10 Animals Who Were Forced Into Extinction

For hundreds of years man has been the reason why some animals have become extinct. We relentlessly hunt animals to death even when they are protected. Some people poach animals; killing them to gain profit of some kind. (Ex. Elephant’s tusk or a gorilla’s hand.)

Sometimes an animal becomes extinct because it loses its habitat, but that happens because man has moved in and wants their space. We introduce new species into an area to kill a certain predator or to make sure we have fish to catch. Then the new animal takes over and many other species suffer. Pollution and climate change are the major reasons for extinction involving humans to some degree.

Here are ten examples of animals that have been driven to extinction by man:

1. Yangtze River Dolphin


Over 20 million years on the earth, this dolphin is the first of any whale or dolphin to become extinct. It lived in the Yangtze River in China, a fresh water river where the dolphin learned to adapt from the ocean. The last time they were studied was in the 1990s, and at that time, there were only 13 dolphins sighted. This time the study showed zero. Scientists believe that the cause of the dolphins’ extinction were from fishing nets with hooks that would snag the dolphins and drown them.

2. Meiolania


Also called the horned tortoise, these animals were of the mega fauna species, or animals of great size. This turtle was more than eight feet long. These turtles lived peacefully in Australia, New Caledonia, and Vanuatu. About 3,000 years ago, people known as Lapita, moved in and ate the legs of the giant turtle until nothing was left of them. The remains of the leg bones gave scientists a clear picture of why and when these animals became extinct.

3. Golden Toad


This little guy was a bright, shiny orange and would often be on posters to advertise the country where it was discovered – Costa Rica. There used to be thousands of the creatures, but in 1987, scientists counted only two females and seven males. The next year they saw one male, and by 2004, the species was listed as extinct. Weather conditions were given as the reason for the demise of the toad — El Nino to be exact. It caused the weather to be too dry to support the toad.

4. Quagga


Out of Africa comes this half horse half zebra. You could tell it apart from regular zebras because it had vivid stripes on the front part of the body, then they started to fade, and there were no stripes on the hindquarters. They became extinct before scientists could even decide what species they were. Their extinction came from man hunting them for their meat, hides, and to preserve grass and feed for domestic animals.

5. Thylacine


A terrifying looking animal, the Thylacine is sometimes called the Tasmanian wolf or just Tiger because of the stripes on its back. It was native to Australia and New Guinea and was the largest known carnivorous marsupial, growing to nine feet long. One reason why it looked so terrifying is because its jaw would open 120 degrees showing a mouth full of large sharp teeth. The Thylacine became extinct because there were sightings of the tiger killing domesticated livestock. Afterwards bounties were put on the animal, and also dingoes were introduced into the area as a companion hunter for man.

6. The Irish Elk


Sometimes called the Giant Deer, this is the largest deer that has ever lived. Obviously, it was famous for its size; seven feet tall at the shoulders, and its antlers measured 12 feet across from tip to tip. The animal’s remains have been carbon dated back to 5,700 BC. It is believed that the Irish elk was over hunted, which caused its extinction, but some say it was the antlers that restricted the movement of the males through the forested areas.

7. Caspian Tiger


This animal was the third largest of its entire species. This tiger was stocky and very long with strong legs, big wide paws and large claws. It had long, thick fur around its cheeks, and its coloring matched that of the Bengal tiger. During a huge land reclamation program, the Russian government decided to eliminate the Caspian tiger. The Russian army did a good job of exterminating this beautiful animal.

8. Great Auk


These auks were flightless penguins from the Atlantic. They were one of the largest auks standing about 30-34 inches high. They had white and glossy black feathers, and were once seen in huge numbers in the northern frigid areas. Records show that they were hunted to extinction in these places.

9. European Cave Lion


Paintings of this lion have been found in European caves telling stories about hunting practices where people used to hunt lions in teams. Scientists believe this lion species became extinct about ten thousand years ago. Its habitat was across Europe’s northern regions. This was, once again, a very large animal, weighing around 800 lbs. for a full-grown male. There are a number of factors as to what contributed to its extinction. Some say the lion was hunted to extinction. Others believe the prey they lived on became extinct. Still others say humans reduced their territory where they hunted.

10. Dodo Bird


Another flightless bird, but this one was related to pigeons and doves; birds that really do fly. There is a story that goes with the Dodo bird becoming extinct. All Dodos lived on the island of Mauritius in the Indian Ocean. Portuguese sailors landed on the shores in 1598. The birds had never been exposed to humans, so they were not afraid of them and greeted the sailors with ignorance. The sailors took this lack of fear as stupidity and so named the bird the Dodo (Portuguese for stupid). Many of the birds were killed by these sailors and the people who came to settle on the island. Wild pigs and dogs were introduced to the island and they, too contributed to the Dodo bird’s extinction. By 1681 there were no dodo birds left on the planet.

Today the Dodo Bird is still remembered as a symbol of the harm mankind can bring to the environment.

  • Sinister181

    Such a shame, indeed.

