Stunning new photos show the faces of animals on the verge of extinction

Photographer Tim Flach is renowned for his photos that show the emotional — or human — side of animals.

Flach's images often capture creatures' moods, expressions, and gestures in ways that make us rethink our relationship with the natural world.

His newest book, "Endangered", includes text by zoologist Jonathan Baillie and tries to make readers consider the impact they have on these animals — and consider what it would mean for them to disappear.

Along with the creatures themselves, Flach photographed the landscapes these animals live in.

He spent days in frozen snow to capture a shot of the rare Siaga antelope. He swam with sharks and hippos, and visited zoos for perspectives of wildlife in settings created by humans.

The ecosystems in which many of these creatures live have already been destroyed to make room for cities and farms. But by eliminating such habitats, we remove the only places some of the most unique creatures on Earth can live.

Check out a selection of some of our favorite photos from the book below.

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Pangolins are one of the creatures most threatened by the illegal wildlife trade. This white-bellied pangolin can be seen hanging from its mother's tail.

(Photo by Tim Flach)

Hippos are hunted for their meat and their ivory teeth.

(Photo by Tim Flach)

Yellow-eyed tree frogs are affected by climate change — they're threatened by a fungus that's spreading through forests, and their eggs are hatching early or late because they're sensitive to temperature.

(Photo by Tim Flach)

Ploughshares are the rarest tortoises in the world — these were photographed at a breeding sanctuary.

(Photo by Tim Flach)

Yunan snub-nosed monkeys were believed to be extinct before one was spotted in 1962 — though the remaining populations are small and isolated.

(Photo by Tim Flach)

Fireflies are helping us learn how bioluminescence works, though light pollution and loss of forests threaten these creatures.

(Photo by Tim Flach)

The Philippines has started to employ indigenous people to replant the forests that Philippine eagles live in, and to try to prevent poaching.

(Photo by Tim Flach)

Carrion-eaters like these whiteback vultures suppress the spread of disease and alert game wardens to poachers. But some poachers have started poisoning their kills in order to eliminate the endangered birds that draw attention to illegal hunting.

(Photo by Tim Flach)

Snow leopards, among the most elusive cats in the world, are losing their habitats as forests move up the slopes in the warming Himalayas.

(Photo by Tim Flach)

Saiga antelope have survived since the ice ages — the species has shared the world with woolly mammoths and saber-toothed cats. But catastrophic disease and poaching have put the species in a critical place.

(Photo by Tim Flach)

It used to be possible to find 16-feet-long Beluga sturgeon in and around the Black and Caspian Seas. But those giants are gone, and the small ones still around are threatened by people who harvest their valuable eggs.

(Photo by Tim Flach)

Sudan, pictured here, is the last male northern white rhinoceros in the world.

Another photo of Sudan, taken by biologist Daniel Schneider, recently went viral. That image also showed the rhino with his eyes downcast.

"Want to know what extinction looks like? This is the last male Northern White Rhino," Schneider tweeted. "The Last. Nevermore."

(Photo by Tim Flach)

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