The last-known thylacine died in a Hobart Zoo in 1936 – though the myth and legend around the Tasmanian tiger continues to capture our national imagination. The animal has become a national emblem of Australia’s poor record on animal extinction. Now, a team of scientists from Melbourne Uni are working to bring the thylacine back, using gene editing technology – but at what cost?
Shane has been a guest speaker with The Big Issue Classroom since 2011. He has spoken to many schools across Melbourne and Victoria, and enjoys sharing his story with others.
“When I first started I was really shy and found it really difficult to talk to big groups. Talking to students and selling the magazine has brought me out of my shell.
“I’ve now got a lot more confidence. I’m not as isolated anymore. I can now talk to people more easily, and know more people in the community.
“I enjoy this more than any other job I’ve had. The interaction with students is amazing. I love to see their reactions when they learn about homelessness. Kids come up to me weeks or months later and ask how I’m going – I can see the message is getting through.”