conjunction with RARE, AZPM is proud to present selections from Arizona Illustrated's mini-documentaries about some of the most threatened creatures in our region.

Mount Graham Red Squirrel
Gila TopminnowJoin AZPM for two special screenings of RARE: Creatures of the Photo Ark. Click for times and details.
RARE: Mount Graham Red Squirrel

Mount Graham Red Squirrel

The Mount Graham red squirrel is an endangered subspecies of the American red squirrel native to the Pinaleño Mountains of Arizona. It is smaller than most other subspecies of red squirrel, and also does not have the white-fringed tail that is common to the species. Its diet consists mainly of mixed seeds, conifer cones and air-dried fungi. It exhibits similar behavior to other squirrels in its species. (Via: Wikipedia)

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RARE: Mount Graham Red Squirrel
VIDEO: V. Greer, Koprowski Conservation Research Lab
Gila Top Minnow

Gila Topminnow

The Gila topminnow or charalito is a species of fish in the Poeciliidae family. It has an elongated curved body and the belly is often white with darker body above, scales has dark outlines, and has lateral dark band on its side. It once lived in the Gila River drainage in Arizona, Mexico, and New Mexico. Currently, they are known to be in Gila River drainage in Arizona and Mexico. (Via: Wikipedia)

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RARE: Gila Top Minnow
VIDEO: Steve Riggs, AZPM
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