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13 animals hunted to extinction

May 6, 2011, 12:45 p.m.
A stuffed Zanzibar Leopard

Photo: Helle V. Goldman e Jon Winther-Hansen/Wiki Commons/GNU

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Zanzibar leopard

Found only in the Zanzibar archipelago of Tanzania, this unique subspecies of leopard may have gone extinct as recently as the 1990s.

Due to the widespread but ridiculous belief among locals that these cats are kept by witches and sent by them to cause harm, an extermination campaign was launched and has been underway for decades.

Though reports still occasionally surface of sightings of Zanzibar leopards, none have been confirmed since the 1980s and most zoologists presume the extermination campaigns have succeeded.