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13 animals hunted to extinction

By: Bryan Nelson on May 6, 2011, 12:45 p.m.
An old photo of a Bubal Hartebeest

Photo: Wiki Commons/public domain

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Bubal hartebeest

Common throughout Northern Africa and the Middle East, the Bubal hartebeest was once used for sacrificial purposes by the ancient Egyptians and was even mentioned in the Old Testament.

Even so, this magnificent beast was no match for Europeans hunters, who systematically wiped the species out for meat and sport.

This picture depicts the last known Bubal Hartebeest, a female, which died in the Paris Zoo in 1923.