Tasmanian Tiger facts and info...


The Thylacine (Thylacinus cynocephalus) is a large carnivorous marsupial.  It is the only member of the family Thylacinidae known to survive into modern times. It is also known as the Tasmanian Tiger or Australian Marsupial Wolf. 

Much controversy surrounds the belief that is still extant and not extinct at all. Thousands of people claim to have seen it both in Tasmania but also on Mainland Australia both historically and right up to very recent times.

Science seems resistant to explore the possibilities with any vigour or dedication despite the overwhelming witness statements from very credible people including Police, Lawyers and farmers/hunters who are extremely well versed in animal identification and behaviour.

It may well be that it is Australia's worst kept secret yet as the sightings reports still flood in regularly.....

Thylacine female with pouched young

A Thylacine female can have up to 4 young at a time. She has a backward facing pouch and the young can drink from her teats without being inside the pouch.

The males also have a small pouch that the testes recede into when running through the bush. This is thought to protect them from the often rough terrain they encounter with branches and twigs etc.

 Did you know that a Thylacine can also hop like a Kangaroo and run on all four's like a dog..? This behaviour is well documented both historically and in recent times with many sightings. Witnesses often report thinking at first they thought it was a Kangaroo with a boofy head until it took off and went down on all fours after several hops. A common feature also reported is the awkward gait that is well known to be a trot or a gallop similar to horses.

Thylacine hopping
Thylacine female with mature young/Joeys

Thylacine's are believed to be irregular breeders at maybe 2-3 year intervals. This would suggest that they are slow growing and the family group learns to hunt together for several years before they depart company to pair off and start other family groups. They are not pack animals like dogs and wolves and it is believed that the male and female may travel separate with the male leading leaving fresh kills for the female and young to feed on several hours later in his wake.