PHOTOGRAPHED AT MELBOURNE MUSEUM, AUSTRALIA
SOME LIKE IT BOLD; some
like it subtle. Some show
off and others blend in.
Some of our favorite ani-
mals are known for their
patterns. What’s a tiger, or a zebra,
without its stripes?
For patterns pitting color against
color, birds seem to win the prize.
The paradise tanager, the red-crested
turaco, the green twinspot, and of
course the macaw: All wear colors with
abandon, reds and greens and blues
side by side in vibrant designs.
Angelfish glow as if neon under
water. Chameleons can change their
hues. Poison frogs dare to clothe them-
selves in the most unnatural of blues
and yellows—effective in discouraging
predators, experts presume.
In the world of animal wardrobes,
all these species are show-offs.
Yet color need not be part of the
plan. Black, white, and gray can offer
committed to illumi-
nating and protecting
the wonder of our
world, has been a
funder since 2012 of
the Photo Ark project
founded by National
Joel Sartore. An author,
a teacher, and a con-
servationist as well as a
created the 25-year
Photo Ark—to use
images to inspire
people to help save
ILLUSTRATION BY JOE MCKENDRY
A PHOTO ARK FULL
BELOW: A lizard that
lives in Australia’s hot,
dry interior, the thorny
devil has a spiny,
it isn’t just for self-
defense. It also helps
the reptile capture
moisture from conden-
sation on its body.