Extinction is a natural process; a typical species used to become extinct within 10 million years of its first appearance on Earth, but these days, when the planet faces a number of serious problems such as overpopulation, pollution, climate change etc., the species loss is now occurring at a rate more than 1,000 times greater than it would be naturally. It is very difficult to know exactly when a given species disappears in the wilderness, but it is safe to say that thousands of animal species go extinct every single year. For today’s post, we took a look at recently extinct animals we miss the most. From to the Javan tiger and the Caribbean monk seal to the dodo, here are 25 Extinct Animals That We Are Sad To See Gone.
Once widespread on the island of Madagascar, the Malagasy hippopotamus was a close relative to modern hippopotamus, though it was much smaller. First estimates suggested the species died out as early as some 1,000 years ago, but new evidences have shown that these hippos might have lived as recently as in the 1970’s.
Known by many other names such as the Chinese river dolphin, Yangtze River dolphin, white-fin dolphin or Yangtze dolphin, the Baiji was a freshwater dolphin that lived in the Yangtze River in China. The Baiji´s population declined drastically by 1970’s as China made heavy use of the river for fishing, transportation, and hydroelectricity. The last known living Baiji called Qiqi died in 2002.
Eastern Hare Wallaby
Discovered in 1841, the Eastern Hare Wallaby is an extinct species of wallaby that was native to southeastern Australia. It was a small macropod, slightly larger and more slender than its surviving relative, the rufous hare-wallaby. The last known specimen of this species was a female collected in August 1889 in New South Wales.
Once commonly found on the Indonesian island of Java, the Javan tiger was a very small subspecies of tiger. During the 20th century, the population of the island increased multiple times, leading to a massive clearing of the forests that were converted into arable land and rice fields. Pollution and poaching also contributed to the loss of the species. The Javan tiger has been extinct since 1993.
Steller's Sea Cow
Steller’s sea cow is an extinct herbivorous marine mammal that was once abundant in the North Pacific Ocean. It was the largest member of the order Sirenia, which includes its closest living relative, the dugong and the manatees. Hunted for its meat, skin, and fat by fur traders, the Steller’s sea cow was hunted to extinction within just 27 years of its discovery.