Tasmanian tigerDate: 20 October 2019 Tags: Biodiversity
Several people in Australia have reported seeing Tasmanian tigers, a large, carnivorous marsupial that went extinct about 80 years ago.
The thylacine, also known as the Tasmanian tiger bears some resemblance to a dog, with its distinguishing features being the dark stripes beginning at the rear of its body and extending into its tail, its stiff tail and abdominal pouch.
The Tasmanian tiger, or thylacine (a dog headed pouched dog) was an exclusively carnivorous marsupial that is considered to be extinct. The last known thylacine died in captivity over 80 years ago, in Tasmania’s Hobart Zoo in 1936.
It may also be the only mammal to have become extinct in Tasmania since the European settlement.
The thylacine was widespread over continental Australia, extending North to New Guinea and south to Tasmania.
It was confined to Tasmania in recent times and disappeared from mainland Australia over 2000 years ago, mainly because of over-hunting by humans, diseases and competition from the Dingo, a wild dog native to Australia.
The Thylacine was also persecuted because it was believed to be a threat to sheep and in its latter years it was hunted for the purposes of collection by museums and zoos.
As per some accounts, the introduction of sheep in 1824 led to a conflict between the settlers and thylacine.
According to IUCN, the species is specified as Extinct.