Martha, the last passenger pigeon died in Cincinnati Zoo on 1 September 1914. At the start of the nineteenth century it is thought that the passenger pigeon was the most abundant bird on the planet.
According to Catesby’s (1720s) eyewitness account they were seen in huge numbers `In Virginia I have seen fly in such continued trains three days successively, that there was not the least interval in loosing sight of them...’
Tragically, almost two centuries later, they became extinct.
Please do come into ZSL Library during September to see a display of these images.