On Friday September 25 2015, 20 Tasmanian Devils bred in captivity were released into the Narawntapu National Park, north-west of Launceston in order to to join the area’s wild population. This initiative is part of the Wild Devil Recovery Project, with these devils relocated into the park under controlled circumstances as part of an important step in re-establishing wild populations in the Tasmanian landscape.
The devils were prepared for release both by the Save the Tasmanian Devil Program (STDP) and the Menzies Institute for Medical Research. Importantly the newly released devils are part of an immunisation trial against Devil Facial Tumour Disease (DFTD). This field trial is an opportunity to effectively test the immunisation response against DFTD and will assist greatly in refining and helping to develop more effective vaccination techniques in the future.