It’s our birthday!
Arkive is 15 years old!
We’re thrilled to be able to celebrate and share the incredible diversity of life on Earth. However our planet is currently under a crisis, our planet’s ecosystems are under threat like never before, and the world is watching as more and more species fall victim to habitat loss or wildlife crime. It’s easy to get lost in the science, but it does not lessen the urgency needed in combating these extinctions.
Here, as a stark reminder, we see 15 species which have become extinct, according to the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species, over the 15 years Arkive has been running.
Declared extinct in 2010
Baiji – Yangtze river dolphin
Presumed extinct since 2006
West African black rhino
Diceros bicornis longipes, the Western black rhino, a subspecies of the black rhino Diceros bicornis, was declared extinct in 2011
Declared extinct in 2007
Declared extinct in the wild in 2004
Madeiran large white
Presumed extinct since 2007
Po’ouli (Black-faced honeycreeper)
Presumed extinct since 2004
Puma concolor couguar, the Eastern cougar, a subspecies of Puma concolor was declared extinct in 2018, it’s cousin the Western cougar may now be expanding it’s range
Rabbs’ fringed-limbed treefrog
Declared extinct in 2016, the species has not been observed in the wild since 2007
Presumed extinct in the wild since 2000
St Helena redwood
Extinct in the wild since 2003
Pinta Island tortoise
Lonesome George, the last Pinta Island tortoise died in 2012
Bramble cay melomys
Declared extinct in 2016
Japanese river otter
Lutra lutra whiteleyi a subspecies of the common otter, Lutra lutra as seen above, and was declared extinct in 2012
Capra pyrenaica pyrenaica is a subspecies of the Iberian ibex Capra pyrenaica, was declared extinct in 2000, but was one of the first species to be briefly made de-extinct in 2003