Australian Wildlife Conservation
Australia Zoo Wildlife Warriors supports the Save the Tasmanian Devil Program with its research into Devil Facial Tumour Disease (DFTD), a deadly contagious cancer that has wiped out 90% of the devil population in some areas of Tasmania.
DFTD - The Facts:
- Approx. 15,000 - 50,000 devils remain in the wild
- Ulcerated tumours develop around the jaw and head of the devil, blocking the mouth, nose, ears and eyes
- The disease is fatal - unable to eat, a devil will ususally starve to death within 3-5 months
- Currently the western parts of Tasmania are disease-free, but above 70% of the state is affected
- The disease affects mostly older devils, leaving smaller populations that are younger and less experienced
- Immunity to the disease does not develop
- Devils are also under threat from foxes, habitat destruction, licensed culling, domestic pet attacks, and community fear and ignorance
- Wild Tasmanian devils will be extinct in as little as 10 to 15 years if nothing is done to save the species!