Sharing a planet has turned out to be more difficult than we, as a species, could have anticipated. Sure, we don't want to have any problems with our animal neighbors, but the changes humanity has made to the environment, deliberate or otherwise, have made it impossible for some animals to survive, leading to their extinction. Here's ten animals that have sadly gone the way of the dodo in the last century.
10 California Grizzly Bear, 1924
9 Newfoundland Wolf, 1930
8 Tasmanian Tiger, 1936
7 Bali Tiger, 1940s
6 Guam Flying Fox, 1968
5 Cuban Ivory-Billed Woodpecker, 1990
4 Jamaican Giant Galliwasp , 1996
3 Zanzibar Leopard, 1996
2 Baiji, 2006
1 Pyrenean Ibex, 2000 & 2009
Most species don't get the chance to go extinct twice. The Pyrenean Ibex's extinction is something of a mystery, with possible causes ranging from an inability to compete with other species for food to climactic conditions. Whatever the cause, the extinction of the ibex caused great ire amongst Spanish conservationists, who felt that the government had not acted fast enough to save it, citing that a conservation plan was not put into place until 1993, when there were only an estimated ten surviving Pyrenean Ibexes. It was declared extinct in 2000, but scientists had harvested samples from Celia, the last Pyrenean Ibex, shortly before her death, which were frozen in liquid nitrogen. Using DNA from these samples, scientists were able to clone a female Pyrenean Ibex in 2009. However, the freshly cloned ibex died shortly after birth, due to lung defects. But scientists remain hopeful that as our knowledge and technology advances, so too will our ability to restore extinct and endangered animal populations.
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