The Tasmanian Devil (Sarcophilus harrisii) is Australia’s largest living marsupial carnivore and one of Tasmania’s most lovable icons. Devils are threatened in the wild by an illness known as Devil Facial Tumour Disease (DFTD), where cancerous tumours appear on the heads and faces of devils and this leads to death within a few months. Zoos SA is working with many partner organisations across Australasia in a large collaborative captive breeding and release program for this species. Zoos SA will remain a committed partner to this endeavour until no longer required. This could be as long as 50 years.
Our project partners include Department of Primary Industries and Water (Tasmania) and the Zoo and Aquarium Association (Australasia).