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Thylacines were wiped out because people didn't understand them and their place in the environment. This shocking picture illustrates how important is to understand the importance of protecting endangered and threatened species.

Thylacines were wiped out because people didn't understand them and their place in the environment. This shocking picture illustrates how important is to understand the importance of protecting endangered and threatened species.

'Thulacinus cynocephalus," Thylacine, or Tasmanian Tiger. (John Gould, the Mammals of Australia, 1863)

'Thulacinus cynocephalus," Thylacine, or Tasmanian Tiger. (John Gould, the Mammals of Australia, 1863)

Australian Emu. John Gould.

John Gould's Birds of Australia

Glasgow University Library Special Collections John Gould's The Birds of Australia

Koala, Phascolarctos cinereus, coloured lithograph, J. Gould, Mammals of Australia, London, 1863.

The Scientific Discovery of the Koala (Phascolarctos cinereus) at Hat Hill (Mount Kembla) Illawarra 1803

Pig-footed bandicoot (Chaeropus ecaudatus). Distribution: Australia.  Population: Extinct (IUCN 2008); not seen in wild since 1901.  Threats: Habitat modification, disease and predation. www.bornfreeusa.org/cites

Chaeropus ecaudatus (pig-footed bandicoot)

View Chaeropus ecaudatus (pig-footed bandicoot) on the Animal Diversity Web.

Sir Joseph Banks - the famous naturalist who sailed to Australia with Captain Cook and was the first European to document many Australian animals and birds.

Sir Joseph Banks - the famous naturalist who sailed to Australia with Captain Cook and was the first European to document many Australian animals and birds.

A kookaburra, one of 14 watercolours of South Australian scenes by local artists contained in an album. Loving attention to natural history detail has been made by the artists who created these distinctively South Australian scenes for the children of the visiting Duke and Duchess of York on 11 July 1901. The album and booklet of names is contained within a Blackwood chest, presented by some South Australian families to the visiting Duke and Duchess of York for their children.

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A kookaburra, one of 14 watercolours of South Australian scenes by local artists contained in an album. Loving attention to natural history detail has been made by the artists who created these distinctively South Australian scenes for the children of the visiting Duke and Duchess of York on 11 July 1901. The album and booklet of names is contained within a Blackwood chest, presented by some South Australian families to the visiting Duke and Duchess of York for their children.

William Bligh Painting - Bligh was the first European to shoot an echidna.

William Bligh by Leigh Banks

William Bligh Painting by Leigh Banks

Duck-billed platypus, Ornithorhynchus anatinus.  Ferdinand Bauer (1760 - 1826)  Watercolour, c1801, © Natural History Museum

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