The Tragic Story of the Dodo Bird: When Did It Go Extinct?

The dodo bird is a famous animal that once roamed the island of Mauritius in the Indian Ocean. Unfortunately, it went extinct several hundred years ago due to human activity and habitat destruction.

Background Information

The dodo bird was a flightless bird that lived on the island of Mauritius for many years before humans arrived. It was first discovered by Dutch sailors in 1598 who were sailing through the region looking for new trade routes to Asia. The birds were easy prey for these sailors because they were slow-moving and didn’t have any natural predators on the island.

Habitat Destruction

As more settlers began to arrive on Mauritius, they brought with them new animals such as rats and pigs which destroyed much of the dodo’s habitat. These animals ate many of the plants that the birds relied on for food, making it difficult for them to survive.

Additionally, humans started cutting down trees and burning forests to make room for farms and other settlements. This further reduced available habitats where these birds could thrive.


Aside from habitat loss, hunting also played a significant role in driving this species into extinction. Because they were so easily approachable (and delicious), hunters quickly got rid of many populations without regard or care about their impact on future generations.

The Extinction Event

By 1681 there are no known sightings or mentions of dodos in written records anymore; however, some reports exist suggesting people may have hunted them until somewhat later than this date too.
The last confirmed sighting took place sometime around 1693 when two explorers named François Leguat and Jacques Boutier reported seeing what they believed was a single surviving member of this unique species.

Unfortunately since then there have been no more sightings nor evidence supporting claims that some individual(s) might still be alive somewhere out there waiting to be discovered.


In conclusion, the dodo bird went extinct in the late 17th century due to a combination of human activity that destroyed their habitats and over-hunting. It is an unfortunate reminder of how our actions can have lasting effects on the environment around us. Today, it serves as a symbol for conservation efforts worldwide with hope that other species won’t suffer the same fate as these beautiful creatures did.