For my extinction pattern i had already begun by drawing a western black rhinoceros as this was a well documented recent extinction i was aware of, but in order to properly convey my message and fully represent a spectrum of animals i researched into other animals that had become extinct within the last century.

I chose to use this time frame as i feel this is when human existence has really began to interfere with nature, where industry has thrived and we’ve gradually increased the damage we’re doing to our surroundings. This is also been the most documented period in terms of species and so imagery for these animals should be fairly easy to come by.

I chose to show The pyrenean Ibex as they very recently became extinct, the last one died in just 2000.


I also chose to draw the Tasmanian Tiger. These are the opposite end of the timescale and went extinct in the early 19th century. it is claimed that many were killed by farmers to protect their herds, and that many also died out due to disease. But ive chosen to show these on the basis that the last recorded of the species died in captivity due to neglect. They were brought in for care to try and preserve the species, yet when they were left out in the cold over night and after being poorly fed, they simply didn’t have the strength necessary to keep going. I felt this well represents the damage that humans can do, even when we think we’re being helpful, sometimes just us being there causes more harm than good and this case shows that we don’t always know best.

This undated handout photo received on May 20, 2008 from the University of Melbourne shows two Tasmanian Tigers before their extinction in the 1930s. Scientists said on May 20, 2008 they had "resurrected" a gene from the extinct Tasmanian tiger by implanting it in a mouse, raising the long-term possibility of bringing animals such as dinosaurs back to life. In what they describe as a world first, researchers from Australian and US universities extracted a gene from a preserved specimen of the doglike marsupial -- formally known as a thylacine -- and revived it in a mouse embryo.   RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE  GETTY OUT     AFP PHOTO/UNIVERSITY OF MELBOURNE (Photo credit should read AFP/AFP/Getty Images)

The Baiji river dolphin is another animal i’ve chosen to draw. This time because i wanted to show its not just land animals that are affected. The river dolphin is a good example of how humans can wipe out an entire species. The baiji is the first large aquatic mammal to have gone extinct since overfishing and hunting killed off the Caribbean monk seals in the 1950’s. The delicate dolphin, which dates back 20 million years, was found only in China’s longest river, the Yangtze.

The dolphin’s population had plummeted from about 400 in the late 1980s to less than 100 in the mid-1990s.

The last search for the animal, in 1997, yielded 13 sightings. One fisher claimed to have seen a baiji in September 2004.

The ivory Billed woodpecker i chose because it is an animal who’s habitat was completely destroyed by the timber industry of america after the civil war and thus it died out. Though over the last decade there’s been a lot of controversy over alleged sightings of the species. Though no definitive evidence has come to light that confirms they still exist, it is thought that the recently recorded sightings are of a similar smaller woodpecker. I felt this added to my message, as the dispute between whether they still exist or not brings to life the reality of the effect we have through industry.


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