"New evidence has revealed that koalas may be extinct on the New South Wales far south coast."
Evidence of koala extinction - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
Well, after all, we are in the midst of the 6th greatest extinction event. My grandkids probably will not live in a world with Koalas, Polar Bears, Orcas, and so many other amazing animals as we have. That ought to make you very sad indeed.
"If you happen to see a frog hopping around in your back yard, take a good look— it might not be around for much longer. Ecologists are increasingly warning that due to habitat destruction, widespread infectious disease and climate change, amphibians are facing “extinction in real time.” As many as 40 percent of amphibious species, which include frogs, salamanders and newts, could be facing “imminent extinction,” according to David Wake, a researcher at the University of California Berkeley. “It’s happening around the world … we’re seeing it on our watch,” he says. “People talk more about birds or mammals because they are charismatic, they’re in the public eye. I’m concerned about rhinos and tigers, too, but in the meantime, we’re losing the things that are in our backyard."
— Are Frogs Rapidly Facing Extinction? - US News and World Report
"the authors of the paper, published in the January 4th online edition of the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, believe that the current predictions of biodiversity loss as a result of climate change could be vastly underestimating species extinction. The authors note that tropical communities could be among the hardest hit in a changing climate, due in part to the fact that many species often live within a very confined location."
— Do Climate Models Underestimate Extinctions?
"There may be as little as 20 Sierra Nevada Red Foxes left in the mountain ranges of the Sierra and South Cascades, or as many as fifty. Either way, they are living on the brink of extinction, but haven’t been given endangered species status. Recently the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced they will begin a review to see if they will grant that legal protection, the red foxes undoubtedly deserve."
— Fox Could be on Endangered List | Care2 Healthy Living
"Did you know: Today, there are more tigers living in captivity than in the wild?"
‘Last Lions’ documents near-extinction of species - southbendtribune.com
And as for Lions: In my lifetime Lion population has gone from 450,000 to 20,000. 20,000…. that’s approximately the number of seats in a college stadium the size of Rupp Arena. That’s all. That’s it. Something else for mankind to be ashamed of.
Check out National Geographic’s Big Cat Week.