We are independent & ad-supported. We may earn a commission for purchases made through our links.
Advertiser Disclosure
Our website is an independent, advertising-supported platform. We provide our content free of charge to our readers, and to keep it that way, we rely on revenue generated through advertisements and affiliate partnerships. This means that when you click on certain links on our site and make a purchase, we may earn a commission. Learn more.
How We Make Money
We sustain our operations through affiliate commissions and advertising. If you click on an affiliate link and make a purchase, we may receive a commission from the merchant at no additional cost to you. We also display advertisements on our website, which help generate revenue to support our work and keep our content free for readers. Our editorial team operates independently of our advertising and affiliate partnerships to ensure that our content remains unbiased and focused on providing you with the best information and recommendations based on thorough research and honest evaluations. To remain transparent, we’ve provided a list of our current affiliate partners here.

Do Conservation Projects Ever Backfire?

Updated May 16, 2024
Our promise to you
WiseGeek is dedicated to creating trustworthy, high-quality content that always prioritizes transparency, integrity, and inclusivity above all else. Our ensure that our content creation and review process includes rigorous fact-checking, evidence-based, and continual updates to ensure accuracy and reliability.

Our Promise to you

Founded in 2002, our company has been a trusted resource for readers seeking informative and engaging content. Our dedication to quality remains unwavering—and will never change. We follow a strict editorial policy, ensuring that our content is authored by highly qualified professionals and edited by subject matter experts. This guarantees that everything we publish is objective, accurate, and trustworthy.

Over the years, we've refined our approach to cover a wide range of topics, providing readers with reliable and practical advice to enhance their knowledge and skills. That's why millions of readers turn to us each year. Join us in celebrating the joy of learning, guided by standards you can trust.

Editorial Standards

At WiseGeek, we are committed to creating content that you can trust. Our editorial process is designed to ensure that every piece of content we publish is accurate, reliable, and informative.

Our team of experienced writers and editors follows a strict set of guidelines to ensure the highest quality content. We conduct thorough research, fact-check all information, and rely on credible sources to back up our claims. Our content is reviewed by subject-matter experts to ensure accuracy and clarity.

We believe in transparency and maintain editorial independence from our advertisers. Our team does not receive direct compensation from advertisers, allowing us to create unbiased content that prioritizes your interests.

As Robert Burns taught us, "the best laid plans of mice and men often go awry." No matter how good our intentions are, sometimes they can backfire in unexpected ways. A lengthy and dedicated effort to save Tasmanian devils proved to be just such a case.

The conservation project, which began in 2012, involved moving a group of the endangered marsupials to Maria Island, just off the Tasmanian coast, as a way to save them from a facial tumor disease that is contagious and had wiped out 90 percent of the species.

The effort was successful in protecting the devils but created a brand-new problem: The Tasmanian devils began killing the island's seabirds, including little penguins (Eudyptula minor). Over the years, the carnivorous creatures wiped out virtually all of the little penguins, or forced them to find homes elsewhere, along with scores of geese.

"It’s very clear that the devils have had a catastrophic ecological impact on the bird fauna on Maria Island," said seabird ecologist Eric Woehler of the University of Tasmania.

As of mid-2021, no plans have been put in place to move the Tasmanian devils off the island or to counter the negative effects their arrival has had.

The (Tasmanian) devil is in the details:

  • For its size, the Tasmanian devil's bite is the strongest of any mammal; it can bite through bone and most metals.

  • Tasmanian devils have been known to fall asleep inside the carcasses of their prey so that they can continue eating when they wake up.

  • Baby Tasmanian devils are only the size of a grain of rice; a mother's litter is typically between 20 and 40 in number.

WiseGeek is dedicated to providing accurate and trustworthy information. We carefully select reputable sources and employ a rigorous fact-checking process to maintain the highest standards. To learn more about our commitment to accuracy, read our editorial process.
Link to Sources
Discussion Comments
WiseGeek, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.

WiseGeek, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.