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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Saiga

Saiga

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Cilantro The Fox
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3 years ago

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

Melody Lanzatella
Community Member
3 years ago

Thats because that is what it eats...human souls. That is why its going extinct, so many people are soulless these days, they are starving.

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Kate Edwards
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3 years ago

What the... This looks like something out of the Cantina scene in Star Wars...

Ann Marie Weatherhead
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3 years ago

I've never seen such an animal. Fascinating!

Targaryen
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3 years ago

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saiga_antelope

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PurpleUnicorn
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3 years ago

They live in the cold high steppes, the long nose warms the air before is reaches their lungs

Full Name
Community Member
3 years ago

A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away,...

Debbie Andersson
Community Member
3 years ago

One of my favourite animals <3 I so want to pet that long snoot and little teddy ears.

Hari Onago
Community Member
3 years ago

They look like they are out of a science fiction movie. Beautiful in such a strange way.

Yvonne Bernal
Community Member
3 years ago

INCREDIBLE! God and nature - hand in hand.

Clucker Chicken Cluckers
Community Member
3 years ago

Looks like a creature from StarWars!!

Rose Hogue
Community Member
3 years ago

So beautiful, hope they can be saved! Every animal deserves to live!

Gillian Black
Community Member
3 years ago

why is it that hunters have to have that last trophy, or their habitat is taken away without other ideas and places been made for these beautiful animals

Felix Feline
Community Member
3 years ago

The World Wildlife Federation thought that a way to reduce the demand for rhino horns in Chinese traditional medicine was to claim that Saiga horns were just as potent. Soon, herds of hundreds of thousands of Saiga antelopes were left without any males thanks to poachers using helicopters and trucks. The population crashed, and now the antelope are also facing deadly diseases.

Jacquie McKamey
Community Member
3 years ago

I’m just so sad that we might lose all these majestic animals. 😞

Say_cheeeese
Community Member
3 years ago

Eyes can talk.

Kia Tabucanon
Community Member
3 years ago

Ive never seen this kind of animal, thanks to the photographer

Lazy Panda
Community Member
3 years ago

O SO CUTE I LOVE HIM

Sonia Rundle
Community Member
7 months ago

So cute!

Heather Bara
Community Member
2 years ago

Magical. Mysterious creatures innocent to our cruelty & selfishness. My heart aches for my child

Larissa Lambert
Community Member
2 years ago

This is incredible... Didn't even know it existed and its beautiful

Bing Tarroza
Community Member
2 years ago

Ooh my.. how sad :-( :-(

Jean Jean
Community Member
2 years ago

Very unusual but so cute 💜

recoveryforeva
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2 years ago

It's like a koala mixed with a tapir

Annette LaPiana
Community Member
2 years ago

A Star Wars character

Sudakshina Piercy
Community Member
2 years ago

Incredible. Never have seen one before. Looks as if he knows that his days are numbered...:-(

Donna Shore
Community Member
2 years ago

What a strange and beautiful creature.

Odysseas Chloridis
Community Member
3 years ago

AMAZING!!

Bee Marsh
Community Member
3 years ago

Love!

Birgit Schultz
Community Member
3 years ago

The photographs are beautiful - but your page features the most annoying advertising ever! I'm quite sure that I will never ever shop from HUGO BOSS any more.

Anaka Blackwood
Community Member
3 years ago

It's cute and ugly at the same time...I love it!

Kristi Kelly
Community Member
3 years ago

What an amazing creature! So beautiful!

David Samuel
Community Member
3 years ago

It's the sadness in the eyes.

AcidPanda
Community Member
3 years ago

Looks like a creature from Skyrim

Donna Doucet
Community Member
3 years ago

Beautiful

Veronica Kouwenhoven
Community Member
3 years ago

Actually they are not close to extinction, although an infectious disease wiped out 1/3 of the world population a year or so ago. The post down below about them supposedly being a substitute to rhino horn is an internet hoax and not true. They breed quite prolificly, but as with any wild animal these days there is loss of habitat.

Ian Langille
Community Member
3 years ago

Oh wow that animal looks pretty cool!

Alexander Moon
Community Member
3 years ago

it's just so sad looking.

Usernameofgag
Community Member
3 years ago

Look at his/her eyes... It is break my heart... What should we do? I don't have a lot money or fortune. :(

Diamond Hurricane
Community Member
3 years ago

Woah

Laura Perkinson
Community Member
3 years ago

Wow! I have never heard or seen these before. Amazing. Sad to say most of wild life will be gone before long. earthy population is expanding at such a rate there is no room for animals too. Plus the Chinese think everything makes them able to have sex so our Wild life pays for that to. So stupid.

Pattie Kelly
Community Member
3 years ago

I have never seen this animal. So I can understand why it's almost extinct. That makes me sad.

Lower Tones
Community Member
3 years ago

Wonder what it tastes like.

Svetlana Goyhman
Community Member
3 years ago

Боже, они исчезают, а я их еще даже не открыла. Великолепная работа, просто чудо!

