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The Tasmanian devil

The Tasmanian devil is a unique animal - it is the world’s largest surviving carnivorous marsupial and is found only in Australia’s island state of Tasmania.

The devils in Tasmania are the last remaining population of their species. As the top-order predator they are a vital part of the ecosystem - one link in a complex system that is in delicate balance.

Tasmanian devils have been suffering enormously through a rare contagious cancer - Devil Facial Tumour Disease (DFTD) - that has already wiped out an estimated 80 per cent of the wild population.

During the past ten years’ collaborative research, monitoring and cutting-edge conservation programs have contributed to significant advances.

Yet, the threat of DFTD continues. Right now we have an historic opportunity to take a proactive role in securing the future for the Tasmanian devil in the wild.

For further information, please see the Department of Primary Industries, Parks, Water and Environment's STDP website.