Tasmanian Wolf

Also known as the Tasmanian Tiger

Is officially extinct.... The last known Tasmanian Tiger died in captivity in 1936. It was called a Tasmanian Tiger because of the distinctive striping across its back, but has also been called a Tasmanian Wolf. It is actually genetically very different from both wolves and tigers. Its scientific name is the Thylacine.


Its extinction came about secondary to hunting by farmers, government-funded bounty hunters and, in the final years, collectors for overseas museums.


It resembled a large, short-haired dog with a stiff tail, which smoothly extended from the body like that of a kangaroo. It was about 100 to 130 cm long including its tail of about 50 to 65 cm., and had an amazingly large gape. It was a yellowish-brown in color with 16 to 18 dark stripes on its back and rump, hence its common name: "Tasmanian tiger."