A TEAM of thylacine* trackers has released footage of what they believe is proof the Tasmanian tiger continues to live in Tasmania.
The series of images and videos, taken in a remote area of Southern Tasmania, are claimed by the three local men to be the most reliable evidence that thylacines are not extinct.
The images come 80 years after the last known thylacine died.
Though the images are grainy and fleeting*, the trio of thylacine enthusiasts say they show a Tasmanian tiger walking slowly at a distance, a thylacine nose nudging at the camera lens and thylacine faces.
Wildlife biologist Nick Mooney, who has spent decades investigating tiger sightings, has assessed the videos, and rated the possibility that thylacines still exist as “perhaps a one in three chance”.
“Assuming the footage is authentic*, the animal is either a very large spotted-tailed quoll* (they do grow to more than 7kg) or a small thylacine,” Mr Mooney writes in the report, released by the trio.
“I am happy to suggest that based on this limited analysis of the film, there is perhaps a 1 in 3 chance the image is of a thylacine,” he says.
Though the precise location is being kept secret, the key images were taken in November last year in bushland about 50km from Maydena.
The Tasmanian man who took the images, Greg Booth, said they showed many characteristics of a thylacine — especially its large size and tail.
“It’s the tail. The tail is very long and very thick set and it has got a little tuft at the end of it,” he said.
“There’s not a dog alive with a tail that long.”
Mr Booth set up the cameras after what he said was a face-to-face encounter with a Tasmanian tiger in the area in 2015, while bushwalking with his dad George “Joe” Booth.
Mr Booth (Jr) said the new footage was the best evidence to date of the continued existence of the thylacines.
“I think this is the best (thylacine footage) that has ever been shown on video.”
To help with further research, the Booths have teamed up with Adrian “Richo” Richardson, a friend who has been researching thylacines for 26 years.
Mr Richardson said the images were proof enough for him.
“I don’t think it’s a thylacine … I know it’s a thylacine,’ Mr Richardson said.
“The thylacine exists and I want nothing more than for the species to survive and its welfare looked after,” Mr Richardson said.
The three men have joined forces, calling themselves the Booth Richardson Tiger Team (BRT Team).
They are continuing to set trail cameras in a corridor of bush where they believe the population of thylacines exists.
The new video comes on the anniversary of the death of the last known thylacine at the Beaumaris Zoo in Hobart on September 7, 1936.
thylacine: Tasmanian tiger
quoll: carnivorous marsupials
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In the story, you have read that the images might show a Tasmanian tiger.
What other kinds of evidence would scientists need to prove that there are Tasmanian tigers living in Southern Tasmania? List as many things as you can.
Imagine that you are a member of the Booth Richardson Tiger Team.
Your job is to convince the Tasmanian Government to help you to search for the Tasmanian tiger.
Plan and write a letter to the state government explaining why you are searching for them, why it is important to do this and what would be the benefits for everyone of finding Tasmanian tigers.
Time: allow 50 minutes to complete this activity
Curriculum Links: Science, Critical and Creative Thinking, English
Read the article carefully.
Write down all the words, phrases and information you can find that can help you to know what a thylacine looks like.
Using this information, draw what you think a thylacine looks like.
Another very famous creature that is now extinct is the Dodo.
Research this animal and use the information you have found to create an information poster about the Dodo.
Your poster should convey information about the Dodo and explain how it became extinct.
Time: allow 85 minutes to complete this activity
Curriculum Links: Science, Critical and Creative Thinking, Visual Communication Design
(Vocabulary, Connectives, Openers, Punctuation)
Collect twenty words from the article.
Ideally they would be adjectives or verbs, but any words will do.
Once you have your pool of words, put two words next to each other and see what they sound like.
Example: If you had the words anniversary, known, species, existence, extinct
— anniversary extinct
— known existence
— species anniversary
Create lots of combinations!
Highlight some of the combinations you think make the most sense and use them to write a paragraph about something.
Time: allow 20 minutes to complete this activity
Curriculum links: English, Big Write, VCOP
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