Saffire Devil Enclosure
TypeViewing ShelterLocationColes Bay, TasmaniaClientFederal GroupYear2014StatusCompletedArchitectCumulus StudioPhotosCourtesy of the Federal GroupLinkwww.saffire-freycinet.com.au
The Tasmanian Devil is a carnivorous marsupial that only lives in the wild on Australia’s island state of Tasmania. However, this status is under threat with the species being declared endangered in 2008 due to the spreading of a contagious and fatal devil facial tumour disease.
As a key partner of the Menzie’s Institute for Medical Research Save the Tasmanian Devil Program, Saffire created an open-range enclosure at their East Coast resort to rehouse a small population of devils. Constructed in consultation with Parks & Wildlife and the Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment, the enclosure provides a safe, disease free environment for the devils and allows guests to learn about the program whilst observing them in their natural habitat.
Designed to be in keeping with the rest of the resort, the viewing enclosure presents a large horizontal picture window, which nestles into the landscape, placing guests at eye height with the devils. This is key to the unique experience at Saffire, which includes participating in visual health inspections and learning how to identify each of the resident devils through their distinctive features.
Isolating small populations and raising awareness of the Tasmanian Devil’s risk of extinction is key to ensuring their survival. The Saffire enclosure and viewing shelter not only provides visitors with a distinctive Tasmanian experience but plays a unique part in the active fight to protect the iconic species.