During the year and a half we stayed in Tasmania we only saw one Tasmanian devil in the wild, and never heard their haunting screams in the night (which Josh remembers hearing frequently while visiting Tasmania as a child). Animal reserves and zoos around the country are busy developing breeding programs in an attempt to preserve some genetic diversity in case the wild populations becomes completely eradicated.
A mother teaches her young how to fight for their meal.
Apparently the Tasmanian Devil has the strongest jaw strength of any living mammal (over 5,100 psi (35,000 kPa)).
Spotted quolls are another carnivorous marsupial, but unlike the Tasmanian devil, the quoll hunts for its meals, and is considered an apex predator.
The forester kangaroo is Tasmania's only kangaroo (other Tasmanian Macropods [not shown] are the Bennets wallaby, the pademelon, the bettong, and the potoroo). In the 1950s-1960s the forester kangaroo was reduced to 15% of their previous numbers. Though typically smaller than their mainland relatives, they are the largest marsupial in Tasmania (and the second largest in the world after the red kangaroo).
Not ready to grow up.
Cape Barren Goose
This short-billed corella is not native to Tasmania, and was formerly a pet. She has been taught to collect coins from the visitors.
and then return them afterwards.
The nocturnal Tawny Frogmouth.
A one-winged Peregrine Falcon who, before his unfortunate encounter with a power line, could attain speeds upwards of 322 km/hr, making him a member of the fastest species in the animal kingdom.
December 2010, Tasman Peninsula, Tasmania, Australia