For most of us, endangered animals are a far-away mystery. British photographer Tim Flach, however, has spent the last two years braving their habitats and documenting the rare animals' 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 species 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 wild animals we'd only imagine in fantasy films (saiga, Philippine eagle, olm salamander), Flach presents a wide spectrum of biodiversity of endangered species, 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 in his animal pictures 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 pictures of animals from the series, and vote for the ones that took your breath away.

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#1

Saiga

Saiga

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Cilantro The Fox 1 year ago

I feel like it's staring into my soul... in a good way

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#2

Polar Bear

Polar Bear

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Yvonne Bernal 1 year ago

I want to cry....

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#3

Philippine Eagle

Philippine Eagle

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Crazy Dog Lady 1 year ago

Love that he can have different hairstyles for day/night.

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#4

Hyacinth Macaw

Hyacinth Macaw

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Lira Mai 1 year ago

Beautiful.

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#5

African Elephant

African Elephant

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-- 1 year ago

dem eyelashes

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#6

Iberian Lynx

Iberian Lynx

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Mama Panda 1 year ago

Those eyes.....<3

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#7

Snow Leopard

Snow Leopard

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Tiari 1 year ago

Snow leopards are not longer “endangered“, btw klassisches into “vulnerable“. A heartfelt Thanks to all the conservationists around the world <3

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#8

Cheetah With Cubs

Cheetah With Cubs

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PurpleUnicorn 1 year ago

The first time I saw a cheetah was a female with cubs, surrounded by safari vehicles. The thrill was real but it was kinda sad too

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#9

Ring Tailed Lemur

Ring Tailed Lemur

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Brendan Burns 1 year ago

Um the one on the left is a Crowned Sifaka

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#10

White Bellied Pangolin

White Bellied Pangolin

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Cilantro The Fox 1 year ago

Awww I love pangolins :(

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#11

Ploughshare Tortoise

Ploughshare Tortoise

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mr toto 1 year ago

are they coming out of the eggs with numbers on their back? :D

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#12

Red Panda

Red Panda

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Pastel Ghostie 1 year ago

I WANNA SLAP THAT POPSICLE OF ADORABLENESS OFF THAT ENDANGERED LIST

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#13

Fireflies

Fireflies

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Hari Onago 1 year ago

There used to be so many of them when I was a kid. It's been so long since I last saw one :(

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#14

Hippopotamus

Hippopotamus

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Desiré Yen 1 year ago

No way I never knew hippos are becoming extinct 😱 nooooo!

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#15

Giant Panda

Giant Panda

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Mama Panda 1 year ago

Ok I am going to move to where ever these animals reside and buy a huge piece of land and keep them all safe with me!

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#16

Red Crown Crane

Red Crown Crane

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Drew Goodman 1 year ago

So elegant

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#17

Golden Snub Nosed Monkey

Golden Snub Nosed Monkey

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Desiree Summer 1 year ago

that hair! so majestic!

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#18

Pied Tamarin

Pied Tamarin

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lindsaymad2000 1 year ago

Yoda? Is that you?

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#19

Sea Angels

Sea Angels

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Trudy Wiege 1 year ago

Beautiful never heard of them

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#20

Shoebill

Shoebill

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DancingToMyself 1 year ago

Such an intelligent look. :p

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#21

Northern White Rhinoceros

Northern White Rhinoceros

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Sverre Gidske 1 year ago

only one left :(

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#22

Military Macaw

Military Macaw

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Breanne Chandler 1 year ago

So beautiful

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#23

European Honey Bee

European Honey Bee

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David 1 year ago

Read an article not long ago that showed the numbers on honeybees is actually making a substantial comeback. This is a GOOD thing... No bees, no food.

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#24

Egyptian Vulture

Egyptian Vulture

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Mama Panda 1 year ago

Me in the morning

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#25

Scimitar Oryx's

Scimitar Oryx's

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PurpleUnicorn 1 year ago

They were extinct in the wild but have been successfully captive bred and reintroduced.

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#26

Western Lowland Gorillas

Western Lowland Gorillas

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Marty Sunderland 1 year ago

So majestic, and wise looking.

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#27

Scallope Hammerhead Aggregation

Scallope Hammerhead Aggregation

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Sergey Soldatenkov 1 year ago

we are the last generation who can see this

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#28

Blue Throated Macaw

Blue Throated Macaw

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Gillian Black 1 year ago

please be kidding me not these too

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#29

Proboscis Monkey

Proboscis Monkey

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Michael Weinberg 1 year ago

That looks like Trump. Nevermind, that's an insult to this Monkey.

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#30

Kaiser's Newt

Kaiser's Newt

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Huanimalism 1 year ago

Amazing :) Stay please

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#31

Indian Gharial

Indian Gharial

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-- 1 year ago

named for the knob on its snout - ghara as in "mud pot"

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#32

Yellow-Eyed Tree Frog

Yellow-Eyed Tree Frog

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Cilantro The Fox 1 year ago

Don't leave us Kermit!!!!!

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#33

Arabian Oryx

Arabian Oryx

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PurpleUnicorn 1 year ago

The scimitar-horned oryx. They were extinct in the wild but captive breeding programmes have been successful enough to reintroduce them in selected protected locations.

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#34

Marine Iguana

Marine Iguana

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Desiré Yen 1 year ago

😢

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#35

Beluga Sturgeon

Beluga Sturgeon

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PurpleUnicorn 1 year ago

Due to our appetite for caviar, pregnant females are killed for their eggs - nothing left to grow up

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#36

Lemur Leaf Frog

Lemur Leaf Frog

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Joy Gerred 1 year ago

Cool!!

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#37

Yunan Snub Nosed Monkey

Yunan Snub Nosed Monkey

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Emmy 1 year ago

With the Kylie Jenner lip kit.

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#38

Smooth Fronted Cayman

Smooth Fronted Cayman

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Desiree Summer 1 year ago

its so cuteeee!

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#39

Yellow Eyed Tree Frog Eggs

Yellow Eyed Tree Frog Eggs

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Breanne Chandler 1 year ago

What a photo!

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#40

Hooded Vulture

Hooded Vulture

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Dianne Wilson 1 year ago

I saw a bird like this one in the NT up near Kakadu

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#41

Olm Salamander

Olm Salamander

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Pastel Ghostie 1 year ago

It's like an Axolotl, but longer.

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#42

Siamese Crocodile

Siamese Crocodile

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Howard Hendricks Jr 1 year ago

I thought crocodile farms in Thailand had bred plenty of these for repopulating the species.

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#43

Partula Snails

Partula Snails

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Gayle Bynum Cardosa 1 year ago

such delicate little creatures

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