  • Ben

    People suck.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1596415385 Stephany Fofano

    I wish people din t kill animals

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1596415385 Stephany Fofano

    Animals don t deserve to die if people continue kiling animals it would be sad the world would soon become exthing of every different kind of animals that you can t buy to have a zoo or a aquarium I like zoo and Aquarium it becuase I like to see all different kind of animals I thought the Zoo and Aquaruim where suposse to help Animals to not have to worry about being killed by poachers or a army I wish people din t have to kill animals

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Edward-Mills/500239383%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20Edward Mills

    Animals are so tasty I wish I could have had some dodo bird.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_OKBHU66DIEC462VZA4TRUMKWJQ%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20Stanton

    I think we got it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1479303502 Diya Aja

    Soooo sad…human are monster!

  • Verbiden

    You lack credible information to back up your arguments, and also write poorly. When you look back at pre-history and turn speculation into fact you are committing logical fallacies. For those who disagree with me I would like to say that peoLe do suck, but that’s mainly due to stupidity.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Frank-Friedrich-Kling/1494107995%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20Frank Friedrich Kling

    No other life form on earth is more destructive to its environment than mankind.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Axelle-Sib/100001003352267%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20Axelle Sib

    i cant belive it !!!!! most of these animals are amazing humans destroy animals they destroy nature !! but the Quagga i think is not totaly extincted because once we went to this place and there was one and his name is tilly and she was adorable!!!!!!! but still HUMANS ARE MONSTERS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • http://twitter.com/techrsr%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20techrsr

    When there is a dominant species others are bound to go extinct. However, with humans, the intelligence gap has resulted in a very lopsided extinction pattern over the centuries. Every day a few more species (of animals, birds, insects) dwindle and every year more go extinct… so as biodiversity reduces, we will be challenged less and will degenerate.

  • http://www.facebook.com/stevan.w.pierce.jr%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20Stevan W Pierce Jr

    dipshit

  • Anonymous

    humans are monsters because they are killing nature. Nature is our home and humans is destroying our world badly.

  • Anonymous

    It’s true that we are very efficient at killing off most other life forms – except for bacteria, most viruses and other pathogens. The Black Death devastated our species on many occasions; as did the Influenza Great Epidemic after WWI. We joyfully and easily exterminate mammals and birds, amphibians and reptiles but Nature gets her revenge on Homo Stupidus Stupidus all the same.

  • http://www.facebook.com/andreia.lourenco3%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20Andreia Lourenço

    euq serbop siamina!!!!!!!!!!!! sodatioC!!!!! yrros

  • http://www.facebook.com/andreia.lourenco3%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20Andreia Lourenço

    Que vergonha! Até tenho vergonha, ao ver isto c a minha filhota e ter de lhe explicar que um animal se extinguiu pk os homens o caçaram até à morte do último de cada espécie. Espero que estes exemplos nos encham o coração com mais respeito pela natureza e que todos cheguemos à conclusão que não se deve estragar nem matar os seres vivos!!!!! Mas que pessoas têm o direito de matar seres vivos? Gostavam que vos fizessem o mesmo?

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/W3N6BSJTRIXSYBORYWF6GJT2A4%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20Gabe

    boo people. why are you destroying the earth? it’s our home and all the animals and plants.LET NATURE LIVE NOT KILL IT.->get up and save nature<-

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/W3N6BSJTRIXSYBORYWF6GJT2A4%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20Gabe

    me no happy,and a penguin!REALY?

  • http://www.facebook.com/sparrowsteeth%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20Billy Moon

    They would be if they could though

  • http://digg.com/users/OmegaWolf%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20Silver Fang

    Not to be pedantic, but great auks were not penguins.

  • Sahaam

    Fearless Dodo birds… DAMN YOU SAILORS AND PIGS AND DOGS!

  • Jessica Vitela

    It makes me sick to my stomach to think that my children & my childrens children will also be reading a list like this with our current indangered species after they become extinct. We are a selfish species.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1329871803 Anurag Verma

    the fact remains the same that they aren’t and as we have destroyed it so much, we should try to do our best to replenish it /

  • Sam

    Humans are DODO …LOL

  • Dunk

    I heard that the extinction of the irish elk was because of it’s antlers but not because they restricted it’s movement, but because deer shed their antlers each year and grow new ones. The changing environment reduced the amount of food the deer could find, and while the antlers were growing, the animals body took the extra calcium and other nutrients from the animals bones to build the antlers. The result was many male deer whose bones were too weak and brittle, causing deaths.

  • FlowerSunGodess_LOVE

    YOU FREAKS!!! YOU ARE ALL FREAKS!! DEVOTE YOUR LIVES TO PETA AND PUT A STOP TO THIS MADNESS! YOU FREAKS!!! WHY KILL ANIMALS!? WHY EAT THEM!? I CHOOSE TO WORSHIP THEM!!! YOU FREAKS!! GET YOUR MINDS OUT OF THE GUTTER!! YOU FREAKS!! DONATE YOUR LIFE SAVINGS TO PETA AND LIVE AMONST THE GLORIOUS ANIMALS! WORSHIP THEM!! SACRAFICE YOURSELF TO THEM!!!! YOU FREAAKSS!!! YOU FREAAAKKKSS!!! PETA!! PETAAA!! PEEETTTAAAAA!!!!!!! PEEEEETTTTTAAAAAAAAA!!!!!!!!!!

