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Seasonal campfire restrictions commence in national parks and reserves

25/09/2019

Restrictions on campfires, pot fires and other solid fuel stoves will come in to place from Saturday 28th September at identified Parks and Wildlife Service campgrounds around the State to help reduce the risk of bushfires.More

Fly Neighbourly Advice for the Tasman National Park

24/08/2019

Public comment is invited on the draft Tasman National Park Fly Neighbourly Advice. The draft Fly Neighbourly Advice has been prepared by the Tasmania Parks and Wildlife Service in response to increasing air traffic over the Tasman National Park.More

Hybrid diesel-electric shuttle buses at Cradle Mountain - a first for National p

19/08/2019

When you next visit Cradle Mountain you will be able to step aboard one of the new hybrid, diesel-electric, shuttle buses on your trip to Dove Lake. These new buses will reduce emissions and deliver a quieter, all mobility friendly, visitor experience.More

Disease Affecting Tasmanian Devils

08/10/2004

Tasmania's most famous and iconic animal, the Tasmanian Devil, faces a devastating disease which is sweeping through the devil population. Like many infectious diseases it appears to be density-dependent. It kills nearly more than 90% of adults in high density areas and 40-50% in medium-low density areas.

The disease, which doesn't seem to be affecting other species, is a cancer most likely caused by a virus. Adult males are the first affected, then adult females. Once symptoms are obvious, tumours spread throughout the body and the infected devil dies within months.

This disease was first noticed in the mid-1990s but has become more prevalent and has now been recorded through the east, north east, south east, midlands and on the edges of the highlands.

The Department of Primary Industries, Water and Environment's web site provides details on the disease and the efforts being made to combat it.