the last tasmanian tiger


Back From The Dead? Reported Sightings Fuel Hope For Return Of Tasmanian Tigers

It has been more than eight decades since the last known Tasmanian tiger died. In that time, the marsupial has become the stuff of textbook sketches and yellowing photographs, little more than a memory aging into oblivion.

But Thylacinus cynocephalus may still be out there.

 Recent “plausible sightings” have challenged the accepted wisdom that the animal has gone extinct — and have inspired researchers at Australia’s James Cook University to commence a quest to find it themselves.

Let’s clarify one thing right away: this animal is no feline. In fact, it’s a marsupial — in the same family as kangaroos — but its face looks a lot like a dog.

“It’s a dog with a pouch,” the university’s Sandra Abell tells All Things Considered. She’s one of the people leading the search in Queensland, Australia.

The Tasmanian tiger, in this photograph taken while the species was still around. terr-bo/Flickr

A Tasmanian tiger in captivity, circa 1930. It is believed that the last wild thylacine was shot in 1930 and the last captive one died in 1936.  Topical Press Agency/Getty Images            


The Tasmanian Tiger: On September 7th of 1936, the last Thylacine (a rare dog-headed marsupial, with a kangaroo-like pouch) died in captivity in the Hobart Zoo, in Australia. The Tasmanian Tigers were driven into extinction by over zealous ranchers, who saw them as a nuisance animal. As a result of this forced extinction, hopeful sightings of the creature persisted straight through to today, but emerging advances in cloning technology may still give these amazing animals another shot at survival. #babettebombshell #hauntedhotel #cryptozoology #endangeredspecies #tasmaniantigers #marsupials #thylacine #cloning #undisclosedtechnology #futurescience #environmentaldistasters #displacedanimals #fortean #xfiles

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anonymous asked:

So pretty much with Australia the whole issue that it's having wouldn't be happening if the dingos weren't killed off? Also you've mentioned that adding nitrogen and phosphate to the soils messed up water and the ground couldn't handle it, but what if it was done gradually? Would that change the outcome? And one last question to bug Roy with, do you think that Tasmanian tigers are still alive?

There are so many compounding factors in this issue that I’m not sure where to begin. Ecology is vastly complicated, much more than the armchair experts on the internet that watched a few documentaries think it is. You could easily spend 4 years studying this topic, and many Aussies actually do, so pleas don’t expect me to be able to explain everything in a single blog post.

If we had just not meddled in any way, then the Australian ecology would be better off than it is now in terms of biodiversity and native animal numbers, but we would not be able to feed the nation as we do.

Dingoes are great, but they’re in trouble. They’re allowed to be shot in most states, treated more like feral dogs which are big problems wherever they are. Feral dogs also crossbreed with dingoes, making viable hybrids which can out compete and outbreed the true dingoes, basically doing more damage to everything. 

When you reintroduce dingoes to an area, they put pressure on introduced foxes and cats, both hunting them directly and forcing them to not hunt at their preferred times of day, which allows small native mammals to survive better. the short version is that the presence of dingoes improves survival for small, native mammals.

Excess nitrogen and phosphorus feeds introduced plants very well, like our pasture species. Roos don’t care what sort of grass they’re eating, so their increase nutrition contributed to their population booms. The runoff of both nitrogen and phosphorus pollute our waterways and we end up with algae blooms.

Nitrogen and phosphorus are added slowly and naturally to soils by volcanic and tectonic activity, and ecosystems certainly adapt when things happen on that sort of timescale, but humans dose the land 2-3 times per year.

Adaptions would happen, but Australia 100,000 years in the future would not be the Australia that I know today.

The previous discussion generated a lot of heated debate, especially from passionate, educated Australians completely incensed by the persistent American habit of assuming the American Way is the right way in every situation. Some of the tags…

And no, unfortunately I don’t think Thylacines are living out there anywhere.

‘Benjamin’ - The last known Thylacine, (Tasmanian Tiger, Tasmanian Wolf) pictured at the Beaumaris Zoo, Hobart, Tasmania. He died on 7 September 1936 - two months after the Tasmanian government was finally persuaded to provide legal protection for the species.


The Hunter

Watched this movie out of random when I was looking through Netflix and didn’t expect much, but it was actually pretty good. Dafoe plays the role of a professional hunter hired to find the last Tasmanian Tiger. According to imfdb, the rifle is a Keppeler KS-V Bullpup. Very obscure rifle made in Germany and as far as I know, they aren’t imported into the U.S. (GRH)

An endling is the term for the last member of a species or subspecies. When an endling dies, it’s species become extinct. There have been several endlings in recent times - Martha, who was the last passenger pigeon, died in 1914 in Cincinnati Zoo. The photo above shows Benjamin, the last Tasmanian Tiger, who lived out the last of his days in Hobart Zoo before he died on 7 September, 1936. Humans can often be an occurring theme in the story of endlings and this was the case for Benjamin, who died of neglect. Probably the most well known endling is Lonesome George, the Pinta Island giant tortoise, who died in 2012.

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).


79 years ago, on September 7, 1936, the world’s last Tasmanian Tiger passed away in captivity.
Though the animal is officially extinct, there have been over 600 sightings since 1936.

“Endling” might just be the loneliest term in the English language. An endling is the last member of a species or subspecies, and when this lone individual dies its species is extinct. Several endlings have been recorded in recent times. Martha, the last passenger pigeon, died in 1914 in Cincinnatti Zoo. She was the last of a species that had numbered several billion before Europeans arrived in North America. Human actions are a oft-repeated theme in the story of endlings. The animal in the photo is Benjamin, the last thylacine (or Tasmanian Tiger). Benjamin - who may have actually been female - lived out his days in Hobart Zoo. On the 7th of September, 1936, Benjamin died due to neglect. Other species endlings have included the last quagga and the Caspian tiger, though there are certainly more we don’t know of.  Perhaps the most well-known recent endling is the Pinta Island giant tortoise Lonesome George, who died on 24th June last year. George’s status as an endling may be rescinded in time; DNA from 17 hybrid tortoises indicates that they have some genetic material from George’s subspecies. Given tortoises’ long lifespans, the researchers have hope that the hybrids’ parents may still be alive somewhere on the Galápagos islands. Unless these purebred specimens are found (if they are still alive), Lonesome George holds a special place as our most famous and recent endling.