There’s been lots of action since the last report on our Taking Care of the Elders project, and fencing remains our main priority to establish the boundary of the 660 square metre Tasmanian Devil enclosure.
Our volunteers have been busy building the free-range enclosure with 80 logs now in place for the perimeter wall. When finished this will be a safe and secure place for the Tasmanian Devils that are retiring from the breeding program at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary. Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary (pronounced “Bon-a-rong” – Aboriginal meaning “Native Companion”) was established in 1981 as a sanctuary for injured and orphaned wildlife and is Tasmania’s most popular wildlife park. 25 Devil dens have also been built and installed, with two types of dens designed for this enclosure – one is made from timber, and the other made from fruit juice drums.
We’ve had many volunteers from across Australia and around the world join our teams and all involved have enjoyed the chance to help the aging Devil population ease into a restful retirement. They have found this a worthy and enjoyable program to be a part of and all look forward to the completion of this retirement village for the Tasmanian Devil. Steve Bailey, Conservation Volunteers Australia’s State Manager in Tasmania, commented that the volunteers have done a great job so far: “Volunteers give their time and efforts freely to help with the on-ground works. The Devil enclosure has gained a significant amount of materials now; but more building materials are still needed for upcoming works to be completed – we have many more volunteers who are ready and willing to help!”
Your valuable donation will assist in acquiring these vital materials needed to complete this project. Donations can be made in set amounts for fencing materials, plants and tools – or pledge your own amount and know that you are furthering the survival of this remarkable species.
Our sincere thanks to those that have supported and donated to our Tasmanian Devil project so far. Your contribution ensures these important conservation efforts continue and that the Tasmanian Devil will have a Wild Future!
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