Thursday, 3 July 2014

Capturing the last 'known' Tasmanian tiger

This disconsolate looking family group of tigers, crouched and cowering in the corner of a pen,  consists of a mother and three young. Trapped in the Florentine Valley it is believed they were part of a travelling exhibition that toured the island before being sold on to Beaumaris Zoo in Hobart. One of the sad family group was the tiger that was to become known as 'Benjamin' - the name now attributed to the last captive thylacine - who died in an extremely depressed and neglected state, in an unsuitable shelter, at the zoo on Spetember 7, 1936. The species was declared officially extinct 50-years later.