The first snow of 2021 has fallen at the Aussie Ark conservation organisation in the Barrington Tops.
Located 1,350 metres above sea level, Aussie Ark Rangers woke to a winter wonderland this morning with the facility coated in a layer of snow.
While the Rangers might be shivering, the animals are feeling right at home as the rangers continue their day-to-day care and maintenance of the facility in the freezing conditions.
Being already used to the cold weather the animals living at Aussie Ark, especially the Tasmanian devils, are feeling right at home.
“Despite the snow our dedicated team are out there working hard. We all think it’s a treat to see our animals out exploring their surroundings when dumped in snow,” said Aussie Ark’s President Tim Faulkner.
“My youngest son Matty and I are no strangers to getting in and helping out, so we jumped in this morning and chipped in. Followed by a snowball fight of course.”
This first blanket of snow occurred right in the midst of Tasmanian devil breeding season, and just a few weeks following first pouch checks. The organisation has so far confirmed 9 Tasmanian devil joeys in their wild sanctuary, with endangered Eastern quolls to be checked in the coming weeks!
As the devil joeys are being bred during the coldest part of the year, the little ones are taking advantage of the warmth in their mum’s pouches
You can help Aussie Ark achieve their vision of saving endangered Australian species by donating today; aussieark.org.au/donate
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