The iconic Tasmanian marsupial is at serious risk of extinction from the highly contagious Devil facial tumor disease (DFTD). The Devils at Devil Ark are one of dozens insurance populations in Australia and at zoos around the world. DFTD is driving the need for disease-free, genetically diverse populations as possibly the only way to save Devils from extinction.
It's believed that in the next 10 years the Tasmanian Devil could be extinct on Tasmania. Since its discovery in 1996, numbers of wild devils have plummeted across Tasmania, and in some areas, more than 90% of the wild population is now extinct. (As of 2009.)
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