First snow blankets Aussie Ark in Barrington Tops

Aussie Ark's Tasmanian devils awake to a winter wonderland in Barrington Tops. Photo Aussie Ark
Aussie Ark's Tasmanian devils awake to a winter wonderland in Barrington Tops. Photo Aussie Ark

Thursday morning (June 10) Aussie Ark's rangers woke to a winter wonderland, with the Barrington Tops facility coated in a layer of snow.

With the snow came very low temperatures, making work a little colder for the rangers. But that doesn't stop them from providing continual care to some of Australia's most endangered species, including the Tasmanian devil.

Aussie Ark president Tim Faulkner thinks the blanket of snow is a real treat to see all the animals exploring the transformed environment.

"My youngest son Matty and I are no strangers to getting in and helping out, so we jumped in this morning and chipped in," Tim said.

This first blanket of snow occurred right in the middle of Tasmanian devil breeding season, and just a few weeks following first pouch checks. The organisation has so far confirmed nine Tasmanian devil joeys in the sanctuary, with the 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

Aussie Ark is a not-for-profit organisation which raises funds to allow for the construction of captive facilities and predator-proof fencing on its semi-wild parcels of land. It's a registered environmental organisation and charitable institution under the Australian Charity and Not-for-Profit Commission. Aussie Ark has deductible gift recipient status (DGR status) and is registered for GST purposes. More information at www.aussieark.org.au