he Thylacine or scientifical known as the Thylacinus Cynocephalus, was more commonly known as the Tasmanian Tiger or Tasmanian Wolf because of the stripes on its back. If you translate Thylacinus Cynocephalus you get ‘dog-headed pouched one’. It was first seen between 1936-1980 in Tasmania, Australia. Their physical features included having an overall body length of approximately 48.43 to 76.77 inches and being a marsupial these tigers have a pouch and a tail like its relative the kangaroo. They had short grey or yellow-brown colored fur with about 13 to 19 dark transverse strips beginning behind the shoulder blades. Their thick bushy tails were used to keep them balance while they were in locomotion, this method was when the animal stood on its hind limbs with its front limbs in the air.
Many tasmanian wolves were held captive in zoos most of their life. The captured animals gave up without a struggle, and died suddenly from shock. The thylacines that lived in zoos had a life expectancy for up to 9 years, but their expectancy in the wild was probably 5-7 years. The thylacines that were inhabited in the wild moved at a show pace and hunted during the night as a single or in pairs. They preferred to eat small rodents such as mice and small birds, but they were also seen preying on sheep. It had been witnessed that this marsupial would only eat with it killed,and that it would never return to the site of the killing.The wolves in captivity would just eat the chopped up meat that was given to them.
Tasmanian tigers once lived on the Australian mainland and Papua New Guinea as well, scientist believe that these tigers were also hunted and killed by humans and dingoes.In Australia the settlers would bring their dogs with them, so its likely to believe that the dogs also contributed to the decline of these tiger. The last known thylacine,called Benjamin, died on September 7,1936 in Hobart, Australia. It had been captured a few years earlier in 1933 and then died in captivity at the Hobart Zoo.It was renowned as the largest carnivorous marsupial to survive the modern age, up to the point where it went extinct. By the time Benjamin first got to the zoo the Tasmanian government passed legislation protecting tasmanian tigers, but it was too late. The reason for Benjamin’s death was neglect, like most others. The tasmanian tiger was locked out of its shelter and died from the harsh cold weather. These animals were the first known species to become extinct in Tasmania.