Grim reminder of Australia’s poor record of preserving species

SYDNEY – In 1936, the last known Tasmanian tiger – known as Benjamin – died in a zoo in the Australian city of Hobart, marking the apparent end of a species that had roamed across the island state of Tasmania for thousands of years.

The event gained worldwide attention, especially as the animal was captured in haunting black-and-white footage filmed months earlier which showed it pacing – alone – in its cage.