It gives me great pleasure to write the foreword for what I consider to be the most significant and widely read website on the thylacine - the Thylacine Museum.
    This extensive and highly informative site expertly covers a broad selection of thylacine-related topics, of interest to both the scientist and amateur naturalist alike, and therefore presents a most valuable source of specialist information.

    Each subject is treated with the same enthusiasm and attention to detail, and as such, this site is without peer on the World Wide Web.

    To many people, the thylacine presents an enduring mystery that begs unraveling, and nowhere is this more evident than in Tasmania.

    The present official status of the thylacine (better known as the Tasmanian tiger) is extinct, but despite this designation, many, including myself, still believe the species to be extant.

thylacine - Beaumaris Zoo (QD), circa 1928 - (image - H. J. King)
    If this is so, its present-day status can be best described as critically endangered, and bordering on the very brink of extinction.

    To a dedicated group of field researchers active within Tasmania today, determining this fact beyond reasonable doubt is proving to be an extremely arduous task, but I am confident that given time, this animal's true status will be confirmed and it will be proven to still exist.

    It is because of this situation that the Thylacine Museum attains so much relevance, fulfilling as it does a most necessary role in the provision of critical data about an animal the world knows little about.

Shadow of the Thylacine (2013)
"Shadow of the Thylacine - One Man's Epic Search for
the Tasmanian Tiger", Col Bailey, 2013, 295 pages.
Lure of the Thylacine (2016)
"Lure of the Thylacine - True Stories and Legendary Tales of the Tasmanian Tiger", Col Bailey, 2016, 294 pages.

    Over recent years, many wildlife documentaries have focused on the thylacine, and in doing so have highlighted the magnificent Tasmanian wilderness, so necessary in isolating and protecting this animal in its continuing quest to roam free.  There is little doubt that these documentaries have served to create even more interest in the Tasmanian tiger worldwide.

    My good friend and fellow researcher Cameron Campbell has, through the Thylacine Museum, fostered an incredible amount of global interest in the thylacine.

    The latest revision of the museum website with its new and expanded sections, is extensively researched and scientifically referenced, with additional information collated from research on the Tasmanian tiger throughout Australia and the world.

thylacine - Beaumaris Zoo (QD), 1933 - (image - David Fleay)
    Therefore, I have no hesitation in recommending the Thylacine Museum to not only the novice, keen to grasp an understanding of this enduring animal, but also to the devoted enthusiast striving for expertise, for you will not find better informed and more comprehensive information about the thylacine anywhere else on the Internet.

    I commend Cameron Campbell for referencing the museum's content largely from the exacting work of noted zoologists and recognized world authorities on the thylacine, including Dr. Eric Guiler, Prof. Heinz Moeller, Dr. Stephen Sleightholme, Prof. Michael Archer and other highly respected sources, including Cameron himself.  In doing so, the Thylacine Museum has been constructed upon a firm and stable scientific footing.

    Consequently, I am certain that this revision of the museum will prove to be the catalyst for further discoveries and revelations regarding the world's most precious top order marsupial carnivore - the thylacine.

Col Bailey,
Tasmanian Tiger Research & Data Centre
New Norfolk, Tasmania

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