Tasmanian Devil
Tasmanian Devil

Animal Facts

  • Genus:

    Sarcophilus
  • Species:

    Sarcophilus harrisii
  • Conservation
    Status:

    Endangered

  • Found In:

    Tasmania, Australia
  • Length:

    Body up to 625mm, tail approx. 258mm
  • Weight:

    6-8kg

Meet our feisty devils!

Moonbeam is Adelaide Zoo’s resident Tasmanian Devil. Born in 2016 she arrived here at Adelaide in 2019 and can often be seen sniffing her yard.

Adelaide Zoo’s sister site, Monarto Safari Park, is home to more than 31 Tassie Devils, which form an important part of the mainland insurance population. They’re also part of a highly successful breeding program, which saw three devils released into the wild of Maria Island in 2013 to establish a wild free range, disease free population.

Tasmanian Devils are Australia’s largest living marsupial carnivore. They were once widespread over mainland Australia, however, the introduction of the dingo is thought to have caused their extinction on the mainland. Today, the Tasmanian Devil is found only on the island state of Tasmania.

Until recently this species was considered common, however, due to the presence of Devil Facial Tumour Disease (DFTD) there has been a sharp decline in the population. The disease manifests as small lumps near the mouth, which over time grow into large tumours on the face and neck, and occasionally on other parts of the body. DFTD is highly contagious and affected animals appear to die within six months.

Tasmanian Devils are nocturnal creatures and in the wild spend the majority of the day sleeping in a den or dense bush. However, in captivity they have learnt that they face no harm and eagerly come out to be fed during the latter part of the day.

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About Zoos SA

Zoos SA is a not-for-profit conservation charity that exists to connect people with nature and save species from extinction.

Zoos SA acknowledges the Country on which we stand always was, and always will be, Aboriginal land and we pay our deepest respect and gratitude to Kaurna (Adelaide Zoo) and Ngarrindjeri (Monarto Safari Park) Elders, past, present and emerging.

We undertake critical conservation work throughout Australia and acknowledge the traditional custodians of these lands.

 

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