Saving the Tassie Devil

Copper Mines of Tasmania lends support to Save the Devil Foundation to protect the endangered species

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The Tasmanian Devil is one of the icons of Tasmania, Australia's natural state. Once abundant across Australia, this marsupial is now only found in the island state of Tasmania. Classified as an endangered species, the total population of the Tassie devil plummeted after a fatal epidemic of facial tumour.

In a bid to prevent the extinction of the world's largest carnivorous marsupial, an organisation called Save the Devil Foundation created special sanctuaries where wild Devils were caught and held in isolated holding pens to develop healthy breeding programmes. Over the years the pens started developing erosion which brought to focus potential of injury to the devil and or allowing the Devils to escape.

Representatives from 'Save the Devil Foundation' made a request for help to the team from Copper Mines of Tasmania of Vedanta Group. Scot Clyde, General Manager, Operations along with his team swung into action.

They requested us for Conveyor belt material with which they could line the holding pens which would help decrease the danger of injury to the devil and or allowing the Devils to escape.

Once the official request was received we took requisite approval from the Tasmanian Department of Environment. Then through a combined effort, we along with our contractors cut the conveyor belt to length to suit the pens at the sanctuary. This eliminated the need for cranes for loading and unloading of the conveyor belt and washed down the used belting to remove any contaminating material e.g. ore.

We then transported the modified pen linings to the Save the Devil Foundation's Sanctuary at Cressy over 214 KMs away.

Today, the 'Save the Devil' campaign is running successfully and the population of unaffected Tasmanian Devils is slowly increasing. By helping the Foundation, Copper Mines of Tasmania not only managed to do its bid in saving an endangered species but also managed to save an estimated 16 tonnes of scrap conveyor belt from going into a landfill.