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London-based photographer Tim Flach has a new book, and it's a rare beauty — or beauties, as the case may be.
In the following selection of images, you'll find unique and astonishing animals from a range of habitats and ecosystems. Flach traveled the world to find them and record their modern dilemmas, aided by renowned zoologist Jonathan Baillie's commentary.
Endangered highlights the vivid faces and stories of some of our planet's most vulnerable species. The book, published by Abrams Books, is available now on Amazon.
The wide-eyed guy on the cover is a Crowned sifika lemur. Found only in Madagascar, his species has been poached for food and suffered devastating habitat loss. Keep clicking to meet more of these noble, yet threatened, creatures.
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Saiga antelope once shared the world with woolly mammoths and saber-toothed cats. Though the species has been around since the Ice Age, catastrophic disease and poaching have caused this unique-looking animal to be in critical condition.
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Brazil's pied tamarin — which looks like a relative of Yoda from Star Wars, no? — is threatened by urbanization.
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This species of pangolin, native to Africa, is one of the animals most threatened by the illegal wildlife trade, hunted and sold for scales.
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This unusual-looking fish is actually quite famous. Best known for producing the finest caviar, Beluga sturgeon are traded at high prices —which has caused the population to plunge over the last century. This amazing species is 120 million years old and currently facing extinction.
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Also known as the pharaoh's chicken, these remarkable members of the vulture family have declined in the 20th century due to hunting, accidental poisoning and collision with power lines.
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YUNAN SNUB-NOSED MONKEY
These monkeys (who some say resemble the late Michael Jackson!) were believed to be extinct back in 1962. They've been spotted since, but their populations in China and Southeast Asia remain low and isolated. The animal had never been photographed until 1993.
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These ethereal, translucent creatures are actually winged sea slugs. They have a wide geographic range, from polar sea ice regions to tropical waters near the equator, but are believed to be victims of ocean acidification.
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