Wildlife park operators have welcomed funding to expand their role in the bid to save the Tasmanian devil from extinction.

More than $650,000 has been announced today, two thirds of the money coming from the state and federal governments and the rest from public donations.

The money will go towards the search for a cure, and to adding to the 500 strong insurance population of captive devils.

Wade Anthony from Devils at Cradle says the grant will go towards a major upgrade of his park.

"Our facility itself is going to expand significantly," Mr Anthony said.

"So the capacity is probably going to double, so there's a lot of internal enclosures, such as the ones behind us going on."

 

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