Carol Freeman is a research associate at the University of Tasmania who works in the new interdisciplinary field of human–animal studies. Her research focuses on the cultural histories of extinct species, the politics of picturing animals, animals and perceptions of place, and their representation in films and wildlife documentaries. She is an active member of the Animals and Society Study Group (Aust.) and an international associate of the recently established New Zealand Centre for Human–Animal Studies. This paper is based on material from her PhD project that analysed illustrations of the thylacine from 1808 to 1936, and was an entry in the National Museum of Australia Student Prize for the History of Australian Science in 2006.