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Better The Devil You Know…

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Captive breeding programs are saving the Tasmanian Devils from the brink of extinction. As one of the largest living carnivorous marsupials in the world, the endemic Australian animal once roamed throughout mainland Australia. It is now confined only to Tasmanian bushland and breeding centres in the mainland. Despite all efforts to preserve the species, it is estimated that there are less than 10% of Tasmanian Devils currently left in the wild.

The endangered species is an asset to Australia and is a close living relative of the now extinct species, the Tasmanian Tiger. With the discovery of Devil Facial Tumour Disease (DFTD) in 1996, numerous organisations have been working to protect, breed and try to find a vaccine for the disease. One of these projects is Devil Ark, a Tasmanian Devil captive breeding program in NSW’s Barrington Tops. FNPW is working with Devil Ark to ensure the survival of the Tasmanian devil through an innovative breeding program.

“Devil Ark is creating an insurance population of Tasmanian Devils and has been running since 2011. As a cure for DFTD has yet to be found, this is our only other option. This is vital for the survival of this species,” says CEO of FNPW, Ian Darbyshire.

“Australia has amazing wildlife that cannot be seen anywhere else in the world, one of which is the Tasmanian Devil. These projects, whether they focus on the Tasmanian Devil, Koalas or the Murray River Turtle, all need much more help in order to save the species. Conservation is important, but it is also costly so that’s why FNPW needs to find funding. These programs work but they need help to keep them going".

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