Since 1900, nearly 500 species of animal have gone extinct, according to a 2015 study. The good news is, scientists are trying to bring some back.
Once one of the most populous birds in North America, passenger pigeons could fly as fast as 60 mph, according to the Audubon Society. Their numbers were wiped out after Europeans arrived and hunted them for cheap meat. In 1914, the last known surviving member of the species, Martha, died at the Cincinnati Zoo.
Last spotted in the forest in Monteverde, Costa Rica, in 1989, the disappearance of the golden toad has been attributed to global warming, Science magazine reports. Other scientists have since suggested that the golden toad could have been wiped out by the El Nino weather pattern, which created extremely dry conditions around the time the golden toad vanished. Here are 14 more beautiful animals that could disappear in your lifetime.
The vibrant feathers of the only species of parrot native to the eastern United States may have helped contributed to its demise. The Carolina Parakeet’s green, yellow, and red feathers were prized additions to women’s hats. The birds also had a dangerous tendency to flock to other birds once they had been killed, according to the Audubon Society. The last captive Carolina parakeet, Incas, died at the Cincinnati Zoo in 1918, within a year of his mate, Lady Jane.