Public Art : Thylacine Sculpture
Also known as
: Nannup Tiger sculpture
Sculptor: © Flint Edwards
Description: A carved Thylacine painted brown
atop a tree stump in honour of the elusive Nannup Tiger. A Thylacine is more commonly known as the Tasmanian Tiger
and was a carnivorous marsupial. Despite being extinct for over two hundred years on Australia's mainland there
have been numerous sightings in Nannup of a Thylacine, which is referred to as the Nannup Tiger and is now
very much entrenched in local folklore.
Date Unveiled: 2003
Location: Across the road from the Nannup Tourist
Centre, Nannup, Western Australia.
Sponsored by the 2003 Nannup Music Festival and created by artist Flint Edwards.
This sculpture celebrates local folklore of existence of this creature in the forests of Nannup.
"The Thylacine was the largest known carnivorous marsupial. Being marsupial, it belonged to the
same family as the kangaroo, the Tasmanian devil and the native cat."
The area around Nannup is famous for its unconfirmed sightings of the "Nannup Tiger" or the
(Thylacinus cynocephalus - "striped wolf dog's head").
The Thylacine was once native to the entire Australian continent until the advent of the dingo,
which competed for the same habitat. The Thylacine is now officially extinct.
The Thylacine was the largest known carnivorous marsupial,Being marsupial, it belonged to the same
family as the kangaroo, the Tasmanian devil and the native cat." Young marsupials are reared in
their mother's pouch. They are born in a very immature form and are immediately attached to their
mother's teat. Being carnivorous, the Thylacine fed on meat of their own killing.
The sightings around Nannup describe the Thylacine as about the size of an adult Labrador dog, with
a large head and massive jaws, upright ears and a long stiff tail. Its colour has been described as
yellow, brown or mustard with distinctive dark stripes. The footprint is distinctive, being
different from a dog, cat or fox.
Nannup Tiger Trivia :
The most recent sighting of the Nannup Tiger was in the late 1990's by a Department of Conservation and Land
Several websites offer a reward for anyone who can snap a photo of the elusive beast.
At one stage some locals go so sick and tired of tourists asking about the Nannup Tiger, they painted stripes on
a sheep, added a tail and left it in a paddock along the main road.
There has been evidence found in the Mammoth Cave near Margaret River that Thylacines roamed the area
several thousands of years ago.