The Tasmanian Tiger, also known as the Thylacine (scientific name: Thylacinus cynocephalus), is believed to have gone extinct in the 20th century. The exact date of its extinction is a matter of debate, but the last known Tasmanian Tiger died in captivity on September 7, 1936, at the Beaumaris Zoo in Hobart, Tasmania, Australia. The individual, known as “Benjamin,” was the last confirmed member of the species.
The decline and ultimate extinction of the Tasmanian Tiger were primarily due to a combination of factors, including habitat loss, hunting, and persecution by humans, as well as disease and competition with introduced predators. The Tasmanian Tiger was native to Tasmania and was once found on the Australian mainland but became extinct there much earlier, likely in the late 19th century.
Although the Thylacine is considered extinct, occasional unconfirmed sightings and reports of the animal persist, leading to ongoing speculation and searches for any potential surviving individuals. However, no concrete evidence of its existence in the wild has been documented, and the Thylacine is currently classified as extinct according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).