Unabated hunting by sailors and explorers were the main reason why the dodos went extinct.
Second—the western explorers and sailors didn’t come to the island of Mauritius alone.
They also brought foreign animals like rats, cats, dogs, pigs etc.
What killed off the dodo bird?
The dodo bird is just one of the bird species driven to extinction on Mauritius. Many others were lost in the 19th century when the dense Mauritian forests were converted into tea and sugar plantations. Of the 45 bird species originally found on Mauritius, only 21 have managed to survive.
How did dodos become extinct?
It’s commonly believed that the dodo went extinct because Dutch sailors ate the beast to extinction after finding that the bird was incredibly easy to catch due to the fact it had no fear of humans, (why it didn’t fear the creature many times its size is a mystery for another day).
What happened to the last dodo bird?
In the following years, the bird was hunted by sailors and invasive species, while its habitat was being destroyed. The last widely accepted sighting of a dodo was in 1662. Among these is a dried head, the only soft tissue of the dodo that remains today.
Can dodo birds still be alive?
The Dodo Bird Lived on the Island of Mauritius
Less than 65 years later, the dodo was completely extinct; the last confirmed sighting of this hapless bird was in 1662.