Newly Released Footage Gives Last-Known Glimpse of Extinct Tasmanian Tiger

The extinct Tasmanian tiger, or thylacine, survives only in a few clips of grainy film. Now, the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia has released an addition to this archive, in the form of newly digitized footage from 1935.

The clip, from a travelogue called Tasmania the Wonderland, shows an animal named Benjamin pacing his enclosure at the now-closed Beaumaris Zoo, in Hobart.

The 1935 clip is more than 12 months later than the previously last confirmed footage of a thylacine, from 1933.

According to the NFSA, the last-known confirmed thylacine in captivity died on September 7, 1936. Credit: National Film and Sound Archive of Australia via Storyful