(FeaturedNews.com) – In 2020, eleven endangered Tasmanian devils were released back into the Australian wild. Now, one of the eleven Tasmanian devils, who was released into a large wildlife sanctuary in Australia’s Barrington Tops by Hollywood Star Chris Hemsworth and his wife, Elsa Pataky, has become a mother.
Prior to their reintroduction with the help of Hemsworth and Pataky, the last time the little marsupials had been on Australia’s mainland had been more than 30 centuries ago. The eleven animals have been watched and monitored since their reintroduction to the mainland through surveys, radio collars with transmitters, and camera traps.
Tim Faulkner, Aussie Ark managing director, in a news release stated that they were doing one of the routine health checks when they discovered that Lisa had given birth. He added that this is the first time that they have confirmed devil joys, which is proof that the breeding program and re-wilding program are working.
Janice Chanson, a senior associate of species conservation, also stated that this is a prime example of “how returning a species to its wild home can re-wild the entire ecosystem.” She added that this was very important both for fighting climate change and biodiversity loss and bettering the condition of the planet.
Following the discovery and initial pouch checks, it was determined that Lisa’s joeys were in excellent health. Aussie rangers continued to monitor Lisa through camera traps and are scheduled to perform another pouch check in the following weeks.
There are now 45 Tasmanian devil joeys that are going to be born in the wild sanctuary this year.
With the help of actor Chris Hemsworth, Tasmanian devils finally made their return to the wild on mainland Australia 3,000 years after they went extinct there https://t.co/D9DP753XYJ pic.twitter.com/t0Fx959Ka7
— CBS News (@CBSNews) October 6, 2020
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