This 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.
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.
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 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”.
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.
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.
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.