Last Thylacine

Benjamin, the last known thylacine, Hobart Zoo, 1933

‘The thylacine was the largest known carnivorous marsupial of modern times. It is commonly known as the Tasmanian tiger. Native to continental Australia, Tasmania and New Guinea, it is thought to have become extinct in the 20th century.

‘The thylacine had become extremely rare or extinct on the Australian mainland before European settlement of the continent, but it survived on the island of Tasmania. Intensive hunting encouraged by bounties is generally blamed for its extinction. Despite its official classification as extinct, sightings are still reported, though none proven.’

- Wikipedia

Thylacine rock art at Ubirr c.1000BC

Bagged thylacine, 1869

Thylacine with a chicken, 1921. This image was widely distributed and may have helped secure the animal's reputation as a poultry thief. In fact the image is cropped to hide the thylacine's fenced run and housing.

Wilf Batty with the last thylacine killed in the wild, 1930

Thylacine family at Beaumaris Zoo in Hobart, 1910

Stuffed thylacine

Below: footage of the last thylacine, 1933

Image of stuffed thylacine by Torsten Blackwood

Thank you to Freddie

7 comments to Last Thylacine

  • D.

    This is yet another reason I hate my species. Eventually there will be no fish, no birds…I’m just glad I will be long dead before that.

  • Ed

    We’ll be extinct soon too I expect, then the world will have a chance.

  • Miss Romwell

    A rather better preserved stuffed thylacine than the one featured here is on permanent display at Bristol City Museum here in the UK.

  • Kenna

    I’ve been enchanted with thylacines since I was 12 years old. They look so beautiful in pictures, I’ve always wished desperately that I could see one living and breathing in real life.

  • peggy

    Anit man lovely we so good to the animals last of its kind driven mad in a cage

  • Steve

    I would imagine they could get some DNA from the stuffed examples (or elsewhere)… if so, maybe they can ‘clone’ some again in the near future!

  • ktfaye

    There have been lots of sightings in recent years in the wilds of tasmania. Whether actual or wishful thinking, I’m not sure, but I’m hoping they’re in the backcountry somewhere. I seem to recall there’s a website devoted to investigating the sightings somewhere.

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