Tim Faulkner is well known for his passion for Australian wildlife and his conservation work with the Australian Reptile Park. He’s also a highly energetic TV personality who’s trying to save the Tasmanian devil from extinction with the “Devil Ark” protection program. Tassie devils are getting wiped out by an aggressive and infectious cancer, and trying to protect a few of them in an enclosed territory might be the only hope for their survival. Tim also talks about his fascinating life, the start of the Ark program and its huge success, which has led to its extension – using the “Ark” to protect other endangered native species. He also reveals the details of the difficult and labour-intense process of running an anti-venom program – for most of Australia´s venomous spiders and snakes – to save human lives. Tim reckons since the late 1950s the program saved roughly about 20,000 people.
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Scientists are still unsure, however, about what exactly caused the extinction of these two iconic Australian animals from the mainland.
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The pair of Tassie devils are a part of a much larger effort to save their species from extinction.
Photographs of the devil captured late last week show the animal wandering along a roadside with visible patches of fur missing.
Maurits Zwankhuizen argues that it’s about time for native animals like the Tasmanina devil, maligned by the unkindest misnomer, to take back their Aboriginal names.
Watch Diva the devil having her pouch checked.
Researchers have found that humans could be the cause of another major problem in the health of the Tasmanian devil, which already suffers from facial tumour disease.
Tasmanian devils that enjoy the highest survival and breeding success are more likely to get the fatal facial tumour disease.
Despite the rediscovery of a string of Australian species thought to be extinct, researchers have debunked a popular belief that Tasmanian devils survived on the mainland into last century.