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Tasmanian nature reserves

Managing marsupials in Tasmania

The Tasmanian Land Conservancy manages 16 biodiversity reserves to protect wildlife. Help their conservation scientists keep an eye on bandicoots, bettongs and potoroos—and the threats to them, such as feral cats and deer—so they can better manage these sanctuaries for wildlife.

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Animals you’ll see

Tasmanian Devil
Tasmanian devil

Tasmanian devil
Tasmanian devils have a short, squat build with a large, broad head and a short, thick tail. The fur is mainly black, with white markings on chest, neck and rump.


The quoll is a carnivorous marsupial with white spots on top of brown, red, black or grey fur. The head is flattened and has a pointed snout. It is similar in size to a small cat.


Wombats are stocky grey-brown to black marsupials with a broad head, short neck and large nose. 



Top tips from the researchers

It can be difficult to tell a pademelon from a wallaby… Pademelons are rounder and darker. Wallabies have a longer tail and black tips on their ears and nose.

The science

in the wild

The Tasmanian Land Conservancy (TLC) manages sixteen nature reserves that protect diverse native species and ecosystems covering 13,000 hectares. Tasmania has amazing wildlife, including species like the Tasmanian devil that are found nowhere else in the world. It also supports healthy populations of many species that are in decline or have become extinct on the mainland, such as the eastern quoll and Tasmanian bettong.

Monitoring is an essential part of managing wildlife on TLC Reserves. It gives us information about where species occur and how populations are faring. While the focus of our monitoring is on native species, we are also interested in knowing about feral animals such as cats and deer. This is valuable scientific data that underpins TLC land management programs like feral animal control.

The images you are looking at come from eight TLC Reserves that are the focus of monitoring work in 2015-16. They cover a range of habitats, from the alpine valleys of Skullbone Plains to the coastal rainforests of Recherche Bay.  Find out more about our work and how you can get involved at

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