Thylacine / Tasmanian Tiger - the largest known carnivorous marsupial of modern times. Native to Australia, Tasmania and New Guinea. Last wild Tasmanian tiger was killed by a farmer in 1930, last captive died in 1936. Declared extinct in 1986. ... Or is it? Reports of sightings in Tasmania, from highly respected sources, suggest that it may still be hanging in there by a thread.
Coelacanth (pronouncd 'see-la-canth) In 1932, Marjorie Courtenay Latimer was a curator of a small museum in East London, South Africa. On December 23rd, she went to visit a friend of hers in order to wish him a merry Christmas. This friend, a local sea Captain, had just returned with a fresh catch. Before leaving, she suddenly noticed something bizarre amongst the caught fish and investigated.
Extinct! Commonly known as the Tasmanian Tiger, the Thylacine was the largest known carnivorous marsupial of modern times. Virtually wiped out in the wild due to constant hunting (they were thought to be a threat to sheep and other small farm animals) and the encroachment of humans on their already limited habitat the Thylacine was finally recognized as being in danger of becoming extinct in 1936, too little, too late as that same year the last Thylacine, named Benjamin, died on 7 September…
The Tasmanian tiger becomes extinct - a picture from the past On 7 September 1936, the death of the last officially recorded thylacine occurred at Hobart Zoo in Tasmania. A carnivorous marsupial, the thylacine was also known as the Tasmanian tiger or Tasmanian wolf. It is believed to have become extinct as a result of disease, the introduction of dogs in Tasmania and from being hunted by humans. Article and photos. CLICK