Saving our iconic Tassie Devil
In NSW’s Hunter Valley, the largest mainland insurance population of endangered Tasmanian Devils has been established through a partnership between FAME and Aussie Ark.
FAME is a founding partner of the Devil Ark project - and continues to support this critical work.
The beginnings of an important journey
Devil Ark began with the aim of supporting a healthy population of up to 500 endangered Tasmanian Devils (Sarcophilus harrisii), safe from the fatal Devil Facial Tumour Disease that has almost wiped out the species on the island State.
Experts have predicted that the Tasmanian population may be extinct within the next decade without critical intervention. To prevent total extinction, healthy Tasmanian Devils must be bred on the mainland, away from the disease. This will enable the sustaining of an insurance population, but also allows for wild releases when required, or possible.
44 healthy devils were established at Devil Ark in January 2011.
There are now more than 150 healthy devils roaming across 13 free-range enclosures at Devil Ark. The total number of devils at Devil Ark frequently changes as breeding devils are swapped with the 35 other zoos participating in the Save the Tasmanian Devil Program.
This ensures that a healthy, genetically diverse population of Devils are maintained at Devil Ark. Unlike zoos with their small enclosures, the Devils at Devil Ark are kept in a natural environment to maintain their wild behaviour. This is critical to ensure that they can be eventually released into Tasmania.
Tasmanian Devils from Devil Ark have been released in a disease free, fenced area at Forestier Peninsula, Tasmania.
The next stage: Barrington Tops
In an unprecedented program, Tasmanian Devils raised in captivity at the Devil Ark sanctuary were released to the ‘wild’ of mainland Australia near the end of 2020.
This occurred in the Barrington Wildlife Sanctuary, which is a large, free-roaming area consisting of a number of species living as they would in the wild.
The success of this project became more clear in June 2022 when, for the second year in a row, the devils were found to be breeding in the wild-like enclosure.
You can help us continue this critical partnership. Consider a tax-deductible donation today to help us hit the funding target.
- 10 JUNE 2022: Tasmanian Devils Breeding on Mainland Australia
- 7 OCTOBER 2020: Tasmanian Devil returns to mainland Australia!
- 27 JUNE 2020: A new season of Tassie Devil joeys on the way!
- 9 JULY 2019: A record breaking devil breeding season!
- 26 OCTOBER 2018: Devil Ark celebrates their 300th Devil joey born.