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The Search for Mainland Tasmanian Devils
Although it is not common knowledge, TEN Tasmanian devils have been collected from the wild on mainland Australia during the 148 years between 1873 and 2009 (see the photo of two mainland Tasmanian devil specimens).
Opinion is divided as to the origin of these devils.
It is commonly accepted the devil became extinct on mainland Australia about 500 years ago. These five specimens may well be left over mainland stock, or they may be Tasmanian stock introduced to the mainland.
This website is dedicated to the search for mainland Tasmanian devils, including an examination of the history of the five Victorian specimens, and devils in mainland breeding programs today.
The latest news headlines relating to devil facial tumour disease (DFTD), and carnivorous marsupials in general are presented in the Newswatch column below.
Our progress reports and media releases are announced at right.
NEWSFLASH - Devil captured in WA - Jul 97
A news story from 1997 has been uncovered revealing a Tasmanian devil was captured in Western Australia that year. Speculation is that it was an illegally smuggled pet.
Click image at right to enlarge.
Read the full Balga devil report.
(The 2009 Grantville devil report, Vic, is also still avilable.)