Extinct animals are added to the death toll every week. It is a human disgrace. And if you are a nature lover like me, we get involved. Learn about the situation, and act accordingly, it does not have to cost a bundle. We also wrote about that here: Helping endangered animals? We can still save lots of species.
Sorry for the blunt statement, but we want to travel the globe more than ever says the stats and we want to see beautiful whales, sharks, panthers, trees, and plants and hear a bird sing a song for you and your children. An example of species improvement is the white rhino in Africa, which as a species is on the rebound. You can also read about the impact on the environment of tourism here. Spoiler alert, it is not all bad.
Any species of animals have gone extinct throughout Earth’s history due to natural causes or human activities. Here are a few notable examples of extinct animal species:
Dodo (Raphus cucullatus): The dodo was a flightless bird endemic to the island of Mauritius. It became extinct in the late 17th century, less than a century after humans discovered the island. Habitat destruction, hunting, and introduced species were major factors in its extinction.
Tasmanian Tiger or Thylacine (Thylacinus cynocephalus): The thylacine was a carnivorous marsupial native to Tasmania, Australia, and New Guinea. It was declared extinct in the early 20th century due to hunting, habitat loss, and disease.
Passenger Pigeon (Ectopistes migratorius): The passenger pigeon was once one of the most abundant bird species in North America. The last individual, named Martha, died in captivity in 1914. Habitat destruction, hunting, and commercial exploitation led to its extinction.
Quagga (Equus quagga quagga): The quagga was a subspecies of plains zebra native to South Africa. The last wild individual was seen in the late 19th century, and the last captive quagga died in 1883. Excessive hunting for its meat and hide led to its extinction.
Pyrenean Ibex (Capra pyrenaica pyrenaica): The Pyrenean ibex, or bucardo, was a subspecies of the Iberian ibex found in the Pyrenees mountains of Spain and France. It became extinct in 2000 but gained a brief moment of hope as scientists cloned a female ibex named Celia in 2003, making it the first extinct species to be cloned. However, Celia died shortly after birth.
These are just a few examples, and sadly, many more animal species have been lost to extinction. The extinction of species highlights the importance of conservation efforts and the need to protect and preserve endangered species to prevent further losses.