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Tasmanian Devil -- Sarcophilus harrisii 1:00 - 6:47 Play 1:00 - More
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Tasmanian Devil  

NPR/NGS Radio Expeditions
25 Feb 1998

    Geography
  • Australia
    Tasmania
    Locality
  • Taranna; Tasmanian Devil Conservation Park
    Latitude/Longitude
  • -43.06065   147.86473
    Recording TimeCode
  • 1:00 - 14:07
    Geography
  • Australia
    Tasmania
    Locality
  • near Pirates Bay
    Latitude/Longitude
  • -43.02203   147.93494
    Recording TimeCode
  • 48:37 - 51:04
    Geography
  • Australia
    Tasmania
    Locality
  • Taranna; Tasmanian Devil Conservation Park
    Latitude/Longitude
  • -43.06065   147.86473
    Recording TimeCode
  • 55:32 - 2:05:25
    Channels
  • Stereo
    Sampling Rate
  • 48kHz
    Bit Depth
  • 16-bit
    Recorders
  • SONY TCD-D10
    Microphones
    Accessories
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  • Stereo=2: 1=L, 2=R; Decoded MS stereo; Sennheiser mics

NPR/NGS RADIO EXPEDITIONS
TASMANIAN DEVILS
DAT 2
2/25/1998
7 pm

JH = John Hamilton
DD = David Doubilet
CH = Carolyn Hamilton

Tas Devil Park Feeding five females

0:54 shuffling, sniffing, moving around preparing to feed

1:21 devils coming to .be fed, sniffing, snorting

2:05 good yelling

2:38 growling v good

4:00 crunching

5:44 growling, 5:53, 6:03-6:12 feeding males

7:31 walking, jh c'mon fellas, c'mon my friends***

8:02 sniffing, snorting, jh come here, you know what this is don't you (off-mic), beating bucket
8:45 snarling alot of sniffing
10:08 snarl, growl, 10:21-10:4110:52 beating bucket, jh max, c'mon! ***
11:37 snarl
11:50-into bird? noise in background
12:09 beating bucket, max, c'mon here, c'mon*** bird noise again
12:40 fierce snarling to 13:15
--jh need to get some good screams, not all that common

15:36 jh if you look right in the face of a tas devil i think the most noticeable thing is this wonderfully wet almost patent leather nose ... and their faces are like enormous lab rats ...

16:08 dd
the sun is going down and the last little bit of light is shining through one of the tas devils ears she's perched on top of the logs ... so here's a black animal with red ears a patent leather nose .long whiskers ... there's abs nothing endearing about this animal but its fascinating

17:35 jh Hello ladies, g'day **

17:53 dd they smell and touch each other, look down each other's throats ...and there is a particular heavy pungent smell to them as if the animal itself is wearing a constantly wet fur coat sleeps in it, lives in it , and never takes it off ... **

18:48 dd
when they walk they have a peculiar gait, their short legs push their front legs ...waddle, hop, wobble

--dd why the scars?

19:42 jh its the way of the tas devil, esp the males, their terr aggressive to one another, it is typical of many male carnivores ...both observed that the tas devil appears to heal more quickly than we would expect ... rare that bite becomes infected... (Interesting)

21:35 dd
its night now we're driving down the road a curving winding road to a place called pirates bay, one side is the ocean, the other is the bay...

22:08 dd
on a very dark night ...we're driving to a place called Pirate's Bay, our headlights form pools in the front of the car...we tend to outrun

24:00 dd tasmanian night is full of movement and light

24:37 dd what keeps this place clean is the tas devils

describing road

26:06 dd its night now and we're driving to a place called pirate's point, the twin headlights ... 26:42 and the road plunging through this night is like an arena of death ... 27:24 but they too can become victims of the light of oncoming cars

27:29 dd strangely enough b/c of the roadkills the pop of tas devils is increasing...

28:24 dd
strangely enough there are more tas devils now than when europeans touched these shores ... animal of the edge ...

29:27 dd for an animal to cross here is a life risk for the tas devils
this road is a dining table l

30:45 possum right there l see there

30:50 dd
its night and a possum with a thick brushy tail ... i can see his pink ears and he leaps from branch to branch and now he's disappeared... **

31:31 car ambi driving down road ... to 34:00

34:00 dd
this is the sound of the new tas night we're driving on a road where the white line has all but disappeared ... this road has become for the animals of the night a kind of arena of death and the animals see the road as a no-man's land.

34:54 dd tas devils are opp feeder ... this road is a dining table for them

42:21 beside road l night frogs I van driving past--

43:00 van driving past 43:26

44:06 Again--opp directio--Best***

45:08 Again--opp direction l not as good

46:17 passing again

46:28 dd this is the sound of the tasmanian night--the old tas night and this is the sound of the new tas night (car passing sounds like it hits something)

Frogs

48 :38--51:18

--lg now 10:10 am 2/26 side of road l bird in background car passing (52:00) 52:12 2 cars approaching 1 honks its horn**

52:50
birds, ambi to 54:00 sound of motors and cars passing occasionally to 55:25

55:32 jh walking ...my name's john hamilton, we'll be feeding the tas devils,

56:50 jh
these are our female tas devils, like all of them here they've either been bred from the pack or been hand-raised as orphans the purpose of keeping them here is pretty much to look after animals which in most instances can't look after themselves ...eagles, owls

57:28 jh
pretty pristine animals, keep them sep during specific times of the year , aggression levels are pretty high

58: 04 jh
but also ev parrot ... falls off its perch at life's end at some point, hits the ground and there's more food for a devil, but the really extraordinary point about tas devils is that its basic diet is a v large diet of small to medium size marsupials , small kangaroos mostly and possums ...and they survive here in tas in very large pop ...b/c there are no dingos here ...dingo actually replaced the tas devil on Australia ... in tas we have wonderful wildlife pop and its my view its the best place to look at marsupials, b/c we have the full range ... (talks about types of range) 1:00:09

--talks about chopping up food ...not as messy as you'd expect

feeding females:

1:01:37 jh
this is wallaby and we're going to give you a bit of a sniff...1:02:14 sniffing, c'mon here you go, screaming

1:02:36 a
stop it .. .

