Our galleries feature photographs behind the scene on diverse topics related to endangered species around the world. They include conservation work, special topics, and highlights of the month. Photographs can profoundly affect our perception of the world, and help us change our behavior to preserve the world's biodiversity.
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Saving biodiversity, rainforest, and coral reefs.
Incredible endangered frogs of Southeast Asia Part I
Photographs © Endangered Species International.
Saving coral reefs and marine life
ESI has been active in coral reef and marine conservation since its creation. Discover what we successfully protect. ESI is all about protecting biodiversity and the places they need to live hand in hand with local communities. Join us! Photographs © Endangered Species International.
Paintings for conservation
ESI works in many front to protect endangered species and habitats. Conservation awareness is part of our daily activities to protect biodiversity. As an example, ESI created sign boards for the Mt. Matutum Protected Landscape in the Philippines. Thanks to Kate Whittington for her great work and dedication to illustrate endangered plants and animals.
Field activities saving biodiversity
Children protecting coral reefs, Congolese searching for remaining wild gorillas, indigenous people saving rainforest, local community fighting against illegal poaching and trade of rare wildlife. ESI empowers locals to save endangered species and wild places. We are proof that conservation works!
Close up of marine life I
Check out the amazing marine colors and life forms that we protect. A new look at underwater macro photography.
The Mt. Matutun Tarsier Project
ESI works hand in hand with the B’laan Tribe to protect the endangered Philippine tarsier, rainforest, and vanishing indigenous culture in southern Philippines. Activities include trainings for local communities, education on biodiversity, tree planting and monitoring, tarsier research, creating the tarsier sanctuary, and empowering the B’laan Tribe.
Endangered Species Art Contest I
ESI conducts art contest on regular basis. This one focused on the Philippine tarsier and it habitat to raise awareness on the need and urgency to protect rainforest and endangered species. Hundreds of students from elementary school to university participated in the contest and helped raised awareness through their arts. The winner was Sofia Isabel Caballo, a 10-year-old girl. Check out the winners and other art works!
Wildlife Encounters 2
This month in wildlife! Discover the pick of this month’s animals from around the world while saving endangered species and their habitats!
2010 Photo Highlights
2010 was another year of strong commitment and work to save endangered species and wild habitats. But our work is far from done and we need your support more than ever! Photographs © Endangered Species International.
Meet some of the amazing animals we encountered during our field conservation activities. Photographs Pierre Fidenci
ESI staff and communities saving endangered species
Who are the people saving endangered species and wild places? We feature our staff and communities at the forefront to protect biodiversity! At ESI we empower people to protect wildlife, preserve habitats while improving their livelihoods. Our staff has a passion for nature and optimism for solving the species extinction crisis.
Millions of tons of plastic debris are ingested by hundreds of animal and fish species, clogging their digestive systems and infusing their systems with chemicals. More than 180 species of animals have been documented to ingest plastic debris. The ocean is the world biggest plastic dump with garbage areas twice the size of Texas. Photographs © Chris Jordan.
The Killing of Gorillas for Bushmeat
Endangered Species International (ESI) conducted field investigations and exposed the tragic killing of critically endangered western gorillas in the Republic of Congo. In less than one week and a half in one particular area, ESI found two adult gorillas killed for their meat. The meat is then consumed in Pointe Noire, the second biggest city of the country. With your help we can stop the gorilla parching before it is too late! Photographs © Franck Mackoundi - Endangered Species International. Caution: disturbing photos.
Frog Extinction Gallery
The rate of amphibians vanishing is terrifying. A recent study estimates that current rates of extinction are 211 times the background extinction rate for amphibians. Discover six frogs which have disappeared during recent time: Atelopus longirostris, Bufo baxteri, Rheobatrachus silu, Philautus travancoricus, Craugastor milesi, and Philautus adspersus. Paintings © Jin-A Chae at Endangered Species International.
10 Of The Most Unknown Endangered Animals Gallery
Emblematic endangered animals like the elephant and panda are very familiar to us. But, have you heard of the Murray Cod or the Cuban Crocodile as endangered species? Discover ten of the most unknown endangered animals.
An astonishing number of animals have evolved survival mechanisms that involve camouflage and mimicry. Camouflage and mimicry can be "protective," to avoid predators, or "aggressive," to allay suspicion while the predator attacks its prey. Discover the colorful and dangerous world of animal camouflage! Photographs by Pierre Fidenci and Jérôme Maran.
The Bushmeat Crisis, Africa
For the first time, we reveal photos of our field monitoring using undercover methods at key markets in the republic of Congo. Our research reveals that most of illegal bushmeat sold in markets originates from one single region where primary and unprotected rainforest still remains. We estimated about 300 gorillas illegally killed a year for the bushmeat market in the city of Pointe Noire. With your help, we can stop the illegal commercial hunting of endangered species in Central Africa. Photographs © Franck Mackoundi and Pierre Fidenci.
Butterfly Conservation Gallery
Butterflies belong to the order Lepidoptera. They differ from all other insects in that they have scales covering their wings and often their bodies. There are approximately 17,000 species of butterflies worldwide. Photographs © Pierre Fidenci
The Coral Reef Protection and Restoration Gallery
About one-quarter of coral reefs worldwide are already considered damaged beyond repair, with another two-thirds under serious threat. Coral reefs are found in 109 countries and large reef degradation has occurred in 93. Indonesia and the Philippines hold 77% of Southeast Asia's coral reefs and nearly 80% of threatened reefs. Endangered Species International is strongly engaged in protecting and restoring coral reefs. Photographs by Andrew Bowers and Pierre Fidenci.
