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Saving the Tasmanian Devil
Recovery through Science-based Management
The Tasmanian devil is threatened by Devil Facial Tumour Disease (DFTD), a transmissible form of cancer that has reduced the population by over 80%. Hunting, extreme climate events, vehicle collision and habitat destruction also put pressure on this endangered species. The recovery effort to save the Tasmanian devil commenced over 15 years ago as a collaborative initiative between the Tasmanian government, the Australian government, the Zoo and Aquarium Association Australasia, and many research institutions.
Saving the Tasmanian Devil documents the journey taken by partner organizations in discovering what DFTD is, the effect it has on wild devil populations, and the outcomes achieved through research and management actions.
Chapters describe all aspects of devil conservation, including the captive devil populations, applied pathology, immunology and genetic research findings, adaptive management, and the importance of advocacy and partnerships.
This book will provide management practitioners and conservation scientists with insight into the complexities of undertaking a program of this scale, and will also be of value to researchers, students and others interested in conservation.
• Provides understanding of threatened species management practices for the Tasmanian devil such as captive breeding, fenced peninsulas and island populations
• Describes next generation disease, vaccine and genomic technology for conservation of the species
• Explains governance and partnerships involved in this adaptive management
About the editors
1 Carnivore conservation: the importance of carnivores to the ecosystem, and the value of reintroductions–Chris R. Dickman, Aaron C. Greenville and Thomas M. Newsome
2 The Tasmanian devil: a uniquely threatened animal–David Pemberton
3 Pathology and diagnostics of DFTD and other devil diseases–Judy Clarke, Sarah Peck, Colette Harmsen and Graeme Knowles
4 Revealing the origin and evolutionary trajectory of DFTD using genetics and genomics–Belinda Wright, Beata Ujvari, Janine Deakin, Elizabeth P. Murchison and Katherine Belov
5 Tasmanian devil immune genes and their function–Yuanyuan Cheng and Katrina Morris
6 Genetic tools: maintaining genetic diversity in the Tasmanian devil metapopulation–Catherine E. Grueber and Elspeth A. McLennan
7 Microbiomes, pouches and milk: natural solutions?–Emma Peel and Rowena Chong
8 Immune strategies to combat DFTD–A. Bruce Lyons and Gregory M. Woods
9 Devils and disease in the landscape: the impact of disease on devils in the wild and on the Tasmanian ecosystem–Menna E. Jones, Rodrigo K. Hamede, Tracey Hollings and Hamish I. McCallum
10 Conservation status drives management: what is happening in wild populations and why? –Billie T. Lazenby, Nicholas J. Mooney, Clare E. Hawkins, Greg J. Hocking and Samantha Fox