1:02:58 crunching bones laughing in background ...

1:06:00 good clear crunching

1:07:11 jh
don't have statistics on it, but certainly we understand the devil possibly has the strongest jaws of any creatures on land... and even though its only about 18 inches long...and weighs only a few kg it is quite incredible ...

1:07:42 jh
another interesting thing about the devil ...it obviously... if it hasn't fed for quite a while the tas devil will eat whatever it can it has the ability to eat 1/3 of its body weight ... that's like a waiter coming to you in a steak bar and asking you "sir, would you like a 50 or 60 lbs steak for dinner tonight ...

1:10:19 jh in the wild if they get food they'll run away from others

***1:11:31 jh once i threw, as an ex to see what would happen i threw a leather, elastic -sided boot in here with a rubber sole and i'll find a couple of teeth marks next morning there was only the sole left ... the devils had eaten the sides, and pretty much b/c the boots were made of leather which of course is cow and anything to do with animals, if its leather and its cow its pretty tasty to a tas deyil, they're not fussy at all

1:12:11 jh the noises they make are in some ways aggression but you'll see '" (fighting) ... these ones think there's a morsal on the ground and as i said they're not very clever they don't realize the morsal was eaten by the third one which just ran away ...

1:12:54 jh you'll notice that they really have very clean coats ...they'll sit on their haunches licking they're coats, they also clean they're teeth, they scrape with their claws ...

1:14:07 jh the way we handle them is picking up at the base of the tail ...at arms length straight out...

gets into pen

1:16:16 jh now you go away and stop sniffing my shoe, and you too, i've got two or three of them around my feet here and uh i don't like them coming to close sometimes its too close for comfort, remember these shoes are made of cow and i just told you the story... (laughing in background) 1:16:39

talks about the way that devils lose body heat, also baby tas

1:23:50 jh
these are our three males ...oldest one is 6 yrs old, piece each...otherwise they fight over it

1:26:18 dd it is midday we are in tarana near the tasman peninsula and i'm talking to carolyn and john hamilton they're an extraordinary couple who live in a hundred yr house, ... and are proprietors of the tas devil park ...

1:27:03 jh my background was farming ...we always had pet animals and i think the hamilton family was known as the fam w pet wombats ... little wallabies or bandcoots ...but it wasn't until my late twenties after a career in agricultural science, sub broadcasting and journalism that i decided that there was an opp for somebody to do some interpretation on the tas devil i was no expert on the matter ...

1:28:24 ch well my bckground was really in tourism and i'm a more recent edition and as john and i often joke about it was marry me marry my devils and so here i am ten yrs later raising and caring for native and orphaned animals which i enjoy very much ...

--how many creatures

1:29:09 jh varies between 100-200 we variously have up to 25 species and they come and go as we are able to rehabilitate them...but quite a few of them have to stay here so this a sanctuary for them if you like and the funding comes from visitors and we earn a living out of it so it works pretty well, the animals get saved and the visitor enjoy themselves and uh we have a lifestyle that's quite demanding but if i've been doing it for twenty years and carolyn's been here for 10, i think we must enjoy it.

1:30:27 jh
alot of bottle feeding involved w marsupials ...milk mixtures must be monitored...we have helpers around the district ... so we don't do it all ourselves

1:33:08 jh
most tasmanians regard them as little black bastards really but they really are far more intriguing...

talking about other people's reaction to their lifestyle choice-¬

1:33:52 ch i remember once, often we have the kindergarten groups coming here to help come and feed out the animals in the mornings i remember one child coming up to me saying "excuse me, excuse me mrs. devil! mrs.devil! so i've been dubbed mrs. devil ever since, locally that is (laughs)*****

1:34:15 jh
i'd much rather be jh than that devil-man, so we try to play it down in our private life ...

1:34:45 jh oh, we've had some moments where we've scratched our heads walked over to the tas devils as we do ev morning and found that we are 1 or 2 tas devils short and the only conclusion we've come to is one of the bigger ones has eaten them ...

1:35:55 jh
i Suppose in other people's views we've built up an area of expertise, but we don't necc look at it that way, but i suppose we know as much about tas devils as anyone in the world ...

--warner bros. cartoon, how people react

1: 37: 28 dd at night when you're asleep does the sounds of the park carry through ...

1:38:05 really good sequence where describing sounds of animals to 1:38:35 (jh and ch talking together)

talking about racing in car rally in hillman hunter --talking about raising family in tasmania

1:46:56 jh
the richness of tasmania is its natural history and we have 300 plants here that occur nowhere else in the world

1:47:44 jh do you know the fr explorers in the 19th century wanted to explore tasmania b/c they wanted to explore the end of the world ... ****

1:48:11 dd what is the future for the devil park and you, what are your dreams? future?

--in five years won't be doing this, maybe have managers taking care of it... i'd like to be an old man wandering countryside ...

1:50:57 dd wood chip industry taking too much of the forest?

1:51:30 jh
it does affect wildlife, but only to a certain extent (talks about building up tourism. employ people)

1: 52: 04 jh there has been a forest agreement that has been struck with governments and industries and the conservation groups , not ev happy about it but certainly there's a plan...

1:52:40 jh native plants regenerate, forests go back really very quickly...

1:54:11 to 1:55:39 ch very good describing tasmanian devil

--begin reading of description of tas devils in London Illustrated News

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