Meet Tassie devils at the un­zoo

Stanthorpe Border Post - - LIFESTYLE -

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.

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Pic­ture: Luke Bow­den

Bonorong Wildlife Sanc­tu­ary's Greg Irons with ju­nior Tas­ma­nian Devil Phoenix.

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