SECOND contagious facial tumour disease found amongst Tasmanian devils.
With the emergence of, what is believed to be, a second form of contagious facial tumour disease in our already endangered Tasmanian devils, it has NEVER been more important to support our Foundation so that we have work to guard against the extinction of this iconic Tasmanian species!
Virtual fences show promise as an effective means towards reducing the amount of Tasmanian devils killed on our roads.
Road vehicles cause more fatalities to disease free Tasmanian devils, recently released back into the wild.
Behind DFTD, cars (and therefore humans) are the second biggest threat facing our Iconic Tasmanian devil in the wild! We all have a responsibility to help this endangered species. We MUST all make an effort to slow down when on the roads, particularly during dusk and dawn, in order to prevent these unnecessary fatalities in which take away from the important work being done by Foundations to help the devils!
World-first Trial of a Vaccine against DFTD has been administered to 19 Devils, recently released back into the wild!
Tasmania has teamed up with the Chinese Government in a new joint effort to help save the endangered Tasmanian Devil.
RESEARCH SUGGESTS THAT DEVIL DECLINE IS LEADING TO BEHAVIOUR CHANGES IN OTHER SPECIES.
Interesting new findings, from a team of researchers at the University of Tasmania, suggests that the reduction in Devil numbers, due to DFTD, may be leading to changes in the Tasmanian ecosystem! In particular, it was found that possums are starting to spend much more time on the ground, potentially as a result of the reduced threat from the Tasmanian Devil.
See the full story in the Mercury:
The Tasmanian Devil is going to officially become Tasmania’s first animal emblem!
This is is great news as it will promote increased awareness regarding the plight of the Tasmanian devil, as well as to promote the state in general!
See the full story in the Mercury: http://www.themercury.com.au/news/tasmania/tasmanian-devil-to-be-states-first-animal-emblem/story-fnj4f7k1-1227376953392
IMPORTANT PROGRESS IN DEVIL FACIAL TUMOUR DISEASE RESEARCH
Important progress in the understanding of the Devil Facial Tumour Disease (DFTD) has recently been made by a team of researchers at the Menzies institute of Medical Research Tasmania (link to full article can be found below).
Kreiss, Brown, Tovar, Lyons & Woods’ (2015) study aimed to determine whether Tasmanian Devils are capable of producing an immune response against the DFTD and therefore to provide a valuable step towards the hopeful development of a DFTD vaccine.
Cell preparations of DFTD were inactivated by one of either y-irradication, sonication or freeze thawing in an attempt to elicit humoral or cytotoxic responses in Tasmanian Devils. Results demonstrated, despite the small sample size, that immune responses to DFTD cells were produced by 5 of the 6 Tasmanian Devils tested.
The findings of this research therefore demonstrate that immune responses to DFTD is possible in Tasmanian Devils and therefore this study provides an important step towards the possibility of one day creating a vaccine for devils against DFTD.
Reference: Kreiss A, et al. Evidence for induction of humoral and cytotoxic immune responses against devil facial tumor disease cells in Tasmanian devils (Sarcophilus harrisii) immunized with killed cell preparations. Vaccine (2015).