Abbass Muhammad
Community Member
3 years ago

Kind of surprised it even exists here in the first place.

Patrik Chartrand
Community Member
3 years ago

saw him in star wars flying an xwing

Irene Walton
Community Member
3 years ago

Wow!!

Alusair Alustriel
Community Member
3 years ago

Oh gosh, didn't even know such an animal exists (still).

Nelly Panda
Community Member
3 years ago

Its adorable!

Amanda Lauer
Community Member
3 years ago

ooh it reminds me of a tapir, and I love Tapirs. <3

Sara Shrader
Community Member
3 years ago

Crumple-Horned Snorkacks are REAL. I knew it

Miguel Angel Irisson
Community Member
3 years ago

star wars!!!

Elizabeth Mitchell
Community Member
3 years ago

Poor Mister Snuffleophagus. ☹️

Crazy Dog Lady
Community Member
3 years ago

It has it's own gas mask!

DancingToMyself
Community Member
3 years ago

It's gonna need one. :(

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Lower Tones
Community Member
3 years ago

Wonder what it tastes like

Myxomatosis
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3 years ago

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This is pure Mother Nature and evolution at [her] best here. As we humans destroy everything. The only thing "god" has a hand in Yvonne Bernal, would be his sin in creating man to hunt these animals to extinction.

Gen. Mayel
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3 years ago

God does not sin Myxomatosis - Who filled your cup of hate this morning???

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#2

Polar Bear

Polar Bear

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Yvonne Bernal
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3 years ago

I want to cry....

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#3

Philippine Eagle

Philippine Eagle

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Crazy Dog Lady
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3 years 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
Community Member
3 years ago

Beautiful.

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#5

African Elephant

African Elephant

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3 years ago

dem eyelashes

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#6

Iberian Lynx

Iberian Lynx

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Mama Panda
Community Member
3 years ago

Those eyes.....<3

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#7

Snow Leopard

Snow Leopard

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Tiari
Community Member
3 years 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
Community Member
3 years 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
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3 years 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
Community Member
3 years ago

Awww I love pangolins :(

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#11

Ploughshare Tortoise

Ploughshare Tortoise

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mr toto
Community Member
3 years 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
Community Member
3 years 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
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3 years 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
Community Member
3 years 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
Community Member
3 years 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
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3 years ago

So elegant

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#17

Golden Snub Nosed Monkey

Golden Snub Nosed Monkey

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Desiree Summer
Community Member
3 years ago

that hair! so majestic!

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#18

Pied Tamarin

Pied Tamarin

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lindsaymad2000
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3 years ago

Yoda? Is that you?

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#19

Sea Angels

Sea Angels

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Trudy Wiege
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3 years ago

Beautiful never heard of them

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#20

Shoebill

Shoebill

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DancingToMyself
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3 years ago

Such an intelligent look. :p

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#21

Northern White Rhinoceros

Northern White Rhinoceros

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Sverre Gidske
Community Member
3 years ago

only one left :(

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#22

Military Macaw

Military Macaw

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Breanne Chandler
Community Member
3 years ago

So beautiful

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#23

European Honey Bee

European Honey Bee

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David
Community Member
3 years 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
Community Member
3 years ago

Me in the morning

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#25

Scimitar Oryx's

Scimitar Oryx's

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PurpleUnicorn
Community Member
3 years 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
Community Member
3 years ago

So majestic, and wise looking.

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#27

Scallope Hammerhead Aggregation

Scallope Hammerhead Aggregation

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Sergey Soldatenkov
Community Member
3 years 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
Community Member
3 years ago

please be kidding me not these too

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#29

Proboscis Monkey

Proboscis Monkey

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Michael Weinberg
Community Member
3 years 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
Community Member
3 years ago

Amazing :) Stay please

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#31

Indian Gharial

Indian Gharial

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--
Community Member
3 years 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
Community Member
3 years ago

Don't leave us Kermit!!!!!

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#33

Arabian Oryx

Arabian Oryx

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PurpleUnicorn
Community Member
3 years 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
Community Member
3 years ago

😢

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#35

Beluga Sturgeon

Beluga Sturgeon

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PurpleUnicorn
Community Member
3 years 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
Community Member
3 years ago

Cool!!

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#37

Yunan Snub Nosed Monkey

Yunan Snub Nosed Monkey

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Emmy
Community Member
3 years ago

With the Kylie Jenner lip kit.

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#38

Smooth Fronted Cayman

Smooth Fronted Cayman

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Desiree Summer
Community Member
3 years 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
Community Member
3 years ago

What a photo!

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#40

Hooded Vulture

Hooded Vulture

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Dianne Wilson
Community Member
3 years 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
Community Member
3 years ago

It's like an Axolotl, but longer.

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#42

Siamese Crocodile

Siamese Crocodile

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Howard Hendricks Jr
Community Member
3 years 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
Community Member
3 years ago

such delicate little creatures

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