Calling on kids ages 5-to-10 years old! Are you devilishly good at art or writing? We need your help to welcome our Tasmanian devil friends into their new wild home on mainland Australia, where devils have not lived in 3,000 years! As the devils roam free, Global Wildlife Conservation, Aussie Ark and WildArk are calling on kids around the world to submit a digital postcard to timid Lenny, adventurous Lisa, hangry Skittles and sassy Jacksen—four of the Tasmanian Devils released into a new wild sanctuary this year.

Choose which devil you want to write to, download the postcard template, and then go wild! We’ll be looking for artwork and a note to the devil with some advice about how to best settle into his or her new home.

Thirty of the most creative postcards that also demonstrate that you’ve done some research about Tasmanian Devils will be published in an e-book.

The deadline for possible inclusion in the e-book is Friday, Nov. 13 at midnight ET.

The Devil’s in the Details

Want to send a postcard? Here’s how:

  1. Pick which devil you want to write to [See their profiles below]
  2. Print out the devil-gram template
  3. Fill out the top box of the template with your best artwork
  4. Write a note to your devil in the box on the bottom of the template
  5. Scan your finished postcard back into a computer or take a photo—make sure to get both sides!
  6. Email your postcard with your name, email address and country of residence to your specific devil [see email addresses below] so we can make sure it gets to the right individual: Lenny, Lisa, Skittles or Jacksen.

Pick Your Devil

Lisa: The Adventurous One
Email: Lisa@globalwildlife.org

I’m Lisa and I love a good adventure! When I grow up, I want to be just like Emily Caroline Creaghe, the first human woman to bravely explore Australia’s outback. I was born in 2019 at Aussie Ark and have been counting down the days until I could move into my new wild home. And what a great place it is! Plenty of forest and scrubland for romping around. There aren’t even any monsters to be scared of–as apex predator, we’re the top devil around here. With 400 hectares to explore, it’s a good thing devils have such a keen sense of smell! What are we waiting for? Let’s go!

Lenny: The Timid One
Email: Lenny@globalwildlife.org

I’m Lenny and what I lack in courage, I make up for in devilishly good looks, obviously. I just like to take my time, come up with a solid strategy and not jump into anything new too quickly, like this move into our wild home. I mean, come on, it’s been 3,000 years since devils have lived on mainland Australia and what, I’m just supposed to dive right in? And why would I want to risk a fright when devils have been known to release an…er…unpleasant odor when something scares us? So yeah, I’m sitting back, smelling fresh and getting to know this wild world on my own terms.

Jacksen: The Sassy One
Email: Jacksen@globalwildlife.org

Shade isn’t just what you find under a tree, it’s what I throw like a champ! Tasmanian Devils are the largest carnivorous marsupials, so no one dares to push me around. I spend my days sleeping in my den and nights prowling the forest. I’ll snarl and flash my sharp teeth to make sure I always have a top spot at a carcass feast–gobbling up the bones and all. There isn’t much that I miss with my super sensitive ears, eyes and nose. And I never back down from a scary situation. If something spooks me, I’ll summon my fiercest, sassiest snarls and growls to make it clear who’s in charge: me!

Skittles: The Hangry One
Email: Skittles@globalwildlife.org

Yo, leggo my kango! It’s not my fault I’m hungry all the time. I mean, Tasmanian Devils can eat up to 40 percent of their body weight…in a day. And they didn’t call me Skittles because I enjoy calorie counting. I’m always planning my next meal–wombats with a side of frog, carrion with an extra helping of lizard–which is a bit trickier now that I’m out in this wild sanctuary without my human friends delivering food regularly. Don’t worry about the doggy bag–we don’t know what a leftover is since we use our powerful bite to take down the hair, organs, muscles and, yep, even the bones in our meals. Mark my words: Mess with my food and I’m going to bite your face. Literally.

Learn More

GWC Chief Scientist and CEO Wes Sechrest releases a Tasmanian devil with Hollywood actor and Lonely Whale co-founder Adrian Grenier (Photo courtesy of Aussie Ark)

For the first time in 3,000 years, the Tasmanian devil is back in the wild on mainland Australia, an historic moment that is critical to rewild Australia, the country with the world’s worst mammal extinction rate. Aussie Ark, in partnership with Global Wildlife Conservation and WildArk, have released 26 Tasmanian devils into a 400-hectare (nearly 1,000 acres) wildlife sanctuary on Barrington Tops.

Tasmanian devils vanished entirely from mainland Australia in large part because they were outcompeted by introduced dingoes, which hunt in packs. Dingoes never made it to Tasmania, but across the island state, a transmissible, painful and fatal disease called Devil Facial Tumor Disease (DFTD)—the only known contagious cancer—decimated up to 90 percent of the wild population of Tasmanian devils. Just 25,000 devils are left in the wild of Tasmania today.

Not only does the reintroduction bode well for the recovery of the Tasmanian devil, but as native apex predators and the world’s largest carnivorous marsupials, the animals help control feral cats and foxes that threaten other endangered and endemic species. And because they are scavengers, they help keep their home clean and free of disease.

(All photos courtesy of Aussie Ark)