Tasmanian Devil Conservation Park – devils gone wild (with video!)

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Dim-witted, near blind, vicious. The Tasmanian Devil is incredibly aggressive, even with its own kind, yet has little ability to hunt for itself and relies on carrion.

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Alert devils

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Resting devils


Sunning devil

The population has been decimated over recent decades by Devil Facial Tumor Disease. The Tasmanian Devil Conservation Park is dedicated to helping the devils. In addition to numerous devils, the park also has other local animals, including a kangaroo and wallaby pen open to visitors. The kangaroo feeding reveals sharp claws. The devil feeding is the showpiece, the devils whip into a frenzy at the sight of a meal approaching, tearing into each other, which is how the tumor spreads in the wild.

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A fun gimmick is The Devil Den, a clear dome in a devil pen to peer out, though chances of a devil passing by are small.

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The Devil Den

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The Devil Den viewing dome

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Inside the dome

The park is just north of  Port Arthur, making a nice stop along the scenic route.

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"Take one more step, missy"

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A pademelon

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LIH Prem
LIH Prem
10 years ago

very nice post, pics and video! thx.