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Candidate Species

Criteria are emerging for determining which animal species are possible candidates for genetic rescue or genetic assistance. The animals pictured below may meet some or all of these criteria.

All images are from Wikipedia and are in the public domain. Each image is a link to the candidate’s Wikipedia page.

Candidate Species for De-extinction:

BIRDS OF AMERICAS

cuban_red_macaw

Cuban red macaw

Ivory_billed_woodpecker

Ivory billed woodpecker

imperial_woodpecker

Imperial woodpecker

Heath_Hens

Heath hens

Labrador duck

Labrador duck

LARGE FLIGHTLESS BIRDS

Dodo

Dodo

GreatAuk

Great Auk

Upland_Moa

New Zealand giant moa

elephant_bird

Madagascar elephant bird

PACIFIC ISLAND BIRDS

Huia

Huia (New Zealand)

Moho_braccatus

O’o (Hawaii)

PLEISTOCENE MEGAFAUNA

Wooly_Mammoth-RBC

Woolly mammoth

KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA

Woolly rhinoceros

Irish elk

Irish elk

PLANTS

Paschalococos_disperta_palm

Easter Island palm

INSECTS

Xerces_Blue

Xerces blue butterfly

AFRICAN ANIMALS

Quagga

Quagga (plains zebra)

EUROPEAN ANIMALS

vig_aurochs_gray_by_phan_tom-d64mh39-4

Auroch

Pyrenean_Ibex

Pyrenean ibex (bucardo)

Thylacinus_cynocephalus

Thylacine (Tasmanian tiger)

SEA MAMMALS

steller's_sea_cow

Steller’s sea cow

caribbean_monk_seal

Caribbean monk seal

Candidate Species for Genetic Assistance:

BIRDS

602px-Corvus_hawaiiensis_FWS

Hawaiian Crow

120px-Prairie_Chicken-Attwater's

Attwater’s Prairie Chicken

120px-Amakihi

Hawaiian honeycreeper

93px-Nipponia_nippon_1838

Crested Ibis

80px-New_Zealand_Kakapo_Felix

New Zealand Kakapo

NEW WORLD ANIMALS

Black-footed_Ferret_001

Black-footed ferret

300px-Bufo_periglenes2

Amphibians

220px-Big-eared-townsend-fledermaus

Bats

Golden Lion Tamarin

Golden Lion Tamarin

AFRICAN ANIMALS

600px-Cheetah

Cheetah

621px-PLoSONE-NorthernWhiteRhino-SuniNabire

Northern White Rhino

Hirola

Hirola

CHINESE & SOUTHEAST ASIAN ANIMALS

250px-Rhinoceros_sondaicus_in_London_Zoo

Javan rhinoceros

Sumatran_rhinoceros_four_days_old

Sumatran rhinoceros

120px-Rafetus_Leloii

Yangtze giant softshell turtle

ANIMALS OF ARABIAN PENINSULA

Arabian Oryx

Arabian Oryx

AUSTRALIAN ANIMALS

200px-Haarnasenwombat_(Lasiorhinus_krefftii)

Wombat

120px-IMG_0572_tasmanian_devil

Tasmanian devil