Devils settle in Orana Wildlife Park : News
Five young Tasmanian devils have taken up residence at Orana Wildlife Park.
The arrival last week of Pendlebury, Chester Campbell, Steele, Fox and John brings the number of Tasmanian devils in the park to nine, meaning Christchurch has one of the largest devil holdings outside of Europe. Australia.
The demons were transferred to Christchurch as part of the Save the Tasmanian Devil Ambassador Program (STDP).
The arrival of the five young males doubles Orana’s demon population to 9 and means that Christchurch is home to one of the largest groups of devils outside of Australia! Orana has the largest Tasmanian Devil habitat in New Zealand.
“We are thrilled to welcome the five new boys to Orana,” says Rachael Mason, the park‘s exotic species manager.
“Chester Campbell is the hottest newcomer and Fox isn’t far behind in that regard. Steele and Pendleberry are pretty sweet and John is the shortest and is quite calm and quiet but has nice long whiskers.
“It is an absolute privilege for Orana to be involved in the Ambassador Program and to raise awareness of the plight of these magnificent marsupials,” adds Rachael.
[email protected] Managing Director Wade Anthony accompanied the Tasmanian Devils to Christchurch.
“Pendlebury and Steele are brothers and Fox is their half-brother and all were born in our sanctuary in 2019. Chester Campbell and John are unrelated and have moved to Devils @ Cradle from the STDP program for this transfer. These adult devils are in very good condition.
“They have traveled well and I know they will settle down to a happy and healthy life here in Orana because Christchurch (the South Island) has a very similar climate and vegetation to Tasmania and Orana has a wonderful facility built specifically for demons,” Wade says.
Tasmanian devils are the largest surviving carnivorous marsupials in the world. They are nocturnal animals that live about five to seven years in captivity.
Sadly, Devils are listed as endangered primarily due to a rare contagious cancer called Devil Facial Tumor Disease (DFTD). The deadly disease has led to a population decline of more than 60% in wild devils and up to 90% in some areas of Tasmania. The main objective of the PDTS is to ensure the survival of the species.
* Christchurch City Council provides grants to Orana Wildlife Park.