A Date with the Tasmanian Devil
The legendary Tasmanian devils have evolved from Australia’s megafauna and existed in Tasmania for millennia. Although there are thousands of them in the wild, it is rare to see one in its natural habitat. Despite the name, these are shy creatures that scavenge by night, making them difficult to find. Most visitors feel that a holiday in the Apple Isle would be incomplete without a Tasmanian devil sighting. Fortunately, Cradle Mountain provides a solution which allows close up viewing of these fascinating animals.
Devil of a Time
The Tasmanian devil sanctuary at Cradle Mountain aims to protect and educate about these unique animals. With captive breeding, field monitoring and orphan rehabilitation programs, visitors are reassured about the welfare of the inhabitants. The upkeep of the park is top quality with spacious, natural enclosures provided for Tasmanian devils, quolls and wombats. Enthusiastic guides provide expert commentary and insight into the challenges facing these animals.
A night time visit gives you the chance to observe the individual personalities of these hilarious, adorable creatures. Most visitors find that they could watch the antics for hours as the “little devils” howl and screech and fight during the feeding session, so wear extra layers.
In the wild, Tasmanian devils are usually subdued during the day; however, with no threats at the sanctuary, there is still plenty of action during the daytime. Your first introduction will probably be the screams which are responsible for their name. Some may be sleeping, but, you’ll still see these sprightly creatures foraging, play fighting and running around.
Tourism with a Cause
Whilst enjoying your time at the sanctuary, you can take heart from the fact that your visit helps pay for conservation and research into these unique animals. The playful devils and the passion of the keepers will make your Cradle Mountain experience complete.
Image credit: Tourism Tasmania & Michael Walters Photography