The Living Planet Index, produced for WWF by the Zoological Society of London, uses data on 16,704 populations of mammals, birds, fish, reptiles and amphibians, representing more than 4,000 species, to track the decline of wildlife. Wandering albatross: The bird was hunted to extinction by sailors and their domesticated animals, and invasive species. Now, according to a new review of research about Earth's biodiversity, it's giving conservationists hope that new technology can slow extinctions.
Giant pandas in China and otters in the UK have also been doing well. Where it roamed: E xtinct since 2000, the Pyrenean ibex - a subspecies of the Spanish ibex - was once common to the Pyrenees but its population fell sharply in the 19th and 20th centuries. The Tasmanian devil is still found on the island, but is endangered.
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The last known specimen died in Hobart Zoo in 1936. She says that people can vote for policies that lessen the impact of climate change, which is hitting the oceans particularly hard by raising the water's pH and dissolving the shells of many marine animals.10 Most Recent Extinct Animals With Rare Videos
Whale sharks: To calculate the rate of extinction before modern humans evolved, about 200,000 years ago, Pimm and his colleagues reviewed data from fossil records and noted when species disappeared, then used statistical modeling to fill in holes in the record. It finds that the vast and growing consumption of food and resources by the global population is destroying the web of life, billions of years in the making, upon which human society ultimately depends for clean air, water and everything else.
Animal extinctions may be caused by natural occurrences such as climatic heating or cooling or changes in sea levels. Named after George Steller, a naturalist who discovered the creature in 1741, Stellers Sea Cow was a large herbivorous mammal.
Style Book. Populations are declining rapidly, driven largely by accidental catches in long line fisheries. The biggest cause of wildlife losses is the destruction of natural habitats, much of it to create farmland.
The Woolly Mammoth eventually disappeared 10,000 years ago through a combination of hunting by humans and the disappearance of its habitat through climate change. The Passenger Pigeon died out in the wild by around 1900, with the last known individual dying in captivity in 1914. Once the most widespread of Asian rhinoceroses, the Javan Rhinoceros ranged from the islands of Indonesia, throughout Southeast Asia, and into India and China. The razing of forests in South America is driving the decline of this big cat, which prefers to live in dense jungle.