Read about Jeremy Griffith’s remarkable search to save the Thylacine–the Tasmanian Tiger–from extinction

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In 1967 aged 21, Jeremy Griffith deferred his science degree at the University of New England and hitchhiked to Tasmania with his dog Loaf, determined to save the Thylacinethe Tasmanian Tigerfrom extinction. The search was to total some six years, with up to two of those years camped out in the field. In 1973, at the completion of the most thorough search ever conducted for this extraordinary animal, Jeremy was to reach the sad conclusion that the thylacine was indeed extinct.

This remarkable search is documented on our website and has so much fascinating material to explore. There is a link to Jeremy’s very thorough and enthralling final report about his search which is stored in the Queen Victoria Museum in Tasmania, Australia. There is also a selection from the international scientific and popular media coverage Jeremy’s search and findings received including his article published in Natural History, the journal of the American Museum of Natural History.

Of particular interest in terms of understanding how Jeremy has been able to grapple with and solve the human condition is a section titled ‘The idealism of the unresigned mind’ which is incredibly revealing of just how idealistic Jeremy is and needed to be to be able to take on and conquer the biggest plight facing the planet, our human condition.


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Jeremy and his hound dog Loaf in Tasmania during his Thylacine search
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This Blog Post was written by WTM Admin on March 24, 2013


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