Endangered animals show their more human side

The fauna and flora of the Earth has been altered on numerous occasions since there is life on the planet. Experts say that there have been 5 major extinctions and that we are on our way to the sixth. Currently, many of the most curious and striking animals that human beings have seen are in danger of extinction. British photographer Tim Flach has been taking photographs of some of these living beings for more than two years.

There are many species on Earth, but if the human being continues to treat nature as it does now, there will come a time when that number will be greatly reduced. But how do we know when a species is in danger of extinction? According to the Red List of endangered species of the IUCN (International Union for the Conservation of Nature), an animal is in danger of extinction at the moment when the number of specimens in the wild decreases so much that it is at «risk extremely high extinction. “

On the other hand, the Endangered Species Act of the United States of 1973 considers extinction if factors such as diseases, threatening predation or other human actions threaten the destruction of a species’ habitat. That is, it is recognized that an animal is in danger when all its representatives run the risk of disappearing completely.

Currently, more than 5,200 species are in danger of extinction

According to data from the International Union for the Conservation of Nature, 34% of fish, 25% of amphibians and mammals, 20% of reptiles and 11% of birds are in danger. Some of these species are striking, and perhaps we have never had the opportunity to see them in person, and not even in photographs. Therefore, we like the work of photographer Tim Flach so much. In his images it seems that the animals pose with their best profile, as if they had been preparing for hours to be immortalized by the artist.

His collection is called Endangered, and he has photographed all kinds of animals, from lemurs to bald tamarins or Jacobin pigeons. He affirms that he likes to play with the wild and humanity, and that his main objective is “to produce emotionally active images”. In this way, his portraits have a black background to try to decontextualize the animals of the habitat that surrounds them and thus match them to the human being. The artist has traveled to the most remote places to get the best face of animals like the saiga, a kind of goat with a nose that lives in Russia.

Although beyond recognizing the more human side of animals that are in danger of extinction, what worries most right now is how to avoid this problem.

It is not a simple task, since it involves applying concrete actions, such as ending deforestation, punishing illegal hunting or reducing pollution. However, if we all begin to contribute personally to this, we will end up getting a great impact on a global level, which will favor the permanence of the species on Earth.

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