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Tasmanian Tiger : The tragic story of the thylacine - David Owen

Tasmanian Tiger

The tragic story of the thylacine

By: David Owen, David Pemberton

Paperback | 28 November 2023 | Edition Number 2

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The tragic story of how ignorance, fear and lack of care led to the disappearance of the famous Tasmanian tiger. This updated edition includes the latest research on whether it could ever be cloned and returned to the wild.

Is it still out there? People claim to keep seeing it still.

Once the world's largest marsupial predator, the Tasmanian tiger roamed the Australian mainland. Then confined to Tasmania for thousands of years, it was deliberately hunted down by settlers through fear, ignorance and greed. But was it a savage sheep killer or a shy and fussy nocturnal feeder? Did the last tiger die in a Hobart zoo in 1936, or did a few survive in the wild? And did it really drink its victims' blood?

A number of Australian species have miraculously reappeared after being labelled as extinct. Perhaps the tiger is still with us. And if it's not, can it really be brought back by cloning and returned to the wild?

'Sweeps us along with wonderful writing as we meet a truly incredible animal that became the centrepiece in an ecological tragedy. Anyone interested in nature and the conservation of the diversity of life should read this story.' - Professor John Seidensticker, Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute

About the Authors

David Owen is the author of 19 fiction and nonfiction titles, including Tasmanian Devil and Shark: In peril in the sea. He is the Official Secretary of the Governor of Tasmania.

David Pemberton is a wildlife biologist and former manager of the Tasmanian Government's Save the Tasmanian Devil Program. He is co-editor of Saving the Tasmanian Devil, and co-author with David Owen of Tasmanian Devil.

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