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.


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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.

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#1 Saiga

Saiga

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Cilantro The Fox 3 months ago

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

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#3 Philippine Eagle

Philippine Eagle

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Crazy Dog Lady 3 months 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 3 months ago

Beautiful.

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#5 African Elephant

African Elephant

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-- 3 months ago

dem eyelashes

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#6 Iberian Lynx

Iberian Lynx

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Mama Panda 3 months ago

Those eyes.....<3

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#7 Snow Leopard

Snow Leopard

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Tiari 3 months 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 3 months 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 3 months 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 3 months ago

Awww I love pangolins :(

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