6 Extinct Animals that are lost and never seen in past 100 years
Major extinction events are nothing new for the planet. Nearly 20,000 species are at high risk. In last 100 years, we have lost an incredible variety of species. These species cannot be seen now. Scientists say we are in the middle of the sixth great extinction and this one, unlike those that happened millions of years ago, is driven largely by the activities of humans.
1. West African Black Rhino
The West African Black Rhino is the subspecies of black rhino that was declared extinct in 2011. An extensive survey in 2006 did not find any signs of living West African Black Rhino.
The Quagga is the subspecies of common plain zebra and it is also a native of South Africa. Quagga was hunted from his hide and killed by ranchers. The last known Quagga died in Amsterdam Zoo in 1983.
3. Pyrenean Ibex
Pyrenean Ibex was the subspecies of Iberian wild goat that went extinct in 2000. However, a cloned ibex, created from skin samples taken from the last Pyrenean Ibex, was birthed in 2009. It dies shortly after birth from lung complications. The last Pyrenean Ibex died in 2000.
4. Pinta Island Tortoise
The Pinta Island Tortoise has long been considered extinct in the wild. The last known member of the species was found in 1972. Last survivor died in 2012.
5. Zanzibar Leopard
Zanzibar is the subspecies of Leopard. The Zanzibar leopard made its home on the Zanzibar archipelago of Tanzania. This large cat is technically extinct in 2008 and there are occasional unconfirmed sighting.
6. Tasmanian Tiger
Thylacines were the largest modern carnivorous marsupial. Due to their stripes they were known as Tasmanian Tiger. Thylacines were declared a protected species in 1936, the same year the last known specimen died.
Author: Piyush Rishi
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