Tasmanian devils are a carnivorous and aggressive marsupial that can measure 2 feet long and weigh more than 25 pounds and that lives on the island of Tasmania in southern Australia.
They became extinct from mainland Australia almost 4,000 years ago due to climatic conditions and human presence that, in addition to destroying wooded areas, introduced other animals to the area, such as the dingo dog that became a deadly predator for the Tasmanian devil.
The species survived on the Island of Tasmania thanks to the favorable weather conditions and the absence of the dingo. Nonetheless, its population has also been dangerously declining during the last few decades due to diseases, reducing its number from 140,000 individuals in 1990 to only 20,000 today.
Gladly, conservation groups recently indicated that specimens of these reintroduced marsupials have reproduced in the wild, raising hope that the effort for their preservation will be successful.
Aussie Ark, in conjunction with other groups, reported that at least 7 Tasmanian devils were born in a 400-hectare wilderness reserve in Barrington Tops, north of Sydney.
Just over a year ago, 26 individuals of this species had been released at the sanctuary and now the experiment is proving positive as these animals have begun to reproduce naturally at the site, resulting in the first Tasmanian devils born in mainland Australia in at least 3,000 years.
“Once they were back in the wild, it all depended on them, which was distressing. We were watching them from afar until it was time to act to confirm the birth of our first wild joeys (cubs). And what a great moment It was! “said Aussie Ark President Tim Faulkner.
We are excited and happy that this species can make a triumphant return to its original habitat and we hope that conservation efforts will continue to bring more Tasmanian devils to birth in the coming months.
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