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The last thylacine (silent)

Extract from Native Animals of Australia (1934)

Intertitles and image are used to show the Tasmanian tiger or thylacine. An intertitle states that the ‘Tasmanian Wolf (or Tiger) Thylacinus cynocephalus is extinct on the mainland and becoming very rare in Tasmania’. 

On 7 September 1936 the last known thylacine, ‘Benjamin’, died at Beaumaris Zoo in Hobart in Tasmania. The species had been given protected status just two months before. Around 5000 thylacines were in Tasmania when Europeans settled there. But over-hunting combined with habitat destruction and introduced disease quickly led to the extinction of the species.

NFSA: 13127 Documentary (silent) courtesy National Film and Sound Archive

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