The Tasmanian Tiger

In Australia/New Zealand/Oceania



  • Can grow up to 6 feet long and weigh up to 60 pounds.
  • Males and females have pouches, but for different reasons.
  • Males have pouches to protect their vital organs when hunting through thick underbrush.
  • Females have pouches to carry infants around.


  • Resembles a striped coyote.
  • Called the Tasmanian Tiger because it has stripes and looks like a tiger.
  • Face is gray with white markings around the eyes.



Before Endangerment

  • Lived in dense forests and shrub lands.

After Endangerment

  • Started to inhabit hollow logs or rock areas in hilly areas in forests.


Food Chain

Food Habits

  • Is a carnivore.
  • Eats wallabies (similar to a small kangaroo), small birds, kangaroos, and other small mammals.


  • Humans.
  • High on the food chain.



Food Adaptations

  • Started eating small birds.

Habitat Adaptations

  • Moved to different areas like rock outcroppings.


Critical Info/Endangerment


  • Almost became extinct because of overhunting by people.
  • Humans thought that they were pests that killed farm animals and killed them.
  • Last known Tasmanian Tiger in captivity died on September 7th, 1936.
  • Is classified as extinct, but there are many unofficial sightings every year.

Recovery Plan

  • None, because it is "extinct".

Critical Info - Where do you come in?

Is there anything the public can do to help the Tasmanian Tiger? So far...nothing. Because of this animals' classification, there are no organizations to help this animal, because of the belief that it has been wiped off the face of Earth. However, sightings of this "extinct" creature have been far from few, coming to the conclusion that the Tasmanian Tiger may still be alive.


Last Tasmanian Tiger. Thylacine. 1933

Pictures/Video Attributions

Photo #1 via Flickr (photographer unknown)

Photo #2 via Flickr (photographer unknown)

Photo #3 by Subhash Chandra via Flickr

Photo #4 by Vicky Somma via Flickr

Photo #5 by E.J. Keller via Flickr

Video by quantumsingularityup via Youtube

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