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March 09, 2007


"The Patriarch" - in bronze

Don't Feed The Animals


Bart Walter used to identify himself as a biologist who loved carving wooden birds. Today, Bart is celebrated for his ability to create sculptures of wild animals right where he finds them, in the wild.

Bart talks to host Dick Gordon about his adventures in North American wetlands and mountains, as well as on African plains and jungles. Bart describes how he stopped a charging warthog without touching it, and the lesson a male gorilla taught him about jungle etiquette.

[During my first trip to Africa] my wife and I were chased by a young elephant and 2 male adult lions. We survived. And I [found myself] enraptured by the African continent.
-Bart Walter

Bart insists on watching eagles, chimpanzees and lions in their natural habitat, starting his sculptures when he's out in the bush. There's something different, he says, about the way an animal carries itself in a zoo. He says an animal that accepts food from humans is no longer behaving the way an animal would behave if people weren't present.

Bart is currently sculpting a trio of life sized, running ostriches that weigh 300 lbs. .

  • Visit Bart Walter's world


Eric was visiting London in 1991. On the morning he was to return, he got mixed up on the switchover to daylight savings time. As soon as he got to the airport, he butted in to the front of the line.  The woman behind him protested. Then it slowly dawned on him that she was the famous anthropologist, Jane Goodall.  That encounter taught Eric something about what success in life really means.


Jane Jane by Raffi for the album Let's Play. Ostrich Walk by Bix Beiderbecke for the album Bix Beiderbecke: Vol. 1 - Singin' the Blues

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