Meet Tassie devils at the unzoo
NO TRIP to Tasmania would be complete without at least a glimpse of the state’s most famous resident, the Tasmanian devil.
Your best bet to see these endangered marsupials is in captivity and there are several options close to Hobart. Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary, north of the city, hosts daily devil feedings and also allows visitors to get up close to kangaroos, koalas and birds.
The Tasman Peninsula, about a 45-minute drive south of Hobart, is home to a largescale conservation reserve established to help the local population recover from the devastating Devil Facial Tumour Disease.
The peninsula’s geography makes it the perfect place to isolate a disease-free group of devils.
The Denison Canal at Dunalley is a natural choke point where fencing and wildlife deterrents have been installed to reduce the risk of devils moving on to the peninsula and bringing DFTD with them.
If you look closely as you drive across the canal on the Arthur Highway, you’ll notice a gate and lights that have earned the bridge the nickname “the Tassie devil stopper”.
You can learn more about the conservation efforts at The Tasmanian Devil Unzoo. Part of the Tasmanian Devil Conservation Project, it is named an “unzoo” for its design around natural habitats in which cages or barriers are removed or concealed and wild, as well as resident animals, are encouraged to interact with the environment.
Go to bonorong.com.au and tasmaniandevilunzoo.com.au.
Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary's Greg Irons with junior Tasmanian Devil Phoenix.