Animals That Went Extinct In The 21st Century
Bermuda Saw-Whet Owl
Native To: Bermuda
Reason: Unknown, but may be due to the decline of cedar and palmetto trees, or the arrival of non-native
predators and competitors.
Formosan Clouded Leopard
Native To: Taiwan
Reason: Extensive logging of natural habitat.
Cape Verde Giant Skink
Native To: Cape Verde Islands
Reason: Hunted for food and “skink oil” by native
Pinta Island Tortoise
Native To: Pinta Island, Ecuador
Japanese River Otter
Native To: Seto Inland Seas, Uwa Sea
Reason: Hunting in the past, pollution and human development during recent times.
Western Black Rhinoceros
Native To: Sub-Saharan Africa
Native To: northeastern North America
Reason: Hunting, and decline of its primary prey, the white tailed deer, also due to hunting.
Spotted Green Pigeon
Native To: Island in the south Pacific Ocean and Indian Ocean
Reason: Hunting and Predation by introduced animals.
Native To: Yangtze River, China
Reason: Industrialization and heavy use of the river for fishing, transportation and hydroelectricity.
Native To: Iberian Peninsula