July 2, 2012 / Nature / 0 comments
Poʻouli or Black-faced Honeycreeper, 2004
Non-native species, particularly pigs, cats, and rats, have wreaked havoc on Hawaii’s ecosystem over the last few centuries, and most likely contributed to the decline of this unique bird. After an unsuccessful effort to get the last few remaining birds to breed, the last bird died in 2004. Technically, it’s still listed as “critically endangered”, but none birds have turned up in the wild after extensive searching for the last few years.
Saint Helena Earwig, 1967
Although it hasn’t officially been classified as extinct, this gross bug from the island of St. Helena in the south Atlantic hasn’t been seen alive since 1967, and searches in ’88, ’93′ and ’03 turned up empty.