Tasmanian Tiger (Thylacine) photographed at the Hobart Zoo in 1933
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Tasmanian Tiger (Thylacine) photographed in cage with chicken in 1921.
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The Tasmanian Tiger is extinct - the last Tasmanian Tiger in captivity died in 1936. There are still some who hold out hope that it may still survive in remote parts of Tasmania, but this is extremely unlikely. The tiger is a sandy colour with brown bands across back. The bands are broader towards rear. The head is similar shape to a dog head. The tail held out stiffly behind.
100-130cm. Tail 50-65cm
open forest and woodland
kangaroos and wallabies
records show that it gave birth to 2-3 young
The distribution map shows the former range in Tasmania. Was once widespread on mainland but became extinct there long before European settlement.
Map is from Atlas of Living Australia website at http://biocache.ala.org.au licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia License
The species was hunted for decades, but there may also have been disease involved in its extinction. The Tasmainian government passed laws to protect it in 1936, but it was too late by then to save it.
The conservation status in the 2004 IUCN Red List of Threatened Animals is "extinct".
|Common Name:||Tasmanian Tiger (Thylacine)|