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.
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.
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.”