Delving into the devil

HOBART residents will have the chance to gain a fresh perspective on one of Tasmania’s most unique animals this summer thanks to an exciting new exhibition at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery (TMAG).

‘The Remarkable Tasmanian Devil’ is all about the devil you know, but more importantly, the devil you don’t.

Rather than just a cartoonish menace or a victim of an incurable cancer, the exhibition portrays the devil as a remarkable survivor – a species that so far has beaten the odds.

TMAG director Janet Carding said the exhibition was sure to fascinate and educate visitors of all ages.

“The Remarkable Tasmanian Devil shows that the devil is a unique species, integral to Tasmania’s ecological and cultural landscape,” she said.

“Through exploring aspects of devil biology, ecology and behaviour, visitors will be able to learn why the devil has endured when Tasmania’s other large predator, the thylacine, succumbed within 150-years of European arrival.”

The exhibition explores a range of perspectives on the devil, from little-known historical tales to stories from pioneering scientific research.

Visitors will be able to learn more about devil behaviour and explore cutting-edge science through a range of interactive experiences.

This includes a simulation of what it’s like to be a young naturalist on the trail of the devil in a special in-gallery night-time experience, created with younger patrons in mind.

Other highlights include specially commissioned and loaned works by Tasmanian artists Vicki West, Michael McWilliams, Raymond Arnold and Matt Calvert, offering an artistic response to this misunderstood creature.

TMAG has worked with a range of partners throughout Tasmania to bring the devil’s story to light and show how efforts are continuing to combat Tasmanian Devil Facial Tumour Disease.

“It is our hope that visitors will leave the exhibition with not only a better understanding of the devils history and biology, but also energised to make sure the devil doesn’t meet the same fate as it fellow marsupial carnivore, the thylacine,” Ms Carding said.

“There are simple actions will can all take, such as slowing down and driving more carefully at night to prevent killing devils on our roads.

“I am sure The Remarkable Tasmanian Devil will alter our visitors’ perceptions of what is an extraordinary Tasmanian animal.”

Accompanying the exhibition is an extensive public program of events, talks and educational programming, which will continue throughout summer.

The Remarkable Tasmanian Devil exhibition has been supported by the Tasmanian Community Fund.

The exhibition will show in Argyle Galleries 1-3 at the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery until 8 May 2018.

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