Lost Animals of the 20th Century

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  • 1995
  • 1 Season

This TV show had a main focus on the 20th century animals that have become extinct. This show focused on extinct animals only. Each show ran 30 minutes long and discussed five to six extinct animals. A few of the themes included animals that had too much charisma, and that is what made them extinct. The other theme was natural disasters. The show included a detailed sketch of what the extinct animal looked like. Another sketch was shown of how the animal looked right before it became extinct. The informative discussions that had taken place of these extinct animals included what location they were from, their territory and habitats, along with any characteristics the animal may have had. Old films have been shown periodically on the TV series about the extinct animals. In some cases a few of the extinct animals have shown the same characteristics as certain animals that are alive today.

Lost Animals of the 20th Century
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Episode 16
16. Episode 16
April 26, 1995
Once abundant, these olive green iguanas were greatly reduced by hunting and the introduction of mongooses. They were found on the mainland, and Goat Island where they became extinct in 1948.
Episode 15
15. Episode 15
April 19, 1995
This diminutive bird which lived in burrows along the seaside cliffs were always at risk since they returned from the sea to their burrows to incubate their eggs and feed their chicks.
Episode 14
14. Episode 14
April 12, 1995
Named in 1888, this slim bodied kit fox was found in California. It was considered vermin by many farmers and was duly trapped, poisoned and shot. Road kills and night hunting also caused high rates of mortality.
Episode 13
13. Episode 13
April 5, 1995
These leopard frogs were found in isolated springs in the middle of the Nevada desert. With the arrival of gamblers to Las Vegas hotels and the area was developed. The last Vegas Valley leopard frog was seen in 1942.
Episode 12
12. Episode 12
March 29, 1995
These small, pale reindeer were living on the edge, in an extreme environment where increased predation by wolves, and competition for food by musk ox tipped the balance.
Episode 11
11. Episode 11
March 22, 1995
Everything about this sea duck remains a mystery, where it bred, why it became extinct, and when they became extinct! It was called the Skunk duck because of its black and white colouration and was found hanging in New York markets.
Episode 10
10. Episode 10
March 15, 1995
This character that looked like a bandit did not have to wait long before it was put on a wanted poster with a price on its head. They were seen as pests and crop raiders , and when it was discovered that they could also carry diseases they were hounded.
Episode 9
9. Episode 9
March 8, 1995
A gigantic bear with a beautiful thick coat, the Kamchatkan bear was heavier than a polar bear, due to the rich abundance of salmon, wild berries and roots to eat.
Episode 8
8. Episode 8
March 1, 1995
The "╦ťghost wolf' as it was sometimes known, survived in the wilderness of Newfoundland. When Guadalupe goat herders, mistakenly assumed the falcon-like Quelili were attacking their flocks, war was declared with guns & poison and the bird was soon extinct.
Episode 7
7. Episode 7
February 22, 1995
When Lake Hula was drained to provide the water with which Israel was to colonise the harsh Palestinian desert nobody realised that it was the last home of this frog and even its discovery was merely an unfortunate precursor to its inevitable demise.
Episode 6
6. Episode 6
February 15, 1995
When Lake Hula was drained to provide the water with which Israel was to colonise the Palestinian desert, nobody realised that it was the last home of this frog. This beautiful deer became rare with the conversion of its marshland home to paddy fields.
Episode 5
5. Episode 5
February 8, 1995
Having thrived on St. Helena with no natural predators to challenge it's existence, all was to change for the Giant Earwig with the arrival of Europeans. One of a multitude of small-island snail species that was annihilated due to a larger snail.
Episode 4
4. Episode 4
February 1, 1995
The Badlands Sheeps huge armament of horns and and bulky body of muscle set it apart from all other sheep. The Arabian Ostrich may have been the worlds smallest ostrich but was still taller and heavier than any man.
Episode 3
3. Episode 3
January 25, 1995
A pretty pigeon with a slate blue back and pale red breast, the Passenger Pigeon is considered to have been the most abundant bird which had ever lived. For the defenceless flying rail, this invasion of hungry soldiers at Wake Island proved deadly.
Episode 2
2. Episode 2
January 18, 1995
The Hawaiian O-O's rich plumage was a prized source of decoration for the head dresses and robes of Polynesian Royalty. The rat-like Hispanolian Nesophont was never seen alive and we only know about it because scientists found its unusual skeleton.
Episode 1
1. Episode 1
January 11, 1995
With the head and teeth of a wolf, the stripes of a tiger, the ability to run like a hyena or hop like a wallaby, the Thylacine was one of the strangest creatures to have graced the earth. Once seen the exotic Pink Headed duck was never forgotten.
Description

This TV show had a main focus on the 20th century animals that have become extinct. This show focused on extinct animals only. Each show ran 30 minutes long and discussed five to six extinct animals. A few of the themes included animals that had too much charisma, and that is what made them extinct. The other theme was natural disasters.

The show included a detailed sketch of what the extinct animal looked like. Another sketch was shown of how the animal looked right before it became extinct. The informative discussions that had taken place of these extinct animals included what location they were from, their territory and habitats, along with any characteristics the animal may have had.

Old films have been shown periodically on the TV series about the extinct animals. In some cases a few of the extinct animals have shown the same characteristics as certain animals that are alive today.

  • Premiere Date
    January 11, 1995