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What are the causes of extinction?

If you've read about the different animals on these pages, you'll see that they have become endangered or extinct for many different reasons. Conservation biologists - scientists who try to stop endangered species from dying out - use the word 'hippo' to remember the different things that threaten animals and plants, because each letter of 'hippo' stands for a different threat.

Click on each of the letters on the hippo below to find out what each one stands for.

Hilda the hippo H is for... I is for... P is for... P is for... O is for...

Find out about the extinct and endangered animals in the Museum.

Hilda the hippo Dodo
Coelacanth
Thylacine
Blue whale
Golden toad
Giant panda
Passenger pigeon
Schaus' swallowtail

Go to the Homepage to find out about hippos and the causes of extinction.