Unique Tasmanian animals
At Bonorong you will see a number of species that are sadly now extinct everywhere but Tasmania. They include the Tasmanian devil, the Eastern quoll, the Tasmanian pademelon and the shy Tasmanian bettong. These four marsupial species have made their last stand Tasmania and, sadly, other marsupials are at risk of joining that list.
Australia has the highest number of mammal extinctions in the past 200 years and at Bonorong we are determined to ensure these animals do not join that list. As well as these animals you will see everything from possums to potoroos, emus to echidnas, the agile spotted-tailed quoll and orphaned wombats. The focus is our wonderful natives.
All our animals are here for a reason and our number one aim is to see them back in the bush and to prevent them arriving at our door in the first place. Come and learn how you can help! Read our wildlife rescue page to find out how you can be involved in caring for these animals, maybe even becoming a wildlife rescuer or carer yourself.
Tasmanian devils at Bonorong
Bonorong has been a successful breeding site for Tasmanian devils for well over twenty years. Currently Bonorong houses 20 fantastic devils. A number of our devils are hand-reared and have a wide range of personalities. Devils are a very misunderstood animal. You will be amazed when you see how friendly and playful these animals can be once a bond is formed with a keeper.
With Tasmanian devils facing a very tough time in the near future with Devil Facial Tumour Disease, we are trying to educate everyone about what they can do to prevent this unique animal suffering the same fate as the Tasmanian tiger. We have found through our education programs that people feel powerless to help. It is true that most of us cannot fight the disease directly. But you can help fight the persecution, road-kill and dog attacks killing thousands of devils every year. The more devils we can save from other threats, the more stress we can lift off the population and give them every chance of fighting off the disease.