What was the last animal to go extinct? You probably don’t know. Here is the list 24 recently extinct animals species that shows how careless we are toward nature.
The International Union of Conservation of Nature releases list of extinct animals on a regular basis. We may never be sure that what wiped the entire race of Dinosaur from the face of earth but when we take a look on the recently extinct animals, we get to know that we are such a dangerous and evil species.
Here we have listed recently extinct animals so that you can see and realize that how much we are harming mother nature and its species.
Recently Extinct Animals
24. Mexican Grizzly Bear
Grizzly bears are predator by nature and so was the case with Mexican Grizzly bears. But we human being didn’t liked their nature of preying and we soon killed all the Mexican grizzly bears by 1980s.
23. Conuropsis carolinensis
These beautiful looking parrots also became victim of rapid deforestation and the last parrot died in 1918. However they were believed to be seen again but they were recently included in the list of extinct animals by ICUN.
22. Gastric-brooding frog
The gastric boording frog were unique and rare species of frog. Due to their strange reproduction stages they were subject of scientific experiments. They became extinct 1990.
21. Lesser bilby (Macrotis leucura)
Macrotis leucura or more commonly known as Lesser bilby was a rare species of rabbit. It became center of attraction due to its unique looks. However these wonder of nature were not able to survive and the last Lesser bilby might have died in 1960s.
20. Dusky Seaside Sparrow
Dusky seaside sparrows were very beautiful sparrow species. However due to their demand for captive breeding they declined in numbers. The last Dusky Seaside sparrow died in 1987.
18. Mariana Mallard
Mariana Mallard is a species of Duck family that mainly resided in the Mariana Island. The growth in concrete constructions and also in hunting led to the extinction of Mariana Mallard. The last Mariana Mallard duck was killed in 1981.
17. Pinta Island Tortoise
Tortoise are known for long lives and yet we have a species of Tortoise that went to extinction and thanks to our mindless hunting spree. The last Pinta Island Tortoise died in 2012 in captivity.
16. Great auk
The Great Auk was a flightless bird and looked similar to the penguins. Due to the high demand of its Meat in Europe and America, the Great Auk’s population declined. The great auk is said to be extinct by 1970s.
15. Western Black Rhinoceros
Look at this picture again and you will see how cruel we have been to our mother nature. The western Black rhinoceros were killed for their horns and IUCN and declared them extinct in 2011. They would have become extinct by the early 20h century but strong conservation laws saved them. However poachers still found a way the last western black rhino was killed in 2004.
14. Zanzibar leopard
The Zanzibar leopards were endemic to the Tanazania state of Australia. They were very skilled predators and were considered a threat to human being. This led to their mass killings and thus by 1997 they were extinct.
13. Alaotra Grebe
Alaotra Grebe was confined to the Alaotra lake in Madagascar. Even though it had the abilities to fly large distances but due to its small wings it was not able to do so. The Alaotra grebe became rare by mid 20th century and it extinct in 1985.
11. Canary Islands Oystercatcher
Canarian Oystercatcher became prey of both Mother Nature and evil Human beings. The Canarian Oystercatcher became a rare species in 1900s and due extensive hunting it became extinct by 1970s.
10. Bubal Hartebeest
This subspecies of Hartebeest was once common in the Saharan Desert. However our colonization resulted in their suffer and the human species massacred them on a large scale. Bubal Hartebeest were wiped out by us by the beginning of 20th century. Bravo.
Even though this species of Zebra looked funny due to its plain body and stripes on head, but the bigger joke was on us when this species extinct. It was called Quagga (Kw-ha-ha) due to its call. This rare species of animal died out in 1883 due to surprise Hunting.
Thylacine or more popularly known as Tasmanian Wolf was one of the largest carnivorous animal of main land Australia. The species became extinct in 1933 due to hunting, deforestation and global warming.
7. Passenger Pigeon
Passenger Pigeons were migratory birds who became victim of commercialized meat markets. Their meat was among the cheap options for food and this led to their rapid decline of Passenger pigeons and they soon became extinct by 1914.
6. Pyrenean Ibex
This sub species of Spanish Ibex or Spanish goat got extinct in January 2000. Pyrenean Ibex came out of extinction for few hours in 2003. A Cloned Ibex was born but it died within hours and thus again pushed this back to extinction.
5. Golden Toad
International Union of Conservation for Nature declared Golden toad as an extinct species in 1989. Further irony is that Golden toad became the poster boy of Extinct Amphibian Species. Global warming is one of the main reasons of extinct of Golden Toad.
4. Baiji Dolphin
Baiji Dolphin is functionally extinct dolphin species who was last sighted in 2002. The more saddening part is the fact that Baiji dolphin was called as the Goddess in china and still it was pushed to the extinct world. The main reason of extinction is trophy hunting and boat traffic.
3. Caribbean Monk Seal
Caribbean Monk Seal inhabited our planet for thousands of years. In fact they were made famous by Christopher Columbus in 1493. The Caribbean Monk seal became centre attraction of many popular moving circuses and this resulted in the decline of their numbers. By 1800s Caribbean Monk seal were left in three digit numbers. But we human beings probably didn’t like their existence and we killed the last existing Caribbean Monk Seal in 1922 in Florida.
2. Javan Tiger
Javan tiger were the inhabitants of Java Island in Indonesia for centuries. However by the turn of 20th century they hit the endangered species mark. By World War 2, Javan tigers became so rare that the zoos that kept them as prize attraction also shut down. By 1970 the Javan tiger became totally extinct. Thanks to the continuous deforestation in Java island that led to the extinction of these rare tiger species.
1. Tecopa Pupfish
The tecopa Pupfish was brought to Public eye in 1848 and you know when it became extinct? In 1970. We human beings are so great that we wiped out the entire Tecopa Pupfish generation in a short span of 122 years. The popularity of h0t spring pools in 1960s led to the outflow of water which forced the tecopa pupfish to move to colder water in downstream. This led to their extinction.
So who do you think should be blamed for the extinction of these beautiful species? Nature? Poachers? Government? Hunters? What step do you think should be taken in order to preserve the endangered animals?