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.

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Ivory Billed Woodpecker of the Bayou

#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.

star 8.47
17 votes
The Galapagos Giant

#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.

star 8.13
31 votes
Colombian Dinosaur

#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.

star 8.07
15 votes
The Dracula Monkey of Borneo

#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.

star 8.00
25 votes
The Legendary Cape Lion

#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.

star 7.94
31 votes
The Hidden Turtle of Vietnam

#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.

star 7.88
8 votes
White Wolf of Newfoundland

#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.

star 7.81
32 votes
The Zanzibar Leopard

#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.

star 7.80
45 votes
Southern Rocky Mountain Wolf

#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.

star 7.76
17 votes
Formosan Clouded Leopard

#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.

star 7.72
18 votes
Florida Black Panther

#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.

star 7.68
25 votes
The Caribbean Monk Seal

#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.

star 7.67
27 votes
The Madagascar Giant

#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.

star 7.54
35 votes
The Asian Unicorn

#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.

star 7.44
18 votes
The Javan Tiger

#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.

star 7.43
23 votes
The Dodo of the North

#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.

star 7.31
26 votes
Madagascar Dwarf Hippo

#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.

star 7.30
10 votes
The Tasmanian Tiger Down Under

#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.

star 6.79
24 votes