The Need for Modern-Day Extinction Exposure
By most estimates, current rates of species extinction vary between 1,000 and 10,000 times faster than historically normal rates of extinction. Modern Extinction attempts to catalog and bring exposure to all species that have gone extinct in the 21st century.
While other databases exist cataloging recent extinctions of endangered species (for instance, see The Recently Extinct Plants and Animals Database), Modern Extinction attempts to bring extinct species to life for the general public.
A great deal of attention is focused on currently endangered species, and for good reason. However, there is also a great deal of value in knowing of the species that have just become extinct. In general, knowledge of extinct species tends to be limited to iconic species like Dodo birds and the dinosaurs. Modern Extinction seeks to inform the public about the beauty and value of the species dying out in our current time.
Modern Extinction seeks to bring awareness to the species going extinct every day. The hope is that exposure to presently extinct species will help awareness for species that are currently alive and endangered.
2018 saw the extinction of several species. For instance, the Spix's Macaw, made famous by the movie Rio, became officially extinct in the wild this past year. The world's last male northern white rhino, named Sudan, also died in 2018, making the likelihood of the survival of the northern white rhino essentially null. Awareness of these and other extinct species is important for the continued survival of biodiversity en masse.