Posted by: Craig Woolheater on September 8th, 2013
When the English arrived in Tasmania in the early nineteenth century, stories justifying their anxiety about this new country flourished. This was not only an unfamiliar landscape but there was a carnivore lurking in the scrub.
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Fear and loathing of the Tasmanian tiger escalated. Exaggeration and misinformation about the animal was perpetuated by both early scientists and settlers.
The thylacine didn’t have a chance – and the last one died in Hobart zoo in 1936.
In this program, we explore some of the myths that led to its extinction – and today’s sightings that maintain its symbolic presence.