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Here Yesterday Gone Today: Extinctions of the Past 15 Years

By Frontiergap @FrontierGap

Here Yesterday Gone Today: Extinctions of the Past 15 Years

Here at Frontier we're all about conservation. It is well known that humans have been responsible for the destruction of habitat and reduction of natural habitat for many of earth's creatures. This, plus illegal pouching has driven many animals to the list of endangered species. What is less known is the amount of animals that have become extinct in recent years due to human activity. To give you a better clue of the animals we have recently lost, here is a list of 5 amazing animals that have become extinct in the last 15 years. The Zanzibar Leopard

Here Yesterday Gone Today: Extinctions of the Past 15 Years
A unique leopard distinctive to the Zanzibar archipelago of Tanzania, is thought to have evolved in isolation to the African leopard since the end of the ice age. It is believed to have become extinct in the 1990's after the launch of an extermination campaign which was even backed by the government. The intriguing reasoning for the extermination was that the leopards were kept by witches. Research in 1996 concluded that there were still leopards on the island but after further research in 2002, the Zanzibar leopard was declared extinct.

Black Rhino

You might remember this one. The Western Black Rhinoceros was only declared extinct in 2011. This subspecies of rhino was once widespread throughout the savannahs, but unfortunately due to poaching and hunting the black rhino hasn't been seen since 2006. The white rhino population has also dramatically declined since the 20th century. Like the Zanzibar leopard, myth has also played a part of the extinction of this mighty animal, with the rhino horn believed to have medicinal value in many Asian countries.

Here Yesterday Gone Today: Extinctions of the Past 15 Years
Golden Toad

Here Yesterday Gone Today: Extinctions of the Past 15 Years

The Golden toad was native to Costa Rica. Despite being only officially discovered in 1966, by 2004 it was declared extinct. But with a lifecycle of over 12 years perhaps there's still some hope that there's some Golden toads hiding somewhere.
The Formosan Clouded Leopard

Here Yesterday Gone Today: Extinctions of the Past 15 Years

Known to be an endemic to Taiwan, the Formosan clouded leopard was a subspecies of leopard and the second largest carnivore in Taiwan. After logging of the leopard's natural woodland habitat, it retreated to the Tawu mountains. After a 13 year quest that included 1,500 infrared cameras, in 2004 the Formosan clouded leopard was declared extinct.
The Baiji River Dolphin

Here Yesterday Gone Today: Extinctions of the Past 15 Years

In Chinese legend the Baiji dolphins were said to be reincarnations of drowned princesses. While this is probably not accurate, the myth did offer the dolphin's years of protection but as China's economy grew in the 70s its rare river dolphin population declined. This was due to a number of activities including; parts of the Yangtze riverbed being replaced with concrete, overfishing with bigger boats and the dolphins colliding with the boats propellers from noise pollution. In 1997 it was found that only 13 of the dolphins remained. The Baiji river dolphin was declared extinct in 2006 after an expedition failed to find one dolphin in the Yangtze River.
At present many animals are on the edge of extinction. To prevent history repeating itself and the so called 6th mass extinction continuing at such a rapid rate we must actively monitor animal populations and combat the decline of their environment. One of the most useful ways of achieving this is through wildlife and environmental conservation programmes. Find out more about Frontier's conservation projects and what you can do to help animals at the brink of extinction.

By Chris Commons - Online Media Intern

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Here Yesterday Gone Today: Extinctions of the Past 15 Years
Here Yesterday Gone Today: Extinctions of the Past 15 Years
Here Yesterday Gone Today: Extinctions of the Past 15 Years
Here Yesterday Gone Today: Extinctions of the Past 15 Years
Here Yesterday Gone Today: Extinctions of the Past 15 Years

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