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Tasmanian Devils

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MawB2 Mon 05-Oct-20 11:05:32

Tasmanian devils have been released on Australia’s mainland thousands of years after the feisty marsupials first went extinct there, in what conservationists described on Monday as an “historic” step.
Aussie Ark, along with a coalition of other conservation groups, said they had released 26 of the carnivorous mammals into a 400-hectare (1,000-acre) sanctuary at Barrington Tops, about 3.5 hours north of Sydney.
That should sort that coronavirus’s hash!

Whitewavemark2 Mon 05-Oct-20 11:31:14

🙂 I love hearing good news like this. We have a rewilding area near us and I love it.

nanna8 Mon 05-Oct-20 12:03:47

It is good they are healthy because a lot of them get a nasty virus and it has decimated the population in Tasmania. Wonder how they will cope with a warmer climate? Tasmania is quite cool.

MawB2 Mon 05-Oct-20 12:04:44

nanna8

It is good they are healthy because a lot of them get a nasty virus and it has decimated the population in Tasmania. Wonder how they will cope with a warmer climate? Tasmania is quite cool.

Mainland Australia

MawB2 Mon 05-Oct-20 12:05:16

Sorry - misread your post - d’uh
Apologies flowers

biba70 Mon 05-Oct-20 13:08:28

Can't wait to go and visit as soon as we can- as we have wonderful cousins there. An added +

25Avalon Mon 05-Oct-20 13:12:48

Fantastic! when my son was alive he absolutely loved TAZ the cartoon character and consequently the real Tasmanian Devils which bear no relationship to the cartoon. When my daughter visited Australia she bought him a toy modelling the real thing. My they look fierce!

EllanVannin Mon 05-Oct-20 13:27:03

Let's hope there are no bush fires !

nanna8 Tue 06-Oct-20 04:29:07

Usually we get bushfires every year in different areas. Last year were the worst for a long time and hope this will be a better year.

Davidhs Tue 06-Oct-20 08:59:58

Not good news for Koalas, if they do thrive, the outlook is not good, like myxamositis in rabbits maybe only a few will survive

Davidhs Tue 06-Oct-20 09:02:12

Myxomatosis

Callistemon Tue 06-Oct-20 09:57:09

We saw some in a sanctuary in Tasmania. Just as DGS and I were peering into their enclosure wondering where they were, one suddenly made their characteristic noise; it appeared just below us. It really made me jump!

The disease is a facial cancerous tumour, caused by biting as it is contagious, but if all the devils released are free from disease, they could well remain healthy.

MayBee70 Tue 06-Oct-20 10:50:10

What will their main prey be? Are they a keystone species? How will it affect the balance of nature in the area I wonder.

Callistemon Tue 06-Oct-20 11:06:17

Small creatures like frogs, insects and some birds, I think.

I wonder if they can eat cane toads without coming to harm? That would be a huge bonus.

Davidhs Tue 06-Oct-20 13:13:51

Like all carnivores they eat anything slower than they are, no Koalas on Tasmania, they climb trees too.

nanna8 Wed 07-Oct-20 12:46:22

We used to see a lot more koalas in the past than we do now. Dogs get them and they get hit by cars,too. They make a funny noise at night.

MayBee70 Wed 07-Oct-20 12:58:38

I was watching a programme about Australia last night which said that they could become extinct in the next decade or so as the habitat they prefer is also the habitat that humans want to live in. And this programme was made before the recent devastating fires that killed many of them. I sometimes think that the only way this planet can survive is if humans become extinct.

Callistemon Wed 07-Oct-20 15:33:51

Like all carnivores they eat anything slower than they are

Cane toads are poisonous so that could be very worrying if they ate them.

Unfortunately, they are one species which seem to be thriving in Australia - an introduced species like rabbits, camels, foxes, feral cats, rats, fire ants and many more. They are all a threat to the native species.

Davidhs Wed 07-Oct-20 16:29:27

I dont think cane toads taste very nice so no risk there.