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Tasmanian Devils


Efforts to keep these native cheeky creatures alive...

In this week's New Bondi Vet, Australian Reptile Park’s general manager and head of conservation, Tim Faulkner is called out to the Barrington Tops National Park's Devil Ark to check on a project close to his heart.

Tim helped build the park, which assists in a conservation-breeding project for the endangered Tasmanian devil. This is in response to devil facial tumour disease that has wiped out 90% of the wild population.

Tasmanian devils are a native marsupial to Australia, particularly found in the state of Tasmania hence their name. They are inquisitive little creatures who have the amazing ability to swim as well as climb trees. They are also pretty swift on all fours.

Devil Ark is now home to 150 endangered Tasmanian devils in hope of keeping their species alive. Tim is out to assist in pouch-checking season in hope to find out if there are any joeys present.

Devil Ark isn’t like a typical zoo, the smallest pen being six football fields in size making it similar to what it would be like in the wild.

Capturing the devils to check whether they have joeys is also a good way to check and monitor their health in order to keep the species alive and growing.

Finding joeys is important not only to Devil Ark, but also to the future of the Tasmanian devil species. Since Tasmanian devils are now endangered, the breeding program is an insurance policy that ensures the species is safe.

Find out more about Australian native wildlife on our website and tune into Bondi Vet 6.30pm Saturdays on TEN.

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