Juvenile Tasmanian Devil

Tasmanian Devil

Tasmanian Devil showing signs of facial tumour

Tasmanian Devil showing signs of facial tumour

Tasmanian Devil (Sarcophilus harrsii), or Tardiba as known by Aboriginal people, will likely be extinct in the wild in 20 years unless a response to the Devil Facial Tumour Disease can be mounted.  Endemic to Tasmania, the species disappeared from the Australian mainland between 200 and 400 years ago, possibly through competition with dingos and from hunting.

The  Devil is distributed across Tasmania where it is an important top order predator, playing a critical ecosystem function. The combined threats from the Devil Facial Tumor Disease, loss of habitat and road kills the future of the iconic Tasmanian Devil is starting to look bleak.

Species: Tasmanian Devil (Sarcophilus harrsii)
Location: Tasmania
Status: Endangered
Threats: Devil Facial Tumour Disease, road kills, habitat loss
Our work: monitoring, habitat restoration, predator control, community education

Description and Distribution

Sometimes it’s amazing how quicly our wildlife can find itself in need of our help. When Devil Facial Tumour Disease (DFTD) caused a rapid crash in Tasmanian Devil populations in 2001, the conservation world scrambled to find a cause and way to reverse the impacts of this awful disease. That urgent research is

Tasmanian Devil Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary Armanda Hayden

still ongoing.

As the disease is spread through contact, separating Tasmanian Devil populations and setting up important quarantine areas is of utmost importance. Conservation Volunteers is working with the Tasmanian government and Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary to create secure quarantine sites as part of the urgent response to DFTD, providing hope for the future of this iconic Tasmanian.

Taking action to conserve the Tasmanian Devil

You can volunteer on a Conservation Volunteers project at Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary to assist with these conservation initiatives, or donate to our Wild Futures program and ensure a devilish future for Tassie Devils!

Help Save the Tasmanian Devil


Would you like to give the Tasmanian Devil a wild future? You can do so by donating through our secure online system.


By volunteering on one of our field projects, you can make a practical contribution and help give the Tasmanian Devil a wild future.

Further Information

For more information on how you can help the Tasmanian Devil , see  the national recovery plan,  save the devil program or contact us

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