Posted by: Loren Coleman on September 26th, 2006
Intriguingly, the Toronto Star’s Rick Sznajder compiled and published a list on September 26, 2006, of animals, which were thought once extinct and rediscovered in recent years. These species are available in several books, of course, but it’s fun to see someone in the media highlighting these “animals of discovery.” Here’s Sznajder’s list:
Northern bald ibis rediscovered in Syria in 2002.
Giant Palouse earthworm, last seen in 1987, rediscovered 2006. Found along the Washington-Idaho border.
Laotian rock rat, believed extinct for 11 million years, first seen by a western scientist in 2005.
Chinese crested tern, thought extinct from 1937 to 2000.
Slater’s skink, a type of lizard, rediscovered in 2004 in Australia.
Coelacanth, thought extinct for 80 million years, first seen in 1938 off South Africa.
Black-footed ferret, believed extinct by 1978, rediscovered 1981 in Wyoming.
New Zealand storm petrel, last seen in 19th century, rediscovered in 2003.
Long-legged warbler, last seen in 1894, rediscovered in Fiji in 2003.
Rusty-throated wren-babbler, not seen for 60 years, rediscovered in the Himalayas in 2004.
Takahe, a bird believed extinct for 50 years, rediscovered in 1948 in New Zealand.
North Pacific right whale, thought extinct until the mid- ’90s. Lives in the waters around Alaska.
High Range dwarf cattle, rediscovered in India in 2004.
Asian grey whale, believed extinct since the turn of the century, rediscovered in 1973 near Russia’s far east coast.
White-winged guan, believed extinct for 100 years, rediscovered in 1977 in Peru.
Southern white rhino, thought extinct throughout 19th century, rediscovered in South Africa in 1895.