Recently Extinct Animals Who Have Died In the Last Few Years

It is amazing how many animals had once walked this earth and are no longer around. Many of them met their demise due to unwise decision of humans. Either with pollution, hunting, and trapping. Here is a list of many animals. Many that have become extinct in the past one hundred years.

Pyrenean Ibex

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Extinct Since 2009

This is one of the most newly extinct animals in existence, or rather nonexistence. Actually there original extinction date was in 2000, when the last natural Pyrenean Ibex died in captivity on January 6, 2000. She was a female named Celia and killed by a falling tree. In 2000, scientist decided to bring back this species through cloning. It was momentarily successful for about 7 minutes, which was the length the cloned Pyrenean Ibex lived before it died of breathing problems. Even if they were to have a more successful clone of the Pyrenean Ibex, they only have DNA from a female; therefore, there is not a male for it to breed with.

Baiji River Dolphin

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Functionally Extinct Since 2006

This dolphin was believed to have its numbers eliminated due to entanglement in fishing gear in China, which is where it originally was from. In the past five decades, China has been fishing more and more in the rivers where they once thrived. Although there is a possibility that there are some that remain, after a six week study in 2006 of where the dolphins originated there were none detected. Although even if there are some that still survive, they have been declared "functionally extinct," which means even if there are some that still exist, there are not enough to allow the species to continue and thrive. The last documented sighting was in 2007, although there have been none documented since then.

Golden Toad

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Extinct Since 1989

Two years before the last sighting of the last golden toad, there was an American biologist who studied the area where they were prevalent. At this time, the scientist counted over 1500 of them in breeding pools. Unfortunately that spring was unusually warm and dry and most of these breeding pools dried up before the tadpoles had a chance to mature to a full-grown toad. In 1988, there was only one male, and two females sighted at one breeding site. At another there was seven males and two females. In 1989, the last male toad was seen and no other females. The final survey was done in 1994, when there was no golden toads left, and the species was considered to be extinct.

Thylacine

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Extinct Since 1936

The thylacine was also known as the Tasmanian wolf or Tasmanian tiger. It was native to Tasmania, New Guinea, and Australia. Most people believe that the extinction was caused by massive hunting of these animals. Some people claim that the animal is still around today, with possible sightings of this creature. None of these sightings have been confirmed.It is stated that if a creature has not been sighed for over 50 years, then it is declared extinct.

Despite its misleading alternate names, it is not related to either the wolf or tiger. It is a marsupial. Although it is believed to be closely related to the Tasmanian devil. This was one of the few marsupials that both the male and female have a pouch for their young. In 1936, the last known living thylacine, which was named Benjamin and lived in captivity died.

Hopefully, the reports are true, and this animal still exists.

Quagga

Picture taken in 1870.
Picture taken in 1870. | Source

Extinct since 1883

This animal which looks like a cross between a zebra and a donkey, originally habituated in dry parts of South Africa in grasslands. It is believed to have become extinct because humans hunted it for its hide and meat. The last known living quagga died in 1883 in captivity. The last one in the wild was believed to have died a decade earlier.

This is actually the first extinct animal to have its DNA tested. They discovered that the quagga is actually more closely related to the zebra then they had earlier thought and possibly the same animal just with different variations. With this knowledge, in 2006, scientists have begun trying to breed back the quagga by careful selecting it parents. They have been able to reproduce after 3 or 4generations of animals to an animal that looks very close to the quagga.

Dodo

Now, all we have our the dodo's fossils.
Now, all we have our the dodo's fossils. | Source

Extinct Mid to Late 17th Century

The dodo is probably one of the most famous extinct animals with portrayals in such movies as the Disney's version of Alice in Wonderland. It stood about 3 feet and nested on the ground. This was one of the first extinct animals that exists in human recorded history, which is why it is so famous. It is believed that us humans were the result of its demise in the mid to late seventeenth century. Not only was the dodo bird flightless, but it was also not afraid of humans. It's diet mainly consisted of fruit.

There is speculation that the current portrayal of a dodo bird is not accurate, They believe that the birds that the images were produced from were ones that were overfed. Since they lived in captivity, it is believed that their caretakers were feeding them excessively. The birds in the wild, most likely were much thinner than the traditional portrayal of these birds.

Saber-Toothed Tiger

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Extinct 1.6 Million Years Ago

The Saber-Toothed Tiger was actually more closely related to the lion than a tiger. The more appropriate names are the Smilodon and the Saber-Toothed Cat. They were known for the saber shaped teeth that measured as long as 28 centimeters or 11 inches. They are the longest teeth in the cat family although their bite was weaker than many of the other big cats that are still around today. This may be part of why it became extinct, that and the teeth themselves were rather fragile and could easily become damaged. They became extinct nearly 1.6 million years ago. You can read more about this awesome cat here

More and more animals become extinct or endangered each year. Many of them are due to human activity, either because humans hunt them or move into their habitat. Now we are no the only cause, but we are definitely a culprit in a large number of extinctions and endangerments. So let's take care of our world.

