Tasmanian Devils Born On The Mainland Of Australia For The First Time In 3,000 Years

Australia just welcomed its first wild Tasmanian Devil joeys on the mainland for the first time in 3,000 years.

Thanks to conservation by Aussie Ark, endangered Tasmanian Devils are being reintroduced to the mainland of Australia and they just welcomed their first joeys.

Aussie Ark President Tim Faulkner shared about the success of their efforts on YouTube, saying, “The wilds of mainland Australia are experiencing a special kind of baby boom—one that hasn’t happened here in more than 3,000 years. Aussie Ark, in partnership with @Re:wild and WildArk, are celebrating the birth of 7 Tasmanian Devil joeys born into the 400 hectare Barrington Wildlife Sanctuary.”

Photo: flickr/Mathias Appel
Photo: YouTube/Aussie Ark

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The success comes after years of working to restore the Tasmanian Devil populations. National Geographic reports that the populations were virtually destroyed by an aggressive form of facial cancer that swept through the populations and killed 90% of all Tasmanian Devils.

The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species has the marsupials listed as being endangered with decreasing populations. With the cancer still rampant amongst them, conservation efforts are critical to seeing the animals survive for generations to come.

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“We’ve done everything we can, but if the devil’s don’t breed, it’s all over,” said Faulkner. “We have been working tirelessly for the better part of 10 years to return Devils to the wild of mainland Australia with the hope that they would establish a sustainable population. Once they were back, it was entirely up to them,” he continued.

It seems their efforts were a success, for after watching from afar, the organization was finally able to step back in and confirm the birth of the first wild joeys in millennia.

Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Watch the incredible moment below:

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