They are here as part of the Species Management Programme, which ensures the long-term viability and sustainability of species populations.
Crumpet, Snickers, Jesse, and Panini – four Tasmanian Devils now living at Night Safari Singapore.
William Hodgman, Australian High Commissioner to Singapore, officiated the launch of Night Safari’s new Tasmanian Devil exhibit on Tuesday (Nov 15) evening.
Save the Tasmanian Devil Programme, led by the Department of Natural Resources and Environment Tasmania, manages the insurance population of the new residents. According to the Species Management Programme, which aims to ensure the long-term viability and sustainability of species populations under human control, they were transferred here.
In 2018, discussions and planning were underway for the animals’ arrival in Singapore in 2020, but COVID-19 disrupted those plans.
Crumpet, Snickers, Jesse and Panini arrived in Singapore on Oct 7, accompanied by Trowunna Wildlife Sanctuary senior keeper Adrian Mifsud.
According to Dr Luis Carlos Neve, vice president of Animal Care for the Mandai Wildlife Group, the Singapore team worked closely with their Australian counterparts to create a suitable habitat for them here in Singapore, as well as educate our animal care team about caring for these endangered marsupials.
For the first week, keepers at the Night Safari familiarized themselves with the care of the animals under the guidance of Mifsud while the animals were in their indoor dens for a mandatory 30-day quarantine.