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Australia's Tasmanian devils to get fresh start free of facial infectious tumor on new island | Amazing Science
A group of Tasmanian devils will be transferred to a small Australian island to start what is hoped will be a self-sustaining population, free from the facial tumour that has devastated their species. Tasmania's Environment Minister Brian Wightman said 14 of the marsupials, carefully selected from captive breeding programmes across Australia, would be released Thursday on Maria Island, a nature sanctuary off the state's east coast. He said it was a "major step forward" in the race against…
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Help Save the Tasmanian Devil
The Tasmanian Devil is Tasmania's iconic species and is the world's largest surviving carnivorous marsupial. It has experienced devastating decline from a 'common and stable' status to 'endangered', suffering from threats including deadly facial tumours, road-kill and dog attacks. Conservation Volunteers Australia needs to build safety enclosures and monitor captive populations of Tasmanian Devils to ensure the survival of the species.