Protecting Tasmanian Devils
Extinction once seemed inevitable for the Tasmanian devil, but on an expedition to the state's remote southwest, researchers made a discovery that could help protect the species.
Most people know the Tasmanian devil as a carnivorous marsupial found only in Tasmania. But one of the little known facts about the Tasmanian devil is that it’s on the brink of extinction. Since the late 1990s, we have lost 85% of the Tasmanian devil population to a type of cancer called Devil Facial Tumour Disease (DFTD).
We are on a mission to save the Tasmanian devil from this devastating cancer. Since 2007 the University of Sydney has been leading research into the genetics of the Tasmanian devil. In May this year, we made a new genetic discovery that could change everything.
With your support, we can send more researchers into the region and be one step closer to saving this incredible creature.
With your help, we can:
- Fund more trips to the south west of Tasmania to collect samples - we will need to hire a helicopter to do this.
- Discover how genetically diverse the population of Tasmanian devils in the south-western region of Tasmania is.
- Bring genetically diverse individuals into the insurance metapopulation in collaboration with the Save the Tasmanian Devil Program and the Zoo and Aquarium Association.
- Design a management program for devils to increase their genetic variation, with the hope of ultimately producing more resilient animals.
Donations both large and small mean so much, and allow us to give Tasmanian devils the best chance for a future. Every dollar donated goes directly towards protecting the Tasmanian devils.
If you are not in a position to give, please share our project with your friends and family through social media and your networks.
All donations $2 and above are tax deductible.