Animals

Photographer Spends 2 Years Photographing Animals That May Soon Be Extinct, And It Breaks Our Hearts

For most of us, endangered animals are a far-away mystery. British photographer Tim Flach, however, has spent the last 2 years braving their habitats and documenting their fragile existences. The resulting body of work, Endangered, provides us with an intimate and rare view into the beautiful lives of Earth’s most threatened creatures, and reminds us of everything we should be afraid to lose.



From species we’re all familiar with (polar bear, snow leopard, cheetah) to exotic beasts we’d only imagine in fantasy films (saiga, Philippine eagle, olm salamander), Flach presents a wide spectrum of biodiversity with Endangered, and sheds light on the unique challenges each animal faces in order to survive. Some have had their numbers cut down by habitat destruction. Others endure more gruesome ordeals, such as hunting, poaching, and being sold into the black market.

Flach has often stated that he aims to reveal the relationships that connect humans to our wilder counterparts. Staring into the eyes of the animals featured in Endangered, it’s heartbreaking to imagine that any one of them would ever be considered less worthy of life than one of us. Scroll down to see the most stunning shots from the series, and vote for the ones that took your breath away.
Saiga


Polar Bear




Philippine Eagle


Hyacinth Macaw


African Elephant


Snow Leopard


Iberian Lynx


Cheetah With Cubs


Ring Tailed Lemur


Ploughshare Tortoise


White Bellied Pangolin


Red Panda


Fireflies


Hippopotamus


Red Crown Crane


Golden Snub Nosed Monkey


Pied Tamarin


Giant Panda


Northern White Rhinoceros


Shoebill


Sea Angels



Scimitar Oryx’s


European Honey Bee


Western Lowland Gorillas


Scallope Hammerhead Aggregation


Military Macaw


Egyptian Vulture


Blue Throated Macaw


Proboscis Monkey


Indian Gharial


Kaiser’s Newt


Marine Iguana


Arabian Oryx


Yellow-Eyed Tree Frog


Beluga Sturgeon


Smooth Fronted Cayman


Yellow Eyed Tree Frog Eggs


Lemur Leaf Frog


Yunan Snub Nosed Monkey


Hooded Vulture


Olm Salamander


Siamese Crocodile


Partula Snails



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