Many species of animals all around the world are at the risk of becoming extinct and it’s scary to know that these beautiful creatures could no longer exist on the face of the earth very soon.
An Imgur user called JJSmooth44 posted a series of photos of animals that have been categorised as endangered species, but what’s unique about these images is that each animal’s remaining population is visually represented by the number of pixels in the photos.
“Every Pixel is one animal. The more pixelated the image, the closer it is to extinction,” the artist explains.
He was inspired by a similar series made for World Wildlife Fund in 2008 called WWF Japan – Population by pixel, and set out to create a series of his own that alarmingly shows how so many animals are at the brink of extinction.
Some populations have so few left that you can hardly make them out from the picture because of how pixelated they are.
1. Amur Leopard – estimated about 60 remain
2. African Wild Dog – estimated between 3,000 and 5,500 remain
3. Amur Tiger – estimated about 450 remain
4. Asian Elephant – estimated between 40,000 and 50,000 remain
5. Bengal Tiger – estimated about 2,500 remain
6. Black Footed Ferret – estimated about 300 remain
7. Black Rhino – estimated about 5,000 remain
8. Blue Whale – estimated between 10,000 and 25,000 remain
9. Bonobo – estimated between 10,000 and 50,000 remain
10. Bornean Orangutan – estimated between 45,000 and 69,000 remain
11. Borneo Pygmy Elephant – estimated about 1,500 remain
12. Chimpanzee – estimated between 172,700 and 299,700 remain
13. Easter Lowland Gorilla – estimated about 17,000 remain
14. Fin Whale – estimated between 50,000 and 90,000 remain
15. Galapagos Penguin – estimated about 2,000 remain
16. Giant Panda – estimated about 1,864 remain
17. Green Sea Turtle – estimated between 3,000 and 5,500 remain
18. Hectors Dolphin – estimated about 7,000 remain
19. Indian Elephant – estimated between 20,000 and 25,000 remain
20. Indochinese Tiger – estimated between 600 and 650 remain
21. Indus River Dolphin – estimated about 1,100 remain
22. Javan Rhino – estimated about 60 remain
Isn’t it scary to see visual representations of the population of these endangered animals? Hopefully none of them will actually become extinct.
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