Devil Island Project

Building a future for the Tasmanian devil

Bruce with Darling. Picture by Peter Lord half size Devil Island Project Group is committed to saving the endangered Tasmanian devil by building large free-range enclosures that are called “Devil Islands” and on Wednesday 25th May the Federal Minister for the Environment, the Honourable Greg Hunt announced that the final tranche of $500,000 from the $3.3 million Devil Recovery Grant announced in early 2014 will be provided to the Devil Island Project Group in order to complete two projects as part of the Wild Devil Recovery Project. These funds will be added to the $300,000 that the Devil Island Project Group has raised.

The Wild Devil Recovery Project is the next step in returning Tasmanian Devils to the wild. This is a step that was only dreamed about when we started our journey nearly ten years ago. It was one reason why we decided to build the large ‘Devil Island’ Free Range Enclosures to keep the Devils behaviour as wild as possible for when the time came to release them.

Devil Island Project Group is embarking on two exciting new projects. The first of these is to supply the Save the Tasmanian Devil Program with a 3.2 kilometre transportable fencing system that will assist with the effective release of immunised Devils along with disease free Devils from the Insurance Population into the wild. The second of these projects is to construct two small two more Devil Island enclosures in the south of the State to assist with the vaccination process.

Healthy Tasmanian devils can now roam wild in our Devil Islands with optimum welfare conditions and safe and secure isolated areas for breeding which will then increase their chances for survival and re-establishing themselves in the future.

Announcements

Prototype of the transportable barrier fence erected on Parliament Lawns for the announcement of joint Commonwealth and Devil Island Project Group funding for this fence.