Five months after Benjamin's demise, Michael Sharland, in an article entitled
TIGER: Marsupial's Stand", published in the Sydney Morning Herald of
the 2nd Feb 1937 (p. 13) writes of the increasing difficulty in obtaining
thylacines for zoos:
"The Tasmanian tiger, as this marsupial wolf is generally called, is now
so rare that in spite of rewards offered for its capture, some zoological
gardens have for years been unable to procure a specimen for exhibition.
It is not yet extinct, but in the last 10 years its numbers have been reduced
to such an extent, both by shooting and natural causes, as to suggest that
10 years hence the last living tiger will have disappeared. That
is, if some action is not taken to re-establish its kind; and it is for
this reason that the zoos desire to have specimens, for their object is
to try to perpetuate the species by breeding it in captivity".
thylacine photographed by Basset Hull at the Beaumaris Zoo (QD), circa