Tasmanian Devil Conservation Park
The Tasmanian Devil Conservation Park at Taranna on the Tasman Peninsula was established in 1978 and was the world's first Tasmanian Devil centre.
Tasmanian Devils are a meat eating marsupial which was once found throughout Australia but is now confined to Tasmania.
The Devils gained there name from the early settlers in reference to the ferocious howls that echoed through the bush. The Devils are very hard to find in the wild as they are a nocturnal and very shy creature.
The Devils make quite a noise at feeding times and during mating. They have great jaw strength for crushing large bones but mostly feed on carrion.
Tasmanian Devil population in the wild has halved in the last 10 years due to Devil facial tumour, a disease that causes terrible tumours about the face and is fatal within about five months after symptons first show.
Tasmanian Devil Conservation Park is involved in a number of research projects to help solve the problem and is the only wildlife centre in an isolated disease-free area.
The park has six feeding times per day for the Tasmanian Devils and two for the native Quolls. Other attractions include the King of the Wind free flight show, wild Rosella feeding and hand feeding kangaroos.
The King of the Wind free flight show shows the grace and agility of the falcon.
Feeding and show times
Tasmanian devil feeding: 10am, 11am, 12.15pm, 1.30pm, 3pm and 5pm (4.30pm in winter).
Kings of the Wind free-flight show: 11.15am and 3.30pm.
Quoll feedings: 12.30pm and 4.15pm.
Hand-feed kangaroos: 10.30am and 2.30pm.
Wild rosella feeding: 12.30pm
Best For Whom
- All Ages
- Families With Children
Best For What
- The Local Experience