Wildlife Health in Tasmania - Disease Information
What to look for
Reporting sick or dead wildlife
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Download the Strategy for Managing Wildlife Disease in the TWWHA
Download the Wildlife Health in Tasmania Manual
Download contact numbers for reporting sick or injured wildlife
For further information
This Manual is for wildlife health managers specifically, and is also useful for the general public in identifying wildlife health issues and how to respond.
Devil Facial Tumour Disease (DFTD) occurs across more than half of the state and is causing drastic declines in devil populations. Frog Chytridiomycosis (a fungal disease causing skin changes, sickness and death in frogs) has been identified in Tasmania in recent years and has potential to cause extinctions among frog species. Platypus Mucormycosis has been described in the north and east of Tasmania. The Department is half way through a Tasmania-wide Mucormycosis monitoring project and is learning much more about the disease. Disease incursions have at times been described in threatened species such as the Orange Bellied Parrot. Disease has the potential to have a disastrous impact on populations already threatened.
Effective reporting of wildlife health events from ‘front line’ individuals working with or observing wildlife is of critical importance. It forms the basis of an early warning system for new disease outbreaks and helps us monitor existing diseases as well.
Any suspicion of a notifiable disease e.g. avian influenza, ring the Emergency Disease Hotline 1800 675 888 (24 hours)
Any seal, dolphin or whale ashore, ring the Whale Hotline, DPIPWE 0427 WHALES (0427 942 537)
Contact: Wildlife Health OfficerAnnie Philips
Wildlife Health Officer
134 Macquarie Street HOBART TAS 7000
Phone: 03 6233 2265
Fax: 03 6233 6655
Department switchboard: 1300 368 550 (local call cost)
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