We consider extinction to be a silent process that took place somewhere in the dark ages. The dinosaurs aren’t the only ones that were prone to extinction. Humanity has been the reason for the total elimination of many creatures, while some were taken back by nature herself. Some of the animals portrayed here managed to survive until the photographic age. They may be long gone but through the unfocused, sepia and black-and-white photographs, we can still remember them. Here are 10 such animals that went extinct from the face of the Earth but are still preserved in photographs.
1. Thylacine, a.k.a – The Tasmanian Tiger.
The Thylacine or the Tasmanian Tiger once roamed around the mainlands in Australia, Tasmania and New Guinea. By the time the European settlement was starting, the rise in human activity brought it closer to extinction. The carnivorous marsupial of modern times stood about 2′ tall and 6′ long. Bounties placed on the thylacine prompted people to hunt them down, leading to its extinction. Other factors, such as diseases and the introduction of dogs, were also a key factor in pushing the Thylacine to its extinction. The last known male Thylacine was kept at the Beaumaris Zoo and can be seen in the picture above, taken in 1933.
Quagga, an extinct subspecies of the common zebra, roamed around the lands of South Africa during the 19th century. The photograph shown above was taken from the London zoo, which is sadly, the only one to ever be photographed. During the 19th century, they were hunted down for their meat, hides and as a feed for domesticated animals. This brought down the numbers from many to just one, as the last wild Quagga was shot in the 1870’s. The one pictured above was kept in the London zoo until its death in August of 1883.
3. Barbary Lion.
The Barbary Lion, also known as the Atlas lion or Nubian lion, was found from Morocco to Egypt. Unlike other lions, the Barbary Lion was the largest and heaviest of the lion subspecies. Lions often live in prides but the scarcity of food drove the Barbary Lions to hunt for themselves and live an individual life. According to some historians, the lions used in gladiatorial combats during the Roman times were Barbary lions. The photograph shown above was taken in 1893 in Algeria.
This extinct subspecies of wild horse was also known as the Eurasian Wild Horse. Between 1875-1890, the Tarpan lived in the wild. While trying to capture one, humans ended up accidentally killing it. They stood 5′ tall at the shoulder, with a thick mane, shoulder stripes and dark legs. The image shown above is the only existing photo of a live Tarpan, while the last one was kept in captivity until its death in 1918.
5. Bali Tiger.
The Bali Tiger was native to the Indonesian island of Bali and was also known by the name Harimau Bali. Even though the picture above is not clear, it is proof of the smallest tiger subspecies to have ever lived. In 1937, the last Bali Tiger was killed. The tigers were shorter than their subspecies, with darker fur and the equivalent size of a leopard. Their extinction was due to hunting by Europeans and very few were known to live until the 1950’s.