Night Safari welcomes the Tasmanian Devils, one of Australia’s most iconic predators, to the Wallaby Trail!
Venue: Night Safrai, Singapore
Admission: Part of admission to the park (check prices here)
In a Singapore first, Night Safari has welcomed four Tasmanian Devils, one of Australia’s most iconic predators. The four females – Crumpet, Snickers, Jesse and Panini – are all around three years old and have made the Wallaby Trail their new home.
An Endangered Species
Tasmanian Devils are listed as endangered under the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Red List.
It is threatened by the Devil Facial Tumour Disease (DFTD), a type of transmissible cancer highly contagious among Tasmanian Devil populations. It spreads when the animals bite each other while fighting or mating, and results in large facial tumours, which can prevent them from eating, eventually causing starvation. Since the discovery of the disease in 1996, the wild population has declined by at least 80 per cent in diseased areas, now spread across the majority of the state.
Arrival in Singapore
Crumpet, Snickers, Jesse and Panini arrived in Singapore on 7 October 2022, under the recommendation of the Species Management Programme (SMP) where Zoo and Aquarium Association Australasia (ZAA) member organisations collaborate to ensure the long-term viability and sustainability of species populations under human care.
The New Tasmanian Devil Exhibit
Located at the end of Night Safari’s Wallaby Trail, the Devil's new home consists of two climate-controlled indoor exhibits, two expansive outdoor habitats for the animals to roam and explore, as well as back-of-house facilities consisting of indoor dens and outdoor yards, giving the nocturnal animals ample space to rest in the day. The outdoor exhibits feature rockwork, water features and Australian trees such as Eucalyptus and shrubs like the Red Flowered Silky Oak to simulate the Devils’ wild dry shrubland habitat.
The four individuals will be housed in pairs – Crumpet with Snickers, and Jesse with Panini, with each pair having access to their respective indoor and outdoor spaces.
*Photo Credits: Mandai Wildlife Group