7 animals that lived along with your grandparents but not with you

More and more animals are becoming extinct each day, due to hunting, destruction of habitat, pollution, and so on. In the past 100 years, a significant number of animals have become extinct and you will never get the chance of seeing one, no matter what you do. Take a moment and think about what animals your grandchildren will have the chance to see, and what is the legacy you give them.

The animals aren’t presented in a certain order, it’s quite random.

7. Japanese Sea Lion

japanese sea lion

Believed to be extinct since 1950, the Japanese Sea Lion lived in the coastal areas of the Japanese Archipelago and the Korean Peninsula. Weighing up to 450 to 560 kg and reaching lengths of 2.3 to 2.5 meters (the males; females were smalled), they preferred sandy open beaches, but they sometimes used rocky areas for breeding too. Harvest records from Japanese commercial fishermen in the early 1900s show that as many as 3,200 sea lions were harvested, and in total about 17.000 specimens were killed, enough to cause their extinction.

6. Desert Rat Kangaroo

It lived in the driest, hottest and most desolate environments in Central Australia, relying on its fantastic resistance and independance of water; in fact, it was so prepared that it even shunned the succulent plants of the sandhills. It was first sighted by Europeans in 1841 and was not seen again for 90 years. The last sighting was in 1935, which makes it quite a mysterious creature. They were able to travel enormous distances and high speeds, and they ‘paused only to die’.

5. Phantom shiner

phantom shiner
This elusive species of fish was once endemic to the Rio Grande basin and ranged from central New Mexico to southernmost Texas. Not too much information is available about them, and they were only spotted irregularly and only several times. The last known specimen was recorded in Mexico in 1975.

4. Labrador duck

labrador duck
The labrador duck was never common; it’s believed that this species of duck has been extinct since 1875. It’s also believed that it was the first bird to be extinct in North America sincer 1500. It was also called the Pied Duck and it fed on small molluscs. Its extinctions is quite a mystery, because it was not sought much by hunters. Still, humans are still probably responsable for its extinction as they caused the decline in mussels and other shellfish on which they are believed to have fed in their winter quarters, due to growth of population and industry on the Eastern Seaboard; this meant that the duck had no food left.

3. Quagga

The Quagga is a subspecies of the plains zebra which lived in great numbers in South Africa’s Cape Province and the southern part of the Orange Free State. It got this name as an onomatopoeia, being said to resemble its call. The quagga was the first extinct creature to have its DNA studied although the only live photographed member was the Regent’s Park Zoo mare in London.

2. Tasmanian Wolf

tasmanian wolf
It’s believed that the Tasmanian Wolf has been extinct for about 65 years. Despite its appearance and its popular name, this animal was not in fact a species of wolf, nor was it a dog, which it also resembled. It was actually a marsupial — the largest carnivorous marsupial in recent times — and was closely related to the kangaroo and the wombat. It’s extinction is attributed solely to human activities.

1. Caspian Tiger

caspian tiger
Caspian Tigers lived in China, Tajikistan, Iran, Afghanistan and Turkey, being the westernmost subspecies of tiger. It’s believed that they became extinct in the late 1950s, though there have been several alleged sightings of the tiger. Being the third largest species of tiger ever to walk the face of the Earth, it still couldn’t resist the massive hunting parties which killed them down, mostly for fur. The Russian government have worked heavily to eradicate the Caspian tiger during planning a huge land reclamation programme in the beginning of the 20th century. They considered there was no room for the tiger in their plans and so instructed the Russian army to exterminate all tigers found around the area of the Caspian Sea, a project that was carried out very efficiently. Three cheers for the Russian government.

66 thoughts on “7 animals that lived along with your grandparents but not with you

  1. Matt

    There never was such a thing as a Tasmanian Wolf. It was called a Tasmanian Tiger, as nearly every Australian was taught in school. You should check your facts before you publish articles of this nature.

  2. Terra Nullius

    2. It’s called a Tasmanian Tiger, not a Tasmanian Wolf. I think the more scientific name is Thylacine, or something like that.

  3. cmoremule

    while it is important to check your facts, the comments on the Tasmanian “Wolf” or “Tiger” de-emphasize the importance of the article here, which is that due to human activity many animals have become and are becoming extinct. I like this page!

  4. James

    Tasmanian Tiger could be called Tasmanian Wolf. Scientific name: Thylacinus cynocephalus (check URL above for pic/info)

  5. Jack

    Well, I want to call it a Tasmanian Duck!
    What about that, huuuh???

