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Extinct and Critically Endangered Animals from Around the World

Numerous species of animals around the world have become extinct or critically endangered because of humans, with more following in close pursuit. The reasons for animal extinctions can range from habitat loss and over hunting, to disease.

When a species is endangered it means that they are disappearing fast or have a very small population – which normally means it’s not large enough to survive. Extinction means the end of existence for a species.

The IUCN (International Union for the Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources) has compiled a red list, this list is a guide to how endangered a species is. The current count is: 813 species are extinct, 65 are extinct in the wild and 4,801 are critically endangered.

To try and show a few of the losses we’ve compiled a timeline of recent extinctions, critical endangerments and vulnerable animals.

A timeline of extinct and critically endangered animals from around the world