Friday, August 5, 2011


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.’

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.

Thylacine family at Beaumaris Zoo in Hobart, 1910

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