Tasmanian Devils

The Looney Tunes Tasmanian Devil has made this animal famous worldwide, and it’s hard to visualise the real deal without thinking it runs around in its own tornado of dust and dirt screaming at a roadrunner that it will never catch. But these endangered species are much more than a cartoon. They have a history of their own.

Tasmanian Devils belong in Tasmania right? Not quite. This little guys are only found in the wild in Tasmania, but Australia has found them a few nice homes too. With conservation efforts, you are able to view the endangered Tasmanian Devils, a rare experience you might have missed out on!

Tasmanian Devils are actually considered marsupials, coming from the same family of a Kangaroo. They are considered the biggest carnivorous marsupial in the world. Some of the most interesting characteristics come from the smell and sound of these little creatures. Originally from South America, their species has been considered a danger to farmers, as they would eat the livestock. The size of a small dog, Tasmanian Devils let out a loud screech well above their size that would frighten anyone! The distinct smell is also used to ward of predators, keeping them at bay with a pungent odour. They may be small, but they are feisty critters who will put up a fight if need be. Don’t be surprised by its shape either. These buggers move at incredible speed, can climb, and swim across rivers.

Where are you able to view these incredible creatures? With limited Tasmanian Devils, it’s not the easiest to find one in all of Australia. One location that houses the incredibly rare animals is the Maru Animal Park on Phillip Island. Just a few hours from Melbourne, Phillip Island has become an attraction all on its own. The locals range from koalas, to penguins, and even Tasmanian Devils. Although they are not out in the wild like the others, you get a chance to be up close and personal with a species that is on the verge of extinction. Here, you will see conservation at its best, as well as learn much more about the devils, their history, and why they are almost completely gone. If once in a lifetime opportunities are your thing, visiting Phillip Island to hang loose with a Tasmanian Devil should be at the top of your list.

See this amazing Australian native animal on our 1 Day Phillip Island Tour.