    It’s all arbitrary anyway, so what’s the point of quibbling over common names when everyone’s pretty clear as to what animal it’s talking about?

  6. Grismar

    The Tasmanian Tiger was also widely known as a Tasmanian Wolf, it was just a less common name for it. So perhaps some people need to check their facts before telling others to do so. For scientific accuracy common or colloquial naming doesn’t matter, since we can all agree on the scientific name of the animal.

    Frankly, I don’t think an extinct species cares a whole lot about what it’s being called, since it looks like it’s dead and gone forever one way or the other. In this particular case, all of the names came after the better part of the species had already been killed on the Australian mainland.

    That’s interesting in itself, since it shows it’s the impact of humans and whatever means they bring to the cause that renders species extinct. These people didn’t need rifles, pollution, deforestation or vehicles to waste an entire species and it goes to show that the only thing that can really prevent our destructive impact on the environment is a conscious effort to control ourselves.

  7. Amadeus

    And look at how much our world’s economy has suffered without them…. do you hear that? It’ the worlds smallest violin playing

  8. Joel

    The Russian government should never have killed these majestic animals. If any Caspian Tigers are found alive, I’m sure you won’t mind if they are relocated to your neighborhood so they have a better chance of survival.

  9. Anonymous

    I completely agree with Matt. There is no such creature as a Tasmanian Wolf. I bet even a quick Wikipedia check would have proved you wrong. It raises the question of just how accurate your “sources” are.

    References please.

  10. Bushidojoe

    I do not normally bother making comments but the trivial bantering above requires me too, Wolf/Tiger Who Cares the issue is extinction!

  11. retards that should be dead by now

    amadeus is retarded, just because the death of these animals doesn’t effect the world economy doesn’t make it less important. No matter how much money you make your still going to die and your life is no more important than any of these extinct animals were.

  12. Gary

    Just can’t let this go.

    Google “tasmanian tiger” site:.au = 9840
    Google “tasmanian wolf” site:.au = 274

    So in Australia it’s overwhelming called the Tasmanian Tiger.

    If a couple of thousand people outside America start calling the American Bald Eagle the Follically Challenged Eagle and someone updates a Wikapedia page to that effect – do you simply accept this digression or do you attempt to correct them and stop the spread of disinformation?

    I’d be interested in knowing where the term Tasmanian Wolf came from – was it used a century ago and dropped in favour of tiger, or is it a recent addition when someone incorrectly referred to it as a wolf due to a poor memory. If the latter, then we should be attempting to correct the error – not support it as a valid alternative name.

  13. Stu

    It looks like Wikipedia included the name “Tasmanian Wolf” in the inception of the article, but there are no references, and no one has challenged it. I also wonder where it came from, as that name is certainly not in common usage in Australia. I like to think of them as more of a tiger, even though they’re a marsupial. That’s how I grew up referring to them.

    Ahh, I miss the old Tasmanian tiger. They were delicious with soup, and their fur made the most divine ugg boots.

  14. MaverickCoast

    Gosh, and more and more species are being discovered all the time that we were not aware of.

  15. Nell

    Based on the information in this article it seems doubtful that the Desert Rat Kangaroo is actually extinct. It was only seen 2 times ever, 90 years apart?

    Seems much more likely that it’s just doing what it seems to do so well; hiding.

  16. Uwik

    i sadly to read such a thing, i suppose my next child will not be able to see orang utan, and Asean’s tiger again, cause its already begin to extinct in many areas, hope the policy makers more concern in our enviromental condition rather than their self arogance about it

  17. ¡¡ʞunɹp os ɯ,ı

    I’ve got to say, what made you Aussies think of this as a tiger? It clearly looks more like a wolf. Whats in a name though? I prefer the Tasmanian Dragonfish.

  18. catbox cannon

    many species just on MT.Kilimanjaro live nowhere else on earth but on that glacier…..that is now no longer there……..thanks to us.

  19. Deano of OZ

    It’s called a Tasmanian Tiger because they had Tiger like stripes on their back. Some Tassie folk still think they are out there….waiting. Beware the terror of Tassie.

  20. Vix

    It doesn’t matter what you call it; it’s dead anyway.

    And, yeah, it looks pretty canine to me, so I can see why some people would call it a wolf. But it doesn’t even exist anymore, kthx.

