Hundreds of animal species went extinct in 2020 , depending on the timeline employed.
Human action is to blame for many of these extinctions. Direct intervention, such as poaching, and indirect interference, such as habitat damage, are both examples.
We take a look at eight amazing species and sub-species that have gone extinct in 2020 in the last 150 years.
Splendid Poison Frog
The superb poison frog was declared species went extinct in 2020 by the IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) 2020. Unfortunately, this makes the magnificent poison frog one of the world’s most recently extinct animals.
The little red frog, a poison dart frog species, thrived in the neotropical forests of Panama, near Costa Rica’s mountain ranges. Ranavenenosa and Sapitovenenoso are two common Spanish names for the magnificent poison frog.
The Spix’s macaw is a recently extinct bird from Bahia, Brazil, that lived along with the Rio So Francisco. Because of its brilliant blue feathers, the bird is known as the “Little Blue Macaw” was declared extinct in the wild in 2020. Fortunately, there are about 160 Spix’s macaws in captivity, according to scientists. The parrots will be released into the wild in 2021, according to scientists and the Brazilian government.
Animal Species That Have Recently Been Extinct
The breed gained notoriety in 2020 after the animated film “Rio” featured a cartoon representation of the breed. The species was named after a German researcher who discovered them in 1819.
The wild Spix’s macaw died as a result of habitat degradation, illegal trapping, and trade.
Northern White Rhinoceros
Northern white rhinoceros, which are species that went extinct in 2020 in the wild, do not have the same prospects as the Spix’s macaw. Because the remaining two female northern white rhinoceros are still alive, this is the case. As a result, they are held captive and guarded at Kenya’s OlPejeta Conservancy. When the final male died there in 2020, scientists declared them to be a recent species that went extinct 2020-.
Northern white rhinos are a subspecies of white rhinoceros that lived in the Central African Republic, Chad, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Sudan, and Uganda. Attempts to fertilize the two females with sperm from other white rhino subspecies have failed.
Celia, the last of this species, was a female. When she died it was declared species went extinct in 2020. Using pre-existing DNA and domestic goats as surrogates, a clone was created, although the animal only lived for a few minutes after delivery.
West African Black Rhino
If reports are to be accepted, the last Western black rhinos were all killed down, as hunting in national reserve parks is more common than in the wild. In the last ten years, no confirmed sightings of this animal have been reported.
Javan tigers became extinct as a result of habitat loss and a lack of food. Rusa deer, the tiger’s prey, died in large numbers due to habitat degradation. Only 8% of the forests survived, which coincided with the last sighting of Javan tigers.
Extinction reasons include habitat loss owing to agricultural development, fur hunting, and hunting to protect cattle and other domesticated animals from tiger attacks.
A large list of species, including dozens of frogs, orchids, and fish, may have gone extinct this year, according to scientists and conservation organizations. Despite frequent and regular missions to see if they still exist, most of these species haven’t been seen in decades. These extinctions are caused by a variety of factors, including illnesses, invasive species, and habitat degradation, but the majority are due to human behavior.