Do the words “giant galliwasp”, “thylacine” and “moa” ring a bell? These are some of the creatures that once roamed our planet, but became extinct for various reasons including, unfortunately, human activity. They feature in a new series of vintage posters released by travel portal Expedia UK. The series, titled “Unknown Tourism“, is designed to raise awareness about what we stand to lose if we don’t protect our natural treasures.
Six illustrations spotlight animals that were endemic to different countries. The giant galliwasp, a long, slithery reptile, could be spotted sunning on a rock in Jamaica. The thylacine, aka the Tasmanian tiger, was one of Australasia’s most fierce predators until it was hunted to extinction in 1936. “Information about a country’s extinct wildlife can’t always be found in the guidebook,” Matt Lindley, a spokesperson for the project, was quoted saying, “Yet it still forms part of a country’s cultural heritage and is something you may want to know about when you travel.” Click through for a glimpse of wonderful critters that were gone too soon.