photo: Mike Calder
You and us – let’s do something to help
Tarkine Trails are assisting the Tasmanian Government and the University of Tasmania in their fight to save Tasmanian devils from extinction. We have now completed a 5 year study where we operated motion-sensitive cameras throughout the rainforests and coastlines of the Tarkine in order to monitor hitherto unknown and increasingly precious devil populations.
We are now at the stage of reviewing this immense cache of footage and completing the final report. You can see a selection of photos below.
Our preliminary findings show that the Tarkine is one of the last areas in Tasmania where our devils are free from the Devil Facial Tumour Disease (DFTD).
Tarkine Trails, and people across the world, have been shocked by the demise of the Tasmanian devil due to DFTD.
We do not know how this blight came upon our devils but the impacts are measurable – and disturbing.
- Since the first recording of the disease in 1996 sightings of devils have dropped by 84%.
- They have now all but disappeared from the state’s northeast.
- This is no evidence of the decline stopping. Highly contagious, 100% fatal and spread by facial contact (common amongst squabbling devils) DFTD now effects devils across three-quarters of Tasmania – you just happen to be visiting the fourth quarter.
So why are you so important? Simple. Without you, we wouldn’t be here.