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Response to STDP final performance review and future recommendations

An evaluation by the Federal government of the performance of the Save the Tasmanian Devil Program (STDP) against the goals set out in the STDP Business Plan 2008-13, was undertaken in early 2013. The aims were to evaluate the impacts and achievements of the Program, and identify potential legacy contributions to the longer term Program goals. Copies of the final report and the Program's response to its recommendations are provided here.
Published: 06/01/2015

Maria Island Devil Translocation Project Update, December 2014

The establishment phase of the Maria Island Devil Translocation Project has been successfully completed with 28 devils released over two years and evidence that the introduced population has bred successfully over the 2013 and 2014 breeding seasons. The focus is now on monitoring the devils, along with the potential impacts of the expanding population on other native species and the Island's ecology.
Published: 23/12/2014

Tasmanian Devil Contraception Trial shows Early Promise

A reproductive contraception trial for Tasmanian devils has been underway to develop a tool that will help conservation scientists to maintain the genetic diversity of Tasmanian devils in isolated and captive populations, benefiting the species survival in the long term. Tasmanian devils at two captive facilities in NSW and Tasmania have been the subject of the contraception trials and the early results look promising.
Published: 02/12/2014

New phase of the Save the Tasmanian Devil Program

While the threat to the Tasmanian devil due to Devil Facial Tumour Disease (DFTD) continues to spread through wild populations in Tasmania, significant advances in the Insurance Population and protecting isolated devil populations, are enabling the Save the Tasmanian Devil Program to commence a new phase in the species' conservation - focussing on recovery in the wild.
Published: 25/11/2014

New research finds Tasmanian devils have survived for thousands of years with low diversity

New research has found that Tasmanian devils have survived two major population declines in the last 50,000 years. These results suggest climate change, and not modern human activities, has been responsible for the low genetic diversity seen in devil populations today.
Published: 06/11/2014

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Who we are. The Save the Tasmanian Devil Program is the official response to the threat to the survival of the Tasmanian devil. The Program is an initiative of the Australian and Tasmanian governments in partnership with the University of Tasmania.

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