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Which animal species went extinct in the year you were born?

Posted by Louis Doré in news
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A recent report showed lion numbers in parts of Africa will halve if major conservation efforts aren't made.

Based on the study, the authors recommend that the lion be regionally uplifted to ‘endangered’ in central and east Africa, where they are currently listed as ‘vulnerable’ on the IUCN Red List of threatened species.

Using data given to us by the IUCN and other sources, we have compiled a list of animals, now either critically endangered or extinct, by the year in which they were last seen, or a species was collected.

Simply scroll to the year you were born in to find your birthday animal.

(Note: Some years are without species either due to insufficient data or to being to close to the current date)

1900: Navassa curly-tailed lizard (Leiocephalus eremitus)
1901: Greater ʻamakihi (Viridonia sagittirostris)
1902: Rocky Mountain locust (Melanoplus spretus)
1903: Agelanthus rondensis
1904: Choiseul pigeon (Microgoura meeki)
1905: Honshu Wolf (Canis lupus hodophilax)
1906: Chatham bellbird (Anthornis melanocephala)
1907: Nendo tube-nosed fruit bat (Nyctimene sanctacrucis)
1908: Sitalcicus gardineri
1909: Tarpan (Equus ferus ferus)
1910: Slender-billed grackle (Quiscalus palustris)
1911: Newfoundland wolf (Canis lupus beothucus)
1912: Cape Verde giant skink (Macroscincus coctei)
1913: Partulina montagui
1914: Passenger pigeon(Ectopistes migratorius)
1915: Somatogyrus crassilabris
1916: British sea eagle (Haliaeetus albicilla) (Note: this species has since been reintroduced)
1917: No known species
1918: Carolina parakeet (Conuropsis carolinensis)
1919: No known species
1920: Lāna'i hookbill (Dysmorodrepanis munroi)
1921: No known species
1922: Zulu ambush katydid (Peringueyella zulu)
1923: Kerr's noctuid moth (Agrotis kerri)
1924: California grizzly bear (Ursus arctos californicus)
1925: Kenai Peninsula wolf (Canis lupus alces)
1926: Anthony's woodrat (Neotoma anthonyi)
1927: Paradise Parrot (Psephotellus pulcherrimus)
1928: Guadeloupe ameiva (Ameiva cineracea)
1929: Levuana moth (Levuana iridescens)
1930: Vanikoro flying fox (Pteropus tuberculatus)
1931: Pemberton's deer mouse (Peromyscus pembertoni)
1932: Culebra Island giant anole (Anolis roosevelti)
1933: Pseudophilautus eximius
1934: Morogoro Monkey Grasshopper (Chromomastax movogovodia)
1935: Desert rat-kangaroo (Caloprymnus campestris)
1936: Tasmanian tiger (Thylacinus cynocephalus)
1937: Bali tiger (Panthera tigris balica)
1938: Schomburgk's deer (Rucervus schomburgki)
1939: New Caledonian nightjar (Eurostopodus exul)
1940: Cascade mountain wolf (Canis lupus fuscus)
1941: Melanoides agglutinans
1942: Barbary lion (Panthera leo leo)
1943: Desert bandicoot (Perameles eremiana)
1944: Laysan crake (Zapornia palmeri)
1945: Wake Island rail (Gallirallus wakensis)
1946: No known species
1947: Pseudophilautus zal
1948: Akstafa Spring Roach (Pseudophoxinus sojuchbulagi)
1949: Zuniga's Dark Rice Rat (Melanomys zunigae)
1950: Canary Islands oystercatcher (Haematopus meadewaldoi)
1951: Spirobolellus simplex
1952: Caribbean monk seal (Neomonachus tropicalis)
1953: Mlingano Monkey grasshopper (Euschmidtia bidens)
1954: Burtt's Monkey grasshopper (Euschmidtia burtti)
1955: Deepwater cisco (Coregonus johannae)
1956: Imperial woodpecker (Campephilus imperialis)
1957: Scioto madtom (Noturus trautmani)
1958: Sandhills crayfish (Procambarus angustatus)
1959: Pallid beach mouse (Peromyscus polionotus decoloratus)
1960: Candango mouse (Juscelinomys candango)
1961: Dryophthorus distinguendus
1962: Red-bellied gracile opossum (Cryptonanus ignitus)
1963: Kākāwahie (Paroreomyza flammea)
1964: Mexican grizzly bear (Ursus arctos)
1965: Durango shiner (Notropis aulidion)
1966: Arabian ostrich (Struthio camelus syriacus)
1967: Guam flying fox (Pteropus tokudae)
1968: White Spring Cave crayfish (Cambarus veitchorum)
1969: Blackfin cisco (Coregonus nigripinnis)
1970: Caspian tiger (Panthera tigris ssp. virgata)
1971: Lake Pedder earthworm (Hypolimnus pedderensis)
1972: Lord Howe long-eared bat (Nyctophilus howensis)
1973: Peppered tree frog (Litoria piperata)
1974: Japanese sea lion (Zalophus japonicus)
1975: Round Island burrowing boa (Bolyeria multocarinata)
1976: Wimmer's shrew (Crocidura wimmeri)
1977: Colombian grebe (Podiceps andinus)
1978: Aquatic salamander (Pseudoeurycea aquatica)
1979: Javan tiger (Panthera tigris sondaica)
1980: Blue-eyed aquatic treefrog (Plectrohyla cyanomma)
1981: Southern gastric brooding frog (Rheobatrachus silus)
1982: Madagascar red-necked grebe Tachybaptus rufolavatus
1983: Formosan clouded leopard (Neofelis nebulosa brachyura)
1984: Morona-Santiago stubfoot toad (Atelopus halihelos )
1985: Christmas Island shrew (Crocidura trichura)
1986: San Quintin kangaroo rat (Dipodomys gravipes)
1987: Kauaʻi ʻōʻō (Moho braccatus)
1988: Socorro sowbug (Thermosphaeroma thermophilum)
1989: Golden toad (Incilius periglenes)
1990: Scarlet harlequin toad (Atelopus sorianoi)
1991: Angel Island mouse (Peromyscus guardia)
1992: Aru flying fox (Pteropus aruensis)
1993: Monito skink (Spondylurus monitae)
1994: Danube delta dwarf goby (Knipowitschia cameliae)
1995: Sardohoratia sulcata
1996: Atelopus petersi
1997: Pantanodon sp. nov. 'Manombo'
1998: Chapman's pygmy chameleon (Rhampholeon chapmanorum)
1999: Thorius minydemus
2000: Pyrenean ibex (Capra pyrenaica pyrenaica)
2001: Central rock rat (Zyzomys pedunculatus)
2002: Yangtze River dolphin (Lipotes vexillifer)
2003: Chinese paddlefish (Psephurus gladius)
2004: Kihansi spray toad (Nectophrynoides asperginis)
2005: Selmunett wall lizard (Podarcis filfolensis kieselbachi)
2006: Western black rhinoceros (Diceros bicornis longipes)
2007: Plectostoma charasense
2008: Pseudophoxinus syriacus
2009: Christmas Island pipistrelle (Pipistrellus murrayi)
2010: Vietnamese Javan rhinoceros (Rhinoceros sondaicus)
2011: No species yet known
2012: Pinta Island tortoise (Chelonoidis nigra abingdonii)
2013: No species yet known
2014: No species yet known
2015: No species yet known

Note: These species are either categorised as critically endangered without sighting for a prolonged period, or are extinct. The corresponding year correlates to the last recorded collection or documented sighting of the species.

Data is taken primarily from IUCN red list, to donate to the IUCN click here.


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