A species is believed to be extinct when the last surviving member of its family is thought to be dead. Extinct mammals are those animals which doesn’t exist or haven’t come in sight from many years. Any species may become extinct due to a number of reasons, like inability to survive in a current habitat, human intervention, and loss of diet. From centuries, humans have been diligently wiping out precious species of mammals off the face of the earth. Growing population and increasing demands is forcing people towards the habitat of many of the species, which are on the verge of extinction.
A list of extinct mammals contains species from every class; including marsupials like Thylacine, Desert rat kangaroo and pig-footed bandicoot; Sirenians like Steller’s sea cow; Rodents like Torre’s cave rat, Cuban coney, Gould’s mouse, emperor mouse and Blue-gray mouse; Proboscids like North African elephant and Syrian elephant; Cetaceans like Baiji; Bats; and carnivores like Sea mink, Javan tiger and Caspian tiger. There are numerous reasons, as predicted by scientists, behind the extinction of these species.
According to a new survey of the world’s 5,487 mammal species, from rodents to humans, scientists have revealed that one in four are facing imminent extinction, and if continues like that scientists have predicted that if the same actions continue, one-half of all animal species will become extinct by the year 2100. Researches tell that south and south-east Asia are home to the most endangered mammals, from monkeys to rare rats. Some other places like in the species-rich tropical Andes Mountains of South America, Africa’s Cameroonian highlands and Albertine Rift as well as the northern Atlantic and Pacific Oceans also, endangered mammals can be seen. It is important for the nature and humans themselves to educate everyone about what they can do to prevent more animal species from going to extinction.