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Six Animals That are Now Extinct

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Six among thousands of animals that are now extinct

Great Auk

Great Auk

The Great Auk stood about 30-34 inches tall. The Great Auk was considered a large flightless bird. Similar to a penguin. Extinction is believed to have occurred from over hunting by humans. The Great Auk laid only one egg per year and humans also contributed heavily to their extinction by gathering their prized eggs and hunting them for their "down". The Great Auk was found in large numbers in the Northern Atlantic. The last Great Auk was spotted in 1852.

Caspian Tiger

Recent DNA analysis has has proved that the Caspian Tiger and the Siberian Tiger are almost identi

Caspian Tiger
cal. In the early 1900's Russia intentionally set out to eradicate the Caspian Tiger. The Russian army was instructed to kill all Caspian Tigers they came across. The exact date of extinction is not know. It is commonly believed to be between 1947 and 1955. There have been occasional sightings of Caspian Tigers with the most recent being in 1997 but it has not been proven.


The now extinct Quagga was a type of zebra that was uniquely colored by having its zebra stripes only on the front part of the body. A picture of a living Quagga was taken at a London zoo in 1870.


The last wild Quagga was believed to be killed in the late 1870's. The last known Quagga alive was a Quagga that was in captivity that died in 1883 at a Zoo in Amsterdam. There are 23 known mounted and stuffed Quaggas.

Thylacine: The Tasmanian Tiger

Thylacine, also known as The Tasmanian Tiger and The Tasmanian Wolf use to roam Australia. Before Australia became inhabited the Thylacine was already

Tasmanian Tiger
extinct from the Australian mainland, however the Thylacine thrived on the Island of Tasmania for many years until hunting, disease, the introduction of wild dogs, and human encroachment killed off the remaining Thylacines. The extinction of the Thylacine on Tasmania occurred around 1930. The last known Thylacine was shot and killed by a farmer in 1930.

The Thylacine was unique as it has a "protective sheath" that protected the genital area on males as they ran through sharp and thorny brush.

Scientists have been able to recover the DNA from A Thylacine in the museum and believe they will one day be able to restore the Thylacine animal to once again live,breed, and roam the earth.

Eurasian Cave Lion
n Cave Lion

The Eurasian cave lion was a huge animal. In 1985 some remains were found of an adult male Cave Lion. The body measured 7 feet long. If you count the tail it was even longer. Many remains of the Cave Lion have been found in caves, thus their name of Cave Lions. Scientists do not believe that the Cave Lions actually lived in the caves. The Cave Lion lived among other lions outside like their prehistoric ancestors. We have learned much about the Cave Lion from prehistoric cave drawings.

Dodo Bird
Dodo Bird

The Dodo Bird is a flightless bird that has been extinct since the 1700's. Some experts state the extinction actually occurred in the late 1600's. The Dodo Bird was not afraid of humans. This helped contribute to the species extinction. The Dodo bird is one of the most commonly known extinct animals among people.

The Dodo bird meat was said to be tough, but with good flavor. It is closely related to the modern pigeon . Image Credits: (WikiPedia)



