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Photos: Why Are These Animals Endangered?

Tim Flach’s striking portraits of animals sought to highlight the similarities between humans and the natural world. In his latest work, he used the same method to draw attention to our effects on it.
The Bengal tiger is among the few endangered species that has benefited from government conservation efforts. Still, its numbers continue to dwindle.
FE_Endangered_06 Source: Photograph by Tim Flach

In August 2016, Tim Flach sat for hours in a pit in a remote part of southeast Russia. His goal: to snap a photo of the critically endangered saiga antelope. The heat was intense, and the few images he got were blurred and unusable. When he returned some six months later, it was winter and well below freezing, but he got the shot he needed.

It took Flach, an award-winning photographer, about two years to put together, and along the way he had many such adventures. He trekked through Gabon, Africa, in search of gorillas, photographed polar bears on Arctic ice floes, and, in Kenya, looked the last male northern white rhino right in the eye. Earlier this year, that rhino died, leaving yet another species close to extinction.

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