Recommended links

LinksThis page features some links to some recommended websites that have extinction related topics, sucht as extinct animals and plants, endangered species, selective breeding of extinct animals, image galleries, forums, blogs, and more. Do you know other websites that are worth listing here? Please contact us.


Extinction Websites

Ausgerottete Arten - Extinct Species
The author of this website (in German and in English) tries to list all known plants and animals that became extinct in the last ten thousand years. The lists contain species as well as subspecies. Some of these animals have pages with more information and images. The images are painted by the author himself, including some never before painted (sub)species. The website is very comprehensive and I can recommend it to everyone. New information and images are published regularly.

El Bucardo. La Cabra Montesa del Pirineo
This wonderful and unique Spanish website, created by Kees Woutersen, brings you the true story about the Pyrenean Ibex and its extinction, the emotion of the hunt and the cloning attempt.

Extinct and Endangered Species Portal - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Wikipedia is a multilingual Web-based free-content encyclopedia. It exists as a wiki, written collaboratively by volunteers, allowing most articles to be changed by anyone with access to a web browser and an Internet connection. This portal is about extinction and links to many extinction-related Wikipedia-articles.

Extinction Category - Wikimedia Commons
Wikimedia Commons is a media file repository making available public domain and freely-licensed educational media content (images, sound and video clips) to everyone, in their own language. It acts as a common repository for the various projects of the Wikimedia Foundation, but you do not need to belong to one of those projects to use media hosted here. The repository is created and maintained not by paid archivists, but by volunteers. The Extinction Category is your starting point for finding free extinction-related media files.

Naturalis extinct birds
The National Museum of Natural History 'Naturalis' (Leiden, the Netherlands) has more than 200 extinct birds in its collection. Some specimens are unique. Naturalis is the only museum in the world to hold a Tahiti-Sandpiper and a specimen of Sharpe's Rail. Through this website Naturalis offers remote access to its extinct birds. For purposes of study and enjoyment you can view every extinct bird kept in Leiden from all angles by rotating the 3D-images.

REPAD: The Recently Extinct Plants and Animals Database
This website, which is under construction, is dedicated to compiling a database of all species which have become extinct within the last c.100,000 years.

The Extinction Website!
This website (which is still work in progress) has accounts of several species and contain a broad collection of images and (scientific) pdf-articles on extinct species and extinction in general.

The Extinct Plants and Animals Online Database cubit
This website is dedicated to compiling a database of all species which have become extinct within the last c.100,000 years. Due to its very nature, this database will always remain incomplete because the status of many species is unknown. However, accuracy is always a top priority and the database is constantly being updated to reflect the very latest research concerning extinct, "missing" and rediscovered species. This website is not limited to extinct species, however. Some species are "only" probably extinct, but definitive information is lacking. These species have been included in main database categories (with notes indicating such), along with species which are sadly extinct in the wild (EW). Each year a number of species are also thankfully rediscovered. To keep track of rediscoveries there will soon be a mirror set of databases, with rediscovered species being moved from the extinct database to the rediscovered one.

The Thylacine Museum - A natural history of the Thylacinidae
The Thylacine Museum is an online reference guide to the thylacine. Here you will find information covering virtually all aspects of the natural history of this very unique Australian marsupial. The thylacine (Thylacinus cynocephalus) is the only species of the marsupial family Thylacinidae to have existed within historical times. It is often referred to as the Tasmanian "tiger" or Tasmanian "wolf".


Selective Breeding

North American Tarpan Association
The NATA seeks to preserve and promote the German Tarpan, a unique and exceptional breed of horse developed in the 1930’s at the Munich Zoo. Created to give modern viewers a glimpse into the past, the German Tarpan is very similar in looks to the ancient Tarpan. It also inherited the smooth gait, gentle nature, big heart and remarkable hardiness of its Swedish Gotland and Icelandic ancestors. Today, the Tarpan is used for riding, driving, pulling, logging, and as a children’s mount by its owners across North America . The NATA carries on the work of Ellen Thrall, who began her work on the Tarpans at the Atlanta Zoo, and wrote the first Tarpan Studbook, and Candy Vorderbrug, who continued Ellen’s work for many years with the American Tarpan Studbook Association.

