The Thylacine was the largest known carnivorous marsupial of modern times. It is commonly known as the Tasmanian tiger (because of its striped lower back) or the Tasmanian wolf. Native to continental Australia, Tasmania and New Guinea, it is believed to have become extinct in the 20th century. It was the last extant member of its family, Thylacinidae; specimens of other members of the family have been found in the fossil record dating back to the late Oligocene.
The Thylacine had become extremely rare or extinct on the Australian mainland before British settlement of the continent, but it survived on the island of Tasmania along with several other endemic species, including the Tasmanian Devil. Intensive hunting encouraged by bounties is generally blamed for its extinction, but other contributing factors may have been disease, the introduction of dogs, and human encroachment into its habitat. Despite its official classification as extinct, sightings are still reported, though none has been conclusively proven.
About the video: Compilation of all five known Australian silent films featuring the recently extinct thylacines, shot in Hobart Zoo, Tasmania, Australia. Benjamin, the last specimen, is shown in the footage starting from 2:05. The clips are separated by fades.
Monster Hunters follows the adventures of every day men and women who make it their personal goal to discover and document cryptids (also known as monsters) around the world. Within this documentary, hunters search for the Jersey Devil, Alien Big Cats, the Chupacabra, Caddy, the Yowie, and the Thylacine.
The Oxford Dictionary defines a cryptid as “An animal whose existence or survival is disputed or unsubstantiated”.
The last confirmed thylacine was the one, commonly known nowadays as Benjamin, who died at the Hobart Zoo in 1936. Though the species wasn’t officially declared extinct until the 1980s, it’s more than likely it was long gone far before then. However, since Benjamin’s death there have been thousands of supposed sightings of the thylacine, making its official status as “Extinct” hotly disputed.
Exactly 80 years ago today, the worlds last captive Thylacine - affectionately known as Benjamin - died at the Hobart Zoo in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia. The creatures life was ultimately cut short due to being locked out of its sheltered sleeping quarters and freezing to death in the harsh Tasmanian night. This date of September 7th, is officially thought to be the last time anyone was able to see one of these magnificent marsupials alive in the world.
That same year, the Thylacine would be added to the endangered species list. Fifty years later, the worlds largest carnivorous marsupial would officially be declared extinct due to the direct eradication of the species carried out by human beings.
To honor the memory of Benjamin, Australia celebrates National Threatened Species Day every year on September 7th. This tradition was started in 1996 and this year marks its 20th anniversary.
thylacine, which looked much like a striped, elongated dog, was
zealously hunted by European settlers. They were trapped, snared, shot
and poisoned, due to fears the animal would ravage sheep stocks.
Several attempts have been found to prove the animal still exists,
although the Tasmanian government states that there is “no conclusive
evidence” it lives on.
That won’t deter Freeman, who plans several return trips to prove mainstream science wrong.
“I’ll be coming back again and again,” he said. “The people who say
they’ve seen it have nothing to gain and everything to lose. I’d say
there is a population of at least 300 of them.”