Maria Island Devils Story Told on Film
The overall goal of the Save the Tasmanian Devil Program is to establish an enduring and ecologically functioning population of Tasmanian devils in the wild.
To help us achieve this we introduced Tasmanian devils onto Maria Island in 2012 and 2013 to create a wild population of devils that could be used as a source population to return devils to the wild on mainland Tasmania.
Recently we translocated a number of these wild devils from Maria Island to wukalina/Mount William as part of our Wild Devil Recovery Project. The devils were selected based on the overall numbers, their genetics, age, gender, and behaviour.
Translocating wild devils from Maria Island serves two purposes: firstly, devils are released into mainland Tasmanian populations that require additional genetic diversity and abundance such as wukalina/Mount William, and secondly, it keeps the Maria Island population at a sustainable level.
We hope you enjoy this short video that explains why Tasmanian devils were introduced to Maria Island and what visitors can do to help keep the insurance population ‘wild’ so these devils can, in turn, play their part in the long-term survival of the species.