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

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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

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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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Prashant Karnath
Community Member
3 years ago

When you party all night, but have a hangover the next morning..

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#4

Hyacinth Macaw

Hyacinth Macaw

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nazan fidan
Community Member
3 years ago

look at that marvalous blue

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#5

African Elephant

African Elephant

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Community Member
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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Sergey Soldatenkov
Community Member
3 years ago

his name - IRBIS

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#8

Cheetah With Cubs

Cheetah With Cubs

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Hari Onago
Community Member
3 years ago

My all time favorites :)

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#9

Ring Tailed Lemur

Ring Tailed Lemur

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Desiré Yen
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3 years ago

Oh no I'm naked😱

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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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Desiré Yen
Community Member
3 years ago

Oh wow baby tortoises 😍

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#12

Red Panda

Red Panda

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Mama Panda
Community Member
3 years ago

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ohmygoodness! Such a cutie! I must get one!

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#13

Fireflies

Fireflies

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Amanda Walker
Community Member
3 years ago

Nooooooo!!!!!!

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#14

Hippopotamus

Hippopotamus

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Sergey Soldatenkov
Community Member
3 years ago

The fish on the right of the bottom also wants to be photographed

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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
Community Member
3 years ago

So elegant

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#17

Golden Snub Nosed Monkey

Golden Snub Nosed Monkey

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Ümit Delibal
Community Member
3 years ago

Björk

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#18

Pied Tamarin

Pied Tamarin

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Wynne McCann
Community Member
3 years ago

Lol it looks like a gremlin...

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#19

Sea Angels

Sea Angels

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Desiré Yen
Community Member
3 years ago

WoW and 😞

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#20

Shoebill

Shoebill

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Amanda Walker
Community Member
3 years ago

such an intense photo amazing

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#21

Northern White Rhinoceros

Northern White Rhinoceros

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R john
Community Member
3 years ago

:(

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#22

Military Macaw

Military Macaw

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Desiré Yen
Community Member
3 years ago

😢

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#23

European Honey Bee

European Honey Bee

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Elizabeth Mitchell
Community Member
3 years ago

It’s an ocelli, a simple eye, or a third eye.......compared to its two complex eyes at the sides.

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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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Connie Martin
Community Member
3 years ago

*oryxes

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#26

Western Lowland Gorillas

Western Lowland Gorillas

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Desiré Yen
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3 years ago

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😂

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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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Joy Gerred
Community Member
3 years ago

please save this one!

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#29

Proboscis Monkey

Proboscis Monkey

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TommyDAQ
Community Member
3 years ago

I think that's my uncle Jimmy!

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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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Laura Hudson
Community Member
3 years ago

me 1 hour into my 8 hour shift

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#35

Beluga Sturgeon

Beluga Sturgeon

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Desiré Yen
Community Member
3 years ago

He has a moustache! 😄

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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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Community Member
3 years ago

* Yunnan

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#38

Smooth Fronted Cayman

Smooth Fronted Cayman

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Desiré Yen
Community Member
3 years ago

Just glancing at this pic, thought it was new breed of t-Rex

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#39

Yellow Eyed Tree Frog Eggs

Yellow Eyed Tree Frog Eggs

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Mama Panda
Community Member
3 years ago

awwwww

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#40

Hooded Vulture

Hooded Vulture

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Full Name
Community Member
3 years ago

I took almost this exact same photo in a zoo years ago (like, spookily similar). Now I know what the bird is called. Thanks, article!

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#41

Olm Salamander

Olm Salamander

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Boilingpoint
Community Member
3 years ago

I love these guys

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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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