Extinct Animals Found Alive Facts

On December 23rd of 1938 a fishing trawler, that had been fishing along the South African coast pulled back into port at East London, South Africa. A curator of a small museum in East London, by the name of Marjorie Courtenay Latimer, who often looked over the fisherman's catches for any unusual specimens went to the dock to take a look. That day she certainly did find an unusual specimen, lying their among the fishermen's catch was a fish that was thought to have gone extinct 65 million years ago; a coelacanth (pronounced SEEL-uh-kanth). This is perhaps the most famous example of what were believed to be extinct animals found alive, but as you will see in the list of interesting facts below not the only one. Unfortunately animal extinctions, often caused by human hunting and habitat encroachment, are not rare; however finding animals thought extinct still alive is very rare. In the list below are 5 animals once thought extinct but that were found alive. This information is written for both kids and adults and includes where these animals were re- discovered, when they were found, and why they were thought extinct.

List of Extinct Animals Found Alive


Caspian horse

Laotian Rock Rat

Woolly Flying Squirrel

Miller's Grizzled Langur