Tasmanian tiger is not actually a tiger but a marsupial with
The Tasmanian Tiger, also called the Tasmanian Wolf, is a
large marsupial native to Tasmania. Most scientists believe
it to be extinct, however each year there are about a dozen
unconfirmed sightings in remote areas of the state, and several
reported sets of Tiger tracks. In January 1995, a Parks and
Wildlife Service officer observed a Tiger in the Pyengana
region of eastern Tasmania, and being the most reliable sighting
in some time, the government launched an investigation to
possibly confirm the existence of the Tiger.
The Tiger was about 5 feet (1.5 m) long, and had light brown
fur with dark stripes across its lower back. Tasmanian Tiger
jaws are believed to open wider than any other mammal.
Tigers were common toward the start of the century but were
hunted extensively because they threatened sheep. Tiger skins
and a preserved Tiger can be seen at the Tasmanian Museum
and Art Gallery in Hobart. Footage of Tasmanian Tigers can
be viewed at the Tasmanian Devil Park in Taranna (near Port
Tasmanian Tigers are also known as thylacines after their
Latin name, Thylacinus cynocephalus.