The Pyrenean Ibex is the first ever species to become extinct twice.
Extinction refers to the loss of a species, one of the most famous extinctions, of course, being the dinosaurs though we're losing species all the time. A species is said to be extinct once the last living member dies, though the chance of recovery and even of reproduction may well have gone before then.
The loss of any species can have a severe impact on the whole ecosystem, often resulting in further extinctions, which is why conservation is so important.
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Even more fearsome than the cats we know today, sabre-toothed cats had long, sharp teeth that stuck out of their mouths…scary!
Named sea cows because of their habit of grazing in herds and being an easy source of food, Steller’s Sea Cow was rapidly hunted to extinction.
Now extinct, examples of Tasmanian Tigers have been found in engravings and rock art dating back to 1000BC, although they were already extinct on the Australian Mainland before the first European Settlers had even arrived.
Hunted to extinction for their horns, these two-horned Rhinos had very poor eyesight and have been known to use birds (oxpeckers) as an early warning system of approaching threats!