10 Animals That Went Extinct in 2013

We get excited about new species discovered every year, but at the same time, there are those that we've given up hope of ever seeing again -alive. Researchers have searched for the Formosan Clouded Leopard in Taiwan for years, but what they found was this photograph of one that had been made into a vest. A living leopard has not been seen in thirty years.

We did just about everything we could to eliminate this animal; we destroyed their habitat, killed them for their skins, and got rid of the other animals they normally ate. They didn't have a chance.

And there are nine other species now on the extinct list that you can read about at Living Alongside Wildlife. -via Boing Boing

(Image credit: Torii Ryūzō)


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On reading the article, though, most of those species have probably been extinct for decades. It just seems like people drag on, hoping that one will miraculously turn up, and then eventually have to admit that they won't. Yes, it's sad that they're gone (although I'm not sure about that frog; like the "Florida Panther" we still have lots of the same species, it's just one small subspecies that's extinct), but it's not really breaking news either.
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