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Expedition aims to search for Tasmanian tiger


Posted on Sunday, 3 November, 2013 | Comment icon 51 comments

Live thylacines at Washington D.C. National Zoo in 1904. Image Credit: Baker; E.J. Keller
Naturalists from several countries are combining their efforts to hunt for evidence of live thylacines.
Despite being declared officially extinct in the 1980s, stories and reports of live thylacine sightings have persisted across Australia. Now a team from the Centre for Fortean Zoology are about to embark on the first of several expeditions aimed at finding evidence that the species survived extinction and continues to live to this day somewhere in the Tasmanian wilderness.

"The problem with a lot of the sightings from members of the public is that they're generally caught by surprise, and their photos are taken on things like mobile phones and aren't very good," said expedition leader Mike Williams. "It will take really good quality video to really convince anyone and preferably a video shot by a person."

The first expedition will begin by meeting up with eyewitnesses in an effort to pinpoint areas for study. Among those participating are Dr Chris Clarke and Richard Freeman who have previously sought evidence of giant anacondas in the Amazon.

"Let's hope between our resources, those of independent researchers, and the government's, something comes to light," said Williams.

Source: The Mercury | Comments (51)

Tags: Thylacine

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #42 Posted by ZaraKitty on 13 December, 2013, 13:44
Tasmania remains pretty untouched to my memory, forest wise. It's pretty likely there's some animals hiding deep in the forests.
Comment icon #43 Posted by DKO on 27 December, 2013, 15:49
Its a remote possibility, but even so, in NZ we have plenty of Kiwi species and though they are endangered and our national icon, the only place most people including New Zealanders ever get to see one is in a zoo as they are shy elusive and nocturnal creatures like has been described of the Tasmanian tiger. I think people from many countries could say that. I've never seen a wild koala, wombat, wallaby, platypus, echidna, dingo, tassie devil or pretty much any Australian icon. Kangaroos would have to be the only native animal I would see and even that's rare nowadays. Been months since I've s... [More]
Comment icon #44 Posted by Sundew on 15 January, 2014, 4:05
I think people from many countries could say that. I've never seen a wild koala, wombat, wallaby, platypus, echidna, dingo, tassie devil or pretty much any Australian icon. Kangaroos would have to be the only native animal I would see and even that's rare nowadays. Been months since I've seen a kangaroo, been years since I've seen one up close. Wildlife, especially species that are hunted, do tend to stay away from people. I live in North America and have only ever seen two wild black bear, and they were terrified of the encounter, so much so I "bearly" got a good look, I basically saw the rum... [More]
Comment icon #45 Posted by psyche101 on 17 January, 2014, 5:03
that is the case. The case is, also, that the government has a habit of ignoring it - given that they've just allowed some excavation of the GREAT BARRIER REEF so coal ships can move through it, that's all you need to know about the parade of shitwits that are in power ATM. Worth pointing out that with all our bleating about protecting whales, we still keep Dolphins in captivity, when New Zealand outlawed it. WSPA’s New Zealand Country Manager, Bridget Vercoe, says this is fantastic news for dolphins both here and overseas. Many countries around the world already have legislation prohibiting t... [More]
Comment icon #46 Posted by psyche101 on 17 January, 2014, 5:07
We should capture and breed them for racing. It's obvious that one of those things would give a greyhound a run for its money, what with the racing stripes and all. Harte And Kangaroo legs.
Comment icon #47 Posted by psyche101 on 17 January, 2014, 5:18
But assuming it did survive in the wild past the 1930s, there is another potential threat that may have finished it off: Tasmanian Devils have been plagued with a contagious cancer that spreads from animal to animal during fights or scavenging on carcasses and it is decimating the population, causing huge facial tumors. If Thylacine also scavenge the same carcasses, then it possible the disease might have spread to them as well, assuming it can infect multiple species. I am of the belief that it defiantly lived past the extinction date, but for how long would be anyone guess. David Fleay, Wild... [More]
Comment icon #48 Posted by oldrover on 26 May, 2014, 17:35
The poop tests are a long shot... Can someone update if the results are released? Devil scat, it was confirmed.
Comment icon #49 Posted by PersonFromPorlock on 26 May, 2014, 21:18
There are also reports of a remnant population in Papua-New Guinea, which seems like a real possibility.
Comment icon #50 Posted by oldrover on 26 May, 2014, 21:28
Not to me frankly.
Comment icon #51 Posted by Warrior1256 on 27 May, 2014, 23:17
i hope they are not really extinct. Same here, it would be nice if some were discovered.


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