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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

Government and Zoo Industry Forum focuses on Saving the Tasmanian Devil

The Save the Tasmanian Devil Program (STDP) joined with the Zoo and Aquarium Association (ZAA) of Australasia to host a two day ‘Tasmanian Devil Symposium and ZAA Stakeholder Meeting' in Hobart on 30 September to 1 October, 2014. The purpose was to strengthen the existing partnership between the government and zoo industry; providing a forum for leading Australian zoos and wildlife parks involved in the Tasmanian devil Insurance Population program; and facilitating the sharing of the latest information on devil management, conservation strategies and research.
Published: 31/10/2014

Survey for Orphaned Devils in Taroona

Late in September, the Save the Tasmanian Devil Program received a call to the Devil Mobile (0427 733 511) from a member of the public who had picked up a roadkill devil on Sandy Bay Road, close to the Truganini Reserve, Taroona.
Published: 30/10/2014

Japanese science documentary on the Tasmanian devil

Over the past 10 months, the Save the Tasmanian Devil Program has been working with a Japanese natural history film company in the production of a 30 minute documentary on the plight of the Tasmanian devil, which is planned to be broadcast on NHK TV in Japan on Sunday 27 July. NHK is equivalent to Australia's ABC and the documentary, which is targeting a Japanese family audience with the Sunday screening, is likely to be viewed by over 10 million people.
Published: 09/07/2014

International article features Tasmanian devil researcher, Professor Greg Woods

Professor Greg Woods, Principal Research Fellow at the Menzies Research Institute, which is part of the University of Tasmania, heads up a small dedicated team of researchers working to save the Tasmanian devil from extinction in the wild. Professor Woods and the work of his team recently featured in an article in International Innovation, providing an expert summary of this often complex area of research, and is well worth a read.
Published: 02/07/2014

Auckland Zoo helps raise awareness of Tasmanian devils

New Zealand's Auckland Zoo is the latest international zoo to receive a handful of Tasmanian devils under a partnership agreement with the Save the Tasmanian Devil Program's Ambassador devil initiative aimed at raising overseas awareness of the plight of the devil.
Published: 12/05/2014

Appeal Ambassador Jon English learns more about key research and conservation strategies to help our Tassie devil!

In March this year, Appeal Ambassador Jon English was in Tasmania. Over two days he was provided with a comprehensive overview of key milestones made by the Save the Tasmanian devil Program in the area of devil management and conservation strategies. He also spent time meeting the vaccine research team based at Menzies Research Institute in Hobart.
Published: 08/05/2014

Healesville operating innovative devil enclosures thanks to an Appeal Grant

In late November 2011, the Save the Tasmanian Devil Appeal awarded a Devil Management Grant to Healesville Sanctuary to initiate a project to remotely monitor Tasmanian devil behaviour and welfare in innovative Managed Environment Enclosures (MEE's). Recently we have received an update on how these enclosures have been working.
Published: 08/05/2014

Tassie Eggs Big Benefit to the Tasmanian Devil

Since August 2013, Tasmania’s premier Egg Producer, Pure Food Eggs through its specially developed ‘Save the Devil Appeal black retail pack’ has donated 20 cents per pack sold towards the Appeal. To date more than 100,000 packs have been bought, raising over $20,000 for the Save The Tasmanian Devil Appeal.
Published: 01/05/2014

Latest Devil Program Newsletter April 2014

A copy of the Save the Tasmanian Devil Program's Newsletter for April 2014 is available to read, share and download. Find out about the benefits of the overseas partnerships being formed under the Ambassador Devil Iinitiative; the joint Devil Tools and Tech project, which will have direct application for conservation strategies used by the Program; the Maria Island Devils; Devils on the Peninsula; and the latest news from the Appeal.
Published: 30/04/2014

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