Statcounter visitors’ map on Tasmania in Photographs 9th March 2013
This is the visitors’ map from our statistics tracker for March 9th 2013. The intense interest in North America and Europe has come from an article on the National Geographic Daily News website titled “ Species Revival: Should We Bring Back Extinct Animals?” which refers to the photo of Wilfred Batty and his thylacine with links to the photo and article on our site:
Source: State Library of Tasmania eHeritage
Date: 1930 -
Description: Wilfred Batty of Mawbanna, Tasmania, with the last Tasmanian Tiger known to have been shot in the wild. He shot the tiger in May, 1930 after it was discovered in his hen house.
Format: Pictorial and artistic works
Wilfred Batty of Mawbanna, Tasmania, with a Tasmanian Tiger
Subjects: Tasmanian tigers; hunting
People/Orgs: Batty, Wilfred
Places: Mawbanna, Tasmania
Institution: Circular Head Heritage Centre
Object number: CHH_00960
Article posted here on February 24, 2009:
EXCERPT from Species Revival: Should We Bring Back Extinct Animals?
Species Revival: Should We Bring Back Extinct Animals?
Scientists are debating whether to bring back vanished species.
Published March 5, 2013
On May 6, 1930, a Tasmanian farmer named Wilfred Batty grabbed a rifle and shot a thylacine—commonly known as a Tasmanian tiger—that was causing a commotion in his henhouse. The bullet hit the animal in the shoulder. Twenty minutes later, it was dead. A photograph taken soon afterward shows Batty kneeling beside the stiffened carcass, wearing a big floppy hat and a young man’s proud grin.
You can’t begrudge him some satisfaction in killing a threat to his livestock. What Batty did not know—could not know—is that he’d just made the last documented kill of a wild thylacine, anywhere, ever. In six years, the wonderfully odd striped-back creature
—the largest marsupial carnivore known—would be extinct in captivity as well.
The thylacine is one of 795 extinct species on the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Red List
, which since 1963 has been tracking the planet’s biodiversity. The animals and plants on the list are organized into categories of increasing degrees of urgency, from “near threatened” through “critically endangered,” until you reach the last “extinct” group, whereupon the urgency abruptly plummets to zero. An endangered species is like a very sick person: It needs help, desperately. An extinct species is like a dead person: beyond help, beyond hope. (Endangered animal portraits: See pictures-and bleak numbers.
The Question of De-extinction
The gathering awareness that we have arrived at this threshold prompted a group of scientists and conservationists to meet at National Geographic headquarters in Washington, D.C., last year to discuss the viability of the science and the maturity of the ethical argument surrounding what has come to be known as de-extinction. Next week an expanded group will reconvene at National Geographic headquarters in a public TEDx conference
People were fantasizing about reviving extinct forms of life long before Hollywood embedded the idea into our collective consciousness with Jurassic Park. Can we really do it? And if we can, why should we?
Read the rest of this article and watch the video at National Geographic Daily News