HomeLatest ThreadsGreatest ThreadsForums & GroupsMy SubscriptionsMy Posts
DU Home » Latest Threads » Forums & Groups » Topics » Environment & Energy » Environment & Energy (Group) » 17 Animals That Became Ex...
Introducing Discussionist: A new forum by the creators of DU

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 09:56 PM

17 Animals That Became Extinct In Our Lifetime

1. Pinta Island Tortoise, June 24, 2012

The last of his kind, Lonesome George died this weekend in his pen at a research facility. His exact age isn't known, but he was estimated to be over 100.

2. Baiji or Yangtze River Dolphin, 2006

Declared extinct in 2006, a video of what appeared to be a baiji dolphin was taken in 2007. The species is still considered "functionally extinct", meaning that if there is only one of a few old creatures alive, no new ones will be born.

3. Western Black Rhinoceros, 2011

A subspecies of the black rhino that lived mainly in Cameroon, the western black rhino was a victim of rampant poaching, even after protections were issued in the 1930s. Scientists searched for any signs in 2006 and came up empty, and it was offically declared extinct in 2011. The other 3 remaining subspecies of black rhinos are also critically endangered.

http://www.buzzfeed.com/katienotopoulos/17-animals-that-became-extinct-in-our-lifetime

9 replies, 1970 views

Reply to this thread

Back to top Alert abuse

Always highlight: 10 newest replies | Replies posted after I mark a forum
Replies to this discussion thread
Arrow 9 replies Author Time Post
Reply 17 Animals That Became Extinct In Our Lifetime (Original post)
XemaSab Jun 2012 OP
arcane1 Jun 2012 #1
SoutherDem Jun 2012 #2
libinnyandia Jun 2012 #3
alittlelark Jun 2012 #4
flamingdem Jun 2012 #9
Odin2005 Jun 2012 #5
NRaleighLiberal Jun 2012 #6
NRaleighLiberal Jun 2012 #7
Spitfire of ATJ Jun 2012 #8

Response to XemaSab (Original post)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 09:58 PM

1. You know what else happened in my lifetime?

The global human population literally doubled

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to XemaSab (Original post)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 10:02 PM

2. I read that Lonesome George died this week

I felt this was very sad. But, what was even more sad were those who said "who cares".

I hate to hear of any animal becoming extinct, I know sometimes this happen from natural selection but we human have left out mark on this planet in a way that is criminal.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to SoutherDem (Reply #2)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 10:10 PM

3. I was a little disappointed that the author of the article was happy about the extinction of the

St. Helena Earwig. Every species that is lost makes this world a sadder place. Exept for right wing Republicans, who I would hope would evolve into leftists.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to XemaSab (Original post)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 10:43 PM

4. I met Lonesome George 19 years ago in the Galapagos

I know we have pics of our meeting somewhere in the piles of photos we need to go through and separate.

He seemed sad (but then most tortoises do).

Farewell.



Sadly, I think that # of 17 (of 'interest') will be multiplied MANY times over in my lifetime at a more rapid rate..

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to alittlelark (Reply #4)

Thu Jun 28, 2012, 09:50 AM

9. Awesome.

I want to go there someday.

So long George

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to XemaSab (Original post)

Wed Jun 27, 2012, 11:58 PM

5. The Ivorybill is still alive!

They found one a couple years ago!

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to Odin2005 (Reply #5)

Thu Jun 28, 2012, 12:10 AM

6. maybe...it's become very controversial - loads of stuff on line about it.

I am hoping so - but just don't know after reading everything that is out there.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to XemaSab (Original post)

Thu Jun 28, 2012, 12:11 AM

7. Bachmann's Warbler will likely be on the list as well - long time since one has been seen.

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink


Response to XemaSab (Original post)

Thu Jun 28, 2012, 02:11 AM

8. One of my tissue samples they took out of me that broke out of the lab

Well,....I ASSUME it's not still running around out there....

Reply to this post

Back to top Alert abuse Link here Permalink

Reply to this thread