Mainland Australia is celebrating the birth of seven Tasmanian devil joeys born to adults released last year into a wild sanctuary, the first time Tasmanian devil joeys have been born in the wild in 3 000 years. 

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Tim Faulkner, president of Aussie Ark, says, “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 in the wild, it was up to them, which was nerve wracking. We had been watching them from afar until it was time to step in and confirm the birth of our first wild joeys. And what a moment it was!”

Don Church, president of Re:wild, says, “The fact that the adults have adapted so quickly is remarkable and the joeys are one of the most tangible signs that the reintroduction of Tasmanian devils is working. This doesn’t just bode well for this endangered species, but also for the many other endangered species that can be saved if we rewild Australia, the country with the world’s worst extinction rate. Tasmanian devils are ecosystem engineers that can restore and rebalance the wild to the benefit of other native wildlife, to the climate, and to people.”

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Mark Hutchinson, cofounder of WildArk, says, “Once again we’ve been amazed by the dedicated work of Aussie Ark to repopulate Australia’s wildlife. This breeding milestone with the Tassie Devil programme on the mainland represents such a positive step towards seeing our endangered marsupials flourish. Tim Faulkner and the whole team are an inspiration to us at WildArk and we’re so fortunate to call them partners. Watch this space, more wildlife goodness coming.”