Despite its name and appearance, the thylacine (or Tasmanian Tiger) isn’t a cat or canine – it’s actually a carnivorous marsupial native to the Australian mainland, Tasmania and New Guinea. The iconic Australian animal was sadly declared extinct in 1936 following the passing of ‘Benjamin,’ the last known Tassie Tiger in captivity. Excessive hunting, human encroachment, introduced diseases and habitat destruction led to the species’ rapid extinction.
We’ve all seen the 1933 black and white film of Benjamin. However, a team of film restoration experts led by Samuel François-Steininger from Composite Films (in collaboration with the National Film and Sound Archive) has recently released a remastered and colourised version of the footage. The film draws attention to the importance of ecological protection, reminding us of the destructive consequences of human activity on native wildlife.
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