Devil Program Achieves Major Milestone
The Save the Tasmanian Devil Program (STDP) is excited to share news of the breeding success of Tasmanian devils on the Forestier Peninsula and Maria Island.
2017 is the first year Tasmanian devils have bred and weaned young on the Forestier Peninsula since their re-introduction to the area and the fourth year for devils on Maria Island.
This is great news for the STDP especially since preliminary data from our Wild Devil Recovery Project have shown that wild Tasmanian devils fare better upon release than captive bred/raised ones as they are able to retain important wild-type behaviours.
The program has been focused on reinforcing and rebuilding wild devil populations in areas where the devil facial tumour disease is present and news of this breeding success marks a major milestone for such an important conservation program.
The next phase of the Wild Devil Recovery Project will see a number of wild Tasmanian devils from Maria Island being released into wukalina / Mount William in May, 20 years after the devil facial tumour disease was first detected at this site. More information about this project can be found here.
(Tasmanian devils were first introduced onto Maria Island in 2012 and the Forestier Peninsula in 2015.)
(L)STDP Wildlife Biologist Bill Brown with a young weaned Tasmanian
devil on the Forestier Peninsula
(R) STDP Wildlife Biologist Phil Wise with a young weaned Tasmanian
devil on Maria Island