Wednesday, 12 August 2015

Bringing the Tasmanian devil back to mainland Australia would restore ecosystem health

Reintroducing Tasmanian devils to the mainland could improve biodiversity by limiting the spread of invasive predators in habitats where dingoes have been culled

Date: August 11, 2015

Source: University of New South Wales

Summary: Australian researchers have conducted the first study assessing the ecological impact of returning Tasmanian devils to mainland Australia, as a way to replace culled dingoes as apex predators.

Reintroducing Tasmanian devils to the mainland could improve biodiversity by limiting the spread of red foxes and feral cats in habitats where dingoes have been culled, a new study suggests.

Tasmanian devils (Sarcophilus harrisii) once lived across the Australian continent, but went extinct on the mainland about 3,000 years ago -- likely as a consequence of being hunted by dingoes.

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