While many endangered animal populations have suffered due to natural threats such as unexpected disasters, climate changes and predators, human influence still stands as the most threatening factor to the survival of these living creatures. Here are 10 animals whose fate was tragically doomed as a consequence of human hunting.
1. TASMANIAN TIGER
Former Habitat: Australia, Tasmania, New Guinea
How They Came To Be Extinct: Although a theory suggest that a mysterious disease was to blame for the animal's extinction, a recent study believes that humans were solely responsible for the demise of the Tasmanian Tiger.
Last Year Seen: The last known Tasmanian Tiger died in an Australian Zoo in 1936.
2. WOOLLY MAMMOTH
Former Habitat: Siberia and North America
How They Came To Be Extinct: A recent study found that hunting by humans, along with climate and habitat change, were what caused the furry beast to become extinct.
Last Year Seen: The giant creature disappeared from the earth about 10,000 years ago.
7. JAVAN TIGER
Former Habitat: Indonesia
How They Came To Be Extinct: When Humans took over the island of Java in the 19th century, they destroyed the animal's natural habitat and deforested their entire land. In addition, the animal was hunted and poisoned by natives who considered them pests.
Last Year Seen: 1972
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10. WESTERN BLACK RHINO
Former Habitat: Africa
How They Came To Be Extinct: Rhinos were killed for their horns, which were believed to be a traditional Chinese medicine to cure fevers and other ailments.
Last Year Seen: 2011
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