The BEST Episodes of Extinct or Alive
Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!
Last Updated: Nov 25, 2021
Network: Animal Planet
What if extinct animals weren't really extinct? The methods used to declare a species extinct are not as fool proof as people might assume. The search is on for wildlife adventurer and biologist Forrest Galante, as he explores the real stories behind animals thought to be gone forever and tries to prove their existence.
#1 - Ivory Billed Woodpecker of the Bayou
Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired Dec 11, 2019
Forrest is determined to find out if the famously reclusive Ivory Billed Woodpecker still exists. The alligator and poisonous snake infested swamps of Louisiana make for a challenging mission, but he is prepared for anything.
#2 - The Galapagos Giant
Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired Oct 23, 2019
Forrest is in the Galapagos seeking the Fernandina Tortoise, an animal that was only seen once, over 100 years ago. The clues are here, along with an abundance of incredibly unique species, raising hopes of a historic discovery.
#3 - Colombian Dinosaur
Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired Dec 4, 2019
Deep in the jungles of Colombia, Forrest is on a mission to prove the Rio Apaporis Caiman still exists. Locals believe this crocodilian resides within a lawless land inhabited by guerilla rebels, kidnappers, and deadly predators.
#4 - The Dracula Monkey of Borneo
Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired Oct 30, 2019
Forrest returns to the volcanic islands of Indonesia to find the Millers Grizzled Langur, otherwise known as the Dracula monkey. When locals inform him of an illegal pet market, his search quickly evolves into a rescue mission.
#5 - The Legendary Cape Lion
Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired Nov 6, 2019
Forrest ventures home to Zimbabwe in search of the mysterious Cape lion; he and the crew navigate the African bush determined to get DNA proof, facing threats of charging rhinos and huge prides of lions.
#6 - The Hidden Turtle of Vietnam
Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired Nov 27, 2019
In Vietnam, Forrest teams up with a conservation group to save the largest turtle species in the world from extinction. Using cutting edge technology, they attempt to find a suitor for the last and only surviving Giant Softshell.
#7 - White Wolf of Newfoundland
Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Jun 24, 2018
Forrest teams up with a specialist in Newfoundland in search of a predator that was declared extinct in 1930; the duo meets with a hunter that shot what is believed to be a wolf and uncovers evidence that suggests the species could be alive.
#8 - The Zanzibar Leopard
Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Jun 10, 2018
Forrest sets out on a history-making expedition in Zanzibar, revealing species that have never before been filmed and capturing evidence that leads to an unforgettable conclusion on the Zanzibar Leopard, an animal declared extinct 25 years ago.
#9 - Southern Rocky Mountain Wolf
Season 2 - Episode 10 - Aired Dec 18, 2019
The Southern Rocky Mountain wolf hasn't been seen in almost 80 years, but recent cattle attacks spark the possibility that it still exists. Trekking high into the Sierras, Forrest is determined to bring it out of hiding.
#10 - Formosan Clouded Leopard
Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired Jul 22, 2018
Forrest tracks clues and eyewitness accounts suggesting that the Formosan clouded leopard is still alive after being declared extinct; he treks deep into the jungles of Taiwan where a run-in with a predator might just solve a mystery.
#11 - Florida Black Panther
Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Jul 1, 2018
Forrest combs the Florida Everglades for a predator rumored to exist for years, the Black Panther; it might be a case of mistaken identity, but while scouring the landscape, discoveries suggest that it might be more than a rumor.
#12 - The Caribbean Monk Seal
Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired Nov 13, 2019
Forest sets off on a dangerous, shark-infested search for the extinct Caribbean monk seal. To prove its existence, he and the crew descend into deep waters where they come face-to-face with a giant tiger shark.
#13 - The Madagascar Giant
Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Jun 17, 2018
Madagascar's Pachylemurs were red, furry giants, nearly the size of great apes; recently discovered remains disprove that they went extinct 1000 years ago; Forrest scales the canopy of the jungle.
#14 - The Asian Unicorn
Season 2 - Episode 9 - Aired Dec 18, 2019
In Vietnam, Forrest treks through the world's largest cave searching for the Saola in a hidden oasis. This exotic species was only recently discovered, but rumors swirl that "The Asian Unicorn" might already be extinct.
#15 - The Javan Tiger
Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Jul 8, 2018
Forrest Galante visits the island of Java in Indonesia to look for the Javan Tiger; this exotic predator was declared extinct in 2003, but park rangers and locals have had recent sightings and are collecting evidence of its existence.
#16 - The Dodo of the North
Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired Jul 29, 2018
Forrest travels to the Faroe Islands to look for any trace of the great auk; his passionate search for a large flightless seabird takes him through some of the most scenic and rugged terrain he's ever seen.
#17 - Madagascar Dwarf Hippo
Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired Nov 20, 2019
Known for being a pint-size version of its African cousin, the Malagasy Dwarf Hippo has been written off as extinct for 1000 years. Forrest and a local biologist to trek through the bush of Madagascar to prove it still survives.
#18 - The Tasmanian Tiger Down Under
Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Jul 15, 2018
After numerous credible eyewitness accounts of the Tasmanian Tiger in Australia, James Cook University has researchers on the move; Forrest joins their study before heading deep into the Cape York Peninsula.