Watching Devils At Tasmania Zoo

About a 25 minute scenic drive out of Launceston in Tasmania you will find Tasmania Zoo. The day I visited, it was a very cold winter’s morning, and most of the animals seemed to be hidden away sleeping and waiting out the cold. But there was plenty of action and entertainment from the six Tasmanian devils at the zoo.

For those who aren’t aware, Tasmanian devils are a native Australian animal and are endemic to Tasmania. They are critically endangered because of the terrible and fatal Devil Facial Tumour Disease. For more details about this amazing species and its struggle to survive click here to read one of my earlier posts.

First up, here are some photos of the devils enjoying some winter warmth in the sunshine.

At one point two devils had something to say to each other.

Having a scratch

What a cutie!
What a face!
I smell food!
Where’s the food already!

One of the animal keepers turned up with a big bucket of pieces of wallaby for the devils to eat. Watching tassie devils eat is quite an experience. It’s noisy and looks violent at times, but they all work together tugging at the food to help break it up making it easier to eat. And they eat everything – fur and bones included!

I love the keeper’s tassie devil hat!

The hopping or jumping thing the devils do in this video is something I’ve never seen before, it was so funny. And that little opportunistic devil at the end of the video was quite devillish! 😀

It wasn’t too long before all the food had been eaten. One of the devils came up to the keeper for cuddles and we were able to have a quick pat of the devil while she was occupied playfully chewing on the keeper’s hand. Then she was put on the ground but she wanted some more attention!

Tasmanian devils are such fascinating creatures, I could watch them all day!

If you love devils as much as I do, why not consider joining the Tasmanian Devil Network? I’m the administrator of the group on Facebook and would love to have you on board. Click here to join or click here to find out more.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Tasmanian Devil Network

Do you love Tasmanian devils? Well then, have you heard about the Tasmanian Devil Network?

The Tasmanian Devil Network is a community group I created at the beginning of 2016 on Facebook.

It’s a group for anyone who has an interest in the endangered Tasmanian devils.

Members of the group can share their photos, videos, and encounters with Tassie devils, either in the wild or in wildlife sanctuaries. Members can share websites, non profit organisations and charities relating to Tasmanian devils, as well as any fundraising activities by those organisations or individuals who aim to raise money to help save the Tasmanian devils from extinction. Members can also share anything of interest related to Tassie devils, for example, news items, books, artwork, collector pieces etc. Or perhaps you’d like a question answered about the furry little devils.

The Tasmanian Devil Network is a closed group which means only members can view the content. We’re a happy little group and love to see lots of photos of devils and keep up to date with the latest research on finding a cure for DFTD as well as raise awareness of fundraising events across the country. Our members are very friendly and genuinely interested in what everyone has to share. Our membership includes people like myself who can’t get enough of Tassie devils as well as people from several wildlife sanctuaries around Australia, and from organisations such as Devils In Danger and Save The Tasmanian Devil Appeal.

Interested? Then click here to visit the Facebook group page and request to join and myself or one of the other moderators will happily welcome you into our group.

Looking forward to seeing you there soon! 🙂

New Bilby Exhibit at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary

I have never seen a bilby in the wild so I was really happy when I heard that there was a brand new bilby exhibit at Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary here on the Gold Coast.

Unfortunately, there weren’t any signs throughout the grounds that I could see telling you where to find them (although they may have them up now since it’s been a few weeks since my visit). After checking the Nocturnal House (where you would think they would be) and then walking around for ages looking for the bilbies, I eventually asked a Sanctuary volunteer.

I was quite surprised where the bilby exhibit was located. It’s not only difficult to find, but it’s in amongst a children’s play area. No wonder I couldn’t find it!

The exhibit itself looks quite good for the several bilbies they have, and they were quite active when I was there. Interestingly, they share the enclosure with endangered ghost bats! The exhibit is a long enclosure with a glass wall so even little ones can easily see the bilbies scampering about and also watch the ghost bats hanging from the roof. There is a door at each end of the walkway along the glass wall and it’s quite dark when the doors are closed with only a dim light to see by.

Unfortunately, because of the enclosure’s location, there were numerous kids running through the walkway, opening doors, screaming and yelling, standing in the doorway holding the door open so the whole place was flooded with light. Needless to say, I didn’t spend a lot of time there.

I later found out that the bilby enclosure is placed in that area because it’s part of the Sanctuary’s Kids Conservation Trail.

I think it’s great that the Sanctuary has added the bilby enclosure, they’re a native animal that most Australians wouldn’t ever get to see out in the wild. And I think it’s a great idea to get kids interested in wildlife and conservation as well. But if you want to see the bilbies, I would recommend that you go on a weekday when all the kids are at school! 😃

Threatened Species Week

Wednesday 7th September is Threatened Species Day here in Australia. It has been a day of commemoration since 1996, the year that marked the 60th anniversary of the death of the very last thylacine, or Tasmanian tiger, in captivity at the Beaumaris Zoo in Hobart, Tasmania.

Threatened Species Day is an important day. It is a time not only to reflect on what happened to the thylacine, but to raise awareness of the plight of many species in Australia that are endangered. It is a time to showcase the incredible work being done by individuals, non profit organisations, charities, and the government, in protecting our threatened wildlife. Although we may mourn the devastating loss of the thylacine, we should also celebrate the successes in saving endangered animals and overcoming obstacles in protecting our unique native wildlife for future generations.

Australia has a very long list of threatened species that includes not only the well known critically endangered Tasmanian devils and the Orange Bellied Parrot, but also includes species of plants, fish, mammals, marsupials, reptiles, birds, amphibians, arthropods, molluscs and echinoderms.

Once a species becomes extinct they are gone forever.

However, with effective management from all sides, every endangered species can be saved. We can all take positive action to prevent a species from disappearing forever.

This year, my acknowledgement of Threatened Species Day involves me publishing this post on my blog and contributing to a special event held at my workplace this week. We are all going to be wearing black and white on the day and holding a morning tea where some staff have volunteered to bake delicious cakes and biscuits to sell in the office to raise funds for the Save The Tasmanian Devil Appeal.

So check your local government websites for activities near you that will be happening all week all around Australia to raise awareness of what work is being done to save our threatened species.

How will you acknowledge Threatened Species Day this year?