"I can't wait to bomb some dodongoes!"
- Link talking about dodongoes
After Evil Link took over most of Hyrule in 2030, he tried to drive dodongoes into extinction by launching air strikes against known dodongo habitats and forcing all Hylians to bury bombs across the countryside. By the time Evil Link was assassinated in 2040, there were fewer than 9,000 dodongoes still living, most in the mountains of Koridai. Some conservationists started capturing dodongoes and relocating them to the mainland, but now everyone knew how easy it was to bomb them. There were only seven left, all in zoos, when the bombing of dodongoes was banned in 2355. Since then, their numbers have increased and they have been reintroduced into the wild.