Since 2011, groups in the UK and internationally have met on the last day of November to hold memorials for extinct species. There have been ceremonies for the Great Auk (d.1844) and vigils for missing butterflies. In Brighton, paper flags inspired by Mexico’s Day of the Dead were waved in a procession for the Caribbean Monk Seal (d.1952). In 2014 there were a number of centenary memorials to the Passenger Pigeon (d.1914).

In 2016 participants around the world marked the day in a wide range of ways. Some people chose to remember the 80th anniversary of the thylacine (aka the Tasmanian Tiger) – a top predator, wiped out by hunting and habitat destruction in the twentieth century. See a compilation of 2016 events here.

Burial at sea for the great auk, Brighton 2011

Feral Theatre’s Thylacine Tribute Cabaret, September 2016. Photo: Mari Opmeer

remembering-the-western-black-rhinoChildren remember the Western Black Rhino, Carmarthenshire, 2012

Tree climb for lost lemurs, Glasgow 2016

In 2015, Brighton’s ONCA Gallery marked Remembrance Day for Lost Species with the casting of a Bell for Lost Species, made at ONCA by Ore and Ingot mobile foundry. Read a blog post about the event by Nick Hunt. In the lead-up to the event, local schoolchildren were invited to enter a competition to design the logo to be embossed on the Bell for Lost Species.

Ore & Ingot’s mobile foundry. O&R cast the Bell for Lost Species, 2015

solitaireProcession for the Rodrigues Solitaire in Brighton 2012. Photo: Ben Ellsworth

Martha’s Flock, Carmarthen, 2014. Artist Emily Laurens. Photo: Keely Clarke