This is ‘Benjamin,’ the last known surviving Tasmanian Tiger. He was placed in the Beaumaris Zoo in 1933, died in 1936, and the thylacine species was declared extinct in 1982. (They’re also known as the Tasmanian Wolf.)

There have been thousands of sightings reported from mainland Australia since the extinction date, but none has been confirmed.


September 7th, 1936

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.

-The Pine Barrens Institute

Zoologists hunting Tasmanian tiger declare 'no doubt' species still alive
Team claims that it has 'highly credible' witnesses and has found animal faeces that could belong to the extinct thylacine
By Oliver Milman

The 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.”


The numbat is the most evolutionarily distinct marsupial in the world, having no real living relatives.  In fact, its closest relation is the now-extinct Thylacine, or Tasmanian tiger.  It is one of only two marsupials that is diurnal, has no pouch, and is the only marsupial and feeds exclusively on social insects.  Once widespread throughout Australia, it is now extinct in 99% of its former range.

The Tiger of Tasmania (Thylacinus cynocephalus) stands unique amid the chaotic world of cryptozoology. Unlike a host of other cryptids, the Tasmanian Tiger, or thylacine, is believed to still be alive by a much larger majority of people. True, most scientists believe it to be extinct, but since 1936 (when the last Tiger “officially” died) there have literally been hundreds of sightings. Although many of them could be labeled a case of misidentification, Steven Smith, a wildlife officer who has searched for the animal, concluded in a detailed study that of a total of 320 sightings between 1934 and 1980, just under half could be considered good sightings.

So join us now, reader, as we embark into the study of the Tasmanian Tiger. The thylacine was similar to a large, long dog. With a slender, stiff tail and a somewhat big head, it reached an approximate length of 6 feet (180 cm - nose to tail) when full grown, and stood about 2 feet high (58 cm) at the shoulder. Except for the 13-20 black stripes that extended from the base of the tail to the shoulder area, its body was of a grayish-brown to tawny gray to a yellow brown color.

Thylacines were taciturn in nature. They were extremely shy, secretive, and rarely made a sound, save when one was anxious or excited. In such a case, a series of husky, coughing barks were made. When hunting, they gave a characteristic double yap, repeated every few seconds. With regards to hunting, thylacines relied on a fine sense of smell. They also had an incredible stamina, pursuing their prey relentlessly until it was exhausted.

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It’s a sombre day

Today, September 7, marks the 80th anniversary of the death of the last known thylacine (aka Tasmanian wolf/tiger). After keepers forgot to let it in for the night the animal, commonly known as “Benjamin”, froze to death in the outside portion of its enclosure.

Captured in the Florentine Valley of Tasmania in 1933 by Elias Churchill, the animal was sent to the Hobart Zoo where it lived out the last 3 years of its life, many years later becoming one of the main poster children of extinction.

Rest easy Benjamin (??? - Sept 7 1936).