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2 amazing animals that are extinct

When conservation of wildlife activities intensifies, many people only think of such measures as being unduly restrictive. The going into extinction by man’s indiscriminate hunting of the two species of animals – Quagga and Great Auk – has proved that when poaching and other illegal activities that cause loss of animal life are not controlled, some animals can go into extinction. In some cases, the habitats of these animals have been encroached upon destructively.

The Great Auk

great auk extinct animal

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Take an example of the Great Auk; it was a flightless bird which had a uniquely shaped beak and an attractive coloring of feathers. Even by taking a quick glimpse at the bird it is easy to note that it came from the family of penguins. It had its own season for laying eggs and was a giant bird with a length of 85 centimeters and a weight of 5 kilograms. One of the most disheartening estimates reveals that by the time this bird went into extinction in mid 19th Century, it had been hunted passionately by humans for a period of 100,000 years. But in the end, man managed to get rid of the last remaining offspring of this amazing bird. Some people hunted it merely for food while others hunted it for the very prestige that it offered people who managed to kill it.

Quaqqa

quagga extinct animal

Image credit: Flickr Recuerdos de Pandora

The other animal that is no longer on the planet due to the ugly uncontrolled hunting activities is the Quagga. This animal’s name is a Xhosa translation of the word Zebra. For sure, in appearance, it looked like a zebra. In fact, even when you look at zebras today you can come to appreciate that they have distinctive differences amongst themselves. Therefore, the Quagga was an animal that had stripes in the front part of the body – on the head and around the neck. But toward the other part of the body, the stripes were of a fading nature and widely spaced. On the legs, there were completely no stripes, and they were light colored. Due to the heavy hunting activities it also came to disappear just as the cave line.

   

10 Endangered Animals You Must Know About

According to the scientists and the discovered fossils, animals exists in the world since millions of years ago. Till now millions of the species are discovered, many are yet to be discovered and thousands of them are extinct now.

Nowadays, there are thousands of species of land, sea and flying animals that are endangered and very less individuals of these species are left because of hunting, deforestation, habitat loss or their low reproduction processes. Many of them are protected by the local governments or some international Zoos in the areas and environments specially designed for them.

In this post, we are going to list 10 beautiful and amazing endangered animals that are reducing day by day and we may not see them in near future.

Red Panda (Also known as the shining cat)

Red Panda

Image credit: Flickr photoverulam

Family: Ailuridae
Found in: India and China
Individuals left in the world: 10,000
Reasons: Deforestation

Blakiston’s Fish Owl

 Blakiston's Fish Owl

Image credit: Flickr Hiyashi Haka

Family: Strigidae
Found in: Japan & Russia
Individuals left in the world: 1000-2000
Reason: Less reproduction, hit by cars.

Markhor (A species of wild goat)

Markhor

Image credit: Flickr OZinOH

Family: Bovidae
Found in: Pakistan, Afghanistan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan
Individuals left in the world: Less than 2,500
Reasons: Hunting

Blue-headed Pitta

Blue-headed Pitta

Image credit: Flickr charles.leavell

Family: Pittidae
Found in: Brunei, Indonesia and Malaysia
Individuals left in the world: Unknown
Reasons: Habitat loss

Siberian Tiger or Amur Tiger

Siberian Tiger

Image credit: Flickr saucy_pan

Family: Pantherinae
Found in: Siberia, Russia
Individuals left in the world: Less then 500
Reasons: Hunting

Kakapo Parrot (The only species of flightless parrot)

Kakapo Parrot

Image credit: Flickr Kathrin Marks

Family: Strigopidae
Found in: New Zealand
Individuals left in the world: 126
Reasons: Limited Geographical Ranges

Diana Monkey

Diana Monkey

Image credit: Flickr Udo Schröter

Family: Cercopithecidae
Found in: Sierra Leone, Liberia and Cote d’Ivoire
Individuals left in the world: Unknown but reduced by 30% in last 30 years.
Reasons: Deforestation and Hunting

Fishing Cat

Fishing Cat

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Family: Felidae
Found in: Pakistan, India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka a
Individuals left in the world: Less than 10,000
Reasons: Habitat loss and limited geographical regions

Chinese Alligator

Chinese Alligator

Image credit: Flickr Keith T. Robinson

Family: Alligatoridae
Found in: China
Individuals left in the world: 300
Reasons: Hunting for food purposes

Red Siskin

Red Siskin

Image credit: Flickr Ornitologia Lodato

Family: Fringillidae
Found in: Guyana, Colombia & Venezuela
Individuals left in the world: Less than 12000
Reasons: Hunting and trapping for trade purpose

Hopefully you guys liked this post, we’ll try to gather some more endangered species of animals for our fans so we can guess how beautiful is our world and creation of the Creator and how we are destroying it with our hands.

ICUN is the international authority that can declare a species of animal/plant endangered based on their calculations. For more info, click here.