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Tuesday 28 November 2023 Dublin: 3°C

# Extinct

This year
150 years after they became extinct in Ireland, ospreys to be reintroduced this summer
Ospreys are a fish-eating bird of prey that went extinct in Ireland 150 years ago but are being reintroduced with the assistance of Norway.
All time
Fish brought back from extinction with help from UK zoo
More than 1,500 tequila fish have now been returned to the Teuchitlan River, south-west Mexico.
Komodo dragon and two in five shark species in danger of becoming extinct
About 28% of the 138,000 species assessed by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature are now at risk of vanishing.
'Maternity leave' compensation system could help increase elephant population
New research shows how the increase in elephants’ workloads has affected their reproduction.
Doomsday in Dublin: The impending apocalypse and what we can do to stop it
The Dublin Science Gallery’s “Collapse” exhibition will ask us some important questions in late-2017.
Over 100 native Irish plants are endangered, including these well-known favourites
Twenty vascular plants (or 1.7% of those assessed) are critically endangered, 25 (2.1%) are endangered and 61 (5.0%) are vulnerable.
Humans and these very ugly unicorns once walked the earth together
To be fair, the Elasmotherium sibiricum was probably a bit more rhino.
10 animals that were hunted to extinction
It has emerged that the Tasmanian tiger – the last of which died in 1936 – was wiped out by human actions rather than an unknown disease.
Well-preserved mammoth may hold new clues about early man’s hunting habits
A 10,000-year-old mammoth found in Siberia could shed new light on ancient human behaviour, say scientists.
Extinct 'giant penguin' species reconstructed from fossils
Bones of the ‘Kairuku’, extinct for about 26 million years, were discovered in New Zealand 35 years ago.
Western black rhino declared extinct
Other subspecies of rhino also face extinction due to commercial poaching and threats from international crime groups targeting rhinos for their horns.
Polar bear ancestry traced back to... Ireland?
Yep. Scientist have linked modern polar bears with ancient Irish brown bears.
Extinction of ocean life is ‘speeding up’
Different environmental factors are combining to accelerate the process of extinction in the oceans.
American wildcat declared extinct
Wildlife biologists announced today that there are no longer any wild populations of mountain lions in the eastern United States.