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angela_michelle 6 years ago from United States Author

That's kind of the point of pointing out the animals that have become extinct. When we become aware of the animals that have become extinct, then we can better understand why animals of today are endangered and ways to prevent that.


JASON NICHOLS 6 years ago

I say forget the past and think about the future. If you all think about the animals that have become extinct, What about the animals of today they are also becoming extinct and people are killing them or they are dying due to some reason. Eg= dolphins, lions, tigers, white lions and tigers, bird's etc. Please save them first.


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angela_michelle 6 years ago from United States Author

I actually think I agree with you starchild. There are so many other scientific things that we should work towards, like finding ways to prevent cancer or other things like that. But that is my opinion?


StarChild11 6 years ago

It is sad that some animals go extinct because of us, but we should be cloning them. We had our chance to help some of these animals but we failed. We should learn from our mistakes and work to preserve the animals we have now; not play god.


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angela_michelle 6 years ago from United States Author

TH, you do have a very legitimate point. I do have mixed feelings. How much is supposed to happen, and how much is because a lack of concern for things around us. I don't know. By the way, I think the shark will be around for awhile. I'd be more worried if house cats became extinct personally.


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tom hellert 6 years ago from home

am,

People say liva and let live I say live and let die-had the dinosaurs lived they may have been dealing with the death of mamals and said what does it mean that these little critters have died off... who knows what may have happened had the dinos not died out around 65 mya!!! the only creature I am truly worried about for extinction is the shark....

TH


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angela_michelle 6 years ago from United States Author

Thanks Mquee for the nice comment. We really need to be thinking about the habitat we are invading on before we build. I'm glad there are many people out there making their stand. Making a difference.


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angela_michelle 6 years ago from United States Author

lol outdoorsguy, I have heard that before!!!


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angela_michelle 6 years ago from United States Author

Tom, interesting, I have not really heard any true evidence of the rock theory. Maybe someday I'll look into it, so I can better understand that. :) I'm so glad you stopped by. My grandma used to have a cat that looked like the thylacine.


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mquee 6 years ago from Columbia, SC

Very good hub on a subject that we should all pay more attention to. Habitat for wild animals is being encroached upon more and more every day. Thanks for a very educational hub.


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outdoorsguy 6 years ago from Tenn

Well Dallas Id have to agree with that. besides, the latest surgeons generals warning is that life is the leading cause of death. LOL.


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tom hellert 6 years ago from home

The Thylacine looks like my cat...As for everything else had a big old rock not crashed into the earth 65.5 million years ago we might all be talking dinosaurs...talking on the dino-world-net. d we be chastized for that? aaaalife is a big dice throw and its akways best to be the shooter if you're gonna win. anotice the irony.


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angela_michelle 6 years ago from United States Author

dallas, thanks for clarifying that for us.


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dallas93444 6 years ago from Bakersfield, CA

outdoorsguy, good to question ! One does not have to be present to know how many are extinct. Fossil records etc indicate most bio systems change, or become extinct... including animals, plants and etc. 98% may or may not be a valid number. Point is, most prior life as we know it, (evidence thereof) is not living now.


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angela_michelle 6 years ago from United States Author

I was debating on whether you were serious, or whether that was a joke about goldentoad?

Anyway, I loved Born Free, in fact, I wish I could see that again, it's been so long. I also was a big Ranger Rick magazine!


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k@ri 6 years ago from Sunny Southern California

My favorite film as a child was "Born Free". I have always believed in conservation...even as far back as my "Ranger Rick" magazines. "Functionally extinct" is a very hopeless term, and I am glad I do not belong to that species. How would it be to know that your children really don't have a chance in a million of meeting a mate?

On a brighter (*please don't let this be inappropriate!*) note...a goldentoad was spotted on HubPages last year. He stayed a played with us for a while, but, sadly, decided to move on to new pools. Not yet extinct, he hides behind the spider's web and creates greatness. My hope is that his species survives!


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angela_michelle 6 years ago from United States Author

Thanks outdoorsguy for looking into that for me. I"m sure everyone else who reads the comments will appreciate that as well. :)


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outdoorsguy 6 years ago from Tenn

okay found out where that came from.. its based on the number of known species to have ever existed on the planet from back in the amphib days till now. learn something new every day LOL


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angela_michelle 6 years ago from United States Author

garnetbird, that is really sad about the dodo bird. I really wish I would have had a chance to see a dodo bird. I love animals, and if I didn't want to write, I would have become a zoologist and worked at a zoo or out on a safari somewhere studying animals.


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angela_michelle 6 years ago from United States Author

outdoorsguy, I was actually wondering the same thing from Dallas. But figured 98 percent of statistics are made up on the spot. LOL... no, I figured there was truth in it. I was just playing. :)

My husband would so love to go out there and check for himself. It's so funny that he is fascinated by Big foot, since he is the most skeptical person in the world. Everything else he doubts, but Big foot, he's not unconvinced that it exists.


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angela_michelle 6 years ago from United States Author

Dallas, That's actually a really interesting perspective. I never realized what percentage of animals are considered to be extinct. That is really fascinating. It makes sense, because if you think of all the dinosaurs, and so many others. There is so many creatures we will never even know about.


