Officially, the Tasmanian Tiger became extinct back in the 1930s when the last one in captivity died.
The story of its extinction doesn’t make happy reading for most modern folk.
This was the last of its kind – a roughly dog-sized and carnivorous marsupial with stripes on its back something like those of a tiger. According to scientists, the species became extinct on the mainland of Australia around 2,000 years ago but incredibly it managed to survive in numbers in Tasmania until European settlers arrived.
At that time, hunting of them started and domesticated dogs also played a part in driving them to extinction. Official indifference also played a part, even well into the 20th century.
All those in various zoos around the world had died by the 1930s, and the last known example in Hobart Zoo joined them in 1936.
This appalling destruction of an entire species was a completely avoidable tragedy and there are very few people left alive today who can remember seeing one.
However, stories of them being spotted in Far North Queensland just won’t go away. Most recently, a number of reports have surfaced relating to sightings around the Cape York Peninsula. According to reputable scientists, these reports are considered “credible”.
There are now a number of studies being
If these sightings did prove to be correct then that would be a fantastic thing for the environment and Far North Queensland. It would also be incredible that a species that had previously been considered extinct there for 2,000 years was, in fact, still present.
Now if you’re staying in our fantastic Sea Temple Port Douglas accommodation, we can promise you many things but seeing a Tasmanian Tiger strolling along the road isn’t one of them!
Even so, this story does indicate just how wild and natural the land up here is.
It just has to be seen and experienced – so get yourself up here soon!
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