The Tasmanian devil, the feisty marsupial that only resided on the island of Tasmania for the last 3,000 years, has been reintroduced into Australia’s mainland for the first time in 3,000 years.
On Monday, 11 devils, along with six other species of small mammals, were released into a large preserve, where they’ll be able to roam free, forage for their own food and act as they would in the wild.
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The feat is a result of a decade-long project by Aussie Ark, an animal preservation organization that created an “insurance population” for the species, which is listed as endangered on the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Red List.
The release was welcome news after billions of animals were lost in the