How Many Are Left? Just Count the Pixels

words:: Ben Osborne photos:: Courtesy of World Wildlife Foundation 

A 2008 campaign from the World Wildlife Foundation has been resurrected, and it’s just as powerful as ever. Inspired by a population by pixel campaign created by the agency Hakuhodo C&D/Tokyo, the project rolls out a set of images of species from the endangered animals list, but with a twist. Each picture is represented by the number of that species remaining in the world.

A stark reminder of the desperate situation our climate and biosphere are facing, this campaign certainly still packs a punch. Check out the images below—you’ll likely be surprised in a few different ways.—ML

African Wild Dog, 3000-5500 remain

Amur Leopard, 60 remain

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Amur Tiger, estimated about 450 remain


Asian Elephant, estimated 40000-50000 remain

Bengal Tiger, estimated roughly 2500 remain

Black Footed Ferret, estimated about 300 remain

Black Rhino, about 5000 remain

Blue Whale, between 10000 and 25000 remain

Bonobo, between 10000 and 50000 remain

Bornean Orangutan, somewhere between 45000 and 69000 remain

Borneo Pygmy Elephant, about 1500 remain

Chimpanzee, between 172700 and 299700 remain

Eastern Lowland Gorilla, about 17000 remain

Fin Whale, between 50000 and 90000 remaining

Galapagos Penguin, about 2000 remain

Giant Panda, about 1864 remain

Green Sea Turtle, 3000 to 5500 remain

Hectors Dolphin, about 7000 remain

Indian Elephant, between 20000 and 25000 remain

Indochinese Tiger, between 600-650 remain

Indus River Dolphin, about 1100 remain

Javan Rhino, about 60 remain