Photo by Bonorong-Devil-Barrie-Irons1 Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary
They were once found in high numbers on the main land 400 years ago, but now only found in Tasmania. The Tasmanian Devil is suffering mostly from the Devil Facial Tumour Disease (DFTD). Tassie Devils have lost over 60% of their population since the mid 1990’s!
As they are now only found on the island of Tasmania the population is very connected. Making the genetic make-up of all the individuals very similar. So this makes it very easy for DFTD to infect other animals. Simple altercations like a bite or scratch can spread the disease from one specimen to another making their genetic similarity a threat to the population’s survival.
Being hit by cars and killed by humans for being a pest are also dangers to the population. Studies to make a vaccine for DFTD are now underway in an effort to help the declining numbers. To learn more about efforts to Save the Tasmanian Devil Program or about the amazing program at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary head to their web page http://bonorong.com.au/
I have been very lucky to meet a few Tasmanian Devils at different Zoos in Queensland. I love the way they smell when they are young! Just like popcorn is the best way I can describe it! I will share with you My best encounter so far was at Wildlife HQ at Woombye Sunshine Coast. These girls have been hand raised and up for a cuddle or pat. They are also excellent ambassadors telling the plight of the Tassie Devil to visitors to the Zoo.
There incredible experience allows visitors to get up close and friendly with Wildlife HQ’s Tassie devils and learn what we can do it help save them.