Rare, never before seen footage of the world’s last known Tasmanian tiger has been released by the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia (NSFA).

The video, recorded in 1935, shows the tiger, affectionately named Benjamin who sadly died from exposure on September 7 the following year. According to New Scientist, the footage was part of a travelogue called Tasmania the Wonderland and was shot by Sidney Cook, a filmmaker from Brisbane.

Captured at Beaumaris Zoo in Hobart, Tasmania, the video shows Benjamin pacing around in his enclosure.

Take a look:



In a press release NFSA, reiterated the rarity of this footage:

‘Fewer than a dozen source films, amounting to little more than three minutes of silent, black-and-white footage, of the elusive thylacine (Tasmanian Tiger) are known to survive. All derive from thylacines held in captivity and photographed in only two locations – Beaumaris Zoo in Hobart and London Zoo. Now, unseen publicly for 85 years, a further precious 21 seconds is being released by the NFSA,’

They went on to add that the footage of Benjamin was captured ‘more than 12 months after the previous last-confirmed date of thylacine footage, photographed in December 1933’.