Humans have the ability to make an impact in our world, but it is our duty to ensure that our impact is a positive one. During our time on Earth, many endangered species have been both protected and poached. Following is a list of animals that have gone completely extinct, in the wild and in captivity.
It was a heart-breaking day in 2015 when eastern cougars were removed from the endangered species list. Wildlife conservation organizations declared that the North American cats reached total extinction despite efforts to preserve and protect them. Reasons for their extinction came from European settlers who killed the animals to protect themselves and their livestock in the 1800’s.
The brightly-colored golden toad last made an appearance in 1989 in Monteverde Forest, Costa Rica. Some researchers blame their extinction on human-caused global warming, but experts have concluded otherwise after conducting more research.