The Asiatic Black Bear Restoration Program Gallery
The South Korea national park service under the Species Restoration Center is conducting an aggressive program to reintroduce viable populations of the Asiatic black bear (Ursus thibetanus ussuricus) in the Jirsan Mountains. The Asiatic black bear is one of the eight bear species existing around the world. The Asiatic black bear was once common in the Jirsan Mountains until its population was driven to extinction through over-hunting.
The Rainforest Gallery
The Amazon has the largest continuous tropical forest shared by nine countries! It covers 6.6m sq km in total. However, western Africa (e.g., Gabon, Congo) and part of Asia (e.g., Indonesia, Papua New Guinea) share also a good portion of the world’s rainforest. Endangered Species International is leading the way to save rainforest. New projects are on the way in western Africa and Papua New Guinea where large pristine rainforest remains but under considerable threats. Photos from around the world from Pierre Fidenci
The Tarsier Gallery
Seven species of tarsiers exist worldwide. Endangered Species International investigated the Philippine tarsier (Tarsius syrichta) which is found only in southern Philippines in the islands of Bohol, Samar, and Mindanao. Threats to tarsier include deforestation, habitat fragmentation, and illegal trade. Photographs by Pierre Fidenci
Agusan Marsh UNESCO World Heritage
Agusan Marsh Wildlife Sanctuary is a large complex of unique freshwater marshes and watercourses with numerous small shallow lakes and ponds located in the upper parts of the Agusan River and its tributaries of eastern Mindanao, Philippines. It is one of the largest and the most contained freshwater catch basin wetland in the Philippines. The main habitats of the marsh include freshwater swamp forest, secondary scrub, herbaceous swamp, lakes, pools and rivers, rice paddies and other agricultural land. It is threatened by invasive species (plants and animals), habitat degradations, and water pollution. Photographs by Pierre Fidenci
The White Squirrel Gallery
ESI assessed for the first time a recently discovered species of squirrel (white squirrel or called locally “putting bising”) but not yet formally described. This squirrel is only known from one small island in the Philippines and it is in danger from over-hunting and habitat destruction. The white squirrel was already known by the locals but brought to the rest of the world just few months ago. As soon as possible, ESI visited the island where the white squirrel is found and evaluated the habitat conditions and status of this unique species. Conservation actions are urgently needed! Photographs by Pierre Fidenci
Flying Fox Gallery
There are more than 160 species of flying fox found widely through South East Asia and North East Australia where they inhabit tropical rainforests including mangrove forests. Flying foxes do not use echolocation for navigation like most other bat species but rely on sight and smell. Females usually give birth to a single offspring each year. The young bat suckles from its mother for three to four months before it begins to fend for itself. Many species of flying foxes are endangered. Photographs by Pierre Fidenci
Rescuing the African Manatees in Senegal
Fewer than 10,000 African manatees (Trichechus senegalensis) are found in Western Africa. Threats to the African manatee include increasing hunting, construction of dams, and destruction of coastal areas from mangrove harvesting and siltation. In Senegal, African manatees get stranded into shallow seasonal waters where they eventually die of dehydration. Those “killing” waters are the result of dam construction along the Senegal River. With the help of the locals, Nature Tropicale, a non-profit organization based in Dakar, moves manatees to deep permanent water of the river where they belong. Photographs by Tomas Diagne
Balabac Island Conservation Gallery
Balabac Island is located in the extreme southwestern Philippines , about 35 km south of Palawan Island , and about 70 km north of Borneo. For its size (36 km long and 12 km wide), Balabac has an incredible biodiversity with various types of habitats ranging from pristine rainforest with elevation up to 576 meters, wetlands, mangroves, and coral reefs. The island is home of an endemic and endangered wildlife such as the Philippine mouse deer (Tragulus napu nigricans), the world's smallest ungulate, or the Palawan peacock-pheasant (Polyplectron emphanum).
For a long time, Balalac Island was ignored; however, ESI quickly recognized the critical importance to launch a comprehensive sustainable conservation program that will benefit endangered species, their habitat, and the local communities. Photographs by Pierre Fidenci and Felina Perez.
The Amphibian Decline Gallery
Amphibians (frogs, toads, salamanders and newts) have been declining at an alarming rate throughout the world;
some species have even become extinct. The bad news is that their rapid decline appears to be worsening.
There are a variety of reasons for some losses, while others remain just a mystery.
Causes include deforestation, draining of wetlands, and pollution. Since its creation,
Endangered Species International has joined the fight against the disappearance of amphibian.
Look at our Amphibian Decline Gallery and discover few amazing amphibian species that were observed
throughout our conservation work. All photographs taken by Pierre Fidenci.
The Indigenous People Gallery
Indigenous Peoples are a significant and important portion of humanity. Their heritage, their ways of life,
their stewardship of this planet, and their cosmological insights are an invaluable treasure for us all.
At Endangered Species International we work closely with indigenous people to ensure that their voices are
heard and defended. In many parts of the world, saving species from extinction is linked to saving indigenous
people culture from disappearance. We are working hard to preserve the indigenous culture and their ancestral
land from destruction. Find out our Indigenous People Gallery and meet those who have shaped our success.
All photographs taken by Pierre Fidenci.
The Western Africa Turtle Gallery
Western Africa is home of an incredible tortoise and turtle diversity.
Most of the species found in this part of the world are poorly known and their status is not yet determined.
All photographs taken by Jérôme Maran.
The Philippine Forest Turtle Project Gallery
The Philippine forest turtle was for the first time re-discovered in the wild in 2003 and was for along time
believed to be extinct by the scientific community. This turtle species is classified as critically endangered
by the World Conservation Union. The Philippine forest turtle is endemic to the island of Palawan,
southern Philippines . We are working actively in this region of the world the stop endangered species
to become extinct. The Philippine forest turtle is threatened by important illegal trading and destruction
of natural habitat. Click here to learn more about this project.