The owners of the site reached out to the Save The Devil Program (STDP), offering their assistance in raising public attention to the plight of the Tasmanian devil
with the devil facial tumour disease.
What we reluctantly felt was that this was the end for the Tasmanian devil
," says Jim Kaufman, a University of Cambridge evolutionary immunologist not involved in the study.
The animal was one of four Tasmanian devils
loaned to the Albuquerque zoo by Healesville Sanctuary in Australia as part of an effort to start a breeding program for the endangered species.
For years, the Tasmanian Devils
have been threatened with extinction by a bizarre contiguous cancer that literally eats away at their faces.
It contains large tracts of pristine wilderness and cool temperate rainforest and is noted for its natural beauty, plants and wildlife, including the iconic endangered Tasmanian devil
By the start of this year, the mysterious malady--devil facial tumor disease (DFTD)--had wiped out 90 percent of the Tasmanian devil
population (see Widespread Disease, right).
Summary: Five baby Tasmanian devils
have made their public debut at an Australian Zoo.
From the feisty Tasmanian devil
to the brilliant golden toad to the captivating jaguar and more, Animals Alive superbly showcases the rigors that wildlife must face and is highly recommended for young nature lovers and public library collections.
Meanwhile, on the Galapagos Islands, giant turtles Winston (Jim Broadbent) and Winifred (Vanessa Redgrave) celebrate their 714th wedding anniversary and, in Australia, kangaroo Toby (Jason Donovan) and Tasmanian devil
Smiley survive a bush fire.
Next day we were to see lots more and learn about them in the Tasmanian Devil
Conservation Park, an hour or so outside Hobart.
An ambitious new large-scale breeding program set on mainland Australia hopes to save the iconic Tasmanian devil
from extinction, according to its coordinators.
Andrew Sharman, Manager of the Save the Tasmanian Devil
Program, a joint federal and Tasmanian government initiative, said the aim of the first release of devils onto Maria Island is to observe and monitor the role that devils play in the landscape and the ecology of the area and the impact their introduction has on other native species which have not encountered the devil for many generations.
This led the scientists to conclude that the disease started in a single Tasmanian devil
that probably got sick about 20 years ago.
The large-scale project will destroy 200,000 hectares (494,200 acres) of jungle and crucially endanger the Tasmanian devil
, one of the rarest animals in the world, Bernd Loetsch, director of the Natural History Museum Vienna, said.
Australia's Tasmanian devil
population was cut in half during the 1990s due to a widespread cancer that leaves the animals with tumors on their faces.