About DIDF

Who are we?

The Devils in Danger Foundation (DIDF) is an incorporated organisation and foundation that is listed on the register of environmental organisations, with the federal government, and is a deductible gift recipient. Furthermore, the DIDF is a not-for-profit incorporated association and has a board of directors that make all decisions on the direction, activities and the policy of the DIDF.

The DIDF is fully funded by Tasmanian business and private donations, all income and profits of the DIDF go directly to the care and welfare of the Tasmanian Devils, both in-situ and ex-situ. Therefore, WE NEED YOUR HELP!

 

DIDF Mission

The DIDF’s mission is to;

  • Work in partnership with Federal and state governments and all other key stakeholders to increase awareness of the plight of the Tasmanian Devil.
  • Facilitate and implement that appropriate steps to guard against the extinction of the species.

DIDF Goals

  1. To raise awareness in Australia and Worldwide about the plight our Tasmanian Devils face with Devil Facial Tumour Disease (DFTD) in Tasmania and to inform people on what they can do to help
  2. To assist the research teams working on DFTD. Furthermore, funds raised are often utilised to purchase remote surveillance equipment for researching the progress and onslaught of DFTD in wild Devil populations
  3. To be able to breed Tasmanian Devils in captivity humanely, eliminating any unacceptable injuries currently being experienced by devils in captive breeding programs throughout Australia.

Achievements

Girl Guides: DIDF Fundraiser 2015

On Saturday the 28th of November, 110 Girl Guides and their leaders arrived at Zoodoo Zoo for their “Roar – Park in the Dark” experience. This experience had the girls setting up bed rolls on the ground outside the lion enclosure, where they would be spending the night and participating in a variety of activities including service work, safari bus rides, scavenger hunts, campfire, big screen movie under the stars and educational presentations about the endangered Tasmanian devil.
Last year, the Girl Guides stayed at Zoodoo and raised nearly $2000 for the Devils in Danger Foundation, which was put towards a Research Grant that was awarded to Associate Professor Menna Jones, of the University of Tasmania. Menna plans to use this funding to contribute to the important field research that she is doing on the Freycinet peninsula, the area longest effected by the Devil Facial Tumour Disease.
This year, the Girl Guides generously agreed to raise funds for the Devils in Danger Foundation again, and over $1000 was raised and donated. This time, the DIDF will be putting this generous donation towards the construction of 6 new Tasmanian devil breeding enclosures, to be built at Zoodoo Zoo. These enclosures will be important for allowing the DIDF to increase the insurance populations of Tasmanian devils and to help safe guard against the extinction of the iconic Tasmanian devil.
We are told that the guides had a fantastic time during their stay at Zoodoo and are  willing to consider contributing to other fundraising efforts for the Devils in Danger Foundation next year.

Grand Opening: Two Brand New Tassie Devil Breeding Enclosures

On Monday the 23rd of November 2015 the Devils in Danger Foundation (DIDF) made a trip up to Wings Wildlife Park in Gunns Plains for the official opening of two brand new Tasmanian devil breeding enclosures. The DIDF not only provides funding to important Tasmanian devil research, but also helps to fund breeding enclosures for increasing insurance populations of Tasmanian devils. Furthermore, the DIDF generously provided Wings Wildlife Park with a large $9000 donation for the construction of these two, first class, breeding enclosures.
Each enclosure was built to be large enough to house at least two breeding females and therefore together they are capable of producing as many as 16 Tasmanian devil joeys per year, however 2-3 young per female devil is more likely. These devil young will be left with their mothers to be raised naturally until approximately 9 months of age, when they are weaned.
Since the discovery of the Devil Facial Tumour Disease in 1996 Tasmanian devil populations have decreased by around 80-90% in high density areas and therefore the work done by foundations such as Devils in Danger is vital to ensuring the Tasmanian devil does not experience the same fate as the Thylacine.
These enclosures will allow the Devils in Danger Foundation to continue assisting the breeding of healthy, disease-free, populations of Tasmanian devils – a task that is essential should more devils ever need to re-released into the wild in the future.
Click the link to see the Win News story on the importance of the construction of these new breeding enclosures:
https://www.facebook.com/WINNewsTasmania/videos/1074272922606380/

2015 Tasmanian Shows:  Royal Hobart Show, Sorell Fair and the Brighton Agricultural Show. 

This year, between the 21st and the 24th of October, the Devils in Danger Foundation set up at stall inside the animal nursery at the Royal Hobart Show. Additionally, we also had a stall at the Sorell Fair and the Brighton Agricultural Show on the 30th of October and the 8th of November, respectively.
At each of these events the Devils in Danger Foundation had two Tasmanian devil joeys on display to give visitors an appreciation for the endangered species and to encourage questions, both about the devil and the work of our Foundation. Furthermore, these young devils helped us to raise awareness amongst visitors about the plight devils face in terms of both Devil Facial Tumor Disease and road mortality.

The Devils in Danger Foundation would like to thank each and every visitor that took the time to stop by our stall, enter a devil joey naming suggestion, and ask us questions about the devil and the foundation. Furthermore, we would like to say a special thank you to all of those visitors who took the extra initiative to take our brochure, buy our merchandise and/or make a donation. Across all three of our stalls this year the Devils in Danger Foundation raised nearly $1000 from merchandise sales and donations and gained a lot of valuable ideas as to how we could increase these figures next year.
All money raised from these three events will be put towards important Tasmanian devil projects! The Devils in Danger Foundation plans to attend these functions again next year and we look forward to meeting a lot of new people and continuing to inform visitors about the importance of the work we do to help the iconic Tasmanian devil. 

INTRODUCING: New DIDF Member 2015.

The Devils in Danger Foundation introduced our newest committee member, Ashlea Schott.
Ashlea is currently undertaking a Bachelor of Agricultural Sciences degree at the University of Tasmania and has a strong passion for the Tasmanian devil. In the past, Ashlea has been an employee at Zoodoo Zoo where she had the opportunity to work with, and raise, several Tasmanian devils – an experience in which has furthered her passion and love for this species. Ashlea “considers it a great privilege to be a part of the Devils in Danger Foundation and to further help prevent the plight of the Tasmanian devil”.
The Devils in Danger Foundation is thrilled to add Ashlea to the team, her enormous enthusiasm and passion for the Tasmanian devil will make her a valuable member of the Foundation and it is a pleasure to have her on board. 

 

2015 Tasmanian Devil Breeding

During the 2015 breeding season, 4 Tasmanian Devil joeys were born in a DIDF funded breeding enclosure, at Zoodoo Zoo.
This is very exciting for both the foundation and the devil, as increasing insurance populations of devils is a major step towards guarding against the extinction of this iconic species. Even more Tasmanian devil young are expected next year!

 

DIDF 2015 Research Grant

In May 2015, the DIDF invited a variety of local Tasmanian Devil researchers to apply for a research grant to be used to aid their important work with Tasmanian Devils, in particular research on the devil facial tumour disease (DFTD). The DIDF was pleased to award the full research grant to Associate Professor Menna Jones, the University of Tasmania’s leading Tasmanian Devil researcher.Menna-Jones-cropped

This grant will help Menna to cover field expenses for her current Devil research on the Freycinet Peninsula.This area is one of the longest diseased areas of the DFTD, with a 90% population decline occurring between 2001 and 2008. Therefore, Menna and her team are hoping to gain an understanding of how the remaining devils in the areacoping with the disease. The DIDF is honored to be able to assist Menna with such valuable Tasmanian Devil research and we hope to be able to work with her again in the future.