You’ve got your camera out and your binoculars handy while your trusty guide uses his years of experience to try and pot you that sighting you were hoping for. Tracking wildlife like leopard, Red lechwe and duiker are often hard on a safari, but if you put in the hours and have Lady Luck on your side, it is possible. Unfortunately I can’t say the same for a list of other wildlife… because in Africa they’re now extinct.
It’s a sad moment when you realise that the travel and tourism industry will never be able to offer anyone a chance to see the below wildlife on a safari ever again. Shocking.
List of Africa's Most Recently Extinct Wildlife
|Atlas Bear||North Africa|
|Blue Buck||South Africa|
|Bubel Hartebeest||North Africa|
|Cape Lion||South Africa|
|Cape Warthog||South Africa|
|Ethiopian Amphibious Rat||Ethiopia|
|Lesser Mascarene Flying Fox||Mauritius and Reunion|
|Quagga||Namibia & South Africa|
|Robert's Lechwe||South Africa|
|Western Black Rhino||Cameroon|
This list isn't even a complete list of African animals that are extinct - it shows only the most recent.
If we all did our little bit for conservation, stood together and played our part in making sure that not one more member of Africa’s wildlife made it onto the extinct list, the 354 mammals that are now on Africa's endangered list may have a chance.
The scary part is that if we don’t, we may find that Africa’s breath-taking locations, cultures, natural resources and wildlife aren’t around for our grandchildren’s grandchildren to enjoy. That would suck. Big time. Africa is one of a kind. It’s humble. It’s complicated. It’s a gem. It’s a gem we need to protect.