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Recent Thylacine Sightings

Posted by: Lyle Blackburn on April 1st, 2016


According to a recent article in The Great Southern Star newspaper, two men reported possible Tasmanian Tiger (thylacine) sightings at the southern tip of Australia. I was curious about the location of these sightings so I mapped it out.

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Tasmanian Tiger Sighting

Posted by: Craig Woolheater on March 23rd, 2016


Another Tasmanian tiger sighting has been reported in South Gippsland.

After Venus Bay Caravan Park owner Tony Holgate came across a tiger at the park in December, Barrie Murphy reported a sighting at Inverloch last Wednesday.

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A Manifestation of Monsters is Here!

Posted by: Karl Shuker on September 13th, 2015

I’m delighted to announce that my latest book, A Manifestation of Monsters: Examining the (Un)Usual Subjects, is now in print, published by Anomalist Books. It contains a superb foreword by my good friend and fellow cryptozoologist Ken Gerhard, and its front cover is sumptuously illustrated with a truly spectacular cryptozoological painting by hugely-talented artist Michael J. Smith that directly inspired me to write this book.

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Marsupial Sabre-Tooths, Queensland Tigers, Blue Mountains Lions, and a Most Elusive Crypto-Cutting

Posted by: Karl Shuker on June 8th, 2015

In 1980, a very popular television series screened in the UK was Arthur C. Clarke’s Mysterious World, produced by Yorkshire TV, in which the renowned, eponymous science-fiction writer presented a wide range of unexplained phenomena. Four episodes in this series were devoted to cryptozoological subjects. One of these dealt with sea monsters, one with lake monsters, one with man-beasts, and one with a wide assortment of other mystery creatures – including giant snakes, the king cheetah, the New Guinea dragon, the mokele-mbembe, and the thylacine or Tasmanian wolf Thylacinus cycnocephalus.

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The Tasmanian Tiger: Extinct or Extant?

Posted by: Craig Woolheater on December 10th, 2014

The last Thylacine in captivity died on September 7, 1936, ironically just two weeks shy of the species receiving protection status. In 1986, 50 years later, it would be declared extinct. By international standards it no longer exists, and is just another marsupial ghost haunting the Australian landscape following European settlement.

While Benjamin is often symbolically referred to as ‘The Last Thylacine’, in all likelihood the species persisted in the Tasmanian wilderness well into the 1930s, possibly until the 1950s. In 1980 then-Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife officer Steven Smith conducted a detailed study of sightings between 1934 and 1980, concluding of the 320 sightings, just under half could be considered good, if inconclusive.

Judging by the thousands of sightings logged by government departments and private research groups since that time, however, it may still roam remote parts of Tasmania.

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Animals & Men: Issue 51

Posted by: Nick Redfern on February 7th, 2014

“A feature on the latest CFZ quest to find the Orang Pendek of Sumatra…”

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Commenting on the Thylacine

Posted by: Nick Redfern on November 27th, 2013

“The thylacine is not extinct. I say this without reservation. I don’t suppose the thylacine (or Tasmanian tiger) remains extant, or imagine, or even hope it is; I know categorically that the thylacine exists, because I have seen it in the flesh.”

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CFZ-Thylacine Update

Posted by: Nick Redfern on November 12th, 2013

“The terrain is very wild and the human population near non-existent. I am in no doubt of the thylacine’s continued survival…”

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CFZ Thylacine Expedition

Posted by: Nick Redfern on November 5th, 2013

“If the Center for Fortean Zoology’s expedition does indeed uncover evidence that the thylacine really is still with us (albeit with us in an incredibly stealthy fashion!), it would be amazing news…”

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Seeking the Thylacine

Posted by: Nick Redfern on November 2nd, 2013

“An international team of naturalists from the Centre for Fortean Zoology has arrived in Tasmania for the first in a series of well-resourced and professional expeditions into Tasmania’s wilderness to hunt for evidence of the Tasmanian tiger…”

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Lyle Blackburn’s Top 10 Cryptids

Posted by: Lyle Blackburn on October 13th, 2013

Lyle counts down his top 10 cryptids based on popularity.

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Shadows in the Scrub

Posted by: Craig Woolheater on September 8th, 2013

[caption id="attachment_69884" align="alignnone" width="300"]The last Tasmanian Tigers in captivity. The last Tasmanian Tigers in captivity.[/caption]

When the English arrived in Tasmania in the early nineteenth century, stories justifying their anxiety about this new country flourished. This was not only an unfamiliar landscape but there was a carnivore lurking in the scrub.

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Tassie Tiger Hunt

Posted by: Craig Woolheater on August 23rd, 2013

Every six weeks, Michael Moss trudges into the muddy and mosquito-plagued terrain to a secret site where he hopes hidden cameras will finally give him the proof he needs – that the Tasmanian tiger is alive, well and living right here in Victoria.

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Why Blood-Drained Carcases are NOT the Work of Chupacabras or Other Supposedly Vampiric Cryptids

Posted by: Karl Shuker on July 19th, 2013

The discovery of supposedly blood-drained animal carcases hit the cryptozoology headlines with monotonous frequency (I noticed yet another one being discussed online just a few days ago), accompanied by the usual (and sometimes decidedly unusual) media speculation as to what diabolical entity could have been responsible for such a hideous, unnatural act. In reality, of […]

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Shadow of the Thylacine

Posted by: Craig Woolheater on May 10th, 2013


For many people it’s an irresistible notion – that Tasmanian tigers still exist somewhere deep in the Tasmanian wilderness.

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