Wonderful news for Australian fauna with word that Tasmanian devil babies (called ‘joeys’, because they’re marsupials so their babbies are just like kangaroo babbies) have been born in the wild on mainland Australia for the first time in 3,000 years.
The cute carnivores have been breeding in captivity in a special rewilding project for the past decade and in 2020 the first group was released from captivity into a sanctuary where the first group of joeys have been born.
Congrats to Aussie Ark, Re:wild and WildArk for what sounds like fantastic work over the past decade to reach this milestone. This is playing a big role in trying to overcome the facial tumor disease the devils are dealign with in Tasmania that has led to massive population decline over the past 30 years.
You can go donate to the ongoing project at the Aussie Ark website.