The Tiger was about 5 feet (1.5 m) long, and had light brown fur with dark stripes across its lower back. Above is a photo of the last Tasmanian Tiger in captivity, taken at the Hobart Zoo in 1933. Note how widely a Tiger's jaws open - the jaws of a Tasmanian Tiger 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 Arthur).
Tasmanian Tigers are also known as thylacines after their Latin name, Thylacinus cynocephalus.
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