8 Extinct Animals We’ve Lost in the Past 150 Years

Thylacine (Tasmanian Tiger): Native to Tasmania, Australia, the thylacine was hunted to extinction for its perceived threat to livestock. The last known thylacine died in captivity in 1936.

Quagga: A subspecies of the plains zebra, the quagga was native to South Africa. It was hunted to extinction for its meat and hide by the late 19th century. The last quagga died in captivity in 1883.

Caribbean Monk Seal: Native to the Caribbean Sea and Gulf of Mexico, the Caribbean monk seal was driven to extinction due to overhunting by European settlers

Javan Tiger: Native to the Indonesian island of Java, the Javan tiger fell victim to habitat loss and hunting. The last confirmed sighting was in the mid-1970s

Great Auk: Found in the North Atlantic, particularly around Iceland, the great auk was hunted for its feathers, meat, and eggs. The last known pair was killed in 1844.

Bubal Hartebeest: Once widespread across North Africa and the Middle East, the bubal hartebeest was hunted to extinction for its meat and hide by the early 20th century.

Tecopa Pupfish: Endemic to Tecopa Hot Springs in California, USA, the Tecopa pupfish became extinct due to habitat destruction caused by human development.

Crescent Nailtail Wallaby: Native to Australia, the crescent nailtail wallaby was hunted to extinction for its fur. The last known individual was killed in the early 20th century.

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