I photographed some of the most threatened species on Earth for this project. Some iconic, some lesser-known. Several are recognised the world over and it is surprising to find these iconic animals on the brink of extinction – animals still proudly represented in films and books, as cuddly toys in the menagerie of a child’s bedroom.
The idea that the natural world is vulnerable has only entered the modern general consciousness in the last few decades. Throughout history, nature has been considered an immeasurably vast and infinitely bountiful resource; but today the power structures have changed, and the natural world depends on us as much as we depend on it.
These are the extraordinary stories of 26 endangered species, along with each animal’s location and IUCN Red List status – the world’s most comprehensive inventory of the global conservation status of different species.
Scroll through this gallery of endangered animals, taken from Tim Flach’s book ‘Endangered’