Lost stripes: how humanity hunted the Thylacine into extinction

“Forced out of its natural habitat by the march of civilisation.” Image: Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery.
European settlers forced the Thylacine into obscurity. Jackson Wong Kai Sen documents the road to extinction and the credibility of claims that the Tassie tiger is still out there.

Many animals are on the brink of extinction because of human impact. The loss of habitat, introduction of invasive species and general degradation of the environment are just some of the challenges facing Australia’s floral and faunal populations.

Alive less than a hundred years ago, the Thylacine, or Tasmanian Tiger, was bounty hunted into extinction after becoming the scapegoat for poor farming outcomes.

A truly unique animal, the Thylacine was a night hunting marsupial with a pouch, black stripes, broom-like tail and a jaw that opened nearly 90 degrees.

The Lost Stripes, presented by Jackson Wong Kai Sen, is a documentary that dives deep into the case study of the Thylacine and the fascination that still surrounds the species.

Jackson speaks with industry professionals and Thylacine enthusiasts, Tasmanian wildlife biologist Nick Mooney, Monash researcher and evolutionary biologist Axel Newton, UNSW professor of biological science Michael Archer, and Yarra Ranges high school teacher Murray McAllister.