The Tasmanian Tigers played off in the Sheffield Shield final against New South Wales at Bellerive Oval this season. Great for cricket fans in Tassie, but watching the match also made us think about the state brand. What is it about an animal (an extinct one, even) that deserves such recognition?
Tasmanian Tigers: Logo Favourite
While the National Parks and Wildlife Service use the Tasmanian Devil in their logo, many others feature the Tasmanian Tiger. The state cricket team obviously, but also the Tasmanian Government and the Launceston City Council. Even Beauty and the Bees sell a Tasmanian Tiger massage balm.
The Thylacine – Hunted to Extinction
Also known as the Thylacine, Tasmanian Tigers had a difficult time following the arrival of European settlers. Apparently the farmers weren’t too keen on the wild animals hunting their sheep! A bounty of £1 was government-endorsed for each animal, and by 1910 the Thylacine was declared a rare species.
The last capture was made in 1933 in the Florentine Valley. Sold to the Hobart Zoo, it became the breed’s last exhibit in the world. It died in 1936 and since then, no conclusive evidence has been found to prove the Tasmanian Tiger still exists.
So the official line? The species is probably extinct. But people still report sightings occasionally. The wildlife department would be interested to know just how many Cascade beers they’ve consumed at the outset of any investigation though. Cascade Brewery also use a tiger in their logo. And we have seen Tasmanian Tigers. Not following a brewery tour, but at ZooDoo Wildlife Park in Richmond.
Tasmanian Tiger Snake
There are some tigers in Tasmania you absolutely, positively do not want to encounter. The deadly Tasmanian Tiger Snake. Unlike the history of the Thylacine, tiger snakes are not currently listed as endangered. Armed with fangs and capable of producing large amounts of toxic venom, this snake is one species best avoided. They are legally protected in Tasmania.
The Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery displays vision of the last of the Tasmanian Tigers held in captivity at Hobart Zoo.