Small Institution, Small Scale Development
Devils@Cradle: Alpine Wilderness Exhibit
The most recent Tasmanian devil exhibit at the Devils@Cradle sanctuary is their most impressive, both from an animal and visitor perspective, it is also their largest at 3000sqm.
The addition, this enclosure has contributed to the Save the Tasmanian Devil Program and the species Insurance Population in two ways:
- The facility supports students involved in Save the Tasmanian Devil Program research projects
- Increased housing opportunities have assisted with a growing meta-population and limited housing capacity, this enclosure can comfortably house up to 10 animals, in fact more if divided into 2.
It is the size of the exhibit and these naturally occurring features which provide exciting animal welfare benefits which focus not just on maintaining wild behaviour but also ensuring a range of natural enrichment opportunities exist. This support of wild behaviours is vital in pre-conditioning devils for the release phase of the Tasmanian Devil Program.
For the visitor, a number of design features ensure a ‘wow’ experience when viewing the devils but also immerses them within the spectacular alpine wilderness surroundings.