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 identiCaspian Tigercal. 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 Tigerextinct 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.

EurasiaEurasian Cave Lionn 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 BirdDodo 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)