Majestic Animals Gone Extinct and Why

Tasmanian Tiger

New genetic analysis suggests this species had been on the decline for millennia before humans arrived to drive them to extinction. The Tasmanian tiger, also known as the thylacine, was unique. … Sadly it was hunted to extinction in the wild, and the last known Tasmanian tiger died in captivity in 1936.

Mexican Grizzly Bear

Because the bears hunted the cattle from time to time, they were considered a pest by farmers. The Mexican grizzly bear was trapped, shot and poisoned and had already become scarce by the 1930s. … By 1964 the Mexican grizzly bear was regarded as extinct.

Zanzibar Leopard 

Extinct due to persecution by local hunters. Increasing conflict between people and leopards in the 20th century led to the demonization of the Zanzibar leopard and determined attempts to exterminate it.


The quagga’s extinction is generally attributed to the “ruthless hunting”, and even “planned extermination” by colonists.

Unfortunately one day, your grandchildren may open their science textbooks and read about elephants, tigers, and lions as majestic, extinct creatures that once roamed the Earth like woolly mammoths and Triceratops.

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