Tasmanian Devil Unzoo A new way to discover wildlife and nature
Tasmanian Devil Unzoo takes you into a unique natural ecosystem that embraces the wildlife and nature of Tasmania. You’ll have face-to-face encounters with Tasmanian devils, discover rare native plants, see most-unusual artworks in bushland galleries and have the chance to help save endangered devils on a fascinating bush eco-tour.
Your Unzoo wildlife experience is based around their vital contribution to saving Tasmanian devils from the ravages of a contagious disease that’s threatening the very survival of the species. The key to your visit is joining expert guides and meeting some super-friendly little devils and to hear about the Peninsula Devil Conservation Project, which is preserving the last truly safe wild devils left on Earth.
Along the way you can hand feed wild wallabies, amicable kangaroos, wild honeyeaters, and join in the Birds of the Bush presentation. On the afternoon waterfront tour they feed wild seabirds and you’ll meet cheeky little possums that have made the Unzoo their home.
A special seaside bird post offers binoculars and guide books so you can spend a while watching the local sea eagles and terns sweeping across the bay. It’s just about as natural as it can be as there are no boundary fences – the wild local animals can come and go as they please.
Beside the trails of the native botanic garden you’ll find little native orchids, ferneries, tall eucalypts and some of the rarest plant species to be found anywhere.
And if you enjoy art, the quirky permanent exhibition is scattered around the Unzoo bushland in recycled discarded animal cages. The art? Well, it is truly unique as it is done by the animals themselves.
As well as the Unzoo you must join the 4WD Devil Tracker Eco-Tour to see how they are leading the way in tracking disease-free wild devils with special high-tech night cameras. They’ll take you to devil feeding stations where cameras capture what the wild devils have been up to the night before. Then it’s off to a bush hut to download the vision to check if each animal is still healthy and whether it’s breeding. It is all part of a critical 50-year program to ensure the devils of Tasman Peninsula retain their unique disease-free status.
The people at Tasmanian Devil Unzoo hope that when you visit you’ll be inspired, intrigued and entertained. Sometimes, you might even find them a little outrageous. Their special wish is that the “Unzoo for the future” will challenge the way you think about the natural world and your place in it.
And just in case you’re wondering if it’s worth spending half a day here, take note that they’re in the prestigious TripAdvisor Hall of Fame, which is reserved only for the best experiences worldwide.
From Hobart you can join the Great Tasmanian Devil Adventure day tour or drive yourself.
Visit us at 5990 Port Arthur Highway, Taranna or call (03) 6250 3230
Open 9am – to 5pm every day except 25 December
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