You have been unlucky for a long time. They were wiped out by wild dingo dogs on the continent 3,000 years ago. Its habitat was limited only to the island of Tasmania. But there, too, the population has declined since the 1990s. This time because of a facial tumor. That is why this event is a light of hope: Tasmanian devils were born in Australia thousands of years later.
For conservationists, these newborn boys are hope. These animals could result in a new breeding population. They are currently fighting against extinction. In 2008, Tasmanian devils were included in the United Nations Red Book of Endangered Species. Fewer than 25,000 of these animals remain in the wild.
It was hoped to revive the Tasmanian devil population in mainland Australia. In late 2020, the Aussie Ark conservation group released 26 adult specimens. Now they have bred and produced seven young.
Much is at stake here. We did everything possible. But if the demons don’t multiply, it’s over “, commented Tim Faulkner, President of the Aussie Ark.
The members of the group ensure that the newborns are in good health. Local rangers will monitor the growth for the next several weeks.
The Tasmanian Devil is the largest carnivorous marsupial in the world. It was nicknamed this way because of its special properties. Black fur, sharp teeth, difficult character. There are strange screams and growls. Despite its imposing name, it is a small animal compared to others. It’s usually the size of a small dog.
Now that Tasmanian devils are born in Australia, their growls may populate the continent again.