A Somber Photo Series Where Each Pixel Represents How Many Endangered Animals Are Left in the Species

Bengal Tiger

In 2008, the World Wildlife Fund ran a clever, award-winning campaign that used photo pixelation to represent how many animals remain within a species. Each pixel represented a single animal. The clearer the image was read, the closer the animal was to extinction.

More recently photo editor JJSmooth44 updated this powerful series with more critically endangered animals who may be on the road to extinction if immediate measures aren’t taken. Among the species named are the African Wild Dog, Amur Leopard, Amur Tiger, Eastern lowland Gorilla, Bengal tiger, Galapagos penguin, Borneo pygmy elephant, and green sea turtle, just to name a few.

Every Pixels is one animal. The more pixelated the image, the closer it is to extinction.

African Wild Dog


Black Footed Ferret

Amur Leopard

Amur Tiger

Asian Elephant

Black Rhino

Blue Whale


Bornean Orangutan

Eastern Lowland Gorilla

Galapagos Penguin

Giant Panda

Green Sea Turtle

via Flowing Data

Lori Dorn
Lori Dorn

Lori is a Laughing Squid Contributing Editor based in New York City who has been writing blog posts for over a decade. She also enjoys making jewelry, playing guitar, taking photos and mixing craft cocktails.