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'Tiger King' star speaks out about thylacines

By T.K. Randall
May 4, 2020 · Comment icon 14 comments

Could there still be thylacines alive in the Australian wilderness ? Image Credit: Baker; E.J. Keller
Jeff Lowe, who featured prominently in the hit Netflix series, has offered his views on the Tasmanian tiger.
The big cat enthusiast, who acquired G.W. Zoo from former business partner Joe Exotic during the events covered by the show, is now setting up a new, even larger zoo in Thackerville, Oklahoma.

While Lowe is certainly no stranger to controversy, there's no denying that he knows quite a lot about large cats, an expertise that has provided him with a unique perspective on one 'tiger' in particular - the legendary thylacine which, despite not being an actual tiger, seems to have piqued his interest.

Speaking on Hit 100.9 Hobart's Jimmy and Nath show recently, Lowe spoke about the elusive marsupial and whether or not he believed that it was still out there.

"I think it's possible [they still exist] and I think it would be cool to find one," he said.
"It's not that long ago when the last one died in a zoo so [there should be] one or even a hybrid that maybe was bred with a dog, coyote, wolf or a dingo."

Actually tracking one down however, he argues, would prove a challenge.

"Quit trying so hard to find one because by the time you see him, he has seen you 20 times and if he's been able to elude humans this long then he's pretty smart," he said.

"I think if they ever find one, it's going to be because somebody has opened up their garage and there he is eating their trash... I doubt they're going to trick one of these into a cage."

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Comment icon #5 Posted by oldrover 4 years ago
I've thrown everything I thought I knew away. I'm listening to this guy and this guy alone from now on. 
Comment icon #6 Posted by Essan 4 years ago
This may also explain the survival of big black cats in the UK - they are breeding with badgers 
Comment icon #7 Posted by Piney 4 years ago
There were cabbits in Bronte Country. But they wound up breeding with ferrets and went extinct due to mulerization. 
Comment icon #8 Posted by Timothy 4 years ago
He also seems to think that there are wild wolves and coyotes in Tasmaina... 
Comment icon #9 Posted by the13bats 4 years ago
Hows that expression go about being silent and considered wise not running ones mouth to remove all doubts, Those tiger show guys keep right on talking.
Comment icon #10 Posted by openozy 4 years ago
We are very credible people,I saw a Yowie walking one just the other week,right past my Bengal tiger breeding facility.
Comment icon #11 Posted by openozy 4 years ago
One thing Aussies are is thorough,we exterminated one of the most unique animals on the planet.You can't blame us,they used to look sideways at the sheep.
Comment icon #12 Posted by Sir Wearer of Hats 4 years ago
Except Thylacine was a rainforest hunter, the outback is huge, but it’s also realy not a rainforest and it’s harsh on animals who have evolved to exist in desert, let alone an escapee from rsinforst.
Comment icon #13 Posted by Sir Wearer of Hats 4 years ago
So do New Zealanders but we allow them into the country.
Comment icon #14 Posted by Matt221 4 years ago
Is he a credible as his murder for hire,tiger keeping liger breeding mate joe,who on summat i saw he kept bear and tiger cubs together because he could all very weird

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