10 Animals That Will Be Extinct Within Your Lifetime (Slideshow)

elephant bird skeleton photo
Earlier this week the BBC was running a story about the sale of one gigantic egg, from the extinct Elephant Bird—a bird which weighed in at nearly half a ton and stood about 10 feet tall. It lived on Madagascar and died out sometime in the 17th century.

Though the exact reasons for this magnificent creature's demise aren't entirely clear (though over-hunting has been speculated), it got me thinking about other animals, while perhaps not as majestic in size, which we could push into oblivion.

The highest category on the scale of being threatened with extinction is critically endangered. According to the IUCN this means that the species' population numbers have decreased, or will decrease, by 80% within three generations. It's the last stop before be listed as extinct in the wild. The animals in this slideshow are just a small fraction of the species which may vanish forever over the course of your life:

10 animals which could be extinct within your lifetime slideshow
image: Wikipedia
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