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Save the Tasmanian Devil Program moves closer to immunised devil trial

Now in its third five year phase, the focus of the Save the Tasmanian Devil Program has shifted from ensuring the species survival in captivity to recovery in the wild, and an exciting announcement made about research into a vaccine has brought this closer to reality.
Published: 25/02/2015

The Devil Program’s next five year Business Plan released

The Save the Tasmanian Devil Program (STDP) is now commencing its third stage, coinciding with a five year business planning cycle, and has outlined the goals and targets for the coming five years in its latest Business Plan 2014-19. A major emphasis during this period, beyond maintaining the Insurance Population, will be on wild devil management and the implementation of the recovery plan. Key steps will be to determine the status and trends of wild devil populations and to develop techniques for managing diseased populations. By the end of this period, the Program plans to be managing diseased populations in the wild in Tasmania.
Published: 13/02/2015

Response to STDP final performance review and future recommendations

An evaluation by the Federal government of the performance of the Save the Tasmanian Devil Program (STDP) against the goals set out in the STDP Business Plan 2008-13, was undertaken in early 2013. The aims were to evaluate the impacts and achievements of the Program, and identify potential legacy contributions to the longer term Program goals. Copies of the final report and the Program's response to its recommendations are provided here.
Published: 06/01/2015

Maria Island Devil Translocation Project Update, December 2014

The establishment phase of the Maria Island Devil Translocation Project has been successfully completed with 28 devils released over two years and evidence that the introduced population has bred successfully over the 2013 and 2014 breeding seasons. The focus is now on monitoring the devils, along with the potential impacts of the expanding population on other native species and the Island's ecology.
Published: 23/12/2014

Tasmanian Devil Contraception Trial shows Early Promise

A reproductive contraception trial for Tasmanian devils has been underway to develop a tool that will help conservation scientists to maintain the genetic diversity of Tasmanian devils in isolated and captive populations, benefiting the species survival in the long term. Tasmanian devils at two captive facilities in NSW and Tasmania have been the subject of the contraception trials and the early results look promising.
Published: 02/12/2014

New phase of the Save the Tasmanian Devil Program

While the threat to the Tasmanian devil due to Devil Facial Tumour Disease (DFTD) continues to spread through wild populations in Tasmania, significant advances in the Insurance Population and protecting isolated devil populations, are enabling the Save the Tasmanian Devil Program to commence a new phase in the species' conservation - focussing on recovery in the wild.
Published: 25/11/2014

New research finds Tasmanian devils have survived for thousands of years with low diversity

New research has found that Tasmanian devils have survived two major population declines in the last 50,000 years. These results suggest climate change, and not modern human activities, has been responsible for the low genetic diversity seen in devil populations today.
Published: 06/11/2014

Government and Zoo Industry Forum focuses on Saving the Tasmanian Devil

The Save the Tasmanian Devil Program (STDP) joined with the Zoo and Aquarium Association (ZAA) of Australasia to host a two day ‘Tasmanian Devil Symposium and ZAA Stakeholder Meeting' in Hobart on 30 September to 1 October, 2014. The purpose was to strengthen the existing partnership between the government and zoo industry; providing a forum for leading Australian zoos and wildlife parks involved in the Tasmanian devil Insurance Population program; and facilitating the sharing of the latest information on devil management, conservation strategies and research.
Published: 31/10/2014

Survey for Orphaned Devils in Taroona

Late in September, the Save the Tasmanian Devil Program received a call to the Devil Mobile (0427 733 511) from a member of the public who had picked up a roadkill devil on Sandy Bay Road, close to the Truganini Reserve, Taroona.
Published: 30/10/2014

Japanese science documentary on the Tasmanian devil

Over the past 10 months, the Save the Tasmanian Devil Program has been working with a Japanese natural history film company in the production of a 30 minute documentary on the plight of the Tasmanian devil, which is planned to be broadcast on NHK TV in Japan on Sunday 27 July. NHK is equivalent to Australia's ABC and the documentary, which is targeting a Japanese family audience with the Sunday screening, is likely to be viewed by over 10 million people.
Published: 09/07/2014

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