Jan 22, 2010 1:42am
I only knew about the DODO bird & Dinosaurs and some elephants...it was nice to read this piece of information. Will ask my friends also....lets see how much they know..
Jan 29, 2010 12:10pm
Great article and a very fine collection of images!
Feb 15, 2010 11:20pm
Love the pictures!
Feb 23, 2010 10:30pm
Mar 8, 2010 3:35pm
Soon there will be a lot more animals added to this list unfortunately.
Apr 14, 2010 7:07am
Very good article. Like Millie says sadly, many more to follow. :(
Apr 15, 2010 2:23am
Someday,we cannot see wild animals again. In my country, there is only dozen tigers in jungle.
Apr 15, 2010 11:53pm
Excellent article...sad to think about the loss of so many animals.
Apr 16, 2010 8:47am
I agree that this article is an excellent one. It will surely serve as an eye opener to all people out there. Thank you.
Apr 29, 2010 11:14pm
i'm interested on tiger species
May 30, 2010 3:49pm
Well Tigers are going extinct. In my country, we just have few thousands now. Hope my little one remains lucky enough to see them at least in a National Park!
Jun 5, 2010 7:43am
Great job on this article and super pics ;)
Jun 6, 2010 12:57pm
Did not know all that very interesting!
Jun 18, 2010 6:38pm
Very interesting. Unfortunate that these magnificent animals are now extinct.
Jul 11, 2010 12:06am
This was a really cool article.
Jul 16, 2010 8:36pm
good article that leaves me somewhat sad.
Jul 28, 2010 12:25am
Very good article w/ great pics. So sad to see that we can never see those animals ever again. What is also sad is how many species are endangered now.
Aug 9, 2010 7:54am
Good article.
Aug 9, 2010 5:41pm
very interesting and always sad when an animal becomes extinct.
Sep 14, 2010 6:18am
Great article
Sep 14, 2010 10:59am
that quagga looks straight up weird
Sep 18, 2010 11:26pm
The Spammers sure like this article lol
Sep 19, 2010 10:31am
Hey, they know quality!

Never heard of the quagga, what a bizarre creature.
Sep 20, 2010 3:24am
lol. Thanks AJ!

I am working on a new article and some of the animals on it make the Quagga look like a friendly house pet.
Oct 19, 2010 10:47pm
Great article, may have to be updated after the gulf oil spill. many more could be added. Good job BP.
Oct 25, 2010 8:17am
Some crazy looking animals in there and too bad they are now extinct but it seems for each animal there is a close relative to them still alive in the animal kingdom.
Nov 4, 2010 4:42am
Awesome! You know the way to my heart.
Nov 4, 2010 8:30pm
This is a great article. I wrote an article a couple of years ago about the Tasmanian Tiger. Some people who live on Tasmania believe that there are still a few left, though no real evidence has been brought forth. They really were cool animals with the face of a dog/wolf, the stripes of a tiger, and a pouch! Anyway...really cool article and great information. It's good for people to know that animals are really disappearing in our time!
Nov 27, 2010 5:06am
I also have read about people that swear they see them occasionally. It seems like UFO sightings.
Nov 25, 2010 8:52am
i know some of these animals i know there was a complete write up bout dodo birds when i was in grade school
Jan 12, 2011 1:18pm
Gotta love learning about animals from the past, even just a few thousand years ago. Really puts my view on life in perspective. Just because we see the world a certain way now doesn't mean it is by any means permanent.
Jan 26, 2011 6:31pm
Ernie, you make history fun to read like National Geographic....awesome articles and pictures!!
Jan 30, 2011 11:52pm
Thanks you for the nice comment. I love National Geographic and wish i could write and take photos at that level.

On a side note this article has a Google Page Rank of 2...thats pretty cool.
Mar 3, 2011 9:42am
great article- i particularly liked the quagga- what a name and what a beast
Apr 27, 2011 8:29pm
Unfortunately the list is going to continue to grow with there now being 7 billion people on the earth and we gained 5 billion of those people in 200 years. It took 195,000 years to gain the first billion. Poor animals lets help them.
Aug 23, 2012 1:14pm
As an animal enthusiast ave great appreciation for the article that reminds us that lots of spceis are endangered--And, actually the American bison is fundamnetally extinct in term of its freedom. Anway two thumbs up
Dec 13, 2012 6:27am
Very informative article.Nature will one day revenge for the killing of the Siberian tigers by the army.Why? They had no love for nature,flora and fauna.
Jan 20, 2013 10:08am
I think within the past few years there has been evidence developed to support that the Tasmanian Wolf may still be living. I hope so.
Jan 20, 2013 2:15pm
Great article!
Feb 3, 2013 6:36am
Brilliant article and collection of photos. The worst thing is we will lose more and more. So we all need to keep taking great photos so our children will still be able to see what was here on this once wonderful planet.
Jun 11, 2013 8:33pm
Great article, very informative and condemning of humanity's destructive powers
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