How to Do a Research Project on the Tasmanian Tiger

The Tasmanian tiger was once thriving in the island state until hunting drove it to extinction. The last one died in captivity in the 1930s. Here is how to perform a research project on Tasmanian tigers.

Steps

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    Decide how you will present your project. You could present in any of the following ways, or as a combination of them:
    • Produce an essay
    • Prepare a research booklet
    • Make a Power Point presentation
    • Create an animated film
    • Make a video
    • Create a show and tell
    • Make a poster.
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    Start to research the Tasmanian tiger. Places to look for information include:
    • Australian, State and national museums
    • Australian library sites and visit the library for books
    • Wikipedia (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thylacine)
    • Books on extinct animals - the Tasmanian tiger is as famous as the dodo and is often used as a showcase example of extinct animals
    • A biology or zoology teacher or professor might be a good person to interview.
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    Begin by explaining that the Tasmanian tiger is not actually a tiger but a marsupial that had stripes which reminded people of a tiger. It would be a good idea to use photos or images to show what the Tasmanian tiger looked like.
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    Show the ancestry of the Tasmanian tiger. Draw a diagram if applicable, showing where the animal lived and moved to throughout time, based on the presence and effects of local humans.
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    Read about claimed sightings. This is an interesting part to add to your research project, as people continue to claim to this day that they have spotted the Tasmanian tiger, including on the mainland.
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    Talk about the modern quest to clone the Tasmanian tiger. There has been talk of cloning the Tasmanian tiger using pup specimens stored in ethanol from various museums. Discuss whether or not you consider that this is a good thing.
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    Look at cultural references that use the Tasmanian tigers. This includes heralds, literature, and conservation movement advertising.

Tips

  • A research project on an extinct animal always provides an excellent opportunity to discuss the role of human beings in extinction and the ways in which we need to respond nowadays to prevent further extinctions.

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