14 noteworthy creatures that went extinct in the last 60 years
1. Galapagos Island Tortoise – 2012
Lonely Gorge, the last representative of its kind was found dead in the Galapagos National Park, where he lived. Although exact age isn’t known, scientists believe that he was more than 100 years old.
2. Yangtze River Dolphin – 2006
Officially announced extinct in 2006. A photo was taken of a similar creature in 2007. Despite the fact that Yangtze river dolphin is still considered to be extinct, there may be one or two representatives of the species still alive.
3. Western Black Rhino – 2011
These rhinos became a victim of poachers. Even strict laws were unable to stop poachers and Western Black Rhino went extinct.
4. Caribbean monk seal – 2008
Although the last representative of the Caribbean monk seal was observed in 1952, but they were officially declared extinct in 2008. The seals were hunted for the oil in 18-19 centuries. Monk seals weren’t aggressive and were afraid of people. According to the zoo’s owner (20th century), who held a number of Caribbean monk seals, Seals were spitting the water on visitors, if they approached them too close.
5. Ivory-billed Woodpecker – 1994
Almost two decades ago, Ivory-billed Woodpecker was announced extinct. However, there are sources saying that these birds were spotted recently. The sources report that Ivory-billed Woodpeckers emmett really exclusive sounds. Despite that, Ivory-billed Woodpecker is still considered extinct.
6. Alaotra Grabe – 2010
A small diving duck lived in one of Madagascar’s lakes. Predatory fish brought by people exterminated them.
7. The Dusky Seaside Sparrow – 1987
One of the reasons these birds went extinct was pesticides. The second reason was that their natural habitat was destroyed. NASA built a cosmic research center in their living area.
8. Mexican Grizzly – 1964
Those grizzlies were exterminated by farmers because Mexican Grizzlies were hunting domestic animals.
9. Javan tiger – 1994
Javan tigers lived in Indonesia. They disappeared when their living land was converted to farms. The last know tiger was shot at Java island mountains in 1984.
10. Saint Helena earwig – 1967
Scientists haven’t declared Saint Helena earwing as extinct, but this insect was last spotted alive in 1967. No one has reported seeing it since then.
11. Japanese sea lion – 1974
These sea lions were hunted intensively and they lost their natural habitat during WW II. One young Japanese sea lion was caught in 1974, but scientists were unable to find any more of them since then.
12. Pyrenean ibex – 2000
The last known representative has died 200 years ago when a tree fell on him. The scientists in 2009 used DNR samples to clone the ibex. It was unsuccessful attempt – the Pyrenean ibex died from lung problems days later.
13. Gastric-brooding frog – 1983
This frog from Australia swallowed its eggs and gave birth to fully developed little frogs from the mouth. The last known representative died at laboratory in 1983.
14. Golden toad – 1989
Scientist are not sure why these frogs went extinct. One popular theory is the climate change and pollution.