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Saffire Freycinet saves the Tasmanian devil

Saffire Freycinet’s new experience provides direct access to this endangered species in order to raise awareness.

Saffire Freycinet’s new experience provides direct access to this endangered species in order to raise awareness.


In conjunction with the University of Tasmania’s Menzies Institute for Medical Research and the Save The Tasmanian Devil Program (STDP), the Saffire Tasmanian Devil Experience offers guests the rare opportunity to encounter the iconic creature, and to participate in the quest to save this endangered species.

Saffire Freycinet will support critical research in an effort to save the iconic Tasmanian Devil from extinction due to Devil Facial Tumour Disease (DFTD), with a one-hectare purpose designed enclosure built on property. Guests will have the opportunity to see the devils up close, in an environment that reflects their natural habitat.

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The Tasmanian devil.

Led by expert trained guides, guests will visit Saffire’s open-range devil enclosure and observe them as they feed and play while hearing the story of the Tasmanian devil – the world’s largest carnivorous marsupial – and the crucial effort to find a cure for the Tasmanian Devil Facial Tumour Disease – the rare and contagious cancer that is threatening the Devil’s survival.

Additionally, guests will have the chance to contribute to Saffire’s management and observation of the devil population by participating in a visual health inspection of the devils. They will learn how to recognise individual devils as well as how to use direct observation and remote camera imagery to identify and check each of the resident animals.

The experience is designed to educate participants on the vital work of the STDP and the critical research of the Menzies Institute and Professor Greg Woods. Saffire is a key partner in Dr. Woods’ quest to find a vaccine for DTFD, and guests will discover how to be a part of the ongoing work to secure the survival of this iconic species.

“No Tasmanian experience is complete without coming face to face with a Tasmanian devil, so we are thrilled that we can provide guests with this quintessential experience, play a part in this important research and also provide a sanctuary for these retired devils.”

                Justin King, General Manager, Saffire Freycinet

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