The Sydney-based photographer Leila Jeffreys says, "As I've grown, I've watched the human population explode worldwide so I wanted to remind us all about the 'little people' that also share the planet. Like us they search for food and shelter, they form relationships, they raise offspring, they defend their territory, they play and they sing. They are magnificent creatures that enrich our lives if you stop to notice them and I believe it's our responsibility to ensure they will always have a home in the wild."
In a forest near his home city of Berdychiv, Ukraine, amateur photographer Vyacheslav Mischenko has captured these surprisingly dynamic photos of snails.
"I spent a lot of my childhood out and about in forests as my family are big wildlife lovers so I'm always on the lookout for unusual animal shots which I can capture. I don't like taking just simple macro shots as you can find them everywhere so I always try to create pictures which I hope people will love."
Exotic animal trainer Dr. Bhagavan Antle, as founder of The Institute of Greatly Endangered and Rare Species (T.I.G.E.R.S.) has developed this amazing and moving series of tiger portraits.
"a stunningly beautiful animal like a tiger captures people's attention so they become more willing to learn about critical conservation issues. Tigers are an important living example of the environmental problems facing the world, which makes them the perfect wildlife ambassadors."
In the realm of animal art, these super simplified images created by Maine-based illustrator Josh Brill and his art label Lumadessa are some of my favorites. I am getting a print for each of my kids this christmas. just beautiful.
Australia-based photographer Birte Person took these astounding photos of the very rare big cats during feeding time at the Singapore Zoo
"They sit in anticipation on the rocks waiting for the first morsel to be thrown. Then it is a huge lunge into the water by all of them. It carries on at a frantic pace until they all get some food."
See also Portraits of Captive Animals