The wilds of mainland #Australia are experiencing a special kind of baby boom—one that hasn’t happened there in more than 3,000 years. @AussieArk, in partnership with @Rewild and @wild.ark, are celebrating the birth of 7 Tasmanian Devil joeys born to adults released last year into a 400-hectare (1,000 acres) wild sanctuary for the first time ever.
Tasmanian Devils vanished entirely from mainland Australia in large part because they were outcompeted by introduced Dingoes, which hunt in packs. Dingoes never made it to Tasmania, but across the island state, a transmissible, painful and fatal disease called Devil Facial Tumor Disease—the only known contagious cancer—decimated up to 90 percent of the wild population of Tasmanian Devils. Just 25,000 devils are left in the wild of Tasmania today. These little devils are giving us hope not only for the future of their species, but for the future of Australia’s ecosystems.