By Madeline Townsend - Director, Volunteer & Membership
Thanks to our great volunteers for their efforts!
Our exciting project to help look after Tasmanian Devils has continued over recent weeks at the Bonorong Wildlife Park on the northern outskirts of Hobart in Tasmania.
With a focus on ensuring there is a healthy future for Tasmanian Devils, volunteers are helping to build holding pens for them. This is a long term project that will make a genuine contribution towards the preservation of this iconic Tasmanian creature, as well as other wildlife. For Tasmanian Devils in particular, the new enclosures will help keep healthy Devils safe and sound, and hopefully allow them to breed and increase the population. Alongside the Tassie Devil pens, and funded independently of our Global Giving project, our volunteers have also been building additional holding enclosures for native animals like wombats and quolls.
Both you and the volunteers have made a great contribution so far, and there is still plenty more to be done. We've added some pictures to show you our progress - and thank you again for your generous support of this important conservation project.
By Prue Simmons - Wild Futures National Coordinator
Relaxing in the new enclosure
Thanks for your valuable efforts in assisting our Tasmanian Devil Recovery project as part of Conservation Volunteers Australia's Wild Futures program!
It's been a busy few months for the Devil team in Tasmania, with works started on building and maintaining enclosures at Bonorong Wildlife Park. Made from sustainable, recycled materials these enclosures will keep healthy Devils safe and sound and allow the captive breeding program to expand. With much of the wild population of Tasmanian Devils at risk from the deadly Devil Facial Tumor Disease, it is vital that an insurance population of healthy Devils is carefully managed through captive breeding to ensure the species' survival.
Concurrent to our ongoing work on the breeding enclosures at Bonorong Wildlife Park in Tasmania, our attention now turns to assisting in providing a healthy and safe environment for quarantined Tasmanian Devils on the Australia's mainland. Conservation Volunteers Australia will assist in habitat maintenance for a population of disease-free Devils being housed in New South Wales to further boost population numbers of healthy Tasmanian Devil individuals.
A big thank you to everyone that has donated so far - you are making an important difference in the survival of one of Australia's most treasured species. Don't forget that you can continue to assist this ongoing recovery project and we thank you for your kind contribution to the Tasmanian Devils survival through Global Giving.