The thylacine, also commonly known as the Tasmanian tiger or Tasmanian wolf, is an extinct carnivorous marsupial that was native to the Australian mainland and the islands of Tasmania and New Guinea.

Scientific name: Thylacinus cynocephalus Extinction statusExtinct

What happened to the last Tasmanian tiger?

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On 7 September 1936 only two months after the species was granted protected status, the last known thylacine died from exposure at Beaumaris Zoo in Hobart Tasmania Australia

Why is the last known Tasmanian tiger in the news?

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Though they’ve been extinct for more than 85 years, Tasmanian tigers have been back in the news recently because a United States-based company has unveiled a controversial plan to bring the species back.

Amazing Facts About the Tasmanian Tiger

  • The Tasmanian Tiger was the largest carnivorous marsupial in modern times.
  • It is called the Tasmanian Tiger because of the stripes on its lower back.
  • Its scientific name is Thylacinus Cynocephalus, which comes from Greek, meaning “Dog Headed Pouched One”.
  • In 1986 it was declared that the Tasmanian Tiger had been extinct since 1936 after the last known individual had died in Hobart Zoo, Tasmania.
  • Some zoologists believe they are still alive due to droppings that were found but there have been no officially confirmed sightings.

The Tasmanian Tiger is thought to have been the closest relative to the Tasmanian Devil.

These creatures were very shy and avoided humans so were not dangerous to us.

Their extinction was due to hunting by humans as well as competition with other small predators such as dingos. It is thought that the introduction of dogs by humans as well as human encroachment into their habitat also contributed to their decline.

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