Known for their fierce tempers and eerie screams, they are the largest carnivorous marsupial. With an over-sized neck, head and jaws they are well suited for crushing bones. They are known to eat birds and small mammals but are mainly scavengers. Though mostly solitary, these inhabitants of Tasmania often come together to feed on carcasses during which their signature growling and squealing is quite common – the behavior which gave them their common name – Tasmanian Devil.
Once a native of the mainland of Australia but driven to near extinction after the introduction of the dingo; the Tasmanian Devil now faces a new threat. A disease only found in devils, known as Devil Facial Tumor Disease (DFTD) kills nearly all animals who contract it. Researchers have used immunotherapy to successfully treat the disease and are working on developing an effective vaccine to save these iconic creatures. For more information about the efforts to find a cure visit the Save The Tasmanian Devil Program website.