tasmanian-tiger

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A drawing I did in 2011 as a birthday gift for my boyfriend who loves thylacines! I tried to make the drawing as accurate as possible, since accurate drawings of them are kind of hard to come by.
(One of the main things I’ve noticed is that the tail has very short fur, making it a bit shiny, with a little brush of hair on the tip. The way the contrast is increased on most publications of old photos makes the bony structure on the tail easily misinterpreted as stripes. In comparison, check out this 1902 painting by Joseph Gleeson which was referenced from living thylacines shortly after their arrival at a zoo.)
We’ve collected a large collection of references over the years and there’s an excellent German book on them that even includes stuff like graphs of the fur directions. Luckily I can read German!
The original has pretty faint colors because I used a box of cheap pencils from my childhood, so on the scan I pumped up the contrast quite a bit. I don’t remember for sure but I believe I traced the drawing onto the grey cardboard by covering the back of the sketch with white pencil and then tracing over the sketch by pressing the pencil very hard, like inverted carbon paper.

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This is the Extinct Species Graveyard at the Bronx Zoo in New York. The only “gravestone” not included in this post is that of the Labrador Duck.

I was very pleased to find this little display at the zoo even though some of the dates are inaccurate.

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Extinct animals. Don’t forget them.
Thylacine - Yangtze River Dolphin - Ivory-Billed Woodpecker - Quagga - Bubal Hartebeest

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I was fortunate enough to finally view this beautiful thylacine specimen behind the scenes at the AMNH in New York. I have been trying to view it for quite some time if anyone recalls this post!

This was a female that lived at the Bronx Zoo from 1917 to 1919. She was the last of four thylacines to live there [x]. After her death, the New York Zoological Society donated her body to the AMNH. This individual’s skeleton is also part of the museum’s collection.

Unfortunately, none of the AMNH’s thylacine material is currently on public display.

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The thylacine (Thylacinus cynocephalus, Greek for “dog-headed pouched one”) was the largest known carnivorous marsupial of modern times. It is more commonly known as the Tasmanian tiger (because of its striped back). Native to continental Australia, Tasmania and New Guinea, it is thought to have become extinct in the 20th century. It was the last extant member of its family, Thylacinidae, although several related species have been found in the fossil record dating back to the early Miocene.

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 proven.

Analysis of the skeleton suggests that, when hunting, the thylacine relied on stamina rather than speed in the chase.