Aussie Ark's Tasmanian devils notch a record breeding season at Barrington Tops

CHECK-UP: Aussie Ark Keepers Kel Davis and Max Jackson conduct a pouch inspection. Similar examinations revealed a record breeding season at the Barrington Tops sanctuary. Picture: Aussie Ark
CHECK-UP: Aussie Ark Keepers Kel Davis and Max Jackson conduct a pouch inspection. Similar examinations revealed a record breeding season at the Barrington Tops sanctuary. Picture: Aussie Ark

Conservation charity Aussie Ark has recorded its best breeding season on record, revealing 69 Tasmanian devil joeys were born in this year's breeding season.

That is a 44 per cent rise on last year for the Barrington-based program, which already boasts the largest population of the marsupial outside their home state."We are over the moon with excitement at 69 joeys - our best ever breeding season," Aussie Ark president Tim Faulkner said.

"These joeys have the weight of their species on them as insurance populations like ours mean if Tasmanian devils in the wild do go extinct, we won't lose these animals forever."

The newborns were tallied after pouch checks conducted by keepers who have been working to ensure the health and wellbeing of the mothers all year.

Joeys remain in pouches for about four months, staying with their mothers another six months after that.

They are expected to enter the 400-hectare sanctuary late this year.

This story originally appeared on Newcastle Herald.