Another endemic species, this time to Bermuda, and now thought to be extinct for many years, though only officially declared so in 2014 after the discovery of fossil remains. The cause of extinction is a bit of a mystery though it may have been the result of deforestation, mainly of native cedar and palmetto trees, following human colonization and increased development, and the invasive predators that came with this.
Although extinctions have been occurring long before man roamed the earth, there is no denying that the frequency of the phenomenon has increased as a direct result of human activity. If you want to protect the wildlife we still have a chance to save, try volunteering on a wildlife or marine conservation project to make sure the next generation aren't forced to ask what a Sumatran Tiger looked like.
By Eman Bhatti
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