Recently extinct animals

As humanity progresses, the rate that animals go extinct gets faster and faster. The effects of climate change, habitat destruction and even the extinction of other species have come together to create a positive feedback loop of extinction.

In this list we document the animals most recently erased by this process: Animal extinctions in the 21st Century. This is by no means an exhaustive list, but is instead meant to highlight particularly interesting extinctions.

Baiji

Baiji

The Baiji was a species of river dolphin in China. It lived exclusively in the Yahtzee river, and is thought to be the first dolphin species to have been completely eradicated by humans.

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Pyrenean ibex

Pyrenean ibex

The Pyrenean ibex was a type of Wild Goat from the Pyrenean mountains in southwestern Europe. It was known for its distinctive curved horns.

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Western black rhinoceros

Western black rhinoceros

The Western black rhinoceros was an extinct subspecies of black rhinoceros. It had distinctively longer legs and a square horn base in contrast to its cousins.

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Bramble Cay melomys

Bramble Cay melomys

The Bramble Cay melomys was an extinct Australian rodent. It lived only on one small coral island, Bramble Cay. This made it the most isolated mammal in Australia.

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