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Recent Extinctions
Now, if you do not know what 'extinct' means, I'll tell you: It means that this species of animal no longer exists on this planet. In other words, this breed of animal has all died out. Some people say, "That's impossible!" alright, if that's what you think we can prove you WRONG! Below, we will make a list of recent extinctions, what they were, when they became extinct, and why they did.

The Golden Toad, Incilius periglenes
The Golden Toad was actually a pretty common species of toad on one of the high altitude ridges in Monteverde, Costa Rica. However, no specimens were found since 1989. The last time it was known to breed normally was in 1987. Its extinction was caused by the overwhelming amount of airborne pollution and the extreme change in temperature known as global warming. It was officially confirmed to be extinct in 2007.
http://www.cosmosmagazine.com/files/imagecache/news/files/20070507_frog.jpg
http://www.cosmosmagazine.com/files/imagecache/news/files/20070507_frog.jpg


The Baiji Dolphin, Lipotes vexillifer
This dolphin is actually functionally extinct which means that although there are SOME dolphins left, there aren't enough for the dolphins to mate and save the species. The animals are doomed. *Functionally extinct in 2006*

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/5/5e/Lipotes_vexillifer.png
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/5/5e/Lipotes_vexillifer.png


Pyrenean Ibex, Capra pyrenaica pyrenaica
The Pyrenean Ibex was a subspecies of the Spanish Ibex. The last Pyrenean Ibex died in January 2000.
http://sciencegnus.com/spanish_ibex.jpg
http://sciencegnus.com/spanish_ibex.jpg


Spix's Macaw, Cyanopsitta spixii
The Spix's Macaw was native to Brazil and the last wild one disappeared during the year 2000. There were more found, but they were all in captivity. It became extinct because of the loss of its habitat withous a chance to find a new one. It was also trapped and hunted for trade. *Officially extinct in 2004*
http://www.parrotsinternational.com/Images/Photos/Spix%27s_Macaw_Habitat/Spix-Tree-3_web.jpg
http://www.parrotsinternational.com/Images/Photos/Spix%27s_Macaw_Habitat/Spix-Tree-3_web.jpg


Falkland Fox, Dusicyon australis
This species of fox was actually called a wolf for a very long time. Known as the Falkland wolf, it lived on the western end of the Falkland islands. It was hunted by U.S. fur traders and Scottish settlers on the Falkland Islands poisoned the foxes as a pest species. The last one was found dead in 1911.
http://retrieverman.files.wordpress.com/2009/03/warrah.jpg
http://retrieverman.files.wordpress.com/2009/03/warrah.jpg


Passenger Pigeon, Ectopistes Migratorius
This poor bird actually outnumbered all other species of bird before its extinction. It could easily fly at the speed of 60 miles per hour. The story of this pigeon's extinction is a sad one. In less than a century, the most common bird in North America was completely wiped out.
When the Europeans starting logging their homes and food sources, the Passenger Pigeons move around and around. Pretty soon, pigeoners tracked the nomadic colonies and killed them for their fatty squab. The last one disappeared in 1930. Scientists say that it died two years later.
http://www.damninteresting.net/content/passenger_pigeon_Martha.jpg
http://www.damninteresting.net/content/passenger_pigeon_Martha.jpg


Columbia Basin Pygmy Rabbit, Brachylagus idahoensis
This adorable rabbit was the smallest rabbit in North America. It became very threatened and so the government made a captive breeding program, but it failed. It died out in 2007.
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/photos/uncategorized/2009/02/03/bunneh.jpg
http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/photos/uncategorized/2009/02/03/bunneh.jpg


Tasmanian Tiger, Thylacinus cynocephalus
This animal was not a tiger, it was a marsupial that was carnivorous. It was hunted to extinction for money when the government gave bounties to people who killed the tigers in order to promote ranching. The extinction date is unknown because of different unconfirmed sightings in the same area.
http://www.allnewsweb.com/attachments/Image/Tasmanian_Tiger_Painting.jpg
http://www.allnewsweb.com/attachments/Image/Tasmanian_Tiger_Painting.jpg


Javan Tiger, Panthera tigris sondaica
This tiger is a majestic animal thought to be the second largest tiger in the world while it still "existed." Nobody knows when it went extinct because there are still unconfirmed sightings of the Javan Tiger in the area today, but scientists believe they died out in 1979.
http://s3.amazonaws.com/readers/2009/02/04/siberian_1.jpg
http://s3.amazonaws.com/readers/2009/02/04/siberian_1.jpg