It’s awful to realize that some of the animal species with whom we share the Earth won’t survive for the long run—and that it’s likely because of the habits of humans. One photographer is trying to help us better know these stunning creatures before they are gone for good.
Tim Flach has travelled all over the world for his work, which now focuses on animals that are going extinct. Two years of work culminated in a book called “Endangered,” which showcases some of the world’s endangered species. Flach’s subjects are all facing different threats to their living, including pollution, poaching, lack of food, habitat annihilation and climate change.
“The romanticizing, free, wild images [of animals] weren’t necessarily getting people to take action,” Flach told NPR. “I wanted to think about what kind of images people engage in and how you tell a story to get people to connect to [the animal].”
Flach often uses a black background, which is intentional, to get people to see the animals as living things that they should care about. The images he’s captured are simply spectacular.
Check out this shot of an Iberian lynx, an endangered animal that lives in Spain and Portugal:
The amazing colours of China’s golden snub-nosed monkey really pop in this photo:
Flach shows how personable a giant panda can look in this portrait that looks like a yearbook picture:
These adorable salamanders known as axolotl are mostly found in Mexico but they are critically endangered, according to Flach. Did you know they can regenerate limbs and even parts of their own brain?
The striking shoebill bird is suffering from habitat destruction:
As Flach notes in his Instagram caption, the Pied Tamarin sort of looks like Yoda from the Star Wars saga:
The beautiful snow leopard is one of the world’s most endangered big cats. Imagine never being able to see these eyes again.
Flach’s underwater portrait of a hippopotamus is one of his most expressive shots. These animals are suffering from population decline.
Even insect species like the gorgeous monarch butterfly face depleting populations. According to the World Wildlife Fund, climate change is affecting their numbers worldwide.
According to the World Wildlife Fund, the rapid loss of species seen today is projected by experts to be between 1,000 and 10,000 times higher than the natural extinction rate, and biodiversity has declined by more than a quarter in the past 35 years.
Kudos to Flach for showcasing these awesome animals and drawing attention to such an important issue! You can buy “Endangered” at bookstores, including Amazon, today.