The end. If a species is extinct, that's it. The last living individual of a species has died. Often, long before this, the capacity to breed and recover has passed since a long time. Or the population was too small to have enough genetic variation to survive. It can be hard to determine if a species is truely distinct. If it has not been observed for a while, does not mean that the last animal of that species has died.
Some species are thought to be extinct for a while, but turn out to be quite vivid, like with the living fossil Coelacanth
, a fish thought to be extinct for over 65 million years in the Dinosaur Era until it was rediscovered in 1938.
The only way to make some photos of extinct species, is to photograph some fossils or a nice stuffed Dodo in a museum of natural history.
To have an idea what this conservation status and Red List is all about, let's quote the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species
"The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species provides taxonomic, conservation status and distribution information on plants and animals that have been globally evaluated using the IUCN Red List Categories and Criteria. This system is designed to determine the relative risk of extinction, and the main purpose of the IUCN Red List is to catalogue and highlight those plants and animals that are facing a higher risk of global extinction (i.e. those listed as Critically Endangered, Endangered and Vulnerable). The IUCN Red List also includes information on plants and animals that are categorized as Extinct or Extinct in the Wild; on taxa that cannot be evaluated because of insufficient information (i.e., are Data Deficient); and on plants and animals that are either close to meeting the threatened thresholds or that would be threatened were it not for an ongoing taxon-specific conservation programme (i.e., are Near Threatened).
Sorry, no photos yet! Schaapmans has made photos of Extinct species, however they are not yet uploaded to Flickr or not properly tagged yet. The photos will become available in the future.