Devil Island Projects check out the Program’s facilities
Members of the Devil Island Projects Board (David Stronach, Kerry Finch, Erica Holding, Genevieve Holding, Bruce Englefield, Maureen Englefield and Joanna Stronach) at the Taroona Wildlife Centre with Howel Williams and Chris Boland from the Program.
Last month the Program hosted a visit by members of the Devil Islands Projects Board. The group were provided with an overview of the Save the Tasmanian Devil Program at our headquarters in Hobart and then given a tour of our facilities at Taroona and Ferntree. While at Taroona the group also took the opportunity to visit the site’s other resident insurance population of Orange Bellied Parrots.
Dr Alex Kreiss from the Menzies Institute took the time to join the group a Ferntree to speak about the animals there and the work being done by Alex and Greg Wood’s team from the Menzies Institute.
Devil Island Projects have been pivotal in securing lands and funds for all of the Free Range Enclosures currently being used for the Tasmanian Devil insurance population. Devil Island Projects has also been involved in the design of the FREs and managed their construction. These FREs are appropriately called Devil Islands. Thanks to the efforts of Devil Island Projects there are now three Devil Islands operating in Tasmania and housing in excess of 40 insurance population devils. Construction of a fourth Devil Island is about to commence at Tasmania Zoo.
The visit was a great opportunity for the Devil Island Projects Group, to get a broader view of the Save the Tasmanian Devil Program and to see how their efforts in building facilities for the insurance population contributes to the overall conservation effort for the Tasmanian Devil. It was also a good opportunity for the Program to be reminded of the huge amount of support and good will there is in the wider community and how important this is to conservation of the Devil. This group of determined and dedicated people have been able to raise in excess of $800,000 towards saving the devil. Together with funding from the Tasmanian Government they have also been able to provide facilities that will be crucial for the long term conservation of the Tasmanian devil. The efforts of community groups like the Devil Island Projects are both inspirational and humbling and make us all even more determined to save the Devil.