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The Sounds of the Wild!

Walrus-soundAs reported in Chart Attack:

The Macaulay Library at Cornell University, home of the world’s largest and oldest collection of nature recordings, just uploaded the whole, totally searchable, archive online for free. 9,000 species from across the world are documented in 150,000 audio recordings, totaling 10 terabytes and a run time of 7,513 hours.

The library has been building its holdings since 1929, amassing recordings from 75% of the world’s bird species (it operates within the Cornell Lab of Ornithology after all) and a growing collection of insect, fish, frog, and mammal recordings as well. It took the archivists a dozen years to digitize the whole kit and caboodle.

This represents just a small fraction of the estimated 8.7 million species living on earth, and still, it’s far and away the best catalogue detailing what life on earth sounds like.

So get downloading some of the best sounds for your next great African adventure in audio drama!


About The Author

Born to Teachers and Amateur Audio Enthusiasts in the small rural community of Belwood, Jack's first love was stories- writing, reading, telling, and singing. He developed his acting skills through High School, University, and through film and community theatre. Jack writes the lion's share of Electric Vicuna's Audio Drama scripts and has his own writing site at He's thrilled to co-host the Sonic Society with his wonderful, talented, friend David Ault!


One Response to “The Sounds of the Wild!”

  1. This amazing web site is free to listen, but commercial and non-commercial video and audio projects need to contact the Macaulay Library to discuss fees to license sounds. Licensing, I’m told, usually begins around $5 per sound clip licensed for non-commercial use and goes up from there. However, the friendly collection management staff encourages all interested to contact them, because “we will try to work with everyone,” in their words. Try emailing Matthew Young, the Collections Management Leader,, to reach out for licensing quotes.

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