  21. Brandon killen

    its sad to know that humans are responsible for such extinct in animals. It just shows how disruptive we can be. In many ways humans have destroyed the world and has ridden of many animals, we will soon get rid of each other if we don’t do something about this damn o zone problem. humans are selfish. >_<

  22. Pablo

    I really don’t care what most of these retarded people may think. Tahnks for the article, it was very good and very true. Thanks for taking some of your time to help us remember the horrible dissease that we represent to this planet and any wildlife.

  23. Matt

    As an evolutionary biologist, I have heard both names used frequently when refering to this marsupial. What is in a name, does the Tasmanian Devil have horns and carry a pitchfork? Again the issue at hand is extinction. As more species become extinct, ecosystems will suffer and collapse, one never knows at what point this may happen, nor what keystone species may topple the balance. The health of ecosystems, and the species that they compromise, can be directly correlated to the health of the planet, as residents of this planet we depend on the earth, the economy as a cultural artifact depends wholly on us. Many violins playing for those among us who are unable to grasp the big picture and thereby unable to help themselves or others.

  24. Fred

    It has never been known as a Wolf, only a foreign idiot, and most possibly an American would call the tiger a wolf, I have nothing against Americans they are lovely people but it is well know that they do not have much knowledge on other cultures and countries. why don’t you try and visit the beautiful state of Tasmania and find out for your self, I think that even and idiot would have noticed the stripes on the animal, hence, that is why its called a tiger, apart from the fact that it is more closely related to the cat family than a dog, your only offending an entire nation and not to mention the native people of Australia by calling it a wolf, there are no wolf’s in Australia, only in zoo’s there never has been, its just like the Americans call our Emu an “E moo”, its pronounced “eem you” not “e moo” gosh some people can be so annoying

  25. manalive

    thanks for the article, i know its just the tip of the iceberg as far as species we’ve managed to wipe out over the years….but thanks for reminding us what a waste of space we are.

    sorry to see so much stupid warbling from a bunch of self important loosers about the tasmanian stripey dog…..talk about missing the point of the article…..WHO CARES! get a life!

  26. Joseph

    There’s some very sensitive people on this rag, and I just hope too many feelings haven’t been hurt beyond repair. On behalf of all Americans I’d like to apologize to all the offended Tasmanian Tiger proponents. And this whole business of extinction is a shame too. Unfortunately I’m sure we’ll witness a lot more of the stuff.

    I like what Matt said,”As more species become extinct, ecosystems will suffer and collapse, one never knows at what point this may happen, nor what keystone species may topple the balance. The health of ecosystems, and the species that they compromise, can be directly correlated to the health of the planet, as residents of this planet we depend on the earth”

  27. Hmmm..

    You know names….who cares…but what I have a problem with is this auther and I use the term loosly is blaming humans for the extinction of animals that he has no clue or proof about. Yes some were caused by people but you give a jaded opinion in this article.

  28. Circles

    Okay, I’m actually from Tassie and this is the first time in my life I’ve ever heard it referred to as the “Tasmanian Wolf.”
    Because it wasn’t a Wolf, it was a tiger, they’re two completely different species of animal.

    And yes some people think they’re still out there somewhere, there was even something like a million dollar reward for photos at one point.

    But no one ever collected obviously.

  29. Joseph

    I pronounce it how I like. I don’t runaround telling Brits to pronounce r a certain way. Nor do I tell the Scotts anything. I don’t care if you call it “emm you” or “emma lemma loo” or “e menie miny moo” or “kuka puka puk po”

    Who cares about the frackin animules when we have more impotent topsicles to get worked up about. I’m gonna go massacre a basket of fries, and have a beer. Does anyone wanna join me for a margarita?

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  35. Dan A

    I think a better comparison, for the naming issue, that might stamp its importance into the US American’s heads (I being one of them) is: What if someone had mistakenly called the Bald Eagle, the Bald Turkey Vulture? Then Wikipedia had been updated to say that the national bird of the US is the Bald Vulture. Do you think you’d share the same opinion? Do you think you’d say “Oh, who care’s what it’s called! It’s still a bird!” Why must people revel in their ignorance and stupidity? Why would truth be secondary to the good story? I could say that the sewer rats and mosquitoes were becoming extinct. Would the fact that it’s not true be less important that the idea that they were becoming extinct?

  36. crazysquid

    The Carrier Pigeon was around when my Grandfather was, but now is not. Kinda’ missed that one.

  37. animal lover

    I wish the ‘DoDo’ was still around!!! im gonna miss that bird! post a comment if you agree with me! I LOVE THE DODO!

  38. animal lover

    “crazysquid” said it all! i completely and totally agree with you! And the colour on that bird was phenomenal!

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