Benjamin, the last Tasmanian Tiger, was an endling. Photographed at Hobart Zoo in 1933.

This was a word I had not heard until recently. An endling is the final individual of a species. When the endling dies, the species dies with it, and becomes extinct. Other words that were suggested for this were ender, terminarch, or relict. How lonely it must be to be an endling.

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Author: Janet Carr

Fashion, beauty and animal loving language consultant from South Africa living in Stockholm, Sweden.

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