This photographer captures animals that may soon be extinct, and it’s heart breaking

There are so many wonderful creatures on this Earth, some we may not have even discovered yet, but sadly due to climate change, deforestation, hunting and other factors, many are in danger of becoming extinct. Photographer Tim Flach is trying to capture their images before they’re gone...

For the last two years Tim has been researching and documenting animals on the critically endangered list, hoping to raise awareness to their plight through his photography. His photo collection, Endangered, features up close and personal portraits of exotic animals you may have heard of, like snow leopards, tigers, pandas and polar bears, and also some you may not have heard of, like white bellied pangolins, saigas and shoebill storks.

It’s a heartbreakingly real look at the harsh reality these amazing animals are facing. They simply won’t exist soon. Very soon. A new study by the World Wildlife Fund says climate change will be the biggest killer of the planet’s flora and fauna with predictions that 69% of the Amazon’s plants, and 50% of their animals species, will be extinct by 2100.

Global warming has had and continues to have an horrific impact on this planet, and with only a few degrees extra of heat, thousands of species will be wiped out. It’s not just the Amazon either. Other unique eco-systems like Madagascar are set to lose 60% of their animals as temperatures rise, and 80% (!) of mammals in Africa’s Miombo woodlands are at risk.

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All is not lost though, and we do have time to turn it around, which is what Tim’s photography is trying to achieve by raising awareness. Lead researcher Professor Rachel Warren, of the Tyndall Centre for Climate Change Research in the UK, says that while the news is dire, it was based on a 3.5-4.5 degree global temperature increase, and a reduction of this by using less fossil fuels would dramatically reduce the impact: “We studied 80,000 species of plants, mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians and found that 50% of species could be lost from these areas without climate policy. However, if global warming is limited to 2°C above pre-industrial levels, this could be reduced to 25%.”

If you’re like us and want to see these amazing animals in your lifetime, and have future generations enjoy them too, you can help by using less energy, recycling and treating the planet like you would your passport (i.e. love, respect and fearless protection).

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