Website seeking 'most wanted' photos and videos of vanishing species

Jeremy Hance
March 04, 2010

Many of the world's most endangered species have never been photographed or caught on film. The not-for-profit website ARKive is hoping to change that. ARKive provides a collection of some of the best photos and video clips of the world's species.

Now the organization is pushing its mission—to make photos and film of the Earth's species available to everyone in order to benefit education and conservation—one step further. It has set a goal to find images of the world's 17,000 most endangered species according to IUCN Red List.

Of course, while ARKive already has images and film of some of these species, many remain elusive and almost wholly unknown.

"By revealing what these species actually look like, we hope to shine the spotlight on the many thousands of relatively obscure and largely neglected plants and animals threatened with extinction, thereby raising their public profile and, ultimately, helping to ensure their conservation," the ARKive website reads.

ARKive has created an online list of its 'most-wanted' species for photographs and films. The organization is asking for help from anyone, whether a professional photographer or a lucky tourist with a camera.

To see ARKive's list: Most Wanted Species

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Website seeking 'most wanted' photos and videos of vanishing species.