Spirit Animal - Tasmanian Wolf

Brita Lee

Joined May 2007

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The Tasmanian Wolf or Thylacine roamed dingo-free Tasmania for at least a millenium, and, although not aggressive towards humans, was persecuted with all the superstitious dread attributed to werewolves. Subject to bounties by the Van Diemans Land Company and later the government, it was all but extinct when in 1936, too late to save then,it was made an offence to kill one. The last one killed was in 1930, the remainder died of disease. In 1933 a lone remaining Wolf was captured. Kept in Hobart Zoo, it soon died.

Oil on canvas, 10 × 10 cm

Source of the information about the nine animals in this series is The Encyclopedia of Vanished Species, David Day, 1989.

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