The last Tasmanian Tiger or Thylacine dying at Hobart Zoo in 1936 will probably be remembered by grandparents all over the world, but for future generations it will be another species that has been lost to time.
Thylacines were endemic to Australia but the introduction of domestic dogs onto the mainland meant that they were restricted to the island of Tasmania. Thylacines found their home in open forests and grasslands.
Unfortunately the downfall of the Thylacines came at the hands of humans, as they were considered a threat to sheep and livestock. For this reason they were hunted, trapped and poisoned and fell prey to domestic dogs which were introduced.
The last recorded wild Thylacine was in 1933 which was captured and taken to Hobart Zoo where it died three years later.
There are many other species that are in danger of becoming extinct in our lifetime if we don’t act to soon to conserve them. For more information on which species are close to extinction visit the IUCN Red List.
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