The Earth is an incredible place. It’s the only planet orbiting our sun that contains just the right conditions for life. Our pale blue dot is home to countless amazing species of plants and animals, and, unfortunately, many of them are on the brink of extinction.

To draw much-needed attention to this problem, photographer Tim Flach went on a two-year around the world trip to photograph the animals that are in danger of being wiped out. Instead of saving them with an ark like Noah, he hopes to do it with a camera. 

Here are 16 spectacular animals that are in desperate need of our help…

1. Saiga Antelope

Status: Critically endangered

Habitat: Kazakhstan and Russia

2. Philippine Eagle

Status: Critically endangered

Habitat: The islands of Luzon, Samar, Leyte, and Mindanao in the Philippines

3. Yunnan Snub-Nosed Monkey

Status: Endangered

Habitat: Southwestern China

4. Snow Leopard

Status: Vulnerable

Habitat: Eastern Himalayas, Yangtze

Flach was inspired to photograph endangered animals because his work has been centered around animals for many years. Photography has taken him around the globe and shown him that some of the Earth’s most incredible creatures are in serious trouble. 

He is featured below being interviewed about his work: