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WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo continues to educate on Tasmanian Devil conservation

WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo continues to educate on Tasmanian Devil conservation
January 14, 2021

WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo has welcomed Dharra - a three-year-old Tasmanian Devil - who travelled five hours from Dubbo to her new home in Darling Harbour where she will play an important role in educating visitors on the delicate state of Tasmanian Devils in the wild.

The three-year-old is one of only 20,000 endangered Tasmanian Devils left in the world. Population rates of the world’s largest carnivorous marsupial have been on a rapid decline since mid-1990s due to a facial tumour disease. The rare cancer is contagious and can kill a Tasmanian Devil up to six months after the first lump forms around the mouth and head.

Dharra spent her first few weeks in quarantine before meeting her new habitat-mate Bub in the zoo’s Tassie Devil’s Den. Less than one week later, Zookeepers say she is very active in her new space and seems comfortable in the new environment and with her new friend.

WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo Zookeeper, Melanie Higgins notes “we’re really excited to have Dharra join us here at the zoo and to be able to give Bub a new mate to roam around with in the Tassie Devil’s Den. She’s a lot younger than Bub, but the two are getting along really well and even enjoying naps together.”

Meet Dharra and learn more about Tasmanian Devils these summer holidays and beyond by visiting WILD LIFE Sydney Zoo.

Image courtesy wildlifesydney.com.au 

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