  • FlowerSunGodess_LOVE

    AMEN PRAISE PETA!!

  • FlowerSunGodess_LOVE

    PETTAAA DAMN YOUU! YOU FREAAK!!! IF I EVER GOT MY HANDS ON YOU I WOULD EAT YOU FREAAKK!! THAT SAYS ALOT SINCE I AM VEGETARIAN YOU FREAK! WHY ARE YOU SUCH A FREAK YOU FREAK!! PETA WILL FIND YOU!! FREAAKK!!! PETAA WILL KILL YOU!!! FREAAKK!!! PETTAAA YOU FREAAKK! PETTAAAA!!!

  • FlowerSunGodess_LOVE

    FREAK, PEOPLE ARE THE DUMBEST ANIMAL ON MOTHER EARTH! PETTAA!! YOU FREAK!! A RECENT STUDY SHOWS THE COMMON CHIMP IS AT MINIMUM THREE TIMES SMARTER THAN THE AVERAGE HUMAN!! YOU FREAK GET YOUR FACTS STRAIGHT!! PETAA!!! AN ANT IS UNIFIED WITH ITS FELLOW ANTS!! YOU FREAK! PRAISE THE ANTS!! PRAISE PETAA!!! YOU FREAAK!!!!

  • JH

    But were all too stuck up and lazy that we can’t even do that

  • JH

    Quite a lot of the time though it is humans that have forced animals into extinction, especially tigers

  • Anonymous

    Dodo bird tastes just like bald Eagle :)

  • Anonymous

    dodo tastes good

  • Anonymous

    yes!!!! PETA
    People Eating Tasty Animals!!!!

  • yousefzahid

    cryptids like tasmanian tigers were seen recently so maybe unofficially they maybe living

  • yousefzahid

    and humans can make clones cross breed them and one day they will get a real species

  • cain

    dodo birds would’ve died with the dino’s anyways

  • John Blanton

    Really? A common chimp did not event math,science,medicine,flight,space travel and so many other things. In fact no creature comes close. So may have similar neural pathways like our brains but they neither makes them smarter or more intelligent.
    Also I decided to look up your claim of chimps being smarter, just because. Guess what, they arent.

  • John Blanton

    Troll much?

  • John Blanton

    PETA kills more animals each year than most all animal shelters combined.

  • bink

    Geez PETA you always try to help but setting things like pets free doesn’t help. You are just killing the pets they needs us to help them

  • Anonymous

    since as you say Humans are monsters……please take the liberty of removing yourself from human race

  • Jay Walker

    Homo sapiens will become extinct very soon (in Geological terms). Just hope we leave sufficient DNA variants to allow Evolution to continue with some balance.

  • caber

    You have some real anger management issues, don’t you? All caps has really never helped anyone convey their message and your lack of ability to properly spell words, and even acronyms, only further reduces the chances your message will be well received. However, the part where you really win is where you go around and randomly call everyone a ‘freak’… you didn’t learn to play well with others, huh.

  • Anonymous

    And no one misses any of those species except the golden toad perhaps.

  • hamza

    ben is right

  • hamza

    i am a member of WWF

  • Alex

    A common chimp has no need to invent any of those things so why would it? Saying something isn’t intelligent because it hasn’t invented something is like saying the average human isn’t intelligent because it hasn’t invented something. Chimps use their intellect to solve problems related to their own needs. They don’t use it to make pointless things that in the end just destroy the environment.

  • Alex

    WWF are a con. They are run by hunt scum who have no qualm taking part in safari hunts in Africa of endangered species.

  • Alex

    The dinosaurs died out way before the dodo ever evolved.

  • Theodore Martin

    Are you a monster? Or is that everyone else except you. You have been brainwashed to loathe yourself.

  • Theodore Martin

    Just look around you. You really loathe yourself. Stop parroting what super educated liberals spew . Nothing lasts forever. Things will change in there own time. You wouldnt exist if good people didnt subdue nature. Be thankful for what youve got. Or at least think about what your claiming..

  • Theodore Martin

    Just look around you. You really loathe yourself. Stop parroting what super educated liberals spew . Nothing lasts forever. Things will change in there own time. You wouldnt exist if good people didnt subdue nature. Be thankful for what youve got. Or at least think about what your claiming..

  • Theodore Martin

    You are one miserable hateful sob. Too bad you werent married to OJ Simpson.

  • Theodore Martin

    You are one miserable hateful sob. Too bad you werent married to OJ Simpson.

  • Nick Kane

    I wish all humans would at least try take care of these animals. It really sucks to see that many rare animals are going extinct because of mankind. People, we need to preserve these animals!

  • McGrube

    Nazis I say.



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