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Tasmanian Devil — EN
Population Estimate: 10,ooo- 25,oooRange: Tasmania (Australia)Primary Threats: Devil’s Facial Tumor Disease, shallow gene pool (low diversity), cannibalism
This devastating disease caused the species to decline from 150,ooo in the 90’s to the present estimate. Cannibalism increases transmission.
In the past, the Devils were highly persecuted and killed on the basis of predation on domestic animals. They were considered “pests”. At one time, 5,ooo were poisoned annually.
Introduced predators, such as dogs and foxes, as well as road-kill also contributes to decline.

Tasmanian Devil — EN

Population Estimate: 10,ooo- 25,ooo
Range:
Tasmania (Australia)
Primary Threats:
Devil’s Facial Tumor Disease, shallow gene pool (low diversity), cannibalism

  • This devastating disease caused the species to decline from 150,ooo in the 90’s to the present estimate. Cannibalism increases transmission.
  • In the past, the Devils were highly persecuted and killed on the basis of predation on domestic animals. They were considered “pests”. At one time, 5,ooo were poisoned annually.
  • Introduced predators, such as dogs and foxes, as well as road-kill also contributes to decline.