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For The First Time In 3000 Years, The Tasmanian Devil Returns To Australian Wildlife.

For The First Time In 3000 Years, The Tasmanian Devil Returns To Australian Wildlife.

After they were released at the nearly 1000-acre Barrington Tops wildlife refuge, about 190 kilometers north of Sydney, the 11 newly released devils started exploring their new habitat.

Many species of animals have been driven into decline or to the verge of extinction by the modern world, but there is hope due to conservation projects.

The tale of the Tasmanian devil, who for the first time in 3,000 years returned to the Australian wild, Cast in Point.

In a statement quoted by CNN, Australian NGO Aussie Ark said the carnivorous marsupials were released into their new home in New South Wales, a 400-hectare (988-acre) wildlife sanctuary north of Sydney.

"In 100 years, we are going to be looking back at this day as the day that set in motion the ecological restoration of an entire country," said Tim Faulkner, president of Aussie Ark.

 



 

 

"Not only is this the reintroduction of one of Australia's beloved animals, but of an animal that will engineer the entire environment around it, restoring and rebalancing our forest ecology after centuries of devastation from introduced foxes and cats and other invasive predators."

CNN states that the arrival of dingoes forced Tasmanian devils to die on mainland Australia, limiting them to the island of Tasmania, and their still diminished numbers were further diminished by a viral cancer known as Devil Facial Tumor Disease (DFTD), which since its 1996 discovery has wiped out 90% of their population.

As a result, just 25,000 of the creatures are left in the wild, and the Aussie Ark has spent the last decade working desperately to save them.

 

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On September 10, the 11 devils released to the mainland join a pre-existing group of 15, ensuring that on mainland Australia there are currently 26 wild Tasmanian devils.

The devils are part of the breeding program of the Aussie Ark, which has grown from 44 of the creatures in 2011 to over 200 today, raising the devils with techniques of promoting natural behavior that offer them the greatest possible wild chance.

 

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"Without Aussie Ark's incredible work and perseverance over all of these years, the recent devil reintroduction would not have been possible and instead of looking forward to the recovery of the species, we would be watching the devil slip into extinction," said Don Church, president of the Global Wildlife Conservation charity.

"This is an incredible example of how to rewild our planet, bringing back the natural systems to the benefit of all life on Earth."

Also, read: This Rare 'Singing' Breed, Considered 50 Years Ago To Be Extinct In The Wild, Is Still Thriving.

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