Tasmanian Devils, the small, carnivorous mammals native to Australia, are currently classified as “endangered” on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) red list. While they used to live throughout Australia, they now primarily live on the island of Tasmania, where there is a Tasmanian Devil population of around 25,000. While their population is decreasing, there has been a recent “glimmer of hope” according to researcher Katherine Belov of the University of Sydney.
Towards the end of May, seven Tasmanian Devil babies were born on mainland Australia in the 1,000-acre Barrington Wildlife Sanctuary. In 2020, 11 Tasmanian Devils joined 15 others that had been brought to this mainland sanctuary during an earlier trip. Mothers usually give birth to between 20 to 30 joeys, but because she only has four nipples, not all survive.
While Tasmanian Devils are now a protected species in Australia, they need more help to maintain and grow their population. In the 1990s, the population of Tasmanian Devils was around 140,000, but devil facial tumor disease (DFTD) brought it down to the 20,000s where it is today. Sign this petition to tell the Australian government to support the Barrington Wildlife Sanctuary’s work of reintroducing Tasmanian devils to the mainland!
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