'Endangered' captures lives of threatened species around the world

PHOTO: Endangered by Tim FlachTim Flach
A 2016 report from wildlife trade monitoring network TRAFFIC found that, on average, four snow leopards have been killed every week since 2008. Of those, more than half are revenge killings by herders, angry at losing their already-meager income. Another 20-odd percent succumb to poachers (some for their illegally traded fur, others for body parts used in traditional Asian medicines), and a further 20 percent are caught in traps set for other animals. Around four to seven thousand snow leopards survive today.

From polar bears in the melting tundra to colorful coral reefs in the world's oceans, photographer Tim Flach documented where threatened and endangered animals are living in his new book "Endangered."

IUCN Snow Leopard Threat Level: Endangered
SLIDESHOW: 'Endangered' captures lives of threatened species around the world

The book captures powerful images of the lives of stunning creatures from varying ecosystems around the globe in an effort to draw attention to their declining numbers.

PHOTO: Endangered by Tim FlachTim Flach
'Endangered' by Tim Flach

Working with the chief scientist of the National Geographic Society, Dr. Jonathan Baillie, who also wrote the book's introduction, "Endangered" explores the moral dilemmas and issues human face in preserving these species and their environments.

PHOTO: Endangered by Tim FlachTim Flach
'Endangered' by Tim Flach

Flach is an honorary fellow of the Royal Photographic Society, and his work focuses on animals and their interactions with humans. His previous work includes "Equus," "Dog Gods" and "More Than Human."

PHOTO: Endangered by Tim FlachTim Flach
'Endangered' by Tim Flach

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