The Quagga Project South Africa
This project is an attempt by a group of dedicated people in South Africa to bring back the Quagga from extinction and reintroduce it into reserves in its former habitat.


Endangered Species

Alliance for Zero Extinction (AZE)
The Alliance for Zero Extinction (AZE) is a joint initiative of 52 biodiversity conservation organizations around the world, which aims to prevent extinctions by identifying and safeguarding key sites where species are in imminent danger of disappearing. The goal of the Alliance is to create a frontline of defense against extinction by eliminating threats and restoring habitat to allow species populations to rebound.

ARKive - discover the world's most endangered species
ARKive is a global initiative to locate and gather films, photographs and audio recordings of the world's species into one centralised digital library for the benefit of present and future generations. As such, it is sometimes described as the new Noah’s Ark, or the Noah’s Ark of the online era.

EDGE of Existence - Evolutionarily Distinct & Globally Endangered
The EDGE of Existence programme is the only global conservation initiative to focus specifically on threatened species that represent a significant amount of unique evolutionary history. The aim of the EDGE programme is to put these species on the map and catalyse conservation action to secure their future. Each year a number of the most poorly known and neglected EDGE species are selected for conservation attention.

Environmental Library: Endangered Animals - AAEA
A web page with links to other websites about endangered and even some extinct species.

The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species
The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species provides taxonomic, conservation status and distribution information on taxa that have been evaluated using the IUCN Red List Categories and Criteria. This system is designed to determine the relative risk of extinction, and the main purpose of the IUCN Red List is to catalogue and highlight those taxa that are facing a higher risk of global extinction (i.e. those listed as Critically Endangered, Endangered and Vulnerable). The IUCN Red List also includes information on taxa that are categorized as Extinct or Extinct in the Wild; on taxa that cannot be evaluated because of insufficient information (i.e. are Data Deficient); and on taxa that are either close to meeting the threatened thresholds or that would be threatened were it not for an ongoing taxon-specific conservation programme (i.e. Near Threatened).



Extinct Birds Group
Extinct Birds is a list that is dedicated to the discussion of all topics pertaining to extinct birds. Interested in the Passenger Pigeon, the Elephant Bird, the Carolina Parakeet, the Dodo, or the Great Auk? Or any other extinct bird from the recent or distant past? This list is for you! If you are interested in extinct birds or the topic of extinction in general you are welcome to join and post!

Vanishing Plants Forum
The Vanishing Plants Forum, created by Melanie Nayyal, is an international independent forum, with members from all over the world! Everybody's talking about extinct and endangered animals. But what about the plants the trees and the flowers? Most of them are only known by it's Latin name and the list of endangered and extinct plants is long and will be longer every year. Let's talk about the plants. Everyone is free to join and discuss or debate any vanishing plant related topics.


Other related links

Ais, Survivors of the Sixth Extinction
This blog is a project about speculative evolution. Different from other speculative evolution projects is that this project focusses on invasive species and its huge impact on ecosystems as many of them cannot be erredicated. This project used Florida, one of the world's hotspots of invasive animals and plants, with an increased sea level in the future resulting in a more or less isolated archipelago named Ais.

XTINCT - Shirt campaign against extinction
XTINCT is a campaign against the worldwide extinction of species and an online retailer for exclusively designed t-shirts and street wear. All the species portrayed by their designers died out at some point in history because of human actions, making them the silent witnesses to the decline of our planet's biodiversity. With their t-shirts, they want to raise awareness of the global loss in biodiversity in an unconventional way, and, at the same time, raise funds for international species and conservation projects. XTINCT takes the issue of extinction out onto the street, without the moral baggage.


News Highlight

15 December 2014. Angalifu, died a the San Diego Zoo. Forty four-year-old Angalifu was a male northern white rhino (Ceratotherium simum cottoni) and his death means only five of this subspecies remains on the planet. Read more:


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