tassie-1The Tasmanian Devil is an Australian icon and is the world’s largest carnivorous marsupial. Once found across Australia, they are thought to have become extinct on the mainland due to the introduction of dingoes even before European settlement. Devils are shy and tend to scavenge on dead animals rather than kill their own prey.

Devil Facial Tumour Disease is a contagious cancer that is spreading through devil populations in Tasmania and is threatening the species with extinction. There is an Australia wide insurance breeding program underway in 18 zoos across the country.


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