The extinct animals of South Africa

It’s a shame to do a post like this, cause once upon a time these majestic animals were roaming the country without a care in the world. And then BAM, humans came along with their boomsticks and the rest is history. But let’s remember these animals, because they had souls too.

1. The Cape Lion

The subspecies of the common lion once roamed the Cape Province. The second largest lion to date was characterised by a massive mane that had a darker colour and black tips on its ears.

There were plenty of these animals around until the first European settlers came down, and after that they simply hunted them to extinction by the end of the 19th century.



2. Quagga

The Zebra/Horse species was a common animal on the plains of Namibia and South Africa. It had the front of a Zebra and the back of the Horse. Pretty crazy features, and scientists aren’t really sure whether it’s a Zebra or a Horse, either way, it seemed like a beautiful and harmless animal.

The population declined significantly when the first settlers arrived, and the last one recorded was in 1872.



3. The Blue Buck

This variation of antelope lived in the plains of South Africa, and is generally smaller than the common antelope. It was hunted in the 17th century by settlers in order to clear the animals for future agricultural benefits. Apparently the Blue Buck tasted pretty rotten, so they weren’t hunted for food. The last one documented was in 1800.

It's drawing so not as sad

It’s drawing so not as sad

Other species now extinct include the Cape Serval, the Cape Warthog, Robert’s Lechwe and the Eastwood’s Long-Tailed Seps.

It sucks that all these species aren’t around anymore, but it’s happened all over the world and is still happening, but is it really worth it bring these extinct animals back while others are going extinct presently?


2 thoughts on “The extinct animals of South Africa

  1. Despite the number of small and micro-organisms you read statistics about going extinct all the time, they never seem to register. It’s is a shame that we only really take notice when it’s one of these larger and much more unique animals.


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