Monday, March 23, 2009

Tasmanian devils

Yawn! Tasmanian devil in Tasmania, Australia.
Copyright (c) 2006 Wendee Holtcamp

Deane Rimerman wrote on his Forest Policy site about the risk of Tasmanian devil extinction, and linked to my two articles I've written about the critters. Check out the page Stop Tasmanian Devil extinction, Save Tarkine from eco-tourism road, or the main page.

Here are links to the two articles I wrote about Tasmanian devils and the horrible facial tumor cancer disease they're facing which may drive them to exticntion:

Tasmania's Devil of a Problem. The world’s most famous marsupial predator may face extinction within 15 years from a contagious cancer. National Wildlife Magazine. June/July 2008.


Sympathy for the Devil, Ideas Emerge to Save the Dying Tasmanian Devil. [PDF of piece Reproduced with permission. Copyright (c) 2007 Scientific American Magazine. Mar 07] (Text copyright (c) 2007 Wendee Holtcamp)

And here are some pics I took of devils in captivity - I've never posted most of these before now.

Their ears turn bright red when they get riled. This one was actively running around and at one point chasing its tail. It reminded me of Taz who spins around! Ha!

Snoozing devil. Notice the scars on his snout. This is nothing - as they age they get many more! They bite during mating and they scuffle quite a bit in general.

Devil dogpile!
Thought I'd include a shot of the drop-dead gorgeous Tasmanian temperate rainforests!
Sleepy lil' devil. So cute!
Resting my head...
Two devils check each other out.
Hanging out. I love these little guys!
They are just beautiful animals.


PeaceFromTrees said...

Save the Tarkine... protect the last uninfected populations of Tasmanian Devils from the proposed ecotour-based road and resort!

Don't let minister Garret slip another one passed us and bypass the Federal Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act.

More info here: and here:

Julie Varughese said...

Congratulations. These devils are mighty cute.

Unknown said...

Thanks! I know, they are cute aren't they?