An Earth Day Album Of 25 Endangered/Threatened Species I’ve Seen

It’s clear that one lesson we, as a species MUST learn, is to share. All of these animals have just as much right to be here as we do. As they go, in the end, so shall we.

I’ve never made a point, for the most part, of specifically seeking out endangered or threatened species to photograph for my paintings. But, as it’s happened, in less than ten years I’ve seen two dozen, plus one, all in the wild. Quite a surprise, really.

Sometimes they’ve been pretty far away, but that in no way diminished the thrill of seeing them. Close-ups in a zoo or other captive animal facility can be useful, within certain limits, but seeing a wild animal in its own habitat, even at a distance, is much more satisfying and gives me ideas and information for my work that I couldn’t get any other way.

In no particular order, because they are all trying to survive on this planet:

Takhi, Hustai National Park, Mongolia

Monk Seal, Kauai, Hawaii, United States

Wolf, Lamar Valley, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, United States

White-napped crane, Gun-Galuut Nature Reserve, Mongolia

White Rhino, Lewa Downs Conservancy, Kenya

Laysan Albatross, Kauai, Hawaii, United States

Tule Elk, Point Reyes National Seashore, California, United States

Rothschild's Giraffe, Soysambu Conservancy, Kenya

Nene, Hawaii Big Island, Hawaii, United States

Desert Bighorn, Anza-Borrego State Park, California, United States

Grizzly Bear, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, United States (Bear 264)

Saker Falcon, near Hangai Mountains, Mongolia

Green Sea Turtle, Hawaii Big Island, Hawaii, United States

Grevy's Zebra, Lewa Downs Conservancy, Kenya

Lammergeier, Gobi Gurvansaikhan National Park, Mongolia

California Condor, Central Coast, California, United States

African Lion, Masai Mara, Kenya

Hawaiian Hawk (Juvenile), Volcano National Park, Hawaii Big Island, Hawaii, United States

Siberian Marmot, Hustai National Park, Mongolia

Whooper Swans, Gun-Galuut Nature Reserve, Mongolia

Cheetahs, Masai Mara, Kenya

Apapane, Hawaii Big Island, Hawaii, United States

Trumpeter Swans, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, United States

Cinereous Vulture (Juvenile), Baga Gazriin Chuluu Nature Reserve, Mongolia

Argali, Ikh Nartiin Chuluu Nature Reserve, Mongolia

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  1. Truly, animals are FAR wiser than the human kind.

    Amazing that you have reached 25. If I were to count, perhaps a dozen less animals that are endangered I have in my reference photos. Most of these animals would be in an artificial environment (zoo, etc.).

    These are stunning, Susan. Thank you for celebrating Earth Day!


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