Wild Florida: Hidden in Plain Sight
- Carlton Ward Jr., Conservation Photographer
Author, photographer, conservationist, and National Geographic explorer Carlton Ward Jr. has roots in Florida that go back eight generations. Following in the footsteps of bears and panthers, he uses his photography to inspire conservation of his beloved home state’s nature and culture.
As founder of the Florida Wildlife Corridor project, Carlton campaigns for public support to connect, protect and restore the statewide network of lands and waters that support Florida’s wildlife and people. He has trekked more than 2,000 miles through the corridor, during two National Geographic-supported missions, producing the award-winning photography and books that illustrate the importance of giving wildlife room to roam.
Now embarking on his most important journey, Carlton aims to accelerate the rate of conservation in Florida. His current National Geographic project, Path of the Panther, focuses on one of world’s most elusive and endangered carnivores to show how the Florida panther can help us save the Corridor and keep the Everglades connected to the rest of America.
An eighth-generation Floridian, National Geographic explorer Carlton Ward Jr. uses photography to inspire conservation of his home state.
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