Letter From Sydney

Grim reminder of Australia's poor record of preserving species

A colourised picture of the last-known surviving Tasmanian tiger from footage taken in 1933. PHOTO: AFP
New: Gift this subscriber-only story to your friends and family

SYDNEY - In 1936, the last known Tasmanian tiger - known as Benjamin - died in a zoo in the Australian city of Hobart, marking the apparent end of a species that had roamed across the island state of Tasmania for thousands of years.

The event gained worldwide attention, especially as the animal was captured in haunting black-and-white footage filmed months earlier which showed it pacing - alone - in its cage.

Already a subscriber? 

Read the full story and more at $9.90/month

Get exclusive reports and insights with more than 500 subscriber-only articles every month

Unlock these benefits

  • All subscriber-only content on ST app and straitstimes.com

  • Easy access any time via ST app on 1 mobile device

  • E-paper with 2-week archive so you won't miss out on content that matters to you

Join ST's Telegram channel and get the latest breaking news delivered to you.