Shadows in the Scrub

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.

Listen to the radio program here:


The last Tasmanian Tigers in captivity.

The last Tasmanian Tigers in captivity.

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.


About Craig Woolheater
Co-founder of Cryptomundo in 2005. I have appeared in or contributed to the following TV programs, documentaries and films: OLN's Mysterious Encounters: "Caddo Critter", Southern Fried Bigfoot, Travel Channel's Weird Travels: "Bigfoot", History Channel's MonsterQuest: "Swamp Stalker", The Wild Man of the Navidad, Destination America's Monsters and Mysteries in America: Texas Terror - Lake Worth Monster, Animal Planet's Finding Bigfoot: Return to Boggy Creek and Beast of the Bayou.

3 Responses to “Shadows in the Scrub”

  1. David-Australia responds:

    Have not listened yet, but, but, but…
    “and the last one died in Hobart zoo in 1936” is complete nonsense – there are some out there somewhere and one will be photographed/filmed eventually.

  2. John Thompson via Facebook responds:

    they have enough DNA to clone it using a quoll as a surrogate mother-only the money prevents it sadly as it does with most things

  3. maslo63 responds:

    It is not complete rubbish when, since 1936 not a single sighting has been confirmed or an individual found. While I doubt the individual at the Hobart Zoo was the last one alive (tracks were found in the wild after its death) I’m not sure however many “tigers” left alive was enough to support the population. That said, I would love for them to be re-discovered. I don’t find it likely but would encourage anyone interested to look for them.

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