International Assistance To Save The Tasmanian Devil

International Assistance To Save The Tasmanian Devil

Tasmania Minister for Environment Parks and Heritage Matthew Groom

New Boost To Devil Research

Victor P Taffa

The Hodgman Government’s commitment to save the Tasmanian Devil will receive another boost after an international partnership was struck between the Save the Tasmanian Devil Program (STDP), the Zoo and Aquarium Association Australasia (ZAA) and Toledo Zoo from the USA.

The agreement will see the Toledo Zoo contribute a five-year grant of $100,000 per year for a monitoring program to assess the status of the devil in the Tasmanian landscape, and help develop projects that will ensure that will ensure the long-term recovery of the species.

Toledo Zoo will raise the money through advocacy programs in the United States, Minister for Environment Parks and Heritage Matthew Groom said.

“The monitoring program will be overseen by Wildlife biologist Dr. Samantha Fox who has been appointed as the Adjunct to the Toledo Zoo.”

It aims to examine the plight of the Tasmanian Devil in the wilderness and assess the evolution of the Devil Facial Tumour Disease and the devil, which will assist the STDP’s main goal of maintaining an enduring and ecologically functional population of Tasmanian Devils in the wild.

As part of the monitoring program, 10 long-term monitoring sites have been selected.

TAS Minister for Environment Matthew Groom

TAS Minister for Environment Matthew Groom

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sites located on the eastern side of Tasmania have had disease present for more than 20 years while other sites have only had diseases present for a short period of time

The STDP, with their stakeholder partners, has been working to re-enforce wild populations at Narawntapu National Park (NNP) with the release of 20 devils in September 2015. The Program also released 39 devils into the wild on the Forestier Peninsula in mid-November.

These steps assist in increasing the genetic diversity of suppressed wild populations as well as directly increasing numbers, thereby enforcing the ecosystem function of devils in the wild and helping to maintain viable and resilient devil populations in the wild.

“It is part of the Wild Devil Recovery project that includes detailed assessment of devil populations in the wild and the investigations of strategies to rebuild disease affected populations.” Mr. Groom said.