Acknowledgements and external links
I am indebted to a number of people who support my research and photography. This site wouldn't be what it is without their help and many of the analysis articles would not be as rigorous without their input.
Dr Stephen Sleightholme
A huge thank you to Dr Stephen Sleightholme, Director of the International Thylacine Specimen Database (ITSD); you have been invaluable in providing detailed information about the natural history and morphology of the thylacine. Your answers to my questions and your constructive criticisms are very much appreciated.
My thanks go to wildlife biologist Nick Mooney of Tasmania's Department of Primary Industries and Water; your assistance with helping me piece together the events surrounding Klaus Emmerichs' thylacine sighting is very much appreciated. I also want to thank you for sharing your expertise on Tasmanian devils, devil facial tumour disease and the liklihood of an extant mainland Tasmanian devil population and for your feedback on the audio recording made during my 2017 expedition.
Thank you to thylacine researcher Col Bailey; apart from the valuable stories you have collected together from "old-timers" (as you say) who dealt with the thylacine first-hand, I thank you for putting me in touch with Klaus Emmerichs and our email dialogues regarding that sighting. Thank you for the offer to drop in next time I'm in Tasmania - I would love to!
Professor Alton Higgins
Thank you to Professor Alton Higgins of Mid America Christian University for allowing me to draw from your original thylacine image analyses and for our discussions on the Klaus Emmerichs photographs. Your work with photoshop in blending various images is very much appreciated.
To Paul Mervin of Mt Rothwell Conservation and Research Centre a huge thank you for sourcing photographs of the Eastern quoll for inclusion in my book chapter, and for putting me in touch with the photographer. Also, thank you immensely for your valuable first-hand descriptions of Eastern quoll behaviour and tips on spotlighting for Eastern quolls. This information will be invaluable for my postgraduate work on the species, and in my search for Eastern quolls on the mainland.
Australian Ecosystems Foundation, Inc
Thank you to the staff at Australian Ecosystems Foundation, Inc in Lithgow, NSW for allowing me to visit and experience Eastern quolls and spotted-tailed quolls first hand. Your information on quoll behaviour and breeding will prove useful in my search for mainland Eastern quolls.
Thank you to Andrea Little for permitting me to use your photographs of Eastern quolls in my book chapter.
Klaus Emmerichs and Birgit Jansen
To Klaus Emmerichs and Birgit Jansen, thank you for taking the time to meet with me and show me your thylacine (and other) photographs first-hand. I appreciate the lengths to which you have gone to explain the circumstances surrounding your sighting and the developments in your search since. I have also enjoyed all your stories of your travels throughout all of Australia and your photographs and videos of Australia's wildlife, landscapes and people.
Gerald and Tassin Barnard
I would like to thank Gerald and Tassin Barnard of Australian Walkabout Wildlife Park at Calga Springs, NSW for inviting me onto your property as I familiarised myself with the geography of a region sprouting a number of Eastern quoll sightings. Thank you too for our lengthy discussion and your insights into Eastern quoll husbandry.
Thank you to Tigerman for publishing your book, Magnificent Survivor; this has been a useful resource both for learning about the thylacine and learning about searches for rare fauna. Thank you also for your valuable comments and feedback on a variety of thylacine topics.
To Cameron Campbell of The Thylacine Museum, thank you for your valuable and constructive input into my analysis of the Klaus Emmerichs photographs and for sharing the Doyle footage and your opinions with me. Your website is an absolutely essential resource for all thylacine inquisitors and I wish you ongoing success with your collection of online museum websites.
Thank you to Paul Clacher of Queensland for your insights into Australian mammal footprints and your help with a number of print identifications in 2007.
My gratitude to Jeff Johnson of the USA - thank you for your valuable insights on the morphology of Thylacoleo carnifex and for your input on discussions regarding extant cryptids in Australia.
To Wally, long-time contributor at the thylacoleo forum, thank you for being such an inspiration and continuing to marvel at the world around us after eight full decades of fascination! Your contributions and anecdotes are most welcome and appreciated.
Thank you to the writers and editors at Cryptomundo for launching one of the internet's most successful cryptozoology news sites. Your longstanding passion for the subject and years of experience are drawing an ever widening audience to marvel at the world around us.
Thank you to wildlife photographer Rhett Butler of Mongabay.com; I appreciate your taking the time to respond to email enquiries and our ongoing email discussions on a wide range of conservation and wildlife issues. You are doing great work with your website and I wish you continued success!
Steve and Terri Irwin
Really, my gratitude here extends to all the Irwin family and the team of dedicated wildlife enthusiasts that you have collected around Australia Zoo for helping put conservation at the forefront of the minds of millions. Your enthusiasm has inspired many and the Crocodile Hunter DVDs - which only really became a fixture in our household in about July 2006 - really got me back off the couch and into the wild where we all should spend more time.
Debbie, Peter and Ian Hynes and Mike Cleeland
To Debbie, Peter, Ian and Mike, thank you again for showing my family and me around your neck of the woods and for the ongoing stimulating conversations. Debbie, your bobuck survey is inspirational stuff. To all, your groundwork with field cameras and the resulting footage and photographs is invaluable.
Buck and Joan Emburg
Thank you to Buck and Joan Emburg for putting together an online forum dedicated to the Tasmanian tiger and for your inspirational work in seeking to protect Tasmania's wilderness areas for all time.
Thank you to author and photographer Ken Griffiths. Not only has your book, Frogs and Reptiles of the Sydney Region been invaluable in helping me identify so many of the skinks I have photographed, but you have taken the time to examine many of my photos first hand for an ID; your input is very much appreciated.
Dr Robert Raven
My gratitude goes to Dr Robert Raven of Queensland University; your assistance in helping me identify a number of spider species - even if their photographs haven't yet made it onto the website - is appreciated. Thank you too for identifying the wolf spider spider-hole from New South Wales' New England area - it's great to finally put a name to the beast which goes for your feet with the ferocity of a pitbull terrier!
Lisa and Daniel
My thanks to Lisa and Daniel (aka "Bugman") from What's That Bug? for helping out with an ID or two and for posting my phasmid and various other photos on your website.
Thank you too to spider enthusiast Ed Nieuwenhuys for your comprehensive gallery of Australian spiders and help in identifying some of those which I have photographed around my home.
I extend my thanks to the staff at Healesville Sanctuary in Victoria for their helpful responses to my Tasmanian devil and Spotted-tailed quoll related questions and for organising an engaging and informative interactive session for the group of school children I brought to the zoo in 2007.
Thanks are due to Michael for his technical inputs and support during the various expeditions we conducted, both for filming Monster Quest and afterward.
Thank you to Robert Bagshaw for your offer to drive me around at the start of your month-long trip, and for teaming up for the hike. It certainly proved the most productive expedition yet! Check out Robert's YouTube channel for many videos on his own quests.
Thank you also to the Monster Quest crew that made the episode happen. For me, it was a dream come true to be sponsored to search for the tiger. Not only were those trips themselves fantastic, but the experience led to my establishing a camera trap business and conducting ongoing searches for a decade to come, and hopefully many more!
Thank you to the team at Arijea for supporting my new WLMD website with their product, Instant Websites for Confluence. This pairing of products means WLMD will see new life as it moves into its second decade, examining the evidence for rare fauna!