Garnetbird 6 years ago

NICE work!! I did not know about the Quagga. Fascinating. The poor Dodo Bird was flightless and they hunted them down without mercy. When I taught, I had my 5th graders draw posters of it.


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outdoorsguy 6 years ago from Tenn

well I live in an area where people claim to have seen Bigfoot. even got paid to guide a Bigfoot hunter out for two days in early spring. the only thing Ive seen are big bear prints and a Rather tall hairy hillbilly wanting to borrow my axe. well there was ... Naw... might be a hub in that LOL.

Still a great hub. keep up the good work.

Dallas.. just a question.. but how did they reach the number 98 percent. IMO that implys knowing how many animals are or were on the planet. Just curious


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dallas93444 6 years ago from Bakersfield, CA

Great informative hub..!

As a former science instructor, I had learned over 98% of animals are extinct.. Not good. Not bad. Just the natural process of selection, survival of the fittest... Hopefully "us" humans will learn to adapt to mother earth and survive...


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angela_michelle 6 years ago from United States Author

Thanks Valerie, it is a problem, and hopefully people are becoming more aware of the problem, and going to prevent it from happening to more animals.


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valeriebelew 6 years ago from Metro Atlanta, GA, USA

This was a very informative and useful hub. As an animal lover, I am very concerned about endangered species. Thanks for writing about the problem. The pictures were also interesting. (: v


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angela_michelle 6 years ago from United States Author

LOL thehands, it's so funny you say that, my husband and I were just talking about that the other day. I wonder if the fact that the Tasmanian tigers had pouches means that they were life mates with their partners?


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angela_michelle 6 years ago from United States Author

BK Creative, I think there is a lot more talk about endangered species than there is action. Let our actions speak louder than our words. Maybe I should research ways to help out endangered species, do a hub on it, and then do some of that stuff!


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thehands 6 years ago

I didn't know male Tasmanian tigers had pouches. Strange. Well, I guess if female spotted hyenas can have phalluses, it's only fair.


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angela_michelle 6 years ago from United States Author

divacratus. Actually a lot of different tigers were on the list. I didn't write about them, because I couldn't find a photo that was unique enough to separate it from other tigers.

My favorite tiger of all time is the white Bengal (or Indian) tiger.


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angela_michelle 6 years ago from United States Author

Pamela, I hope you are right, and I think that is what scientists are trying. Although I believe mentalistacer is right. Until we start preserving their habitat the numbers are going to continue to dwindle.


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angela_michelle 6 years ago from United States Author

I agree with you mentalistacer.


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angela_michelle 6 years ago from United States Author

Outdoorsguy! Really, maybe I will have to research that and do a hub on them. That makes me really curious. I did hear of a recent plant that they assumed was dead that has been rediscovered. Hmmm.... When I mentioned this to my husband he's trying to convince me that Sasquatch is real. If whole colonies of animals can be hidden from us, can't the Sasquatch. LOL.


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BkCreative 6 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

What an informative hub. How sad that we keep polluting the environment, even building giant homes and forcing nature to be disturbed and unbalanced - then talk about saving creatures while we ourselves create and benefit from this toxic environment.

We need to be informed (thank you) and then act accordingly.

Thanks for this hub.


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divacratus 6 years ago from India

Sad reality. Hopefully we can prevent any such further disasters from happening. I am so worried about the Indian tiger!


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States

Angela_Michelle, This hub was very interesting although sad. I think with all the new knowledge about DNA that maybe we can stop any further extinction. I hope so. Great hub.


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Mentalist acer 6 years ago from A Voice in your Mind!

Loss Can be eternal without preservation of habitat...an important Hub angela_michelle.


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outdoorsguy 6 years ago from Tenn

but on a brighter note they keep finding new species too. and I know of at least three species they thought extinct only to find they had moved locales.


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angela_michelle 6 years ago from United States Author

I think that's what shocks me most about the animals that are becoming extinct. It's amazing that we are still losing animals.


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ethel smith 6 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

How sad. Especially that we are still losing some despite our modern knowledge. Interesting hub thanx


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angela_michelle 6 years ago from United States Author

I actually think you so are right. I believe they really are working on it. But they have to DNA samples from both a male and a female. It was sad to read about the Pyrenean ibex, I wonder if they will try to clone a second baby from it and try to cross breed with another surviving ibex until they can "create" the Pyrenean ibex.


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outdoorsguy 6 years ago from Tenn

great hub. ive always wondered why we dont fund a DNA foundation to recover DNA samples of animals who have become extinct over the last hundred years and clone breeding pairs and repopulate the species.

to me it would be a greater use of time for some groups than protesting. Id love it personally .


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angela_michelle 6 years ago from United States Author

Thanks Stars439! I find it very sad. I didn't realize how many have become extinct in the past 100 years, even though people are fighting for the thriving of many of these animals. There were so many, I only touched on ones that we might be familiar with!


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stars439 6 years ago from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State.

Thank you for a great hub. Sad but reality of extinction. God Bless You.

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