The Top Ten Extinct Animals

Asiatic Cheetah


The Asiatic cheetah is a Critically Endangered cheetah subspecies surviving today only in Iran. It once occurred from the Arabian Peninsula and the Near East to Caspian regions. Less than 50 remain in the wild, therefore functionally extinct.

Pyrenean ibex

The Pyrenean ibex was a mountain goat that was substantially bigger and had larger horns than its extant cousins. Scientists hypothesize that some factors that contributed to the species’ decline are poaching and disease



Partula mooreana, common name the Moorean viviparous tree snail, is a species of air-breathing tropical land snail, a terrestrial pulmonate gastropod mollusk in the family Partulidae. This species was endemic to French Polynesia. It is now extinct in the wild.

Moorean viviparous tree snail

Spix’s Macaw


Spix’s macaw, also known as the little blue macaw, is a macaw native to Brazil. The Spix’s macaw is one of the rarest birds in the world: it is estimated that there are only 177 captive individuals worldwide. The species was declared extinct in the wild in 2000.

Alaotra grebe Bird

The last known sighting of the bird was in 1985 and experts have now confirmed its demise, killed off by a combination of poaching and predatory fish.



The western black rhinoceros or West African black rhinoceros is an extinct subspecies of the black rhinoceros. It was declared extinct by the IUCN in 2011.

Western Black Rhino

Pinta Giant Tortoise


The Pinta Island tortoise, also known as the Pinta giant tortoise or Abingdon Island tortoise, is a species of Galápagos tortoise native to Ecuador’s Pinta Island that is most likely extinct.

Baiji Dolphin

The baiji is a possibly extinct species of freshwater dolphin, and is thought to be the first dolphin species driven to extinction due to the impact of humans.



The Bramble Cay melomys, or Bramble Cay mosaic-tailed rat, is a recently extinct species of rodent native to the isolated Bramble Cay (the northernmost point of land of Australia)

Bramble Cay melomys


The splendid poison frog or poison-arrow frog was a species of poison dart frog endemic to the end of western Panama. Deforestation and habitat degradation are the primary threats to the splendid poison frog.

Splendid Poison frog

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