This is a depressing post, but here you are: The Animals That Went Extinct in 2014 Follow the link and you’ll get to read sentences such as:
Sometimes we do not even know that a species exists before it is gone.
Because it’s hard to know when the last animal in a species disappears, there’s a lot of room for error and argument in this article. Included are animals that were only declared extinct in 2014. Who knows when we lost them? It could have been 1000 years ago:
The Madagascan Dwarf Hippopotamus (Hippopotamus guldbergi) is officially extinct. That’s right – there was a native Madagascar hippopotamus. It is hard to say when the last one died, but probably somewhere between 1000 AD and “recent times”.
I would have loved to see a Madagascan Dwarf Hippopotamus.
Read the entire list (as well as the 2012 and 2013 lists) at Living Alongside Wildlife.