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8 Animals That Recently Went Extinct

By Steven Romano May 6, 2014

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6) Po'ouli

BirdLife International lists Hawaii's Po'ouli as critically endangered, though the lack of recent sightings over the years suggests that they might very well be extinct. Originally discovered in 1973, destruction of habitat, a decrease in the number of tree snails (one of the Po'ouli's main food sources), and predation by the invasive small Asian mongoose ravaged the species' numbers in a relatively short time.

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Steven Romano

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