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Monday, January 1, 2018

The Animals That Went Extinct in 2017

Wildlife ecologist David Steen publishes an annual list of animals that probably went extinct in the past year. Some of them are only locally extinct, and some are extinct in the wild but have examples in zoos or laboratories. The list for 2017 includes bats, skinks, geckos, and the fishing cat.
The Fishing Cat is in big trouble in Southeast Asia. After extensive camera trap surveys in Java failed to turn any up there is a fear that they have gone extinct in all of Indonesia (they persist in low numbers elsewhere).
The fishing cat pictured above lives in a zoo. Read this year's list, and the methodology and philosophy behind the list at Living Alongside Wildlife.

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