A world class wildlife conservation facility at Tasmania’s premier wilderness destination – Cradle Mountain.
Devils @ Cradle is a unique Tasmanian conservation facility focusing on Tasmania’s three carnivorous marsupials, whilst concentrating primarily on the Tasmanian devil but including both the Eastern and Spotted – tail Quoll.
The sanctuary is located adjacent to the World Heritage listed Cradle Mountain National Park.
The tourism side of the business allows visitors to view these animals from the comfort of the Visitors Centre or wander through the sanctuary on a personalised guided tour which ensures a close up encounter with a Tasmanian devil. One of our keepers will give you an accurate understanding of their lifecycle and the current threats that confront them such as Devil Facial Tumour Disease. We consider this aspect of the business a valuable tool in the education of the general public and an important part of our Conservation Program.
The sanctuaries Tasmanian Devil population forms part of the nation-wide Captive Breeding Program (CBP) called the ‘Insurance Population’. This CBP is managed by the Zoological and Aquariums Association (ZAA) in coordination with the Tasmanian Governments ‘Save the Tasmanian Devil Program’ (STTDP) and is vital to ensure the genetic diversity held within Australian Institutions and the future of the species.
Similarly the sanctuaries Quoll CBP for both the Eastern and Spotted-tail is managed within Tasmania between associated institutions with coordinated support from the State Government Agency DPIPWE.
Our Field Monitoring Program (FMP) collects data on all these species within the wilderness of Cradle Mountain through the use of remote cameras, road kill surveys, spotlight surveys and liaising with the local community and visitors to the sanctuary.
Our Orphan Rehabilitation Program (ORP) receives a patient or two around spring time every year and is a role we cherish. There is nothing quite like being a mother to a joey devil and seeing them develop to maturity either within captivity or reintroduced back into the wild.
The sanctuary is committed to the long term conservation of this now vulnerable species, our team is made up of a group of knowledgeable, qualified, enthusiastic and passionate staff that bring a range of skills. Our intention is to apply best practice methodology and align with Industry Programs to ensure the long term survival of these truly unique species.