In May 2020, Futura unveiled the video of the latestalive, taken in 1935 a few months before his death (see our previous article, below). New images shot two years earlier, at the same Hobart Zoo in Australia, were today by the French Samuel François-Steininger, who had already collaborated with the NFSA (National Film and Sound Archive), for series Australia in Colour and Australia in Colour 2, documentary films about scenes from Australian life from 1896 to 1945.
Video of the last Tasmanian tiger (thylacine) at Beaumaris Zoo, Hobart, 1933 © Images colorized by Composite Films, 2021, NFSA
Shot in black and white by naturalist David Fleay in December 1933, the 77-second film (the longest known sequence) features Benjamin, the last thylacine (the other name of the Tasmanian tiger) in captivity. We see him yawn several times, lie down and walk around in his small enclosure. ” I care about animals very much and discovered the history of thylacine while living in Australia in 2012; it really moved me,. The images provided by the NFSA were exceptional for a 1933 35mm negative. Due to the and the picture quality, there was a lot of detail to colorize, like the dense fur. »To transcribe with the greatest possible fidelity the of , the team was inspired by the many skins preserved in the various museums, as well as drawings and paintings, or descriptions of the coat. This short sequence required 200 hours of work, combining restoration , and .
Exceptional: the video of the last Tasmanian tiger
Article bypublished on 05/30/2020
The Australian National Archives (NFSA) have just unveiled the latest images of aalive, taken in 1935 a few months before his death (September 7, 1936). The never-before-released 21-second video is from the film Tasmania The Wonderland, by Australian director Sidney Cook, and shows the animal moving back and forth in its cage at Hobart Zoo (closed in 1937). This zoological park located in Tasmania is the last to have welcomed a Tasmanian tiger. Nicknamed “Benjamin”, this last specimen would have died of neglect when it would have been prevented from reaching its shelter by a strong .
Images of the last Tasmanian tiger in captivity. © NFSA
Barely a dozen Tasmanian tiger videos exist in the world, filmed in London Zoo (the last specimen of which died in 1931) and Hobart Zoo. These combined videos represent barely three minutes of black and white images, the last traces of the existence of this iconic marsupial.
The Tasmanian tiger, also called, was once widely distributed in Australia and New Guinea. The introduction of , the arrival of European settlers and intensive hunting have gradually , limited to a small part of Tasmania. Since 1996, September 7 has become Australia’s National Day of threatened to commemorate the death of the last thylacine.