Tasmania Minister for Environment Parks and Heritage Matthew Groom
Encouraging News For The Tasmanian Devil
Victor P Taffa
Hodgman Liberal Government’s commitment to saving the Tasmanian Devil has received another important boost with the news of a potential cure for Devil Facial Tumour Disease (DFTD), Minister for Environment Parks and Heritage Matthew Groom said.
Findings of the international study led by the University of Tasmania are very encouraging, and are an important step to developing a full vaccine for the devil.
“It’s another important marker in our ongoing commitment to secure the future of the devil where it belongs right here in the wild in Tasmania.” Mr. Groom said.
“However it is early days and we acknowledge that a lot more work will need to be done to boost the devils’ response to immunisation.”
“That is why we will continue the multi-faceted approach to finding a cure and ensuring the future prosperity of the Devil, with the Wild Devil Recovery (WDR) trial set to release wild devils into wukalina / Mount William in the state’s north from May.” Mr. Groom said.
Save the Tasmanian Devil Program (STDP) and the University of Tasmania are partners in WDR with a priority on trialling immunisation on devils released into the wild.
That will be the third release of devils under the WDR Project, with previous ones taking place at Narawntapu National Park in September 2015 and Stony Head in August 2016.
Additionally, the introduction of devils to Maria island in 2012 and 2013 was vital in creating a wild population that could be used to return devils to the wild on mainland Tasmania.
STDP is committed to establishing an enduring and ecologically functioning population of Tasmanian devils in the wild and is a joint response by the Federal and Tasmanian Governments to the threat of DFTD to devils.