Thursday, 12 June 2014

Today's daily Tasmanian tiger pic ...

This picture was taken in Hobart Zoo, where the last tiger (thylacine) officially died in 1936. The unknown zoo keeper in the picture would have known the last of the species as 'Benjamin'. In 1938 the Royal Zoological Society let a search for evidence of the tiger in western Tasmania and found some proof of the animal's continued existence, bringing back casts of footprints, but never spotted an actual tiger. The expedition's leader, Michael Sharland, even went as far as to recommend that an area in the NW of the island be reserved for tigers.