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Extinct and endangered

Museums are probably the only places you can see extinct animals and often the only places you can see some endangered animals. Although we prefer animals to be left in the wild today, scientists can use the information they gain from museum collections to understand more about the animals still in the wild.

Hilda the hippo Select one of the links below to find out more about animals in the Museum.

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

Or find out what extinction really is, and meet our hippo by answering these questions.
What does being extinct mean?
What are the causes of extinction?
What can you do to help?

There are heaps of different facts, figures, pictures and resources about extinct and endangered animals in this section. Please use them for you schoolwork or projects - they are free to everybody who wants them for educational non-profit purposes.

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.