The Death of the Last Tasmanian Tiger

On this day in 1936 the last captive Tasmanian Tiger, also known as the Thylacine, died in an Australian zoo. The species was the largest carnivorous marsupial of modern times. Both sexes had pouches, which is rare for marsupials. Though they were formidable apex predators, Thylacines were shy and nocturnal. Although officially classified as extinct, some still claim that they have sighted individuals in the wild and there has been an ongoing project to clone a Thylacine using DNA from museum specimens.

Tasmanian Tiger
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