There are many different ways you can help the Save the Tasmanian Devil Program (STDP) achieve their aim of establishing an enduring and ecologically functional population of Tasmanian devils in the wild in Tasmania.
Save the Tasmanian Devil Appeal
is the official fundraising arm of the STDP and is coordinated by the University of Tasmania.
As the central fundraiser for the iconic animal, the Appeal uses the funds it raises to support the most urgent research and conservation needs for the Tasmanian devil in an effort to find a long-term solution to Devil Facial Tumour Disease (DFTD) and the aim to keep devils sustainable in the wild.
Each year, funds raised by the Appeal are disbursed via an annual competitive grant and scholarship process. Successful applicants include research and field trials into a possible vaccine which is being led by the Menzies Institute for Medical Research at the University of Tasmania.
The Devil Appeal welcome all donors wishing to support this ongoing and urgent conservation work.
See Save the Tasmanian Devil Appeal
for more information.
Direct donations to STDP
There are also other ways available for people to donate depending upon the types of work they would like to support.
If you are interested in supporting the important conservation work being undertaken by the STDP, you can donate directly to the program. Currently any donation received is being used specifically on one of the program’s priorities, the purchase of virtual fence devices.
Virtual fence devices are an active electronic protection system that warns animals that a vehicle is on a road. The devices are activated by approaching headlights, which causes them to emit sound and light stimuli and alert animals to oncoming traffic.
roadkill being the second biggest threat to the survival of the Tasmanian devil after DFTD, these devices play a vital role in our roadkill mitigation strategies and have proven to be highly successful with a substantial reduction in the number of road-killed animals in areas where they have been deployed.
Tasmanian devil imp on mums back
If you are interested in finding out more please contact the program on 0497 DEVILS (0497 338 457). Donations made directly to the STDP are not tax deductible.
Wildcare Saffire Devil Fund
- Protect and manage wild devil populations
- Care for and manage devils in captivity (insurance populations)
- Support captive breeding and
- Prevent and treat the Devil Facial Tumour Disease
Volunteers play an important role in achieving our goal of saving the Tasmanian devil. Hundreds of volunteers have given their time and energy to the STDP over many years.
Volunteer field work typically lasts approximately 10 days. While team leaders trap and release Tasmanian devils, volunteers assist with duties such as scrubbing and cleaning traps and scribing.
The days can be long, the weather unpredictable and the mobile phone coverage will be limited or non-existent. You will, however, four-wheel drive into breathtakingly beautiful places that very few people get to see, and you will have plenty of up-close and personal experiences with Tasmanian devils.
The Save the Tasmanian Devil Program does not currently have any positions available for volunteers.
Roadkill is the second biggest threat to the survival of the Tasmanian devil after DFTD. You can help reduce the number of Tasmanian devils dying on our roads by:
- Taking care while driving at night
- Slowing down between dusk and dawn
- Report sightings of road-killed Tasmanian devils to our new hotline 0497 DEVILS (0497 338 457)
But remember - Safety first! Never put yourself in danger and please never handle Tasmanian devils.
Young Tasmanian devil
Living in harmony with Tasmanian devils
Occasionally Tasmanian devils take up residence and breed under houses. Nearby stock and pets are rarely harmed as most predators seem reluctant to hunt near their 'home'. And while devil pups can be very amusing, the noise and mess may, for some, be a bit unpleasant.
If you have any concerns about devils near your home, please contact the STDP on 0497 DEVILS (0497 338 457). Our staff can give you advice, particularly about how to seal entrances under your house without putting devils at risk.
Please do not try to trap and relocate Tasmanian devils yourself as this could further spread DFTD.
- Make sure water troughs are safe
- Be cautious using rodent poisons (devils can die from eating poisoned rodents)
- Fill in disused pipes, culverts or wells
- Check your property for devil dens
- Control dogs – please ensure your dog is inside at night
- Slow down on the road between dusk and dawn
- Encourage a devil-friendly shack community
- If you find a devil on your property contact the STDP on our hotline 0497 DEVILS (0497 338 457) or DevilEnquiries@dpipwe.tas.gov.au and staff will be able to assist