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.

More info: Endangered, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram

#1

Saiga

Saiga

Tim Flach Report

#3

Philippine Eagle

Philippine Eagle

Tim Flach Report

Crazy Dog Lady
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

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#5

African Elephant

African Elephant

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#7

Snow Leopard

Snow Leopard

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Tiari
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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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#10

White Bellied Pangolin

White Bellied Pangolin

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#11

Ploughshare Tortoise

Ploughshare Tortoise

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mr toto
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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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#17

Golden Snub Nosed Monkey

Golden Snub Nosed Monkey

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#19

Sea Angels

Sea Angels

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#23

European Honey Bee

European Honey Bee

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David
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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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#25

Scimitar Oryx's

Scimitar Oryx's

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PurpleUnicorn
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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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#27

Scallope Hammerhead Aggregation

Scallope Hammerhead Aggregation

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#28

Blue Throated Macaw

Blue Throated Macaw

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#29

Proboscis Monkey

Proboscis Monkey

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Michael Weinberg
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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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#31

Indian Gharial

Indian Gharial

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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

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#33

Arabian Oryx

Arabian Oryx

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PurpleUnicorn
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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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#35

Beluga Sturgeon

Beluga Sturgeon

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PurpleUnicorn
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

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#37

Yunan Snub Nosed Monkey

Yunan Snub Nosed Monkey

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#40

Hooded Vulture

Hooded Vulture

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Dianne Wilson
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

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#42

Siamese Crocodile

Siamese Crocodile

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Howard Hendricks Jr
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5 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

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

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