Since creation, thousands of animals have become extinct. Africa has lost animals such as the Atlas Bear, the only bear species native to the continent. The continent has also lost other animal species such as the Malagasy aardvark, which was native to Madagascar, the North African elephant, and the Cape lion. Asia has also lost a fair share of animals. These include the cave lion, which was wiped out in 10,000 BC, the giant tapir, which was native to China, the Formosan clouded leopard, which became extinct in the 90s and the Vietnamese Javan rhinoceros, which became extinct recently in 2010.
Europe has also lost animal species such as the Balearic Islands Cave Goat, which was native to Spain, the Cretan Dwarf Hippopotamus, which became extinct in the middle Pleistocene, the Woolly Rhinoceros, which became extinct in 10,000 BC. America has also seen animal species such as the American lion, which also roamed Mexico and Canada, the Eurasian cave lion, the Mexican horse, and the Pleistocene North American jaguar get wiped out. All these amazing animals have been wiped out for a number of reasons. The main reason is always human encroachment into the animal’s habitat.
The other chief reason is the hunting and killing of the animals. Extinction of these creatures disrupts the food chain balance. Here are the 10 most amazing and beautiful extinct animals:
10 The Baiji Dolphin
9 The Caspian Tiger
7 The Tasmanian Tiger
6 The Gigantopithecus
4 The Irish Elk
2 Ivory-billed Woodpecker
1 Golden Toad
Before its extinction in 1989, the golden toad primarily existed in Monteverde, Costa Rica. As such, it also goes by the name golden toad of Monteverde. The last sighting of the golden toad was in 15 May 1989, and ever since, no other golden toad has been seen. Widespread habitat loss and the chytrid fungus are responsible for wiping out this amazing creature. They grew up to 5 cm long and their lifespan was not known. They featured a bright and shiny skin color. Jay Savage, the herpetologist who spotted them for the first time, was so mesmerized by their look that he thought someone had dipped them in enamel paint.
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