Greater than 3,000 years since they died off there, Tasmanian devils have been reintroduced to the Australian mainland.
The group Aussie Ark has launched 11 Tasmanian devils (Sarcophilus harrisii) at a wildlife sanctuary north of Sydney. Beforehand, they launched 15 of them as a part of a trial.
“In 100 years, we’re going to be trying again at this present day because the day that set in movement the ecological restoration of a whole nation,” stated Tim Faulkner, president of Aussie Ark in an announcement.
“Not solely is that this the reintroduction of one in every of Australia’s beloved animals, however of an animal that may engineer the whole atmosphere round it, restoring and rebalancing our forest ecology after centuries of devastation from launched foxes and cats and different invasive predators.”
The arrival of dingos (Canis lupus dingo) in Australia drove the marsupial predators to extinction on the continent, proscribing them to the island of Tasmania, the place they face threats from Satan Facial Tumor Illness. Solely about 25,000 Tasmanian devils stay within the wild.
Aussie Ark plans to introduce 20 devils every in two extra reintroductions, and can monitor the animals utilizing radio collars, digicam traps and surveys.