Stolen Hard Drives Containing Rare Animals

  By Ryley Smith


We are calling the help of our amazing and dedicated readership! Nat Geo photographer, Joel Sartore has been working on a beautiful project called The Photo Ark, where he was in Indonesia, capturing some of the rarest aminals in the world. A few days ago, one of his carry on bags was stolen at the airport in Bali, which contained three hard drives with all of his images and videos over the last three weeks. 

Joel, alongside the photographic community, has asked for help in retrieving these stolen hard-drives. He is looking for any information regarding his three, blue Silicon Power hard drives (either 1 or 2 terabytes).  

If you have any information regarding the hard drives, please contact Joel Sartore, local authorities, or Asa Film in Bali (the phone number is ‪+62 812 9829 8109‬). 


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To All Friends of the Photo Ark, ‪Last Friday night at the Bali Airport, one of my pieces of carry-on luggage was stolen, a black Samsonite rolling bag. Unfortunately, the bag contained not only my computer, cameras, and passport, but also three hard drives that were loaded with images and videos of some of the world’s rarest animals. All were filmed during the past three weeks in Indonesia, an amazing country with incredible biodiversity. All were destined to become part of the Photo Ark.‬ I need your help now to bring these hard drives home. No questions asked. Each is blue in color, either 1 TB or 2 TB, and are made by Silicon Power. An example is shown above. If you have any information that could lead us to these missing hard drives, please contact myself, the local authorities or my friends at Asa Film in Bali, phone ‪+62 812 9829 8109‬ Thank you, Joel Sartore

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 National Geographic’s The Photo Ark is a multi-year project, aimed at photographing animals in zoos and wildlife sanctuaries around the world to help inspire action to save wildlife. This amazing conservation project could help save thousands of animals from going extinct, including ones on Joel’s hard drives. 

Once again, if you have any information, please contact one of the following above. If not, please share this blog to help spread the word and save the hard drives! 


Ryley graduated in 2018 from the U of C, with a bachelor in Sociology. With a strong love for writing, and having dabbled in photography, she wanted to take her curious mind and put it towards a more fun and creative future. In her spare time, Ryley finds herself camping, skiing, and fishing. She also loves craft beer and interesting food, ideally together.