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Tuesday, May 20, 2003

A website called Arkive, originally envisioned by a producer at the BBC Natural Hisory Unit 20 years ago, has been set up to act as a centralised database for film of endangered + extinct wildlife in an effort to raise awareness of the threats numerous species + ecosystems currently face.

The scheme which is endorsed by Sir David Attenborough includes some species which have not been seen for 20 years and others which are even more likely to have gone extinct such as the Tasmanian Wolf (Thylacine)...

The Tasmanian Wolf is now only known from skins, pickled specimens and old black and white footage - which interestingly shows that the Thylacine had a really weird way of opening it's jaws!

I had great fun playing with the globally endangered arkive and am sure you will enjoy this site too...

Well done to the Wildscreen Trust for setting this project up and to all of those who have donated footage or photos!