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Photographer Spends 2 Years Photographing Animals That May Soon Be Extinct, And It Breaks Our Hearts

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.

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 Polar Bear

Polar Bear 

Tim Flach

#2 Saiga

Saiga

Tim Flach

#3 Hyacinth Macaw

Hyacinth Macaw

Tim Flach

#4 Philippine Eagle

Philippine Eagle

Tim Flach

#5 African Elephant

African Elephant 

Tim Flach

#6 Iberian Lynx

Iberian Lynx 

Tim Flach

#7 Ring Tailed Lemur

Ring Tailed Lemur 

Tim Flach

#8 Cheetah With Cubs

Cheetah With Cubs

Tim Flach

#9 Snow Leopard

Snow Leopard

Tim Flach

#10 Ploughshare Tortoise

Ploughshare Tortoise

#11 White Bellied Pangolin

White Bellied Pangolin 

Tim Flach

#12 Red Panda

Red Panda

Tim Flach

#13 Fireflies

Fireflies

Tim Flach

#14 Golden Snub Nosed Monkey

Golden Snub Nosed Monkey

Tim Flach

#15 Red Crown Crane

Red Crown Crane

Tim Flach

#16 Hippopotamus

Hippopotamus

Tim Flach

#17 Pied Tamarin

Pied Tamarin

Tim Flach

#18 Shoebill

Shoebill

Tim Flach

#19 Northern White Rhinoceros

Northern White Rhinoceros

Tim Flach

#20 Giant Panda

Giant Panda 

Tim Flach

#21 Scallope Hammerhead Aggregation

Scallope Hammerhead Aggregation

Tim Flach

#22 Sea Angels

Sea Angels

Tim Flach

#23 Proboscis Monkey

Proboscis Monkey

Tim Flach

#24 Blue Throated Macaw

Blue Throated Macaw

Tim Flach

#25 European Honey Bee

European Honey Bee

Tim Flach

#26 Western Lowland Gorillas

Western Lowland Gorillas

Tim Flach

#27 Indian Gharial

Indian Gharial

Tim Flach

#28 Egyptian Vulture

Egyptian Vulture

Tim Flach

#29 Yellow-Eyed Tree Frog

Yellow-Eyed Tree Frog 

Tim Flach

#30 Arabian Oryx

Arabian Oryx

#31 Scimitar Oryx’s

Scimitar Oryx's

Tim Flach

#32 Marine Iguana

Marine Iguana 

Tim Flach

#33 Lemur Leaf Frog

Lemur Leaf Frog

Tim Flach

#34 Military Macaw

Military Macaw

Tim Flach

#35 Kaiser’s Newt

Kaiser's Newt 

Tim Flach

#36 Beluga Sturgeon

Beluga Sturgeon

Tim Flach

#37 Yunan Snub Nosed Monkey

Yunan Snub Nosed Monkey

Tim Flach

#38 Smooth Fronted Cayman

Smooth Fronted Cayman

Tim Flach

#39 Yellow Eyed Tree Frog Eggs

Yellow Eyed Tree Frog Eggs

Tim Flach

#40 Hooded Vulture

Hooded Vulture

Tim Flach

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