8 Animals Believed Extinct That Were Found Alive

Australian Night Parrot

Australian night parrots are extinct birds that still exist. They are little, short-tailed, and have yellowish-green, dark brown, black, and yellow foliage. They are not extinct animals. You can infer from their name that they are nocturnal!


Coelacanths (pronounced "see-la-canths") were assumed to have gone extinct 65 million years ago along with dinosaurs, one was discovered in 1938 in the West Indian Ocean close to South Africa. In 1998, a second coelacanth was captured off the coast of Indonesia.

New Guinea

The New Guinea big-eared bat may have remained concealed from view for a long time since it doesn't appear to be significantly different from other bat species. Its curved nose, nostril skin, and ear size are the key differences. 

Cuban Solenodon

Originally from Cuba, this small nocturnal rodent resembles a shrew and inhabits the Nipe-Sagua-Baracoa mountain region where it forages for insects. It is among the very few mammals that can sting. In 1970, they were deemed extinct.

Terror Skink 

The terrifyingly called terror skink is a 20-inch lizard that is indigenous to the Pacific Ocean island of New Calendonia. The terror skink gets its name from its voracious appetite and pointed, curved teeth.  

Fernandina Island Tortoise

The Fernandina Island tortoise was believed to be extinct for a century, but it was rediscovered in 2019. This stunning tortoise features saddle-backing unique to Galapogos on its front carapace and incredibly flared scutes.


This flightless swamphen, native to New Zealand, was hunted by the Maori for generations before to its classification by Europeans. It's a stunning bird with brilliant blue wings and dazzling dark blue head feathers. 

Gracilidris Ants

It appears that all it takes to convince people that you are extinct is for you to be extremely little, bury deeply, and only venture outside the nest at night. This is the case with the Gracilidis species of ants. It was thought to be extinct for more than 15 million years