These cute animals that are on the verge of extinction give us some hope with this good news.
It hadn’t happened for over 3,000 years. Now the Tasmanian Devil (Sarcophilus harrisii Boitard) returns to Australia where seven cubs have been born. The marsupial also made famous by the Looney Tunes cartoon character known as Taz were listed as endangered on the United Nations Red List in 2008.
The Tasmanian Devil has been reintroduced to Australia thanks to a conservation project that is finally paying off with the birth of these new specimens in Barrington. In this area of 400 hectares in 2020, 26 specimens of the species were transferred.
The operation was defined as “historic” by Tim Faulkner, president of Aussie Ark (one of the NGOs that participated in the project, ed) and comparable to the American one conducted in the 90s of the last century to reintroduce the wolf in Yellowstone Park. “We have worked tirelessly over the past decade to return the Tasmanian Devils to mainland Australia. There is so much at stake here. We’ve done everything we can, but if the Devils don’t breed, it’s all over. This operation will allow the restoration and rebalancing of the ecology after centuries of devastation by other predators, “added Faulkner.
According to the NGO experts, the children are in good condition and, in the coming weeks, they will be constantly monitored to follow their growth.
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