Species: Tasmanian Devil (Tasmaanse duivel)
Latin name: Sarcophilus Harrisii
Originates from the island state of Tasmania.
Current status: Endangered
Did you know:
…Since the extinction of the Thylicacine, the Tasmanian Devil has become the largest carnivorous marsupial in the world. They are related to Quolls and distantly related to the Thylacine.
…The size of a small dog, they are characterized by their stocky and muscular buiold, black fur, pungent odor, extremely loud and disturbing screen, keen sense of smell, and ferocity when feeding.
…They are capable of surprising speed and endurance, can climb trees and swim across rivers.
…Devils have faced many threats to their survival; for a long time they were considered one of the biggest threats to livestock and other animals, as well as being hunted on for their fur. They became endangered and have since been protected.
…In the 1990, the Devil Facial Tumour Diseas has drastically reduced the population and now threatens the continued survival of the species. Programs are undertaken to reduce the impact of the disease, including an initiative to build up a group of healthy devils in captivity, isolated from the disease.
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