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.
The majestic snow leopard is one of the most endangered big cats, with its mountain territories shrinking due to farming and climate change, and an average of four snow leopards killed every week since 2008. Around four to seven thousand remain in the wild. IUCN Red List: Endangered #endangered #iucnredlist #timflach #photography #wildlife #leopard #snowleopard #mountains #bigcat #portrait #character #hymalayas
The Crowned Sifaka This shot is intended to eco the anthropomorphism of a child sat at a school assembly, which emphasises a sense of vulnerability. The Sifaka have exuberantly sideways pogo with arms flung high for balance Unfortunately their homes in the tall Madagascan trees are being destroyed and they only survive in micro pockets. ICUN Red list: Endangered It is also the cover of my new book, Endangered. #endangered #conservation #wildlife #sifaka #lema #primate #photography #timflach #portrait #vulnerable #cute #fluffy
Today is World Penguin Day! The Rockhopper Penguin is renowned the world over for its funky hair style, and lives in a region just above the Antarctic. The Rockhoppers numbers were decimated in 2011 when the MS Oliva ran aground and spilled oil in around 20,000 birds, and this threat isn't going away. It is a harsh reminder of the damage were continually doing to a largely uninhabited area of the world. I was only reading an article today about the vast quantities of micro plastics in the Antarctic, nearly 5 times the volume anticipated. Traces of micro plastics are even being found in rainwater! #worldpenguinday #penguin #rockhopper #endangered #timflach #photography #wildlife
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.
These cute Salamanders known as Axolotl are of great interest to science because it can regenerate limbs and parts it's own brain. Wish I could do that! The Aztec people saw a manifestation of the god Xolotl in this little creature, who led souls into underworld alongside the setting sun. IUCN Red List Status: Critically Endangered #axolotl #salamander #amphibian #endangered #timflach #photography #wildlife #canon #macro #cute #pokemon #wooper
The local people describe this animal as their ancestor, and call them ‘wild men of the mountains’ This Yunnan snub-nose monkey, who lives at a higher altitude than any primate in the dense bamboo thickets of the Henduan mountains in south-western China. Scientists first describe the species in 1890, but faded into obscurity and thought extinct until rediscovered in 1962. #yunnanmonkey #endangered #iucnredlist #wildlife #photography #timflach #monkey #sassy #monkeylips #portrait
The Pied Tamarin One of the rarest primates in the world, which is being concreted out of its territory by the capital City of the Amazon, Manaus. It’s definitely inspired Yoda, which is amusing as Star Wars is publicly released today! #monkeyday #primate #monkey #piedtamarin #timflach #photography #wildlife #endangered #iucnredlist #yoda #starwars
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).
I’m talking @zsllondonzoo this evening about how artists and scientists can work together to raise awareness of endangered species. Here’s the magnificent Saiga, who is relatively unknown and would probably feel at home in the cantina in Star Wars. #zsl #endangered #saiga #wildlife #wild #starwars #nature #antelope #timflach #photography #conservation #critical
Ya Yun ‘Elegant’ the Giant Panda Even though it’s work from a previous project, the panda has been included in the book ‘Endangered’ because it’s an excellent example of a portrait the creates an emotional connection with the viewer, it’s also a great success story in the world of endangered animals. #endangered #timflach #animals #photography #panda #elegant #wildlife #china #hasselblad #broncolor
Delighted to be featured on the cover of January’s @bjp1854 The Hyacinth Macaw is a beautiful South American bird that is unfortunately threatened by modern farming and the pet trade #bird #macaw #blue #hyacinthmacaw #hyacinth #photography #wildlife #conservation #endangered #timflach #studio #colour #broncolor #hasselblad